Sing Along with the Master Chorale this Summer

Brett Karlin, artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida, will lead a rehearsal of choral masterworks on July 28. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to join in the annual Summer Sing. Credit: Master Chorale of South Florida.

If you like to sing, but find the shower to be a limiting venue, the Master Chorale of South Florida has an opportunity for you. 

On Saturday, July 28, the semi-professional chorus will host its annual Summer Sing and is extending an invitation to singers from all backgrounds to join them for an informal rehearsal of treasured choral classics. More than 100 singers are expected to gather at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church to tackle masterworks by Franz Joseph Haydn, Hector Berlioz and Leonard Bernstein. 

“Even if you’re not the best singer or maybe sang in high school, this is an opportunity to just show up and sing these great works,” explained Brett Carlin, artistic director. “If you’re not confident with your ability to sight read, there will still be 60 to 80 members of the chorale there, making it an awesome opportunity to sing with some help.” 

The selections were pulled from the chorale’s upcoming season, including “Bernstein at 100,” Oct. 26 -28; Berlioz “Te Deum,” Feb. 23-24; and Haydn’s “Creation,” May 3-5.  

The Bernstein works are special for Karlin because this year is the centennial of Bernstein’s birth and the chorale will present a special anniversary concert in October, including a world premiere work by composer Dominic DiOrio. 

The biggest benefit for Summer Sing participants, he said, is the opportunity to meet and network with new friends “who also enjoy music and art and films and other things musicians like.”  

And, of course, the event serves as a membership recruiting opportunity for the chorale. 

“Folks (can) see what it’s like to be a member of the Master Chorale of South Florida for a day…see what our director, accompanist and singers are like, our rehearsals…if they’re interested they can find out about joining,” Karlin said. 

Over the years, the chorale has also performed with the New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and South Florida Symphony. For the past eight years, the Master Chorale has been featured in sold out Valentine’s Day concerts with acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Hard Rock Live. 

“Although our singers are largely volunteers, we do have a small professional core and our product is professional quality,” praised Karlin, who has led the organization for five seasons and was also recently named music director for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. 

The Master Chorale of South Florida Summer Sing will be held on Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 N. Federal Hwy. in Fort Lauderdale. Parking is available behind the church. The event is free, but singers are requested to register by July 25 at 

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