For the second year Huntsville Master Chorale has a nomination for the 2016 Virginia Hammill Simms community volunteer award. This year’s nominee is Sara McDaris whose volunteer service to the community includes many years of public storytelling. Added to that, she is a singer, harpist, and writer. She is one talented lady!
Sara McDaris (2nd from left) and HMC supporters at Virginia Hammill Simms award ceremony. April 2016
Two of our Huntsville Master Chorale singers made a fine pair at one of the Huntsville Guild of Organists concerts this Lenten season. On Thursday, March 18, 2016, Susan Fletcher played her composition, Song of Mary, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In another selection Sally Priester sang the chant before each of the sections of Salve Regina by Peeter Cornet.
The Huntsville Master Chorale was one of 17 Huntsville arts and cultural organizations to receive funding through Arts Huntsville. Tommy Battle, Huntsville Mayor and City Council members Will Culver, Bill Kling, John Olshefski, Mark Russell, and Dr. Richard Showers, Jr. established this grant program in 2013. Thank you, City of Huntsville. We are also grateful to Sally Priester, our chorale member and grant writer!
HMC Sings for Alabama Choral Directors Association
On July 13, 2015, the Huntsville Master Chorale sang for the Alabama Choral Directors Association summer conference held in Tuscaloosa, AL. Our artisitic director, Patricia Hacker, prepared us well. The selections were "Festival Te Deum" by Benjamin Britton and commissioned works, "Three Songs of Spring - Dolphins, My Apple Orchard and Unpredictable", by the California composer, Emma Lou Diemer. Dr. Diemer has a longstanding connection with the Huntsville Master Chorale. Our singing was joyously received!
On April 10, 2015, our HMC President, Linda McAllister, received the prestigious Virgina Hammill Simms Award.
The Virginia Hammill Simms Award recognizes the volunteer efforts of individual contribution to the arts in the Huntsville/Madison County community. The award is sponsored and administered by Community Ballet Association, and has been annually awarded since 1967. The award involves nominees being put forward by arts organizations, and the award has been given to the person who has made the greatest volunteer contribution to the Huntsville arts community. The Virginia Hammill Simms Award is presented at the annual dinner. The event features a program honoring the nominees, and the announcement of the winner of the award.
McAllister (on right) with HMC Artistic Director, Patricia Hacker.