Down East Singers, making music in midcoast Maine for 30 years, performs choral works in a variety of styles, from Baroque to 21st century. Founded in 1979 by Marion Gray, who passed the baton to Anthony Antolini in 1991, the chorus has established a reputation for inspiring performances of challenging repertoire that includes both well-known masterpieces and seldom-heard compositions. Down East Singers regularly collaborates with the Bowdoin Chorus to form the Rachmaninoff Choir and can be heard on their CD recording of Rachmaninoff's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which received critical acclaim in the November 1996 American Record Guide. The Rachmaninoff Choir has performed in many Maine venues as well as in Boston, New Haven, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, Montreal, Baltimore, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and Middlebury, Vermont. The ensemble toured European Russia and Siberia in 2002, the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece in 2009.
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Membership in Down East Singers is open to all singers in the community; sight-reading skills are desirable.
interested in joining DES for Fall semester are invited to attend
registration on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. at Nativity
Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Road in Rockport. Singers new to DES
or returning after an absence are asked to have a voice-placement
check with the music director. Rehearsal runs from 7 to 9:15 p.m.
Dues ($50) are charged on a semester basis (September through December and January to June); students sing for free. Members of the group are encouraged to purchase their own music, which will be provided at registration.
For further information about Down East Singers, you may email us.