A Cappella Quinte seeks new director

A Cappella Quinte has resumed its regular rehearsal schedule, with plans to start auditioning potential new chorus directors.  So far, two prominent area musicians have shown an interest and have been interviewed by the chorus search committee.  At least one is expected to take over from Robert Young this fall to prepare the chorus for its Christmas season activities and its major show, a special one for Canada’s sesquicentennial next spring. That show will have extensive Canadian content, chorus officials affirm.

The season marks a farewell as chorus director for Bob Young, who has led it through several decades of performances locally and successfully in major competitions within the Barbershop Harmony Society. Robert is stepping down after a run of several decades as chorus director, but is expected to stay with the chorus as a singer and a member of the widely known In-Four-Mation Quartet.

Also coming up early in the new season is a special Newcomers Night, when the chorus will welcome men interested in checking out traditional four-part, a cappella (unaccompanied) singing.  This is a night to meet new friends, learn a song or two in the part the suits you best and find out plans for a Christmas season sing-out at area retirement and nursing homes. The evening is free of charge and refreshments will be served. Go to the back hall of Calvary Temple on Dundas Street West in Belleville between 6:45 and 7 pm on Tuesday, October 4 for sign-in. The entrance to the back hall is off the west side parking lot. All chapter members are also urged to bring their own guests.