Singers may join the Chorus without auditioning. The size of our group is currently limited to 36, to fit our rehearsal facility. A dues scholarship is available for anyone for whom the $20 fee would be a hardship. We hold around 12 weekly rehearsals to prepare for each concert. Rehearsal CD’s are provided for each member of the chorus.
A little history
The early beginnings are nebulous with a few Mancos residents singing together now and then, here and there without much organization. The Mancos Valley Chorus was established in 1998 by a few friends and neighbors interested in having music as a part of their life and in sharing that love of music with the community. Being few in numbers and having no funding, music was donated, directors were whoever was available, and venues were wherever and whenever allowed. With the advent of Mancos Valley Resources, the 501 (c)(3) umbrella under which the non-profit Chorus operates, the Chorus began collecting donations at concerts, holding fundraisers and writing grants. Our numbers grew modestly as did our bank account.
In 2000 the Chorus employed a director along with an accompanist. Again, our numbers grew; our fundraisers became more productive as did the donations and the signups for the City Market Cares Program. Today we are fortunate to have several sponsors and our numbers have almost outgrown our rehearsal and concert space at the Mancos United Methodist Church. We present no less than four concerts each season and as many as six, and perform occasionally at special events.
In 2019, the Chorus hired a new director, Maggie Gillette.
In her own words:
My name is Maggie Gillette. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Mancos with my husband 4 years ago this fall. I have loved music all my life and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Music Education. I spent the last 3 years teaching band and choir at Dolores Secondary School and spent the previous 3 years teaching kindergarten through 12th grade, band, choir, general music, guitar, and piano in Phoenix. Having sung with the Mancos Valley Chorus, I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue to make music with these wonderful singers as their new director. I am very much looking forward to getting to continue to nurture other people’s love of music, both in the Chorus and in the community.
The Chorus is an ever-growing musical family.
President: Sarah Hatch
Vice-President: Gloria Thatch-Woody
Secretary: Judy Osterhoudt
Treasurer: Helen Looman