As the spouse of a board member of ESCS, I can vouch for their total commitment and dedication in bringing the musical excellence that they possess to the community of the Eastern Shore of Alabama. They do fill a need in our community for the spiritual as well as the musical art.
This is a great organization of talented individuals who volunteer their time and talents and work hard striving for absolute perfection in their concerts from the simplest to the most difficult music. They performed at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and 2009 with their director, Terry Maddox. In addition to performing two concerts per year, and a free “Messiah” concert, members volunteer and perform mini-concerts, at no charge, throughout the year at such functions as the Fairhope Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, book signings and at various events in and around Baldwin County. All donations received at the “Messiah” concert” go to support of the Edna Traccarella Scholarship Fund which began in 1996 and continues today. The organization’s Edna Traccarella Scholarship Fund supports a competition for high school students with awards of $300, $400 and $500 to assist students in furthering their vocal studies. ESCS also makes monetary contributions of $250-$500 each to several local high school’s music programs each year.
As a former, seven year, member of this choral group, I can attest to the quality and quantity of effort this organization expends to provide this community with outstanding choral music. Terry Maddox is an exceptionally talented director and conductor who demands perfection of effort while creating an environmnet of fun and enjoyment. If you desire to develop or improve your singing voice and you enjoy choral music, then here is where you want to be. As for me, I try never to miss their concerts.
This group has been a life saver for teens in our community who are interested in pursuing voice, since our local public schools have cut chorus. The ESCS has permitted qualified teens to participate in their amazing program, at no cost. Under the direction of Terry Maddox, my teenaged sons music reading & vocal skill have been enhanced to that of collegiate level. I hope everyone will support this very worthwhile organization, who has blessed our community with much joy!
My wife & I were involved in the choral program at our college & are very pleased with the caliber of leadership on the part of the conductor. This is indeed a fine organization.
Over the 68 years of my life I have been involved in singing with various choral groups.As a child I sang in church choirs and glee clubs. Being a pianist and singer, I looked for groups in my adult life that would challenge me through the difficulty of the music as well as the expertise of the conductor. I found such a group in the Eastern Shore Choral Society. Terry Maddox seems to have perfect pitch, which is, at times, scary because he catches all mistakes; and, demanding because he expects the correct notes to take the place of the incorrect ones. The caliber of the singers is at a high level and most are teaching, accompanying, or conducting in their own right. All members pay $45.00 per semester for the privilege of singing in this chorale but this amount does not cover all the items in our budget. I have heard nothing but compliments after our concerts.
After a career that contained no opportunity for song, I was delighted to find such an inspiring yet challenging organization. To think that the group can not only work with the director to achieve a very acceptable presentation, but that we can succeed at providing, through donations and attendance at our two yearly recitals, scholarship funds for young people, is a wonderful end result at this time of life. I am so pleased to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor.
Being a newcomer to the Eastern Shore area, I was thrilled to know there was a choral society such as the Eastern Shore Choral Society. The programs presented are chocked full of diverse selections presented by such an enthusiastic and talented choir. Also, each year a young talented performer is recognized and performs. I look forward to each performance which adds such a cultural flavor to our area.
This is a great organizaton. A good variety of music, great fun and fellowship. If you like to sing, come and join them!
I have been personally edified by participating as a singer/member of the Eastern Shore Choral Society for several years since my retirement. The opportunity to be a part of this group has helped me pursue a hobby (singing) which makes me happy and brings joy to the lives of others. Our director and all of the members work very hard to produce an excellent performance for our community twice a year and at the same time encourage young people by offering scholarships which reward talent and hard work.
Our choir performs two concerts a year of classical and contemporary music for $10 admission. We have a Scholarship competition each year for high school singers with prizes ranging from $500 for their use in furthering their career. We also award the music departments of three high schools with funds. We perform at no cost to public events and at memorial services for our fellow choristers.