Oratorio Society of Queens Fall Rehearsal Season
Rehearsals start for Handel’s “Messiah”
Auditions are Mondays, September 8 and 15
QUEENS, NY – The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for their Annual Holiday Concert scheduled for Sunday, December 21. You know you love to sing…we know you sing in the shower..so, come on! Join OSQ as a member and also join them onstage and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience… make plans now to register for an audition! Auditions are at 7:00 pm on Mondays, September 8 and September 15. Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals that night!
OSQ will be rehearsing Part I of Handel’s “Messiah,” plus many favorite traditional Christmas carols and Chanukah songs. OSQ rehearses every Monday evening (Fall and Spring), from 7:45 to 10:00pm inTemple Beth Sholom (in the FSG Hall) at 172nd Street and Northern Blvd. in Flushing.
As for the chorus, even with over 120 members, OSQ is eager to add to its roster of altos, sopranos, tenors, and bass singers each year. OSQ is a diverse group of men and women, young and old, of varied backgrounds and differing levels of singing ability—from sight-readers to those who learn by ear. According to Maestro Close, “Chorus singing, and especially OSQ, gives each individual the chance to get involved and take part in an activity that artistically enhances their skills, brings satisfaction, and results in a product of great beauty…People who love to sing are encouraged to join OSQ,” said Mr. Close. “Most of our members began singing in a church or temple choir or in a high school chorus or college glee club.”
The Oratorio Society of Queens sponsors a Student Choral Program that offers talented high school and college students the opportunity to sing and perform with OSQ.
The Annual Holiday Concert is performed with a professional orchestra and soloists in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College.
Maestro David Close is the Conductor and host of this venerable Queens tradition.
For additional information on rehearsals and concerts, call 718-279-3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org