Newburyport Choral Society Announces its new Spring, 2022 Season: “Songs for the Journey”

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Registration Begins January 21st!

After two inspiring and successful Winter 2021 concert performances, we are pleased to announce that our Spring 2022 semester music rehearsals will begin on Monday, February 7, 2022 and continue through May 12, 2022. 

Online registration for the Spring season begins on January 19, 2022 and will continue through Sunday, January 30th. You must register online via the links below prior to attending rehearsals. After February 7th, please contact  for further guidance. 

The Spring semester’s theme is “Songs for the Journey.” The program includes a selection of music that is certain to inspire, including: 

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem (Rutter/Oxford 1893 edition)
  • Kevin Siegfried’s Songs for the Journey
  • Sarah Quartel’s How Can I Keep from Singing?
  • Ola Gjeilo’s Across the Vast Eternal Sky
  • Zanaida Stewart Robles’ arrangement of Lift Every Voice and Sing

All singers attending in-person rehearsals must be vaccinated and boosted and show proof of vaccination at the first rehearsal. In addition, because of high transmissibility of Omicron, all singers must wear either a disposable or washable N94 or N95 mask (KN or KF 94/95 will also work). The resonance mask-95 for choral singers is also acceptable. We are dedicated to keeping all our singers as safe as possible during rehearsals and performances. To view the complete “singer covenant” click here.   

Because of the continuing pandemic, singers will have the option of participating either in person or via Zoom—whichever option feels safer to you at any given point during the semester. 

As usual, our rehearsals will include not only learning and polishing of the music, but also expert guidance on vocal techniques instruction from our NCS Music Director, Ryan Turner. 

Spring Concert:  Our Spring Concert, “Songs for the Journey” is scheduled to be held on Saturday May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m.  Further details about the concert will be shared with singers later in the semester.

Who should join us for this season?

Everyone is welcome. NCS is a non-auditioned chorus and accepts members based simply on their desire to sing. The only requirements for membership are a love of singing, commitment to learning the music, and a willingness to participate in the life and well-being of the chorus.

We sing together, learn together, laugh together, and strive together for excellence in performance. You do not need to know how to read music. And because Spring rehearsals will be online, you don’t even have to live within driving distance to Newburyport. 

Even if you don’t plan to attend all rehearsals or to sing in the spring concert, we welcome you to become a member. Your membership fee helps support and sustain NCS as well as quality choral music in our community. 

Spring 2022 Registration Fees:

Under 65:  $75                     Age 65+:    $65

Registration Links:

If this is your first time singing with us CLICK HERE

If you have sung with us before (2018-presents) , CLICK HERE

Returning members who need to find their login id, CLICK HERE

If you have any problems with registering, please email

Music is purchased when you register.

About Ryan Turner

NCS Music Director Ryan Turner brings a wealth of experience to lead NCS into the future, and to strengthen our presence throughout the North Shore, the Merrimack Valley, and southern New Hampshire. Widely regarded as a passionate and expressive vocal and orchestral conductor, he is also an accomplished tenor soloist and music educator. A resident of Haverhill, he is also the artistic director of Emmanuel Music in Boston, and is on the voice and early music faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge. 

Ryan is highly regarded for his masterful and innovative conducting, with a choral repertoire that encompasses the complete masterworks of Bach, and major works by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Handel. As a champion of new music, he has programmed and premiered the works of several contemporary composers, and as an opera conductor recently led acclaimed performances with the Boston Lyric Opera.

Following are requirements for participation and your agreement with the measures being taken to keep us all safe.

Singer Covenant

Please read the list below stating the measures being taken by the Board to protect you and all other singers/accompanist/music director.

  • All singers will be required to be fully vaccinated and to have received a booster shot against COVID-19 and will need to show their up-to-date vaccination card prior to being allowed to participate in rehearsals.
  • All singers will be required to wear high efficiency, well-fitting masks at all times while on the Belleville property.  Masks that NCS will accept, provided that they are not counterfeit[1], include:
    • N95 (U.S. manufactured approved)
    • KF95 (China manufactured and approved)
    • KN94 (South Korea manufactured and approved)
  • In order to assure a better face mask fit and seal, it is recommended that masks be fitted with ties that extend fully around the user’s head in order to increase the pressure of the mask edges against facial surfaces.   If your mask does not come equipped with a top and bottom set of elastics or ties and only has ear-loops, the NCS Board strongly urges you to acquire and properly use a face mask “extender.”
  • Any singer who is experiencing any symptoms of illness is expected to stay home from rehearsal. Remote learning options (such as Choral Tracks and Zoom) will be provided.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 within 7 days of attending rehearsals will be asked to notify the NCS President. NCS will then notify NCS members of possible exposure.

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