Ashland Area Chorus Announces 13th Anniversary Season with Rehearsals Beginning Aug. 23

8/16/10 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), a non-auditioned mixed choir of about 70 singers based at Ashland University, announces the start of its 13th anniversary season. The fall rehearsal schedule begins Monday, Aug. 23, and continues every Monday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ashland University in the Center for the Arts (formerly the Arts and Humanities building), room 242.

For the 2010-2011 season, the Chorus will present its fall concert on Nov. 7 with a festive performance of Handel's Messiah. On April 9, 2011, the AAC will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.

Under the direction of Ashland University Director of Choral Activities Dr. Ron Blackley, the chorus is open to the Ashland community and surrounding areas with singers from Ashland, Richland, Medina, Wayne, Holmes and Crawford counties participating. Previous choral experience is helpful and encouraged. While there are no strict age limits, singers under 18 must be approved by the director.  There is no cost to the singer.

The AAC has performed at Ashland University choral concerts, with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Recent appearances have included subscription concerts with the ASO (including Mendelssohn's Elijah and the Verdi Requiem) and the summer pops concert in the park at Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell.

Current members should encourage their talented friends and neighbors to attend the first rehearsal and make a vocal contribution to this musical organization. For further information, contact Blackley at<> or (419) 289-5114.

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