The future of the Dawson Chorale has been uncertain lately after the departure of a longtime conductor, but the group is coming together for a variety show in April to showcase not only the talent of all people who share a love for singing, but the resilience of a community dedicated to promoting the arts as well.
The chorale, which was organized in 1998, is currently undergoing a reorganization to become more financially independent and have a more active internal leadership, and is also currently searching for a new conductor.
In the meantime, chorale members Kathy Pate along with Dr. John Reid are producing a variety show titled “Pop Music through the Years” that will bring multiple groups together for a fun-filled evening.
The chorale will be joined with choral groups from Dawson County High School and Dawson County Middle School. The two-hour show will be held April 30 in the Performing Arts Center on the DCHS campus, and tickets will be available at the door.
Included in the show will be the performance of songs from the past several decades, including “Somebody to Love” by Queen, “Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle, “Fields of Gold” by Sting, “Scarborough Fair” by Simon & Garfunkel and “I want it that way” by the Backstreet Boys, along with many more songs.
Pate said there is still time to join the group, and rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. each Monday night at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville.
“If you have wanted to sing all your life, this is a great opportunity to participate in a fun performance,” Pate said.
All ages and ranges, amateur professional, are welcome.
“Some of our members have taught music for decades, some have sung with many chorales over the years, some are local business people, and all share a love of singing,” Pate said.
The board of directors at the Bowen Center for the Arts has supported the chorale since its inception, as well as First Baptist Church, which has been hosting the group’s rehearsals for over 20 years.
As with other community chorales, ticket sales only cover a portion of the chorale’s annual expenses.
“We are currently holding a sponsorship drive,” Pate said. “Members are visiting local businesses offering them an opportunity to promote their businesses through sponsorship of the chorale.”
If you are interested in participating and/or becoming a sponsor of the Dawson Chorale, contact Kathy Pate at (706) 531-1551 or John Reid at (706) 344-2916.