In 1976 as part of the Bicentennial celebration, the Mendelssohn Club of Kingston invited a group of women to participate in song. Not wishing the celebration to come to an end, a group of 75 pioneering women formed the Mid-Hudson Women's Chorus.
Forty one years have gone by since the first concert in 1977. Once having joined, most women come year after year - sometimes with a hiatus for landmark life events. Monday night is a night not only for singing, but also the rejuvenation and camaraderie that the group and the singing bring to us. We have been blessed to have the most dedicated and amazing directors and accompanists. In most recent years we have been under the co-direction of Mathew Camara and Doris Blatter. AS of September 2017 we have been under the direction of Wendy Lowe with Doris Blatter as assistant conductor.
Conductor Wendy Lowe
Assistant Conductor Doris Blatter
Former director Mathew Camara
The group traditionally performs two seasonal concerts - one in the early winter and one in the spring.
In addition our group performs at area adult residences and other community venues.
Rehearsals and most concerts take place at the St. James United Methodist Church which is located on the Northwest corner of Pearl and Fair Streets in Kingston, NY.
Proceeds from ticket sales and advertisers go not only towards the group's expenses, but also to provide an annual scholarship to an area high school graduate who will be pursuing a degree in music. Selection of the scholarship recipient is based on an application and an audition (or tape). A committee makes the final selection. Applications are available in the Spring through High School music departments or use our website contact form to inquire.
Dan Young: our accompanist
Bio to follow!
Wendy Lowe is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She has been a member of several local choirs including Ars Choralis where she was a featured soloist. She also plays Saxophone, Oboe and Recorder with a variety of local ensembles including the Ulster Community College Community Band and Wind Ensemble, the Saugerties Community Band, and the Rhinebeck Legion Band. She is currently the Organist and Choir Director at Rondout Valley United Methodist Church where in addition to weekly music, they present annual Easter and Christmas Cantatas for the community with an ecumenical choir and area instrumentalists. Wendy has been a longtime fan of the Mid-Hudson Women's Chorus and looks forward to becoming part of its musical tradition.