For Those Who Haven’t Sung Since High School

So you haven’t sung since high school. You haven’t forgotten how! Nor have you forgotten how much fun it is to sing with a group, make new friends and conquer new musical challenges. The Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus (VHWC), a member of California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC), will begin its 2014-15 musical season with their first rehearsal on Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. Any woman who remembers how great it was to participate in a chorus is encouraged to join us and the best part is, there are no auditions.

The morning will start with coffee and refreshments at 9 a.m. at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta where the chorus rehearses on Monday mornings from September to June every year. VHWC is not affiliated with the church but meets in the choir room for its weekly rehearsals.

After refreshments, there will be a short business meeting at 9:30 a.m. to share some of the summer’s happenings. The group of 35 women is of varying ages and interests who gather on Monday mornings with a common bond – the love of music and the desire to sing.   Members agree that “singing is the best way to start the week” so it isn’t too soon to rehearse and perfect the music that will be performed during the Christmas season.

VHWC has been entertaining in the Verdugo/Foothills community for more than 60 years. The singers reside in La Crescenta, La Cañada, Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, Burbank and Sunland-Tujunga and have been led by choral director Sharon Schlarb since 1999. The chorus performs at a variety of venues, among them senior organizations, retirement homes and church groups in the Verdugo Hills and surrounding communities. The chorus is accompanied at rehearsals and performances by Diana Tyson, a La Crescenta resident.

The goal of Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus is consistent with that of the California Women’s Chorus Inc. which is to encourage choral singing among women and to raise funds for music scholarships for vocal students.

For more information, call Sharon Schlarb at (626) 403-5622 or Arlene Massimino at (818) 624-1111 so that a packet of music will  be ready for you at the Sept. 8 meeting and rehearsal.