“It gives me purpose in my life, and its something I’ve always enjoyed doing,” says Martin McFadden, a bass 2 vocalist with thick rimmed glasses and a salt and pepper beard. He’s part of the RMC’s marketing department, and singing has always been a part of his life. “It’s something that grounds me,” he says.
McFadden is sitting with me, Rick Poole, Paul Blacker, and Gillham, at a card table in the now nearly empty Imperial Plaza Activity room. I was wowed by their practice performance and was excited to pick their brains about the art of choir singing that they all enjoy so much.
“It is gay friendly and and gay supported, and that helps.” said Blacker, who sings tenor 2, which puts him in the middle of the musical range – “not super high, and not super low.” He’s been singing with RMC for the last three years. He sang in high school and college, and has always considered himself musical, playing guitar and piano. After a number of years without a committed group to sing with, however, he found RMC and has been enjoying it ever since. ”It was a big part of my life that had been missing.”
Here’s details about RMC auditions:
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Monday, January 12th and Monday, January 19th
From 6:30 – 7:00 PM
If you or someone you know is interested in auditioning for the Richmond Men’s Chorus, please come to Imperial Plaza, Virginia Room, 1717 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, between 6:30 and 7:00 on January 12 or 19. You may also come rehearse and stick around afterwards to audition. No need to come prepared with a piece. Audition will simply consist of range exercises and pitch matching!
Please contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about joining or auditioning for the RMC!
Joshua Wortham, Ensemble Director
Richmond Men’s Chorus
This Sunday, March 16 at 4:00pm, The Richmond Men’s Chorus will be serenading us Southern-style for their concert At the Rivah at the Cultural Art Center at Glen Allen. “We’ve worked very hard to prepare for the concert,” says Timothy Gillham, the Artistic Director of the Richmond Men’s Chorus. The guys had nine weeks of rehearsal and [...]