About the Assabet Valley Mastersingers
Assabet Valley Mastersingers is a regional chorus with performances in Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Marlborough. AVM presents three major concerts a year in November, March, and May plus a Messiah Sing with audience participation in December. Dedicated to perpetuating the love and appreciation of choral music through the use of personal and expressive vocal music, AVM enriches the quality of life for the people of the Assabet River Valley. With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, these talented local vocalists with professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser known masterworks and commissioned compositions.
The Mastersingers are proud of their musical history and delight in presenting new and less familiar music in addition to the celebrated masters. Since May of 1978, more than eighty different composers have been represented on their concert programs. Often the “masters” have been performed using new scholarly editions and/or translations. Outreach to young musicians is important, in recent years including three collaborations with Choirs from Algonquin Regional High School and twice with the Worcester Children’s Chorus. AVM’s Apprentice Singers Program has drawn numerous talented high school vocalists to commit to the responsibilities of regular members at no cost to the students.
Assabet Valley Mastersingers has presented an American premiere and a New England premiere, as well as commissioning three works, two of which were by Massachusetts natives. Performances of new and novel works have been particularly popular with audiences, and professional soloists and orchestral musicians look forward to performing with AVM choristers. Recent new and unique concerts have included Sunrise Mass by Gjeilo; Rutter’s Mass for the Children performed with the Worcester Children’s Chorus; and, most recently, Karl Jenkins’ Te Deum. In 2013 AVM presented Einhorn’s choral oratorio Voices of Light paired with the classic Dryer silent movie Joan of Arc. In March 2015 the performance of Whitbourn’s Annelies, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, continued the tradition of presenting new and unusual compositions that are accessible to a broad audience. Both Voices of Light and Annelies highlighted the issues of persecution of marginalized individuals.
In 1989 Assabet Valley Chambersingers was established to provide an outreach to community groups. This small eighteen member ensemble has presented varied programs of secular, sacred, and popular works to nursing homes, library arts series, art show openings, special community events, and programs in collaboration with area churches.
Membership in the Mastersingers is diverse, representing over twenty towns at present. Some singers are professionally trained, while others have only school or church choir experience. Members purchase their own music, pay an annual dues fee, and participate in a fall fund drive to support the organization’s operating budget.
Executive Board Roster
|Board Chair||Richard Rader||Framingham|
|Secretary||Martha Schwarzkopf||South Lancaster|
|Operations Chair||Holly Horgan||Uxbridge|
|Development Chair||Sharon Fontaine||Hopkinton|
|Community Representative||Michele Landes||Southborough|
|Community Representative||Christine Kuta||Cambridge|
|Chorus Representative||Anne Miller||Marlborough|
|Artistic Director||Dr. Robert P. Eaton||Boylston|
|Executive Director||Ellen S. Church||Northborough|