NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
RCS is proud to offer a virtual Spring 2021 choral season! Rehearsals via Zoom begin on Monday, January 25th @ 7pm. We will explore a "Love Song" repertoire, including selections ranging from the Victorian era to contemporary popular tunes. Please email email@example.com for more info!
If you like to sing and are interested in becoming a member, now is a great time to take advantage of the opportunity to see what we’re all about, meet our members, and join our virtual rehearsals held twice a month!
RCS regards the safety of its members as top priority, and will remain virtual until our New York State, CDC and DOH guidelines confirm in-person gatherings/rehearsals are permitted.
In the meantime, we are grateful to be able to keep our wonderful choral community strong, “see" each other and sing as we look forward to the time we can safely make music together again.
Images below from some of our recent virtual rehearsals.
“We’re totally in love with this young performer”
A collaboration between Richmond Choral Society and students from the College of Staten Island for the 2020 socially distant holiday season.
"I found Richmond Choral Society when I was looking to be more involved in a music organization again. I was hesitant to join a choral group since I do not read music. I was happy to find out that RCS had many members who had the same love for music but were never formally trained. RCS is ever growing and focuses on an appreciation of classical music. I quickly became involved with many aspects of the organization and was elected to the board in my first year. There are so many members who devote their time to this growing organization, and are looking forward to what comes next." ~Kara
Auditions via ZOOM with RCS’s Music Director, Marina Alexander, can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!
"My fondest memory of my time with RCS was my first day of rehearsal. Having sung and gravitated to pop music (old and new) for as long as I can remember, I was apprehensive with this first attempt at classical music and joining with other singers who had been doing this for years. I was welcomed and supported by all that first day. I’m also happy to be able to say that I found not one “diva” in the group as I suspected there might be in a group so large. I’ve been in every performance in the past six years; each one a treasured experience thanks to my RCS family and Marina’s professionalism, expertise and patient leadership.”
Linda and Harold Reiersen Memorial Scholarship
RCS has been awarding vocal scholarships of up to $1,000 to graduating high school seniors since 1992. To continue this tradition, we ask our community’s music teachers, vocal coaches, and/or choir directors to nominate a worthy candidate for our award.
The requirements are as follows:
· A resident of Staten Island
· A senior in good academic standing who has applied to and plans to attend an institute of higher education and will continue their studies in voice
· A participant in their school’s vocal music program: Chorus, soloist with an instrumental ensemble, SING, theater performance, or a known participant in community theater or church/synagogue choir.
The candidate will be asked to submit a resume along with a copy of their musical selection for an informal audition at a location and time to be announced. They will have the opportunity to choose and prepare a piece to sing with the expert coaching of RCS's music director, Marina Alexander. The winning candidate will receive the award and perform at the upcoming RCS spring concert.
Scholarship audition forms will become available at the start of the Spring season (late January) and are due at the end of February/early March. Auditions are scheduled in April. Please check back for official dates and other important information.
“A heartfelt thanks to RCS for all that it’s given me. I have over 40 years of wonderful memories as a proud singing member in RCS’s alto section, grant writer, an officer and member of the Board in every capacity but one, and as their first executive director since 2008. It has been one of the great joys in my life to make beautiful music, to learn how to use my voice in the healthiest way to produce the best quality of sound, to share it with like-minded souls and to work with Marina Alexander, our talented and passionate music director of the last twenty-five years.
And the beat goes on…” ~Louise Cottone
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PO Box 141002
Staten Island, NY 10314
Richmond Choral Society rehearsals are held at
St. Patrick's School
3560 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306
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"My musical experience has truly been enhanced and enjoyable as a result of being a member of RCS. It needs to continue as an organization that meets artistic, educational
and social needs." ~Carolyn