The performances might be three months away, but rehearsals are about to begin for the Northwest Chorus and the Southeast Chorus' annual celebration of Christmas music.
Southeast Chorus spokesperson Andrea Leatherdale said the first practice will happen on Tuesday, September 9, in Crosby, N.D. They will continue every Tuesday until the concerts in the first weekend in December.
Locals who want to join the choir are asked to meet at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Estevan at 5:15 p.m. on the 9th to travel to Crosby. Leatherdale noted they have to leave Estevan just after 5 p.m. due to the one-hour time difference between Estevan and Crosby. The practices begin at 7 p.m.
“We're always looking for more people to join us,” said Leatherdale.
Approximately 30 southeast Saskatchewan residents are part of the chorus each year. They represent the majority of the singers.
Leatherdale has been enjoying the music of the Southeast Chorus her entire life. Her grandmother and mother both sang in the choir, and Leatherdale has been involved with the group for several years.
Not only is it a great activity for anyone who loves to sing, but Leatherdale said there is a strong social element. Participants get to meet people they otherwise might not encounter.
“The commitment is three months on a Tuesday night,” said Leatherdale. “People think that if they're doing it all year long, they don't want to commit for that long, but it's just three months, and less than 15 practices.”
Participants don't have to be experienced singers either, Leatherdale said. The chorus will accept varying experience levels and abilities, ranging from amateurs who have sang once in their lives, to those who have been singing for years.
Once it's time to perform, the chorus sounds really good, she said.