In preparation for its spring concerts Quoddy Voices will begin rehearsals at on Monday, February 20, at 7 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. This season the chorus will celebrate the many musical flavors of Maine, including: a work by Supply Belcher, the 18th century ‘Handel of Maine’; arrangements of songs originating from Maine’s Shaker communities, including Aaron Copland’s classic setting of “Simple Gifts”; a loggers’ song, a sea chantey, the catchy “Maine County Song”, two settings of poems by H. W. Longfellow and a medley from the musical Carousel. Guest artist Dwayne Tomah will perform traditional Passamaquoddy songs with a drumming ensemble from Sipayik. Concerts are scheduled for May 19 at 7 pm and May 21 at 3 pm; in addition to weekly Monday rehearsals, there will be a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 pm.

Quoddy Voices singers are enthusiastic about their vocal pastime. “Singing with Quoddy Voices is pure joy,” writes Madeline Murphy, from Eastport. “Rehearsals make Monday something to look forward to all weekend,” adds Ray Fluke, from Charlotte. “The joy of singing with Quoddy Voices is far greater than the distance it takes to get to rehearsal,” enthuses Lori Schnieders, a choral commuter from Cutler.

All singers are welcome, and need not audition. The chorus will continue the Covid protocols from last fall: vaccinations and the use of singers’ masks will be required. For more information about joining please contact director John Newell prior to the first rehearsal at jnewell384@gmail.com or (207) 214-7302.

Quoddy Voices are shown rehearsing at Eastport Arts Center in fall 2022.