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Welcome to Spring 2017 with the Outer Cape Chorale! This concert will feature John Rutter's Mass of the Children and the Eddy Elementary Select Children's Chorus under the direction of Stacey Faris. I am very excited about this program. The Mass is filled with beautiful harmonies, exciting rhythms and lovely melodies that the children will sing with their angelic voices. In addition, we will sing a few other pieces highly acclaimed such as, To the Mothers in Brazil by Lars Jansson and For the Sake of Our Children by Jeffrey Ames. This concert proves to be at once lovely, exciting and challenging for us. I just can't wait! I've missed everyone!

Art McManus will be back as accompanist with us for this May concert season. We will have a chamber orchestra as well!

Please be sure to read some December audience comments at the end of this email - they are inspiring and provide the impetus for yet another awesome OCC concert - not only for us but for those who come to hear!

Our first rehearsal will be Thursday, January 19th, 6:30 - 8-30 PM at the Truro Community Center. (Please come early to register - there is typically a line beginning at 6:20 which then delays the beginning of our rehearsal.)

Whether you are a new or current member of the Chorale, please read the following information carefully to avoid concerns in the future.

AUDITIONS - There are no auditions. If you’re unsure which part you should sing, Allison can advise you. Please contact her via email at

DUES - Please bring exact cash or a check payable to Outer Cape Chorale for $35 dues. Dues help cover music and concert expenses. If dues are a problem for you, please let us know. The Chorale is open to all who wish to sing regardless of ability to pay. Please feel free to contact a board member for discreet assistance. If finances are not of concern for you, please consider making a donation as a scholarship to help any singers who may need it. Thank you!

PRACTICE CDs – Practice CDs are available for all of the music we’ll be singing. It is STRONGLY recommended that you use them.  It is simply not possible to learn all of the notes during rehearsal. We want to get past the notes and truly make MUSIC! 

CONCERT DATES – Concerts this year will be on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20 at 7PM in Provincetown’s Town Hall, and on Sunday afternoon, May 21 at 3PM in Orleans at the Nauset Regional Middle School. Dress rehearsal will be Wednesday, May 17 at the Town Hall. A pot luck celebration will be held immediately following the Sunday concert at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans!

CHAMBER SINGERS - The Chamber Singers are holding auditions for bass positions. Contact Allison if you are interested at

Please check our website and our private Facebook page 

There is a public website Facebook page also “Outer Cape Chorale” (no The)


“The sound was like in a basilica”

‘I closed my eyes and was transported’. 

"I loved your concert. Especially the African piece." 

"And a perfect ending. It felt like a big hug..." 

"The concert was uplifting and joyful and inspiring and consoling."

“It was different…. hard to put into words…. Peaceful.” 

"I brought my mom and a couple of her friends. They really loved it. One is disabled and had to sit in a different place from us. She said that at the end when the chorus went into the crowd, singers joined hands with her and serenaded her. She was so happy after." 

"What an ambitious program - well done! I don't think I mentioned that I played piano for "A Jubilant Song" in college, with Dello Joio conducting! ...Your pianist was super! I have been crazy about the piece ever since we did it, and in fact, bought myself a copy a couple of months ago, before I ever knew I would have a chance to see/hear it again." 

"The last song had me in tears." 

"The sound seemed to focus where I sat and it was extraordinary."

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Thank you 
for everything and farewell to our founder Jon Arterton and his husband James Mack!  Look for Jon's new chorale One City Chorus in St. Petersburg, Florida!

Jon Arterton began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington's National Cathedral. He was twice a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow at the Berkshire Music Festival, and holds a Master's Degree from The New England Conservatory of Music where he also served as Assistant Conductor of Choruses. He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella group seen on HBO, Good Morning America and in the film Philadelphia. He toured with the group for a decade singing all over Europe and the Americas, singing in such places as Carnegie Hall and Yankee Stadium. He also holds an MFA degree in Acting from Smith College, and appeared as an actor in many regional and Off-Broadway productions, and in The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall on Broadway. He gives periodic Singing Workshops, and has given master classes at the Gay and Lesbian Choruses Small Ensemble Festival in Louisville, the Contemporary A Cappella Society Conference in Boston, and the Augusta Heritage Music Festival in Elkins, WV. He serves as the Director of Music at Provincetown’s U.U. Meeting House and performs multi-layered songs with his solo voice and a digital looping device called an Echoplex. He and his husband James Mack often perform togetherand have recorded a CD  "Legally Married...and the sky didn't fall!"

In May 2013, the wonderful photography/life duo Econosmith was on hand to capture the dress rehearsal and opening night performance of "21st Century Choral Classics".  Here are the beautiful portraits they recorded.

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