Southington Festival Chorale welcomes a new director

Christopher Härtel has been named as the new artistic director of the Southington Festival Chorale.

Christopher Härtel has been named as the new artistic director of the Southington Festival Chorale.

The Southington Festival Chorale recently welcomed Christopher Härtel as the new artistic director. Härtel comes to the chorale with many years of experience as a music educator—nearly 20 as a teacher of vocal music and drama in both public and private schools, and nearly a decade as a director of local community chorales, most recently in Newington and Wallingford.

During the interview process in the spring, Härtel had the opportunity to direct the group in rehearsal. In a press from the chorale, members said that they enjoyed his directing style and were unanimously enthusiastic when he was chosen.

In the release, Härtel said he was, “glad to be leading a group that’s in excellent musical shape and getting ready to fly.” This appointment will enable him to continue doing what he enjoys most: making beautiful music, teaching and directing.

Härtel and the chorale board are already hard at work selecting works for the winter concert set for Sunday, Dec. 6. The chorale will be learning new music and will begin to experiment with movement and multi-media elements.

Starting Monday, Sept. 14, the chorale will rehearse on Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Plantsville Congregational Church. Everyone is welcome to come to open rehearsals and sing with the chorale.

“When singers are all connected by the music, we are also connected to the infinite. We open up a channel and broadcast, with sound so magnified by our connection that we somehow fill the void, however briefly,” Härtel said. “We even have the power to transport an audience to a distant place or another time. We get to do that again and again. Why would anybody want to do anything else?”

For more information, call Peg Lewis, board member, at 860-621-6144; email or attend to the Sept. 14 rehearsal at Plantsville Congregational Church.

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