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DIRECTOR: Diane Cushing

There is never a dull moment for Diane Cushing who plays the role of singer, conductor, and teacher of voice. Diane is the Founder and Director of The Greater Gardner Community Chorus in Gardner Ma., and also directs the Nashua Symphony Chorus and The Keene State College Choir. At Keene State she also teaches Voice, Fundamentals of Music, and teaches Voice at Assumption College, Worcester. She sings regularly in the Faculty Recitals. Diane participates in the music ministry at Bethany Baptist Church, where she is a worship leader and conductor for special choral concerts. She is a member of The American choral Conductor's Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing.


ACCOMPANIST: Ted Cushing

Ted is the Accompanist for Greater Gardner Community Choir and is the Organist at Bethany Baptist Church. He is also the Accompanist for the Nashua Symphony Chorus and the Gardner Public Schools. His full time job is Vice-President of Gardner Screw Corporation. Diane & Ted have been making music together for over 35 years!

 


MEMBERS:

imgWe are a large community of singers from the greater Gardner area from Athol to -Woburn- and points in between! Our members come from every walk of life - and every age: from retired folks to high school students. We welcome all who enjoy singing. We do NOT audition. Ages welcome from 14 to ??? The Greater Gardner Community Choir has been actively singing since 1996. In late 2008, we learned that the choir was cut from the budget of Mt. Wachusett Community College. We decided that the group must continue, moved our rehearsals to Bethany Baptist and we now have 501(c)(3) status.

 


imgWe sing two or more concerts a year; one in December, featuring Christmas and winter songs, and one in the spring. During our history we have sung with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra and opened for Rockapella. We sang with the Nataniel Dett Chorale in early 2006. Our Chamber Choir has sung with Cantus. We sang Rutter's Requiem in April 2009 with the support of Bethany Bapist Church and the Church of the Holy Rosary in Gardner. In December 2009, we sang Handel's Messiah at two venues - Starrett Memorial Church (Athol) and the First Congregational Church of Gardner (Gardner). Spring 2010 we sang a program of spirituals including John Rutter's 'Feel the Spirit' (with the Nashua Symphony Chorus). In December 2010, we performed Vivaldi's Gloria in D with a string ensemble to a full house!

 

REHEARSALS

We rehearse at Bethany Baptist Church, 74 Ryan Street in Gardner MA (directions) onimg Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. First rehearsal for the Spring 2017 season is January 17, 2017.

 

We DO NOT AUDITION! But our director may ask you to sing so she can verify your range placement. If you like to sing, please stop by. However, we WILL NOT ACCEPT new members after the third rehearsal.

 

COSTS

The cost to join the group this semester is $30/plus cost of music. The music cost is $30 this semester. Members are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities which are credited to the members. At present, concert attire is black tops, black bottoms for ladies; guys are long sleeve white dress shirt, black pants and a solid dark color tie (not bow ties).

Our 2016-2017 Board: Dave Schlier President; Karen Lenthall Vice President; Lyn Lambert Secretary; Sharon Pollitt - Treasurer and in no particular order: Phil Cormier, Alan Womer, Nancy Rogan, Andrea Colyer and Mary Hatch.