Join the ChoraleGiving Back Musically to the Community
Practices and Commitments
Our concert year runs from September through the first part of June. In September we begin rehearsal for our Christmas concert. We break for the holidays and reconvene in January, when we begin rehearsals for our spring/summer concerts.
Timpanogos Chorale rehearses every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm at Historic City Hall in American Fork, Utah. The address is 31 N Church Street in American Fork. We do not rehearse June through August.
Choir members should plan to rehearse and perform with us for the entire concert year. Attendance at dress rehearsals and our main performances of our Christmas and spring/summer concerts is mandatory. We make every effort to provide the year's schedule in advance so choir members can arrange their schedules accordingly.
Dues are $50 per person per concert year. Additional family members are $35 each. Dues are due by the end of September for returning members, or within 8 weeks of joining the choir for new members.
Choir members must provide their own concert dress or tux. (Concert dress is from Stage Accent ; a tux can be purchased or rented from Tuxedo Wearhouse. Contact Brandt at 801-226-7681.) Ladies also must purchase matching jewelry. Contact Jetta Rasmussen at rehearsal. Choir members have the option to purchase or borrow their music. You must have a plain, black folder for performances. You are welcome to use any plain, black folder for holding your music but you should refrain from hole-punching the scores if you haven't purchased them (please, use octavo holders instead). High quality choir folders are available from mymusicfolders.com as well as musicfolder.com. For what it's worth, I believe the former website to offer the better product.
Timpanogos Chorale is an auditioned ensemble. Those wishing to join the choir should prepare a solo musical selection which features their voice. Auditionees will also be given a short excerpt to sightread. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions are held the week of the first rehearsal from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Additional times may be made available upon request.
Phone: Lori Gilbert at 801-367-5337, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the ChoraleA 59-YEAR MUSICAL LEGACY
Timpanogos Chorale is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide members with vocal opportunities, to aid in the development of their musical talents and skills, to assist in the development of their appreciation for beautiful music from diverse cultures and genres, and to present such music to the community.
The Timpanogos Chorale was originally called the American Fork Civic Choir. It has also been called the American Fork Community Choir and the North Utah County Community Choir, among other names. It started back in 1963 under the direction of Kenneth J. Bird, who also directed the American Fork City Band. The local LDS stake had disbanded stake choir in order to encourage support for ward choirs. City Councilman F. Haw Durfey, later a prominent mayor of American Fork, asked the disheartened choir members if they would like to form the American Fork Civic Choir.
And thus it began. Alpine School District agreed to let them practice in the chorale room at the high school. By 1969 there were 80 members.
We have performed at the Golden Spike Centennial celebration, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square and at the Provo Tabernacle Chorale Festival, at the West Valley Multi-Choir Festival in West Jordan and in many surrounding Utah communities. Timpanogos Chorale, in many of its various incarnations, has enjoyed the directorship of Dale Rasmussen, Paul Mortensen, Annette Anderson, Kathy Jolley, Merilee Barrett Hunter, Kenna Mills, Brett Rasmussen, and now Andrew Wheelwright, among others. It has also enjoyed the accompaniment of some very talented pianists – among them, former city Councilwoman Heidi Rodeback.
Timpanogos Chorale would like to thank the American Fork Arts Council for its continued patronage, as well as the contribution and hard work of its members – current and former – and especially the support of the members of the community.