AUBURN COMMUNITY CHORUS
An arena-ready voice is not required to join Auburn’s newest vocal group. Singers don’t even need to audition. The Auburn Public Theater’s community chorus, which begins rehearsing September 20th, emphasizes the first word of its title more than finesse. Organizer Amy Bellamy, a choir instructor and music professor at Cayuga Community College, is ready to leave her lecture voice at the door when she leads the choir through its songs.?I want to keep it light-hearted and fun,?Bellamy said. Something where people can come and learn a little about singing and have a really good time doing it.
Bellamy – a graduate of Union Springs High School and SUNY Binghamton’s Master of Music program – has sung since she was 2 and long harbored a dream to do so for a living. She had unsuccessfully bounced the idea for a community chorus around for a couple years before bringing it up to Auburn Public Theater Artistic Producing Director Angela Daddabbo, who shared Bellamy’s ambition. Daddabbo’s enthusiasm for starting a community chorus was elevated by the theater’s recent screening of Young @ Heart, a documentary about an all-senior choir group from New England. Her cousin, Lisa Vitale, had presented the community chorus idea to Daddabbo for a year prior, and APT Vice President Janie MicGlire added her voice as another interested party. (more…)