Join us for our most ambitious season yet!
Dr. Patricia Ramirez Hacker is back for her 10th season and we’re ready to celebrate. We couldn’t be more excited to be singing together again, and have planned our most ambitious season ever!
From mini-concerts in downtown to the Mosaic of Love fundraiser featuring local swing band, In the Mood, to our International Composition Contest and our first Community Choral Festival with Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand of The Aeolians conducting. You won't want to miss a moment!
My goal as Artistic Director of the Huntsville Master Chorale is to select and prepare outstanding music for our audiences - music that is pleasing, enjoyable, and also educational and challenging for singers. This season hits all those targets and is our most exciting yet!
We are excited about 3 outdoor performances in downtown Huntsville, with selections from the movies, Broadway, jazz, and Christmas favorites. Watch for pop-up performances at Movies at the Park, Friday Art Walk, and the Tinsel Trail!
This year Mosaic of Love moves from Spring to Fall, so mark your calendars for October 23. In the Mood Swing Band will join us again, with two hours of music for you to enjoy. The Stone Center turned out to be a wonderful venue, so get ready to listen, sing along, sip your favorite beverage, and dance!
What are the holidays without music? We couldn't help but prepare our traditional Christmas Concert to get you into a festive mood. The Chorale will be sharing seasonal favorites at Monte Sano United Methodist on December 12.
Springtime brings the program, I Dream a World, featuring Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder ( New Love Songs Waltzes), along with new music including the winners of the Composition Contests from 2020 and 2021 and local composer Erin Huelskamp Bohn’s Cosmic Cycle. Two performances will be held: May 6 at Asbury United Methodist and May 7 at Covenant Presbyterian.
We will end the season with a bang. The Huntsville Master Chorale is holding our first Community Choral Festival, with Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand as clinician. Dr. Ferdinand is a renowned choral conductor and director of the famous Aeolians from Oakwood University. The Aeolians demonstrate finesse and outstanding musicianship as they perform all over the world and it will be a thrilling opportunity for area musicians to work with this talented conductor. Dates are June 3-4 at Trinity United Methodist. Stay tuned for registration information!
We have truly missed seeing your faces this past year, and look forward to an exciting season of beautiful choral music. We are eager to sing again for you!
Dr. Patricia Ramirez Hacker
Our Best Season Yet!
Jul 21, 7:00 pm - MOVIES AT THE PARK, Constitution Village
Sep 10, 7:00 pm - FRIDAY ART WALK, Courthouse steps
Oct 23, 4:00-6:00 pm - MOSAIC OF LOVE with In the Mood Swing Band
Dec 12, 3:00 pm - CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Monte Sano United Methodist Church
Dec 4, 6:30 pm - CAROLING SING-ALONG, Tinsel Trail in Big Spring Park
May 6, 7:00 pm - I DREAM A WORLD, Asbury United Methodist Church
May 7, 3:00 pm - I DREAM A WORLD, Covenant Presbyterian Church
Jun 3-4 - LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING! Community Choral Festival with Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, Trinity United Methodist Church
Celese Sanders Receives Lester Emerging Arts Award
Congratulations to HMC's Celese Sanders, chosen by Huntsville Ballet as this year's recipient of the Katherine and Richard Lester Emerging Arts Contribution Award. This award recognizes an individual that is newer to the arts community, but whose volunteer contributions over the past year have made a dramatic impact in the Huntsville/Madison County arts community.
Along with the well-deserved recognition, Jodi Stephens and Sherry Polk of Huntsville Ballet presented a cash award of $500 to Dr. Patricia Hacker, HMC Artistic Director. Congratulations to Celese and to HMC for this recognition!
It's a New Year! - A Note from Our President
This is the time of year that the Huntsville Master Chorale normally presents our annual Mosaic of Love fundraiser. We truly appreciate all the support that we have received from our patrons! Thank you, again, for remembering HMC in your generous donations during this pandemic. While the Chorale will not be able to present Mosaic this year, we are still singing virtually and preparing for next year.
The winner of the annual Competition Contest sponsored by HMC is always announced at our Mosaic of Love. This year, the winner will be announced in our newsletter and on our Facebook page and website. Over 40 composers worldwide have entered our contest this year! Entries will be accepted through January 31, 2021, so if you are a budding composer or know of one, it's not too late to enter. The winner will receive $1,000 and their composition will be performed by the Huntsville Master Chorale.
Thank you, again, for your support! We look forward to seeing you again in the concert hall soon!
