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We sing songs from many cultures, believing that we honor cultural traditions by doing so. Over the years, we’ve sung songs from the traditions of Eastern Europe, Israel, South and West Africa, America, Latin America, Ireland, Gospel, and sacred spirituals. Our fall and spring concert seasons center around a specific theme, and our winter season focus is Gospel.
Mystic Chorale is open to all who love to sing! No audition is necessary unless you decide to try out for a solo.
We provide both a practice CD and printed music for both the Fall and Spring seasons; sight reading is a plus, however, you do not need to know how to read music. We encourage you to use a recording device to capture your part at rehearsals so that you can practice during the week. All music must be memorized before the performances.
The minimum age to sing in the Mystic Chorale is 14 years, subject to the approval of the current season’s conductor. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Chorale sings in four sections: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Come to the first rehearsal and try out a part. If you find yourself straining to hit the higher (or lower) notes, you probably should try a different part. Feel free to switch!
We rehearse at First Parish Church, 630 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington Center (Directions).
There are three seasons, each culminating in two performances- on Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 3:30 pm. There is a mandatory dress rehearsal on the Thursday before each concert weekend. See the calendar for each season for exact dates.
We can only take as many singers as our concert stage can accommodate. If you sign up after we’ve reached our limit, you will be placed on a waiting list.
You may pay online. If you’d like to pay by check, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for this information.
You can obtain a refund through the second rehearsal, less a $20 administrative fee. Please contact email@example.com to request a refund.
It is a part of the Mystic Chorale’s mission to ‘welcome all who love to sing’ regardless of ability to pay the registration fee. Mystic Chorale offers singers the opportunity to apply for a scholarship when signing up to sing in a season. We ask that each singer pay at least 40% of the full tuition.
Our scholarship program is based on the honor system; the Chorale does not ask for proof of need. All requests are kept confidential. Neither the artistic staff nor the general Mystic population will have knowledge of any scholarship application.
Most of the money to support scholarships is generously donated by fellow singers from the same season’s cohort. Please respect the generosity of spirit that makes this scholarship program possible when applying.
Scholarship recipients are expected to contribute some volunteer time to the Chorale during the season in which they receive a scholarship.
We understand that you may have to miss a rehearsal from time to time; however, if you miss more than 2 rehearsals during a concert season you cannot sing in that season’s performances. There are usually 200+ of us singing and we have a lot of material to cover- missing more than 2 rehearsals makes it impossible to catch up. We hold a special sectional rehearsal for each singing section, which may be used as a makeup.
Our rehearsal space and concert venues are handicap accessible.
Our venues are accessible by public transportation. Complete information and directions can be found here:
No. The Chorale has been a non-profit organization since 1999.
The Mystic Chorale is not affiliated with any political or religious ideology. The community is made up of people from many creeds, backgrounds and affiliations who come together to celebrate the joy of singing the songs of the many cultures of the world.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .