Spring plans for the Goshen Community Chorale

Effective March 13, 2020:

The Goshen Community Chorale board has been in regular communication in recent days and has decided that it has become necessary to cancel the rest of this spring season because of COVID-19 concerns — both to protect ourselves and to help with efforts to limit the spread of the virus in the broader community.  We do this with much regret, but it appears to be the realistic and responsible thing to do under the circumstances.

It’s hard to know what the future holds at the present time, but we are anticipating that the Chorale will be starting up again in September for our regular fall season, just as would ordinarily be the case.  You can check on this website for additional information as things evolve. 

Persons who have been singing with the Chorale since rehearsals began in February will need to make arrangements to return their music.  This can be done on Tuesday evening at what would have been a rehearsal time or dropped off at the music director’s home or sent in by mail.


This coming spring of 2020 the Chorale will be working on a program based on the theme of “Holy Jazz and Sacred Broadway.”  The music will be both fun and challenging and will include the following:

  • “Sing of the Lord’s Goodness”, by Ernest Sands
  • Psalmkonzert, by Heinz Zimmermann
  • A Little Jazz Mass, by Bob Chilcott
  • “Pie Jesu” (from Requiem), by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Glorious, by Abraham Kaplan

Links to performance videos where one can listen to these pieces and be found under the “Study Resources” tab on this website.

Our performance is scheduled for Saturday evening, May 16th, at College Mennonite Church.

Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday evening, February 25th and will also take place at College Mennonite Church.

Persons interested in singing with the Chorale for this event should contact William Mateer (our director) at 574-533-2562 or mateers@aol.com.  Auditions are not required for persons with prior choral experience.  The Chorale’s “Choral Scholars Program” provides special opportunities and support for high school musicians with maturity and ability.