The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and LaGrange College are collaborating to form the brand-new LaGrange Symphony Chorus.
"The LaGrange Symphony has made incredible progress in the last 10 years, reaching an enviable level of professional performances," Patricio Cobos, the LSO conductor and music director, said in a statement. "The orchestra is ready to program important choral works from the standard repertoire such as Brahms' 'Requiem' and Mendelssohn's 'Elijah.' The creation of a symphonic-level choir will make these performances possible."
Deborah Ogie, director of choral activities at LaGrange College, will lead the chorus.
"We would like to include some of the great opera choruses of Wagner, Bizet or Verdi," Ogie said in a statement. "We'd also seek to perform major choral works of living composers."
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Most of the chorus will be comprised of LaGrange College students, Ogie said. She wants to provide opportunities for students to learn and perform these masterpieces of orchestral choral music. The chorus will offer academic course credit.
To fill out the chorus, trained community and regional singers may audition, Ogie said. A select number will be able to perform with the chorus.
Ogie plans two concerts during the academic year. Non-students will have to go to LaGrange once a week for two-hour rehearsals during the fall and spring semesters.
Annual auditions will be in August for all singers. All singers must prepare a classical solo, aria or art songs in any language, sing major, minor and chromatic scales and take a sight-reading, tonal memory and short theory tests.
For more information, call Ogie at 706-880-8188 or Ann Sellman at 706-880-8351.