ALAMEDA -- Wanted: Singers needed for local chorus. Must love singing with others.
The Alameda Community Chorus has immediate openings for individuals from age 13 and up who want to stretch their musical moments beyond the constraints of the shower.
Kathryn Neale, who has taught the chorus for seven years and has been a singing teacher for more than 30 years, said the class attendance has slipped a bit since the school district's Adult School Program stopped printing its class brochure because of budget cuts. The choir was an adult school class until the state changed adult education funding. It is now an Alameda Recreation and Park Department class.
Ideally, lots of people will sign up for classes on Monday.
The chorus's 11 sessions include a Dec. 6 performance at Kofman Auditorium.
There are 11 practice classes before the annual performance at Kofman Auditorium, which is set for Dec. 6. Singers will perform a variety of genres from Vivaldi to contemporary holiday music.
Last year, the chorus performed at Cardinal Point, an experience that Neale said was wonderful.
Neale's vision is to eventually have 60 members or even more to make up the Alameda chorus. A longtime singing instructor and performer, she has worked with George Coates Performance Works and has toured in Europe, entertaining with music and movement. She was an adjunct faculty instructor at Sonoma State University's music department.
"I'd like to call it 'Alameda Sings,'" she said.
The fee for the classes is $145, plus a $25 music fee. The adult school no longer has a budget for copying music for the students. Sessions are held from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays in Room 725 on the second floor of the West Wing of Alameda High School. Classes begin Monday and continue through Dec. 9.
There is no formal audition, but there is a brief evaluation to determine placement altos, sopranos, and others in the choir. To sign up, go in person to 2226 Santa Clara Ave, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or go online to www.arpdeplay.com/Activities.