Calling all choral singers!

Are you a local singer wanting to share your love of choral music with a group of like-minded vocalists? Would you like to take part in one of the most beautiful choral pieces ever written?

On Sunday, March 22, during the 10:00am worship service, the acclaimed Festival Chorus at First Congregational Church of Westfield will present Mozart’s Requiem. This true masterpiece will be performed by the SATB chorus, featuring a quartet of soloists and an instrumental ensemble.

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The Festival Chorus welcomes all interested singers, age 16 and over, to participate in this performance. If you have basic music reading ability and the desire to make blessed music while in a fun environment, then this is the choir for you! Weekly rehearsals will begin on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30pm in Patton Auditorium at First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield. Optional Saturday sectional rehearsals will focus on the more challenging portions of the work. The music score and rehearsal tools are available, and there is no charge to participate.

The Festival Chorus is directed by organist Dr. Barbara Thomson, who has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, and has been critically acclaimed for her technique, musicianship, and ability to communicate. She has performed across the United States and in Austria, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, and Yugoslavia, including appearances at Lincoln Center and the Riverside Church in NYC, the Kennedy Center and the National Presbyterian Center in Washington, DC, and the recital series at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Dr. Thomson has been the Music Director at First Congregational Church since 1984.

If you are interested in joining the Festival Chorus for this musical presentation, or have any questions, please email Dr. Thomson at