Rehearsal and Registration for Festival Chorus
begins Wednesday, September 27th
7:30 pm  Parish Hall

Registration and rehearsals for the 37th annual Festival Chorus concerts will begin on Wednesday, September 27th in the Parish Hall at 7:30pm. All singers are welcome! High school students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to join with our adult singers of all ages. Each section is lead and encouraged by the wonderful professional soloist/section leaders from the regular Old North Church music program. The 27th will be a “meet and greet” for chorus members followed by a session of healthy vocal exercises presented by Stephanie Scarcella and supported by our team of professional singers. Subsequent rehearsals will take place from 7:30pm-9:30pm every Wednesday. This year’s program will feature Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) by Franz Joseph Haydnexcerpts from a delightful Christmas Cantata by German composer, Gottfried August Homiliusand several colorful arrangements of seasonal music for chorus and orchestra. For more details, please email Maria vanKalken at 


The Festival Chorus gathers Old North’s Senior Choir together with enthusiastic singers – amateur to professional – from many neighboring communities in Marblehead.  Each season, the Festival Chorus welcomes new voices while maintaining a devoted ensemble from previous years; this season’s Chorus totals over one hundred participants.  Encouraged by a love for music and a reputation as the North Shore’s most spirited and talented volunteer choirs, the Festival Chorus & Orchestra has been lauded for its outstanding performances of major choral works each year.

Director Maria van Kalken holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories of Music – primarily under the tutelage of Yuko Hayashi and the late Donald Teeters – and has amassed an education abroad in Amsterdam (Holland) and Pistoia (Italy).

Information is also available on the Old North Festival Chorus website: WWW.FESTIVALCHORUS.COM

Old North Church is accessible for the physically impaired.

For more information, contact Maria vanKalken at