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Oratorio Society invites new members as fall rehearsals begin

The Oratorio Society of Queens, under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, will begin a new season with the fall’s first rehearsal on Sept. 13. Rehearsals will continue weekly at 7:45 p.m. on Mondays at The Studio of The North Presbyterian Church, 154th Street and 26th Avenue in Flushing, and new members are invited to attend any rehearsal in September.

The chorus is open to experienced choral singers as well as people new to choral singing. Prospective members must be able to carry a tune and undergo a simple listening audition. Talented high school students may apply for the Choral Scholarship Program.

“Our membership is a diverse group that includes men and women, young and old, from a variety of backgrounds with different levels of singing ability,” said Close. “Chorus singing gives each the opportunity to participate in an activity that involves them artistically, enhancing their skills and resulting in a product of great beauty.”

In preparation for its annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 19t Oratorio will be rehearsing Part I of Handel’s “Messiah” along with Christmas carols and Chanukah songs.

The Oratorio Society of Queens is one of the oldest cultural organizations in Queens. The Holiday Concert is performed each with a professional orchestra and soloists in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside.

For additional information on rehearsals and concerts, call 718-279-3006 or visit

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