by Arlene Massimino The Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus (VHWC) has a great way to spend Monday mornings, catch up with old friends, create new ones and have fun all at the same time. The secret is singing! Benefits of singing and music in general cannot be measured; they are so numerous. Chorus members say there is no better way to start the week. Women who used to sing in high school or have never sung in a chorus before can give it a test run by attending the annual Summer Fun Rehearsal on August 1 at 9 a.m. at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church (LCPC), 2902 Montrose Avenue, La Crescenta. The chorus, which is not associated with any church, utilizes the LCPC for their weekly Monday morning rehearsals September to June and for the Fun Rehearsal in August.
The VHWC has entertained in the Verdugo Hills/Foothill community for more than 60 years and is a member of the state-wide organization, California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC). As such, they perform in a combined state chorus concert once a year. The VHWC performs for local venues during the Christmas and spring seasons. Current membership is 30-plus friendly, energetic and dedicated singers and is open to any woman who has a love of music and a desire to sing. No auditions are required.
Sharon Schlarb, the VHWC’s amazing choral director since 1999, presents the chorus with a variety of challenging and fun music. Accompanist Diana Tyson is simply brilliant at the piano. Together they instill a desire to learn and perfect new music and polish up older songs.
Chorus members reside in La Crescenta, La Cañada, Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, Burbank and Sunland-Tujunga. There are no geographical boundaries. The VHWC, “the friendliest group in town,” wants you to check them out.
The goal of the VHWC is consistent with that of CWC: to encourage choral singing among women and to raise funds for music awards for vocal students. Attend the August 1 rehearsal and lend your voice and experience the joy of singing.
For more information, please contact Sharon Schlarb at (626) 403-5622 or Arlene Massimino at (818) 409-9209. Please RSVP if you plan to attend the Summer Fun Rehearsal and a packet of music will be available for you that day