Open Rehearsals with Brattleboro Women’s Chorus – 6:30 pm

February 29, 2024 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church

880 VT Route 9, West Brattleboro VT

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus Welcomes New Singers for Spring Session Spotlighting Black Composers

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus is delighted to extend an invitation to new singers to join their upcoming spring session, dedicated to showcasing the beautiful music of black composers. This inclusive ensemble, open to individuals at least 10 years of age who identify as female or non-binary and possess a vocal range that comfortably includes the A in the middle of the treble staff, invites voices of all backgrounds to join in this celebration of music from the African diaspora.

The spring session promises to be an exciting exploration of the incredible contributions of black composers to the world of music. From stirring spirituals to contemporary compositions, the repertoire will offer a captivating journey through a range of styles and genres, highlighting the richness and depth of black musical heritage.

On Mother’s Day at the Latchis Theatre, the Chorus will offer a concert of thanks and appreciation for all the richness given to us by the composers, named and unnamed, with African roots. Our music this spring includes songs by Ysaye Barnwell, Bobby McFerrin, Melanie DeMore, Rollo Dilworth, and Stevie Wonder. Local artist Samirah Evans will be the featured soloist as well.

The Chorus will host an open rehearsal at both rehearsals on Thursday, February 29, providing an opportunity for prospective members to experience the joy of singing with the chorus firsthand. While attendance at this rehearsal is open to all, registration in advance is required. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit for more information and to secure their spot.

Weekly rehearsals for the “concert singers” will be held at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 beginning February 29th. We will also offer a “relaxed singing” chorus on Thursday mornings from 10 am – noon at the Brattleboro Music Center for those who want to continue to sing together without the pressure of working between sessions, and without an attendance requirement. We will sing some (but not all) of the same songs as the evening session, and morning singers will be able to sing in the concert on some songs, if they choose to.

Under the direction of esteemed conductor Becky Graber, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus provides a welcoming and supportive environment for singers of all levels to come together and share their love of music. Whether you’re a seasoned vocalist or someone who has always wanted to explore their musical talents, there is a place for you in this vibrant and inclusive community.

“Our spring session is an opportunity for us to honor the remarkable legacy of black composers and to hold discussions around what it means to be a predominantly white community singing this music,” says Graber. “We welcome singers of all backgrounds to join us as we come together in song.”

To put our repertoire into some historical context, we will also welcome Melanie DeMore, a vocal activist from California, to lead a virtual workshop for all registered singers on February 26.

For more information about the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and to register for the spring session, please visit

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