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June 20, 2019

8/31/2017 7:26:00 AM
The newly named Northwoods Choraliers are ready to sing, sing, sing!

The Northwoods Choraliers, the women's community choir formerly known as the Nicolet Choraliers, are ready to make beautiful music in the Northwoods once again.

Any woman age 18 or older who would like to hit the high notes or be all about that bass is invited to attend the informational meeting and first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church on East Larch Street.

The Choraliers' season runs from September through May, with some time off for the winter holidays, and they perform in concerts throughout the season.

"This group of women has been delighting the Northwoods community with their unique style for decades," according to a press release announcing the name change. "Many of the current members have been involved with the group for over 10 years, with quite a few singing since the Choraliers' very beginning. The ladies both cultivate and enjoy a positive, fun atmosphere that is evident the moment you walk through the door for rehearsal or when you are part of the audience for one of their performances."

"Music helps me stay positive," writes Michelle Bennett who has been a soprano for 12 seasons, during which she also battled cancer. "The people and the music were my strength that helped me survive. The Choraliers are more than just a group. They're more than friends. They're my musical family!"

The Northwoods Choraliers director, Bonnie Dawson, loves the group so much she's stood at the helm for 28 of the 40 years the choral group has existed. "I have enjoyed being a part of this fantastic group of ladies," she said. "They are so wonderful to work with and so dedicated to bring such joy and talent to our community."

Cori Evers, a newer member and the current secretary of the Choraliers says, "The ladies come from so many different musical backgrounds with all sorts of different abilities, and that makes singing with them such a wonderful experience."

She also noted that while some of the members do read music, it's never been a strict requirement for membership, and so women considering joining shouldn't let the written music scare them away. "All you need is a love of singing and a willingness to learn the music," she said.

"Of course, if you would rather be enjoying perfect harmony while in the audience and you'd like the Northwoods Choraliers to perform at your event, business, etc., then they'd love to hear from you," the release states. The Northwoods Choraliers are a self-funded group in the process of obtaining a nonprofit status and would appreciate a donation to help cover operational costs if they do perform for your venue.

For more information on joining the group or booking a performance, call Bonnie Dawson at 715-362-2485.





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