Sing With HCS

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Haywood Choral Society (formerly the Haywood Community Chorus) has a long and proud history of presenting classical and contemporary music to local audiences. Membership in the chorus is open to the Haywood Community at large, ages high school and older. Anyone with serious interest in choral music is welcome to join the chorus. Some of the music selections can be challenging; therefore, the ability to read music is helpful, though not mandatory. The chorus performs two concerts a year, but members sign on for one season and renew their membership each subsequent season. A Christmas concert is scheduled for the first Sunday in December with rehearsals beginning in early September; a spring concert is scheduled for the first Sunday in May with rehearsals beginning in early February. Occasional concerts in the community may be performed during the year, but participation is strictly on a voluntary basis.


Rehearsals are held every Monday night during the season from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Wilson Children’s Center Complex at Lake Junaluska. Sectional rehearsals are held from 6:30-7:00 PM before regular rehearsals, alternating weekly between Tenors and Basses and Sopranos and Altos. The schedule for sectional rehearsals, as well as rehearsal notes are emailed to members early each week.

Dress Rehearsals

Dress rehearsals are held the Saturday before a scheduled Sunday concert performance and are mandatory. Dress for the concerts is all black – long pants/skirts and long-sleeved shirts, and black shoes.


Attendance is vital to learning musical selections, becoming acquainted with the director’s expectations, and learning to blend with a large group of voices. No more than 3 rehearsals may be missed in a season without prior approval from the director. Members are expected to study and rehearse their music between Monday night rehearsals and are asked to warm up prior to rehearsal. All rehearsals begin promptly at the scheduled time.

Membership Information

Singing together is a wonderful experience of community. Joining together with fellow music lovers, learning new music, singing familiar pieces, and making friends are what choral music and Haywood Choral society is all about.

For more information about the chorus, visit our website, look us up on Facebook, or call director Kathy Geyer McNeil at 973-224-1022 or Publicity Chair, Laura Schnabel at 828- 557-9187.

Current membership fees are $30.00 per season, for the purchase of music which then belongs to the member. Scholarships are available upon application.  Fall 2021 season has been cancelled do to the COVID virus. Look for registration information for the spring season on our website and in the newspapers in mid late December 2021.