Your HMC Board President,
Summing Up 2020 - A Note from Our President
What a ride this year has been! The Huntsville Master Chorale began 2020 with our annual fundraiser, “Mosaic of Love,” sharing the stage with the wonderful In the Mood swing band and a record number of guests. No sooner did we step off the risers, than COVID-19 took center stage and has simply refused to leave.
While corporate singing was discouraged by health officials, our fearless leader, Dr. Patricia Hacker, was sure we could still have a singing season. Chorale members accepted her challenge, rehearsed via Zoom, and learned to record themselves on audio and video. Patricia, Dennis Clements and Peter Hannah learned to assemble those recordings into virtual choir performances for audiences to enjoy digitally.
We purchased special resonance masks and sang in small groups outside and in spacious venues that were deemed safe. We also upped our social media presence and committed to finding new ways to engage with our patrons. Our annual Composition Contest has been expanded internationally and the submissions are rolling in. This is truly exciting!
2020 is coming to an end, but the pandemic is not… at least not yet… and so we remain flexible. You can be confident that the Huntsville Master Chorale will flex our creative muscles to ensure that music-making continues no matter what obstacles are thrown our way.
We appreciate your support as the Chorale has grown in unanticipated ways this year. Your Facebook “likes” and “shares,” your kind words through emails, notes, and phone calls, and your financial gifts mean the world to us. We are looking forward to enjoying beautiful choral music together again very soon!
Dec 2020 Virtual Moment
Carol of the bells - the real story!
Everyone loves Leontovych's "Carol of the Bells" at Christmastime. But did you know that it began as a Ukranian folk song?
The original title was "Shchedryj" which is Ukranian for bountiful. The folk song tells the tale of a little swallow that flies into a family home to promise them bounty in the new year.
The song's bell-like quality prompted the English lyrics, "Hark, how the bells..." and the rest is history!
Enjoy our light-hearted take on this Christmas classic:
Oct 2020 Virtual Moment
A Word from the Artistic Director - Dr. Patricia Ramirez Hacker
It has been difficult dealing with a worldwide pandemic. Activities have been disrupted, travel canceled, jobs lost, and many are isolated and lonely.
While COVID-19 has provided all of us with challenges, some have been faced with the ultimate challenge: saying goodbye to loved ones.
A Song of Hope and Peace was written by Gertrude San Souci (1873-1913) with words by Edward Lockton (1876-1940). Dedicated to all who have lost the battle to COVID-19, this prayer is a call for sunshine after the night, peace after sorrow, and safety as we travel new paths."provides a timeless message of hope after darkness. This prayer is a call for sunshine after the night, peace after sorrow, and safety as we travel new paths.
Our hope is that this prayer provides comfort as we walk the road together. And as we contemplate a bright future ahead.
Listen to A Song of Hope and Peace
Sept 2020 Virtual Moment
Dennis Clements had a vision - to bring together local directors and choirs of all denominations, races and backgrounds to form a Diversity Choir Project. Clements shares, "For many years, I have been aware that our society makes it very easy for me, and many like me, to avoid meaningful connections with people who are different. At the same time, I have been keenly aware that the Bible teaches that love shared in human community is the most powerful evidence of a loving supreme being."
Clements began writing a choral piece based on Jesus' prayer recorded in the gospel of John but soon realized that he needed another "voice." He approached Toya Poplar and together they penned the lyrics in the kind of creative relationship that Clements had sought to pursue since he envisioned this project. "I wanted this piece to be a plaintive call to actively oppose the status quo of race relations in our country," explains Clements.
With the onset of Covid-19, his plans for the Diversity Choir Project had to be put on hold, but he shared his composition, We Fulfill His Prayer, with Dr. Patricia Hacker, artistic director for the Huntsville Master Chorale, who enthusiastically offered to produce a virtual choral performance of the piece. Even though Covid prevents HMC from rehearsing and performing in person this season, virtual rehearsals and performances provide opportunities to continue the HMC mission of fostering creativity by keeping excellent choral singing alive in North Alabama while nurturing composers and performing their new works.
Clements and Poplar acknowledge our current state of uncertainty and unrest in the world and offer this composition as an exhortation to make connections with others instead of tending toward tribalism and further divide. Clements expresses, " While we don't all share the particular theological convictions which gave birth to this song, the general themes of learning to love and care for those who are different from us have an urgent, universal value, particularly in these difficult times in which we are living."Listen to We Fulfill His Prayer