Rivernotes Choir back in the swing of things

Rivernotes Choir has begun its fourth season with Judith Quinlan as choir director.

Rivernotes Choir has begun its fourth season. The women's choir practices Monday nights and welcomes new members.

Rivernotes Choir has begun its fourth season. The women's choir practices Monday nights and welcomes new members.

In spite of an abrupt finish to last year’s season when Choir Director Judith Quinlan suffered a small stroke, the Rivernotes Choir has begun its fourth season, and Ms. Quinlan will be at the helm again.

“I still have some speech deficits, so rehearsing the choir will become a more interactive process: more collaboration with Robyn Crosby, our accompanist, and more responsibility for members to use their CDs and learn their songs at home. On the whole I think this will actually improve us,” says Quinlan.

The Rivernotes is a women’s community choir that practices on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Cowichan Senior’s Centre.

“We welcome new members of all ages, no experience necessary,” says Quinlan. “The only requirements are that you like to sing and are willing to learn. We’re very lucky that the Senior’s Centre is allowing us to use their space again this year.”

Membership is $20/year, and choir members each chip in one dollar every week as a donation to the Centre.

The choir’s goal this year is to produce a Mother’s Day concert, perhaps with another choir. Rivernotes also competes in the annual Cowichan Festival of the Performing Arts, and they are always on the lookout for local opportunities to perform.

“We have a lot of fun, and I think we sound pretty good too,” says Quinlan. “I’m really proud of all our members and what we have achieved together.”

The next practice of the 2014-15 season is on October 6 at 6 p.m. at the Senoir’s Centre in Lake Cowichan, across from the post office.

“Come early and meet the gang,” says Quinlan.

For more information on Rivernotes women’s choir, call Carolyne at 250-749-6772 or Judith at 250-749-3728.

-submitted by Rivernotes