HALLELUJAH CHORUS, with
BBC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

As a special treat for this memorable season, the Transylvania Choral Society obtained permission from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to use their instrumental rendering of “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah within our virtual choir performance.

“Hallelujah” from Messiah, George Frideric Handel

Sung by the Transylvania Choral Society,
music recorded 2009 by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Dr. David Gresham, choral director and editor

“GLORY TO GOD”
from MESSIAH

In the same vein as the “Hallelujah” Chorus, the Transylvania Choral Society collaborated with organist Dr. Vance Reese to perform “Glory to God,” echoing the song of the angels at the miracle of Christmas.

“Glory to God” from Messiah, George Frideric Handel

Sung by the Transylvania Choral Society,
music recorded 2020 by organist Dr. Vance Reese
Dr. David Gresham, choral director and editor

 

RINGING (OR, SINGING) IN
THE CHANGES THIS FALL

At last there’s something to sing about and some way of singing together again!

After wondering what would happen for one of the riskiest activities in these Covid times, the Transylvania Choral Society began virtual rehearsals on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm to produce a united choral sound for Christmas.

Tech-savvy Choral Director Dr. David Gresham and stalwart accompanist Patti Black have been playing and singing at Zoom meetings. Choir members at the Zoom meeting have been muted, so singers hear what David and Patti are doing and sing along at home. We are able to see each other but don’t hear each other, and even our director doesn’t hear us — not at first, at least.

In our own time, outside the Tuesday night Zoom meeting, singers have used one device (e.g. computer) to play our parts while recording our own voice tracks on another device (smart phone). When the choir is ready, we send sound files to Dr. Gresham, who then produces a unified final project from the tracks sent in. After Dr. Gresham piloted this successfully with the choir at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, we are pleased to present “When Memory Fades,” our first completed track of the Fall 2020 season:

“When Memory Fades,” text by Dr. Mary Louise Bringle

Performed by the Transylvania Choral Society
melody by Jayne Southwick Cool, arranged by Eric Nelson
Dr. David Gresham director, Patti Black accompanist

 

It may sound challenging but we believe the final product is already more than worth the effort.

Because this is virtual singing, each chorister is faced with hearing his or her own voice alone, which can make singers shy.  Dr. Gresham points out: “You don’t have to feel too sheepish about how your recording turns out” because during the mixing, there’s a deal of leveling and compressing whereby quality rises and mistakes are subsumed.

Transylvania Choral Society is a community of folks who enjoy singing, and the choir has never held auditions; its spirit is about the power of many small talents uniting to form one fine sound.

Our final result will be a virtual recital that includes selections from Handel’s “Messiah”, along with “When Memory Fades,” the hymn above composed by Dr. Mary Louise Bringle, Professor of Religious Studies at Brevard College — one of the pieces initially slated for an April 2020 Benefit Concert for the Alzheimer’s Association.

TCS has a solid core of committed members, and this season has brought together former members as well as  those near and far who welcome a new challenge to bring singing back into all our lives.

TCS proudly performs under the baton of our Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. David Gresham, with artistic accompaniment by Patricia Black.

 

“WHEN MEMORY FADES”
Scheduled for Spring 2020

POSTPONED

ALZHEIMER’S STORIES
by ROBERT S. COHEN
and
WHEN MEMORY FADES, AND RECOGNITION FALTERS
text by MEL BRINGLE

with
SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY EDWARD SHAW, MD,
co-author of
KEEPING LOVE ALIVE AS MEMORIES FADE—THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES & THE ALZHEIMER’S JOURNEY 

POSTPONED

We are sorry to report that the Transylvania Choral Society and Brevard College Chamber Singers had to postpone our program for “When Memory Fades” indefinitely. Our concert was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020, in the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

We rely on membership dues and the generosity of our sponsors, supporters, and many donors to continue offering great choral music each year in the fall and spring for the community of Transylvania County.

We are especially grateful to our 2020 season sponsors for their support of the Transylvania Choral Society.

Transylvania Choral Society

The Transylvania Choral Society is a volunteer community choir that prepares and presents a wide array of sacred and secular choral music at least twice a year. Society members share their love of music in performances that entertain, inspire and inform.

Founded in 1975, The Transylvania Choral Society is a Community Performing Arts Chorus open to all vocalists within Transylvania County who are interested in performing choral music within a concert setting.