45 years of choral singing

The Oneida Area Civic Chorale has been hitting all the right notes for 45 years.

It celebrated its tenure of making excellent music with season-ending concerts Saturday in Rome and Sunday in Oneida. The program featured the world-premiere of "Give Me Music!", a piece commissioned by the chorale in recognition of its milestone.

Congratulations are in order to the original singers, initially a small group from Oneida’s St. John’s Episcopal Church choir, under the direction of Daryl Wonderly. Like their predecessors, today’s members embrace the vision that music is inter-generational and a great equalizer. Current members ranging from a high school junior to octogenarians are led by Kimberly Nethaway, only the second director in the chorale’s history.

The group regularly performs with professional instrumental ensembles. It has combined with other adult choirs including Mohawk Valley Chorus, Marcellus Chorale and Oswego Festival Chorus.

The chorale exudes a love for music making that is readily evident to all who attend the group’s concerts. There are three major concerts every season.

Kudos to the chorale; the energy and passion still come through after 45 years whenever and wherever the performance, adding to our region’s richness and quality of life.