Community Chorus finds right notes

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When Virginia Riecke shared the story of the Community Chorus of River Parishes, it was one of sweet sounds and musical inclusion.

Organizers simply sought cultural enrichment through music.

That was 15 years ago, and things have not changed.

The Community Chorus of River Parishes is looking for new members to begin its 2015 Christmas season.

The Chorus is open to ages from middle school on up through adults.

Chorus members perform four concerts each season, usually two in December and two during the months of April and May.

Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at Lakewood Elementary School, 501 E. Heather Drive in Luling.

Organizers stress no auditions or previous experience is necessary. Those interested can call 985-652-0162 or email for additional information.

“If you love to sing, please join us for this exciting, new season,” Riecke said this week.

According to Riecke, Chorus members laugh as much as they sing.

The director, Brian Martinez Jr., has experience as the leader of Southeastern’s University Chorus/Northshore Chorale, and is an active performer, music educator, percussionist and composer. He he has served as choir director at R. K. Smith Middle School, teaches choir and piano and performs with the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale and the New Orleans Opera Association in the opera chorus.

The combination of Martinez’s professional expertise and the dedication of members have had the Community Chorus of River Parishes serving as a local gem for more than a decade.

Organizers said participants promote a family affair, with husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, and even three generations of the same family — grandfather, father and son, all making beautiful music together.

The Christmas programs usually consist of secular and religious songs, comedy numbers and some carols from other cultures.

The Spring Concerts cover a wide range — Broadway, inspirational, patriotic or popular. Some past presentations have included a 1940s radio broadcast and a Taizé Prayer and Meditation service. All concerts are held on the East and West Banks to enable all River Parishes residents a chance to enjoy the entertainment.

If you have the voice or, more importantly, the passion, please consider participating in or supporting Community Chorus of River Parishes.