Chiaroscuro, a community men’s chorus, will be hosting an Open House featuring a meet and greet session, refreshments and information about the group and upcoming group auditions. In addition, guests will join in rehearsal of a four-part men’s choral selection so that they can enjoy and experience the unique sound and camaraderie that comes from singing in a men’s chorus. The Open House will be held on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3448 N. Adrian Highway, Adrian, Michigan.

Chiaroscuro, formed in 2013, is a growing men’s community chorus of excellence, whose select members come from diverse walks of life, and which strives for achieving the highest quality musical experience. The name of the choir is Italian for light/dark and is used in vocal music to describe a vocal technique that results in a warm, resonant sound with great brilliance and carrying power. Chiaroscuro seeks to touch the hearts and minds of the listener with beautiful, expressive singing. The choir has the distinction of being the only community men’s choral ensemble in Lenawee County, Michigan.

Rehearsals are held once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Spencer Hall, Adrian College. Members are expected to be able to match pitches well and to learn their parts primarily outside of rehearsal, using provided and proven rehearsal aids. The local men’s chorus was one of only eighteen male choruses invited to perform at the Intercollegiate Male Choruses International Seminar in March 2016 held at the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Chiaroscuro is under the direction of artistic director and founder, Susan Matych-Hager, Professor Emerita, Music, Siena Heights University and 2010 winner of the Maynard Klein Award for artistic excellence and a lifetime of leadership in the field of choral music, presented by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Michigan. Ms. Matych-Hager currently serves as the Repertory and Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for ACDA-Michigan. She states that, “Chiaroscuro will be celebrating their fifth year as a community chorus in 2018. We are so very excited about our program for this year. It’s going to be fabulous!”

For current and up-to-date information, please see our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChiaroscuroEnsemble or visit us on the internet at www.chiaroscuromenschorus.org.