Berkshire Concert Choir's mission is to present the finest choral literature from all musical periods, striving always for excellence in performance and providing an opportunity to members of the community to express and develop their musical talents and interests. Membership is open to all persons at varying levels of experience and skill who are committed to hard work and the joy of singing.
Wednesday evenings 7-9 PM
Pittsfield High School,
300 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
We are always looking for new talent. Contact us now for information.
Welcome to the 41st season of the Berkshire Concert Choir! The Choir was formed in 1977 with the merger of the Stockbridge Singers, Inc. and The Cantata Choir of South Congregational Church of Pittsfield. We are a membership organization open to all who enjoy singing and are willing to devote one evening a week to rehearsals.
In the past five years Berkshire Concert Choir has made many community connections. In addition to the formal concert season, the choir has become part of the annual Yule for Fuel project at Zion Lutheran Church and the Gospel Fest at South Street Baptist Church, both having community outreach as their goals.
We sponsor four Summer Sings at the Taft Music Hall for the benefit of local food pantries, and we have sung for the residents of Kimball Farms, Devonshire Estates, and Melbourne Place. Our holiday singing has included programs at Festival of Trees in the Berkshire Museum, Ventfort Hall, Red Lion Inn, and Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Some of our projects are funded by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, and other grants, as well. Berkshire Concert Choir looks forward to many more years in the Pittsfield musical community.
Berkshire Concert Choir welcomes new members. We are a non-auditioned choir, open to all persons, high school age or older, at varying levels of experience and skill, who are committed to the hard work and joy of singing.
Paula Nuss, Artistic Director
Paula has been a music educator for all of her professional career. After receiving her Bachelors and Masters of Music Education degrees from Bradley University, she taught in the Valley Stream, New York school system before moving to Pittsfield. In Pittsfield, she was choral director at Herberg Middle School, Reid Middle School, and Taconic High School.
In addition, Paula has participated as a choral singer at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Eugene Ormandy, Robert Shaw, Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Aaron Copland, and Sarah Caldwell; more recently, at Carnegie Hall with Andre Previn and Charles Dutoit. Locally, Paula sings with the Stockbridge Festival Chorus.
Memrie Innerarity Kelly, Accompanist
Memrie was trained in Mississippi, then at the Juilliard School. She has conducted and/or served as musical director for more than 80 productions in Dallas, West Virginia, Westchester County, and New York City. Her compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Ball State University, Queens College, and in many venues in Manhattan. She received a grant from the NEA for concert work in the Pacific Islands, and an Obie Award for creating a role of the Maestro in Tommy Tune’s “The Club.” Currently enjoying a less strenuous schedule, she plays piano for The Rudolph Steiner School in Great Barrington and the Berkshire Concert Choir.
Marilyn R. Gerhard, President
Thomas Damrosch, Vice President
Deborah Kellogg, Treasurer
Michael E. Gerhard, Secretary
R. Francis Stone
Gillian Jones, Berkshire Eagle