The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


September 1, 2013

Chorale selling votes to pick its Christmas song selections



The ballots will be available on the Shenango Valley Chorale’s facebook page and on the organization’s web page, Electronic voting isn’t possible, Roberts said, because of the costs associated with processing credit card information.

The Chorale faces an uphill battle trying to offer professional performances with tight funds, he said. Because many of the concerts involve hiring an orchestra,  much of the group’s finances go towards that. Programs that are printed for each of the concerts are done for a stipend by a person who is a friend, Roberts said.

“And because he’s doing it as a favor to us, we have a deadline to meet in order not to disrupt his actual business,” he said. “So while our maestro may prefer to wait until November, when people are really starting to get excited about Christmas to pick the songs, on a practical level we can’t do that. If we need to order a particular arrangement that takes time. So does the practice. Much of our music is very intense. It isn’t easy,” he said.

Auditions were held this weekend for new Chorale members, he said. There are about 100 members who perform in the holiday concert and about 80 for the spring concert. The concerts are held in various churches between the Shenango Valley and Greenville and often in conjunction with the Greenville symphony, he said.

The Chorale itself isn’t licensed to sell recordings of its music, but copies are available through

See Sunday's print edition for a ballot. Votes for the holiday songs will be accepted until Oct.18. Anyone interested in voting can choose from the list of songs and mail the money to The Shenango Valley Chorale, P.O. Box 509, Sharon, Pa. 16146. The winning songs will be announced Nov. 1.


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