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Welcome to the JACOMO CHORALE 

Jacomo Chorale Recruiting New Members

The Jacomo Chorale, a premier community chorale, is currently recruiting new members. The Chorale, now in its 33rd year, was founded by Harold Neal, the retired director of the Independence Messiah Choir in the fall of 1983, and is now under the direction of Dr. Helena Vasconcellos. Dr. Vasconcellos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance, a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D in Music Education with emphasis in Choral Conducting from UMKC. The Chorale rehearses at Mission Woods Community of Christ Church, Blue Springs, on Thursday evenings and presents two to four unique concerts per year at various venues in the local area. The spring concert, to be presented on April 30th with a repeat performance on May 1st, will be “Sing! The Bright Side.” Rehearsals begin January 21st from 7 to 9 PM at Mission Woods Community of Christ Church, 2800 Duncan Rd, Blue Springs.

Prospective singers will go through a process of voice placement with Dr. Vasconcellos to be appropriately placed within the Chorale structure. Regardless of the skill level of the prospective singers, they will be invited to attend a rehearsal in order to have an idea about the pace of practices and the level of expectation on the part of the conductor as well all the other members. Please call Nancy at (816) 355-0114 for additional information.

The Jacomo Chorale appreciates feedback from it’s patrons and visitors about what you thought of the concerts. Please make you comments at the bottom of this page. Thank you for supporting the Jacomo Chorale.

The Chorale is always looking for additional talented singers to join this dynamic group.  Rehearsals are held at Mission Woods Community of Christ church, 2800 Duncan Rd, Blue Springs, Thursdays from 7-9 PM. Directions to the church: from I-70, take exit 18 to NW Woods Chapel Rd. Go north on NW Woods Chapel 0.2 miles. Turn east on NW Duncan Rd. Go 0.6 miles. The church is on the south side of the road. The parking lot entrance is from NW Saunders Rd. For additional information, please contact Nancy White at njwhite1973@gmail.com or (816)355-0114. For directions, click here.

The JACOMO Chorale has provided quality music for Jackson County and the surrounding area since 1983. It is a community chorus presenting audiences with a diverse musical experience and providing an enjoyable outlet for choral musicians in eastern Jackson County. It has a rich heritage of music styles and presents concerts each season that include a wide variety of literature.

The JACOMO Chorale performs at a variety of venues in the Kansas City area. Check out Schedule page for further details.

Dr. Helena Vasconcellos, our musical director, has been directing the Chorale for 6 years. We offer an invitation to our supporters of the fine arts and the public here in Jackson County and beyond to come and watch her leads the Chorale in producing a beautiful musical experience. For more detailed information about our musical director, see her biography on the About Us page.


AUDITIONS

Music lovers and singers of all levels are welcome into the JACOMO Chorale. There will be no formal audition to join the group. Instead, the prospective singers will go through a process of voice placement. In a pleasant atmosphere, the prospective singers will be asked to perform the following tasks:

1. Singing  a tune which he or she feels comfortable, such as a church hymn, a folksong, a bel canto/operatic piece, a jazz standard, or even a popular song.

2. Sing “Happy Birthday” in three different key signatures.

3. Describing his or her level of comfort with written music.

Regardless of the skill level of the prospective singers, they will be invited to attend the first rehearsal in order to have an idea about the pace of practices and the level of expectation on the part of the conductor as well all the other members. Please call Nancy at (816) 355-0114, if you would like to try out and see what it would be like to sing under Jackson County’s best choral director.

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Mailing Address:

 JACOMO Chorale
15009 E. 46th St. S
Independence, MO 64055

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