A newly formed choir hopes to bring to Waxahachie an annual event that will draw tourists to the city to enjoy what the city has to offer. While the choir doesn’t have a name, the project is entitled Old Fashioned Singing.
The dream of project director R.G Huff, the choir will perform a series of concerts that will feature southern congregational songs from the first half of the 20th century. Many of the songs are familiar hymns still sung in today’s churches.
“They will be performed by a 12-member vocal ensemble with live instruments, very much in keeping with what might have been heard here in this building’s first years,” said Huff, who chose the Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park for the performances.
The vocal ensemble was chosen from an audition group made up of singers not only from Waxahachie but throughout Ellis County and other area cities.
“We have people form Lancaster, Itasca and Dallas,” said Huff, who initially sent out inquiries out to area church pastors and choir directors. From the ones who responded, auditions were held to form the group that will perform.
“We have people from local Baptist and Methodist churches as well as a good representation of other areas churches,” Huff said.
Rehearsals began in January with the latest held in Waxahachie’s First United Methodist Church.
“We have yet to rehearse in Chautauqua, but we hope to hold our first (there) next month,” Huff said, saying that, because the auditorium is all wood, the acoustics should be good.
“In the early years of the auditorium, many revivals as well as singings and other similar activities were heard there. We want to bring that type of entertainment back to Waxahachie and to the community,” Huff said.
This is the first year of the project. Besides hearing the choir, guests can choose to have dinner on the grounds to further their experience as part of their ticket.
“We are committed to hold these for three years,” Huff said.
This year’s schedule will have performances Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26. The Friday performance will start at 7 p.m.. On Saturday, there will be two performances, at 3 and 7 p.m.
Other performance dates are May 13-15, June 11-13, Sept. 9-11 and Nov. 11-12.
More details and ticket information are available at the website, www.WaxaOFS.com.