Schoharie Valley Singers seek more voices

The Schoharie Valley Singers are looking for singers to join the chorus as it continues its 41st season. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and are held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Central Bridge, running from 7 to 9 p.m. The LDS Church can be found at 141 Church St. in Central Bridge.

The Singers encourage anyone who enjoys singing to join the group. In particular, middle and high school students with a love for singing are more than welcome to join.

“Even if you have never sung in a group before, singing in a chorus is a great way to make friends, build community, and have fun,” says a release from the Singers. 

The theme for this concert cycle is “Across the Universe — A Tribute to The Beatles.” The first half of the concert will feature the Schoharie Valley Singers performing mainly a cappella arrangements of Beatles’ favorites. The second half will be sung with a four-piece backing band led by Artistic Director Benjamin April at the piano.

Concerts are scheduled for Friday, May 1, at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, and Saturday, May 2, at the Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Schoharie Valley Singers were founded as The Depot Lane Singers in1979 by the late Frances B. Tripp, after she retired from teaching music at Schoharie High School. In 2005, direction of the group was passed to Mitch Haverly, a retired music teacher from Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School.

In 2018, the Depot Lane Singers were renamed as the Schoharie Valley Singers and incorporated as an independent not-for-profit organization. At that time, Middleburgh Jr./Sr. High School music teacher Benjamin April was named as the third director of the Singers. 

Anyone wishing for more information may contact the group at or follow on Facebook as the Schoharie Valley Singers.

These programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grant Fund in Schoharie County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

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