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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!

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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 HuntsvilleTommy 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! 

 

 
The Huntsville Master Chorale is singing with joy and delight because the Jane K. Lowe Charitable Foundation has provided it with a generous grant! This enables the chorale to purchase needed music and to pay instrumentalists at our concerts. This money will also be used to commission new works that the Huntsville Master Chorale will premiere in future seasons. A huge thanks is extended to the trustees of the Jane K. Lowe Charitable Foundation.
 

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 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!

We received many positive comments about our singing. One letter is found below:
 
Members of the Huntsville Master Chorale,
 
I wanted to take a moment to thank you so very much for sharing your music with our State's Choral Directors. We appreciate you making the trip to Tuscaloosa and taking time out of your hectic lives to share with us. The response to your music making was extremely positive and I heard so many after the concert discussing the great literature that you chose. 
 
Your individual dedication to preserving and propelling the singing a great choral literature is to be commended. The Huntsville and Madison areas are blessed to have such a passionate group of musicians who give selflessly of their time to create beautiful art. Thank you for what you do for our State and for your performance at the Alabama ACDA Summer Conference Concert.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Megan Wicks-Rudolph
Director of Choral Activities
Vestavia Hills High School
NBCT: 2003, 2013
Alabama ACDA President

 

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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.

Congratulations, Linda!

McAllister (on right)  with HMC Artistic Director, Patricia Hacker.

 

       

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