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Memorial Day 2021 Virtual Concert

After the success of our December 2020 concert, we’ve decided to make another video concert for broadcast on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021. The film will again be made in a hayfield in Cushing when the weather is warm enough to sing outdoors.

The membership fee will continue at the reduced rate of $50 for spring semester. Let us know if you have trouble paying this fee. Scholarships are available, and we don’t want to leave anyone behind. Students 18 and younger always sing for free.

Rehearsals and recording sessions will be in a field at the director’s house in Cushing beginning the end of March and finishing up by early May. Rehearsals and recording sessions will be on Sunday afternoons and last approximately an hour each time. Masks will be required except at all times, including when singing. Singers will be spaced twelve feet apart from each other.

The repertoire will be selected movements of Rachmaninoff’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, composed in 1910. The Midcoast Brass Quintet will double the vocal parts to help keep the group together in pitch and tempo. The platform My Choral Coach will be available free of charge to help you learn your part on your own but you will not need to record your voice.

We’ve nicknamed the group The Lemonade Choir to distinguish it from Down East Singers. The name will not appear in any publicity. Why Lemonade Choir? Because when you get lemons you make lemonade! That’s what we’re doing!

We have scheduled a Zoom meeting for anyone interested in hearing more or asking questions. It will be Tuesday, 12 January, from 7 to 8:00 PM. If you’d like an invitation to the Zoom meeting please email us at

If you’d like to register for Lemonade Choir please go to the Join Us page, download the registration form and follow the directions for payment through the mail or online.

Regular Zoom meetings will be held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 in lieu of rehearsals, beginning Tuesday 19 January. These sessions will continue until it is warm enough for us to meet on Sunday afternoons outside and rehearse.

The concert video will again be a collaborative production with Bay Chamber Concerts and will be aired Memorial Day at 5 p.m. on Bay Chamber Concerts’ YouTube Channel.

Want to Sing with Down East Singers?

2020 Spring Registration
and First Rehearsal

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 starting at 6:15 PM
at Nativity Lutheran Church
179 Old County Road, Rockport

Get directions

New members and those who have been away from the group for three or more semesters are asked to do a voice placement check to determine which section they are best suited to sing in.

See Join Us page for more information.


Tuesdays from 7 to 9:15 PM
at Nativity Lutheran Church

Get directions

Sight-reading skills desired, but not required. Semester dues are $65. For more information, call 207-619-0413 or email us.

Down East Singers

PO Box 996, Rockport, Maine 04856