The Roots of classic Choral Society Go back almost 200 Years!

March 16, 1820 marks the beginning of choral music at United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove - Click here to see the historical document!

Hurricane Sandy brought much in the way of destruction throughout the Northeast, however, there are always sliver linings, and an historical gem came to light whilst Linda Bull was carefully going through flood-damaged papers that had been stored in the church's basement. She discovered a proclamation citing the official formation of the Washington Ville Singing Society -- signed by Samuel Moffat, Issac Still and John Jaques.

“We are enormously proud of our connection to the history of the area – and it makes it even more special because we’ve been rehearsing in this space since we formed as CCS back in 1959,” commented Janiece Kohler, Artistic Director of Classic Choral Society, “There’s a long, unbroken line of music and fellowship here.” The chorus always performs one of it’s concerts each season at the church, a venue recognized for its fine acoustics and open architecture.

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58th Annual Fall/Winter Season Begins


Classic Choral Society will begin rehearsals for the December 2017 concerts on Monday, September 11, and new singers (for all voice parts – soprano, alto, tenor and bass) are encouraged to join. “We will be preparing program of Christmas music, including classical, traditional carols, and work that joins the voices of our audience with ours – always a requested favorite. And we’ll be accompanied by full orchestra – it’s going to be a very exciting, joyful musical experience,” said Kohler.

The featured work will be Carol Cantata Suites by Robert Russell Bennett (a composer/arranger who orchestrated of many well-known Broadway and Hollywood musicals). “We performed this work almost two decades ago, and it was very well received,” said Kohler, “Each suite features exquisite settings of beloved carols that showcase the chorus’ skills, and are enhanced further by the orchestral accompaniment.” The other selections to be performed include Vom Himmel Hoch by Felix Mendelssohn, and Sing We Now of Christmas, a contemporary work by Randol Alan Bass that incorporates audience participation – so guests get to sing along with the Choral Society and Orchestra in a grand finale.

Classic Choral Society does not require auditions (any singer with experience with a school, community chorus or church choir is welcome to join) and meets from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Monday evenings at United Church of Christ, 2 Old Dominion Road, Blooming Grove, NY, beginning September 11. Concerts are scheduled for Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. at United Church of Christ, Blooming Grove, NY, and on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen.

Questions may be directed to Jan Kohler at 845-713-4543 or

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CLASSIC CHORAL SOCIETY in Orange County (NY) serves communities in the lower Hudson Valley and surrounding tri-state area.  The primary (full) chorus, as well as smaller ensembles and soloists are, with appropriate notice, available to sing at your venue.  Our repertoire is extensive and allows us access to a very wide variety of musical styles which can enhance any occasion or program - charity functions, formal concerts, and many other community entertainment events, We can provide special music for weddings, for funerals and memorial services, and for parties and other celebrations - public or private.  Contact CCS directly to get more information about performances at your special event.  We do not charge a fee, but welcome gifts that allow us to pay our expenses for our programs.  Donations are always appreciated.


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