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Joining Foothills Chorale

Foothills Chorale is a community choir consisting of vocal musicians from the Upstate of South Carolina who are dedicated to professional performances of great music in a wide variety of vocal styles. A typical concert program of the Chorale may include the traditional: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Or quite often, the audience may hear Bach (PDQ type), Bernstein (Musical Theater), and Brubeck (Vocal Jazz). (Get partial concert repertoire list here in PDF format.)

The Chorale has established a tradition of excellence in its short history. It provides the singers of the Upstate area an opportunity to perform a capella and choral/orchestral literature. It also helps to expand community/educational experiences and strives to improve the total quality of life for the citizens of the area. 

WE ARE BUILDING A TRADITION
OF COMMUNITY PRIDE AND CHORAL EXCELLENCE,
AND WE NEED YOU TO
   ...BE a part of it!

Membership is by audition only. Auditions are held in the choir room of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 Edgewood Avenue, Clemson, SC, usually on the Tuesday night one week prior to the first rehearsal of each semester.

Auditions are by appointment and those interested should contact Bill Diekhoff to set a time. To request additional information about the Chorale, please send email to billyd4@charter.net or call Bill Diekhoff at (864) 287-2236.
 
REHEARSALS: Fort Hill Presbyterian Church
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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CONCERTS: We are currently performing Winter & Spring concerts in the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center at Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC. GET MAP HERE Other venues at which we may perform include Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, GET MAP HERE and various churches in the area. Other venues may be required on occasion.
DUES: $50.00 per year. Due by the second rehearsal unless other arrangements are made with the Chorale Treasurer.
We have a scholarship fund set aside to help in emergency situations.
CONCERT DRESS: Women: Black concert gown
Men: Black tuxedo, black tie and shoes
Our wardrobe chairperson will give you ordering information. The Chorale will provide accessories as needed at no cost.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT THE AUDITIONS: After filling out an information sheet the singer will be asked to:
1.  Sing several scale patterns to warm up.
2.  Use a neutral syllable to repeat patterns played on the piano.
3.  Do some sight reading.
4.  Sing a familiar song (America, etc.) in several keys.
There is no need to prepare a solo for the audition.
The audition usually takes ten to fifteen minutes to complete.  Results will be given within two days of the audition.

Bill directs a weekly rehearsal.

Click photo for a 1.4 MB mini-movie of a rehearsal led by Accompanist/Assistant Conductor, Lane Moore. (must have RealPlayer to view and hear)

Members wait patiently to begin a 
performance at the Brooks Center.
Concert dress rehearsal on stage. 

 

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