SPIRIT OF STANLY 2024: Stanly County Chorale brings voices together for common goal

Published 1:31 pm Thursday, April 4, 2024

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The Stanly County Chorale was formed in September 1968 under the direction of William “Bill” McGibney, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Albemarle. The Chorale was accompanied by Mary Hearne. The first concert was presented on Dec. 8, 1968, in the Albemarle High School gymnasium, with 49 singers representing 20 churches. The group performed the Christmas section of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Since that time, the Chorale’s goal has been to present at least two concert programs each year; one during the fall/Christmas season and another in the spring.

The upcoming Spring 2024 season will be a continuation of our 55th anniversary celebration. “A Musical Memoir” will be presented April 27-28.

The Chorale will revisit some of our favorite music, as well as present some new pieces. All former directors and accompanists of the Chorale will be honored, and several will participate in the performances.

The Chorale is excited to make a special guest appearance on the Stanly County Concert Band performance April 25. It will perform along with the band to present two pieces.

For more information visit http://stanlychorale.org.

This article previously appeared in the Spirit of Stanly magazine.