"The South Huron Community Choirs are comprised of people who love               to sing and share the gift of music with the community"

An outreach program of Exeter United Church, Exeter ON

Thank you to Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance, Dan Rolph for interviewing Dr. Richard Heinzle and writing this wonderful article. Your support to the South Huron Community Choirs over the years is greatly appreciated.

 

Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance

 South Huron Community Choirs prepare for holidays

Author of the article:Dan Rolph

Publishing date:Oct 27, 2022  •  2 minute read

 

 

 

 

Artistic director Dr. Richard Heinzle

EXETER – The South Huron Community Choirs will be back on the stage this holiday season.

The choir and handbell groups held their first rehearsals earlier this month as they began preparing for their upcoming Dec. 7 Community Christmas Concert at Exeter United Church. The Christmas concert will mark the first time the groups hold a public concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had a fairly good turnout,” said artistic director Richard Heinzle of the first rehearsals. “We’re still not where we were before COVID, but we’re getting there.”

“We had a good number of people, and everybody is excited.”

Heinzle said this year’s concert will include a performance which will be split into two parts, the first of which is being called “Holde-Tyme Christmas” which will include classic holiday favourites, some of which the crowd will be invited to join in on as well. The second half will bring Handel’s Messiah back to the stage.

“Three years ago, we did the whole concert as Handel’s Messiah, and that was our most successful concert so far,” said Heinzle. “People just enjoy singing Handel’s Messiah, so we thought we would come back with that. That will be our big finale … and of course we’ll end with the Hallelujah chorus.”

The path to finally stepping back onto the stage has been filled with challenges for the choirs. Heinzle said there were hopes of a 2021 get-together, though the spread of the omicron variant made that impossible. He said the groups eventually were able to meet starting in April 2022 to practice for a possible June concert, but COVID concerns and a lack of turnout put an end to those plans as well.

“It didn’t quite come together at that point, but now we’re getting a good number of people coming back,” said Heinzle. “People are just getting excited. There’s a real buzz when we come together … For your average choir member, it’s a highlight every week to go to choir practice and sing with a group with people, meet and chat. That was something we missed a lot.”

In addition to the Christmas concert, the choirs will also be holding two spring concerts. The first concert will be April 28 at Exeter United Church, while the second show will be April 29 at Huron Shores United Church in Grand Bend.

Heinzle said both the choir and handbell groups always welcome new people who are interested in joining. Those interested can stop by rehearsals on Tuesday nights, which run from 6-7 p.m. for handbells and 7-9 p.m. for the choir at Exeter United Church.

The 5th traditional Christmas Poinsettia Fundraiser is also being organized alongside Huron Ridge Greenhouses in support of the choirs. Those interested in buying poinsettias can do so through choir members or by calling Ruth Petersen at 519-235-1778. For more information about the South Huron Community Choirs, visit www.southhuronchoirs.com.

Christmas Poinsettia Fundraiser

It's that time of year again.....

The South Huron Community Choirs are partnering again with Huron Ridge Greenhouses for the 5th traditional Christmas Poinsettia Fundraiser. We appreciate and say “Thank You” to everyone who has supported us these past few years to help with our ongoing costs.

 

Thinking about decorating for Christmas this year? Need poinsettias, winter planters, mixed greenery, outdoor wreaths? What about your Christmas shopping list – gifts for someone in the hospital, nursing home or just that hard to buy person!!!!

 

We can help, there is even gift certificates that can be redeemed anytime at Huron Ridge Greenhouses not only for Christmas items but next spring to decorate your home, flower beds/garden or even for that something special you been waiting to purchase.

 

Deadline for ordering is Friday November 11, 2022, at 12 Noon

Delivery date is Tuesday November 29, 2022

 

So, don’t delay!!!

Purchases can be made with any choir member or call Ruth Petersen 519-235-1778 to place an order or if you have any questions.

Again, thank you for the support given to South Huron Community Choirs over the past 4 years.

May we be part of the joy and peace that brightens your Christmas this year!!!!


  1**Poinsettia 6" single plant .... $12
        (red, white, marble, ice crystal)
  2**Poinsettia 6" single plant .... $14
        (northern lights)
  3**Poinsettia 8" triple plant $30
        (red, white, marble, ice crystal)
  4**Winter Planter .... $45
  5**Door Wreath 16" .... $35
  6**Mixed Green Bunch .... $20
  7**Gift Card .... $25
  8**Gift Card .... $50
                Important Dates!!!
You will want to mark your Calendars .....

 
Wednesday December 7, 2022  7pm
"Community Christmas Concert"
Messiah  &  Olde Tyme Christmas
Exeter United Church  42 James St, Exeter ON
  Tickets:  $25 advance $30 at Door 

CONCERT

Spring Concerts

"What a Wonderful World"
Friday April 28, 2023  7pm  Exeter United Church        42 James St, Exeter ON          

Saturday April 29, 2023   7pm
Huron Shore United Church     
25 Main Street, Grand Bend ON

                                           

Welcome back Dr. Richard Heinzle (Artistic Director)....
go to tab (up above) 'Staff & Directors' to see Richard's bio!
Rehearsals starts Tues October 11, 2022
6 - 7pm   Handbells
7 - 9pm   Adult Choir 
Everyone welcome !!!

Do you like to sing? 

Then why not join the South Huron Community Choirs?

When:   Tuesday nights
starts Tuesday October 11, 2022

Time:  6 - 7pm  Handbells      7 - 9pm  Adult Choir

Where: Exeter United Church

42 James St, Exeter ON

New Members are always welcome!!!

NO auditions or choral experience is required!

Membership fee - $125 Adult Choir - $50 Handbells only

                         Exciting News !!!

 

Welcome Lori to the South Huron Community Choirs

Lori Danylchuk    Accompanist
Lori has been accompanying choirs since the age of twelve.  She studied music at The University of Western Ontario (B.Mus.Ed.),B. of Ed., as well as earning Associate in Piano Performance from The Western Conservatory of Music.

Lori was an elementary music educator in Waterloo Region for 31 years and was the accompanist of Schneider Male Chorus for 22 years.  For 5 years, she was the accompanist of the Kodaly Choral Festival, a two night event in which over 1000 students from Grades 4 to 6 performed on stage at The Centre in the Square in Kitchener.

Since moving to Exeter in 2020, Lori has been busy setting up an online studio for all ages, using a recreational approach to the piano. 

Lori is very excited to be a part of this community and to share her love of music with this choir.
   South Huron Community Choirs "Messiah Singers"
       "Handel's Messiah:   For Our Community"
                 Friday December 10, 2019