Choir group ready to rock community
Muskoka Rock Choir is seeking more members. Read the story for information on how to join.
November 28, 2012
MUSKOKA – As a new resident of Muskoka, Ian Crowley had a couple of items on his bucket list when he moved to the area: form a rock choir and meet people.
By fulfilling the first objective and forming Muskoka Rock Choir he has accomplished the second.
For those who have this image of a choir being staid, Crowley said it can be fun, especially with the right music.
“I hope to create a musical community for people who never sang before,” said Crowley. “I want people to come to choir for the repertoire, I want the audience to come for the repertoire, I want the musicians to come for the repertoire.”
The upcoming concert by Muskoka Rock Choir includes music from a variety of artists including Pink Floyd and Green Day. Songs you wouldn’t typically hear or expect to hear at a choir performance.
Crowley said there will also be more to the performances than just song.
“It’s sort of Casey Kasem meets Vinyl Café,” said Crowley. “The show you’re coming to see is not just a rock choir, it’s a rock choir plus a narrator who keeps the story moving along. It adds a dimension to the show.”
The first concert, on Dec. 9, will raise funds for the Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Build Fund. Each season the choir will donate to a different charity.
“They should embody the mission of community,” said Crowley. “We’re building a community based on people who love to sing and through that community we hope to give back to the local community.”
So far there are just under 20 members in the choir and Crowley would ideally like to see that number closer to 50.
He’s looking for people who don’t have a background in music, “shower singers” so to speak.
“We’re a small bunch, we have no professional singers in our group as of yet,” he said.
Crowley encourages anyone interested in joining to attend a rehearsal or the show; there are no auditions. Currently the choir meets on Thursday evenings at Sutherland Hall at 7 p.m.
The Rolling in the Deep concert will take place at Sutherland Hall at 4 p.m. on Dec. 9.
The new season will begin on Jan. 8 with rehearsals on Tuesday evenings.
For more information contact Crowley at 705-635-3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Let your inner rock star out,” he said.
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