Arts & Culture Casting Calls: Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2019

  • Members of the Franklin County Community Chorus rehearse songs at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield in 2016. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

Published: 1/2/2019 3:10:38 PM

The Franklin County Community Chorus is welcoming new singers for the second half of its sixth season. Under the direction of Paul J. Calcari, the chorus sings a wide variety of music including classical, folk, jazz, patriotic and light rock.

Rehearsals for the spring season begin Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. in Greenfield. Interested singers can learn more by visiting, or by contacting Calcari by phone at 413-775-9384 or by email at

The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus is accepting new members, and is holding an open rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Amherst South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St. in Amherst.

Rehearsals are for the concert choir (grades 3 to 5) from 4 to 5:10 p.m.; chamber singers (grades 5 to 8) from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; and the high school ensemble from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 413-530-9337 or email


The Monson Arts Council is accepting applications to participate in its talent competition, called Western Mass Performs.

The show, which will be held Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Monson’s Memorial Hall, will offer prizes totaling $1,000. The best 20 entrants in the auditions, to be held Jan. 25 and 26 also in Memorial Hall, will be included in the show.

The judges will be Brian Hale, director of the Bing Arts Center in Springfield; Rebecca Johnson, producer and board member for Exit 7 Theater in Ludlow; and Kim Starsiak, owner and instructor at All-Stars Dance Center in Westfield.

All entries must be received by Jan. 23 to take part in auditions. For more information, including a list of talent show rules and an online version of the application form, visit: To contact the Monson Arts Council, call 413-267-9764 or email


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