Depot Lane Singers mark 35th year

The Depot Lane Singers, a community chorus based in Schoharie, is looking for singers to join the chorus for its winter concert on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

The concert will be held at Schoharie High School and will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and will be held at the Depot Lane Theatre building in Schoharie, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

The theme for this year's concert will be "Masters in This Hall," featuring familiar holiday music along with newer music and a few rarely heard gems.  Music by Handel, Haydn, Britten, Minotti, and Bruckner will be represented.  

Also on the program will be such favorites as Jesseye's Carol, Gesu Bambino, Sussex Carol, and a beautiful new piece called “The Ground” from the Sunrise Mass by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.  The audience will also be asked to join in singing several familiar Christmas carols.

The Depot Lane Singers were founded by the late Frances B. Tripp, former Schoharie High School music teacher.  Tripp founded the Depot Lane Singers in September of 1979, after her retirement from active teaching. 

Currently under the baton of Artistic Director/Conductor Mitch Haverly, the Singers are set to begin their 35th concert season.  Haverly began working with the group in September 2005.  The chorus is accompanied by Mary Jane Bianchine.

The Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association sponsors the Singers, and a portion of the proceeds from their programs are given to SCHA to assist with their fund-raising.  The Depot Lane Singers encourage anyone who enjoys singing to join the group. 

There are no auditions.  Students who are at least 12 years old or in the seventh grade are also encouraged to sing. 

The Depot Lane Singers' motto is:  “If you love to sing, you’ll love singing with us!” 

Anyone wishing more information may contact Mitch Haverly by phone at 872-2682, or by e-mail at

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