Big Choir Summer Singing
The Michael O’Neal Singers, which just completed its 25th Anniversary Season, is about to celebrate the tenth summer of The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers. Begun as a way to provide singers who could not sing in MOS during the regular season an opportunity to participate in an excellent summer chorus, as well as offer regular MOS members a way to keep their voice in shape during the summer hiatus, The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers became something to which I look forward every year.
This summer we are expecting 194 singers at our first rehearsal, 56 of whom will be joining us for the first time. There will also be 71 returning Summer Singers, 53 current MOS members, and 14 former MOS members. We will be performing one of the most popular works of one of the most respected choral composers of the last 50 years – John Rutter. Rutter’s music is recognized and appreciated for its beautiful melodies, engaging harmonies, and unique rhythmic patterns. His Requiem is one of his most thoughtful and well-conceived compositions, and is much loved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. The 194 voices of The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers will perform the work with chamber ensemble and organ, and the soprano soloist will be Sherri Seiden, who holds the distinction of being John Rutter’s “most requested” soprano soloist when he guest-conducts at Carnegie Hall.
As we approach our first rehearsal on June 16, I am especially interested in hearing why people want to sing in a summer chorus. Your comment can specifically relate to our chorus, or any other summer chorus in which you sing or have sung. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.