The 2022-23 season promises to be one of exciting new beginnings for the Hilton Head Choral Society.
The Season of New Beginnings welcomes a new artistic director, Dr. Dustin Ousley, who brings with him creative new ideas and a fresh perspective while maintaining the character that makes the HHCS what it is. The group also welcomes a new accompanist this year, Dr. Janet Elshazly. With an influx of people moving to the area and as we move out of the pandemic, the HHCS hopes to welcome new members who are excited to spread the joy of song to the community with the Choral Society.
Kathy Burmeister, a member of the HHCS since 1986 and assisting with membership, looks forward to great growth in the Choral Society this year. She encourages others to join the HHCS because of the joy she finds in being a part of the Choral Society.
“There’s nothing like making music with a group,” says Kathy. “It’s such a joy to work on and create a live performance. The whole process from practices to performance is exhilarating.”
In addition to the camaraderie, Kathy feels as though the HHCS is truly a wonderful, community group. Although a musical background and ability to read music is preferred, there are no auditions to join. The only “requirement” to become a member is a love of singing! Everyone over 18 years of age and all voice parts are welcome.
“Give us a try,” encourages Kathy. “You’ll find a welcoming, committed group to make beautiful music with.”
Kristin Taylor’s favorite part of the HHCS is a unique one. She enjoys singing alongside her sister (Kathy) just like they did when they were kids. But Kristin says she also enjoys “creating the sounds we are able to create and learning new works/techniques with the group.”
A voice minor in college who has sung in a variety of ensembles and groups, Kristin feels that the HHCS has “such a tremendous feeling of community.”
“There is synergy in music that creates fast friends,” shares Kristin. “We’re like a big family.”
For longtime residents or people just relocating to the area, both Kristin and Kathy feel that joining the Choral Society is a great activity to meet others with a similar love for music.
For the upcoming season, Kristin is particularly excited about the upcoming POPS concert in September that will feature musical pieces from various movies. She feels that this concert will appeal to a new demographic and perhaps encourage more singers to join the group as well.
“There are great expectations and anticipation around the upcoming season,” says Kristin. “People will not be disappointed.”