On Monday, February 3, the Trinidad Community Chorale, a program of Trinidad Music Association (TMA), started their first rehearsal of the Spring 2020 season show A Tribute to Classic Rock. Though snow began falling shortly before the rehearsal, close to 30 people came out to see what this season’s excitement was about. Before last season ended, Music Director Garrett Watson told members and others he’d been thinking of doing a classic rock themed concert to show off the musical talent that is prevalent in Trinidad.
“Most everyone is familiar with classic rock music like Kansas and Queen and The Beatles,” said Watson. “I wanted to select music that would allow us to focus more on having a good time singing and playing music together from the performer’s perspective. If the performers are having a blast with it, you can bet the audience will enjoy it, too.”
He also explained that by selecting familiar music, other community members who may be interested in singing in a choir for the first time may find it easier to jump in.
“Even though we had several new members who had little or no experience reading music, by the end of the rehearsal we were already all singing four-part harmonies,” said Watson. “I’m hoping this will encourage more people in the community to join.”
After rehearsing Dust In the Wind, And so it Goes, and the opening of Bohemian Rhapsody, members who attended the first rehearsal expressed they were looking forward to this season.
“I like the songs we’re working on this season a lot,” said Steve Porter, a bass in the chorale. “I’m very familiar with these pieces as well. This season is going to be fun.”
TMA President Sharon Sorenson stated she was also looking forward to this season as well as pleased to see the added interest.
“We have had several of our members step up to either serve on our board, or serve in other supporting roles such as librarian and graphic design,” said Sorenson. “There are still several other positions available and the more help and involvement we can get, the better we’ll be able to keep producing a variety of quality musical performances for our community.”
Watson mentioned since the theme of this season was classic rock, he would be seeking instrumentalists, especially guitarists and bass players, who would be interested in performing with the chorale.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the chorale either with singing or playing an instrument in the band, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-220-4584. Practice for the upcoming concert will be held every Monday at the Massari Music Room located at the corner of Pine and State Streets on the campus of Trinidad State. New members are always welcome and there are no auditions.