Salisbury Symphony Forms Chorale



Today the Salisbury Symphony announces it will form a chorus in order to engage a wider number of community members in the organization’s musical endeavors, provide talented singers in the region with an opportunity to perform in a first-rate ensemble and to ensure a group of high-quality singers are ready when major choral works are programmed. The Chorale will give six concerts over the next two seasons, working with six different directors, one of whom will be chosen the Chorale Director, commencing the position for the 2019-20 season.  Two classical favorites are planned for this 2017-18 season; a third lighter concert will be presented in the spring.

The Chorale’s first concert will be as part of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary celebration held at St. John's Lutheran Church on September 23rd and jointly produced between the Salisbury Symphony and St. John’s Lutheran Church.   For this first concert, the Chorale will be prepared by former Charlotte Symphony Chorale Director, David Tang.    He will prepare the Bach Cantata No. 80, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."  The entire concert will consist of works based on this mighty hymn originally written by Martin Luther.

The Chorale’s second concert of the season will be the Christmas sections from Handel's Messiah prepared by Phillip Burgess.  Dates for the second concert are to be confirmed.

Music Director of the Salisbury Symphony, David Hagy, says: “The Symphony Chorale will give exciting opportunities for people who enjoy singing together to prepare both popular and classical choral pieces in a supportive environment for all its singers.  It will also bring a variety of music to Rowan audiences—some familiar, some new—some serious, some fun—some playful, some moving.  Altogether I hope it will make a strong impact on both the group’s members and the community!”

Open auditions for singers will be held the evening of Monday, August 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.  Those interested in singing with the group should contact Chorale Coordinator Hunter Safrit,, on or after July 17 to schedule a brief audition time.  Singers are asked to prepare a short song that shows their voice quality, pitch, and musicality. It should be with piano accompaniment which they should bring.  While music reading skills are definitely preferred, those with limited skills who are capable of learning parts quickly are welcome.  Those interested who are not available August 7 should contact Mr. Safrit for an alternate audition.

Four principal singers, one soprano, one alto, one tenor, and one bass will be selected through the open audition process and will be hired by the Chorale.  The four singers will prepare parts ahead of rehearsal to aid the section in learning their parts and will also serve as soloists with the Chorale on its September concert.  Those interested in these positions will audition at the same time but should prepare a classical song for their voice.

Several local choral directors including Rosemary Kinard, Phillip Burgess, Teresa Moore-Mitchell and Matthew Brown will hear auditions.  Matthew Brown will accompany.

Six rehearsals for the first concert with the Salisbury Symphony will be on two Monday and two Tuesday evenings beginning Monday, August 21, with the final two rehearsals being the night dress rehearsal on Friday September 22nd and Saturday afternoon September 23rd.

Remaining concerts over the next two years will be conducted by directors yet to be decided.

Choral directors who are interested should submit a one-page letter of interest with a resume to the Salisbury Symphony, Attn: David Hagy, P.O. Box 4264, Salisbury, 28145.


For enquiries please contact:

James Dane Harvey

704 637 4314 /