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About Polymnia Choral Society
The Polymnia Choral Society is composed of people who love to sing and to share their music with others.
Founded in Wakefield in 1953 and based in Melrose since 1956, the group serves the cultural and educational interests of a number of communities north of Boston by presenting concerts ranging from sacred hymns and classical music to popular show tunes.
The chorus includes more than 60 voices, with most of the singers coming from Melrose, Malden, Wakefield, Stoneham and Saugus; some members come from as far away as Concord, Westborough, Marblehead and Topsfield.
Polymnia Choral Society is a non-profit organization, supported in part by grants and donations. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Polymnia welcomes anyone who enjoys singing to come to a rehearsal and join the chorus!
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:30 PM at the Melrose Highlands Church at 355 Franklin Street, Melrose.
- To promote the knowledge and enjoyment of a broad range of good choral music and to provide a wider access to that music;
- To afford an opportunity for the people of Melrose and surrounding communities to sing sacred and secular choral music of high quality;
- To present concerts and occasional other performances for the enjoyment of the public;
- To develop among the singers and the broader public of our communities an appreciation of fine music and high standards of choral work.
Polymnia in the community
“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”
— William Congreve, The Mourning Bride (1697)
Music is the one true universal language, and it is a language of peace, passion, and love. Music flows from and embraces all cultures, all colors, all religions, all ages. Music empowers both musician and listener toward an understanding of diverse nations and peoples.
The Polymnia Choral Society is a group of musicians who meet to express themselves in song, to become empowered, to learn.
Polymnia is active not only in Melrose, where we rehearse, but serves surrounding communities as well. Singers come from several cities and towns on the North Shore, including Wakefield, Saugus, Malden, Stoneham, and as far away as Topsfield. We perform three concerts a year in Melrose and, for the past two years, have performed an additional December concert in Wakefield; a third concert scheduled for December 2015 will make the Wakefield venue a tradition. We also sing seasonal songs and carols on one Saturday during the Holiday Season at The Savings Bank in Wakefield.
Each spring, Polymnia encourages high school students from all over the North Shore to participate in its “Spotlight on High School Talent.” The competition empowers young people by offering them the opportunity to select, rehearse, and perform—in audition and in concert—a piece of their choosing. Talents include singing, dancing, playing an instrument; one year a young man won with his original composition scored for a string quartet. Polymnia’s Music Director and Accompanist hold the auditions and winners perform their solos with Polymnia at the June Pops Concert or other concerts, as appropriate.
In 2014, Polymnia was awarded a Cultural Portfolio Peer grant to form a partnership with an under-resourced middle school in Malden. Polymnia members and professional soloists and instrumentalists and the school’s music students performed an abridged version of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas at a school assembly. This opportunity to bring the world of serious music to an ethnically diverse, economically challenged, youthful population is continuing into the spring of 2016 with a performance of a different major work.
The most important benefit that Polymnia provides is bringing camaraderie, sense of purpose, and musical and cultural growth to its members, as well as affording Melrose and surrounding communities many occasions to experience live performances of high-quality choral music, ranging from Beethoven to Broadway, newly commissioned musical works, multicultural selections from around the world, and classic choral standards. The continuing growth in membership and ever-expanding audiences testifies to the Polymnia Choral Society’s success and its importance to people of all ages in Melrose and neighboring communities.
|The Polymnia Choral Society is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium, a cooperative association of diverse choral groups in Boston and the surrounding areas.|
|Special thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council , one of our proud sponsors.|