Prepare Mozart's Vesperae solennes di Confessore, KV 339
with Matthew Rupcich and the Arcadia Chorale
during our Summer Sing mini-festival!
Are you a community singer, church/synagogue choir member, or college/high school student with choral experience? Do you want a chance to sing a masterwork with orchestra? This is for YOU!
You’ll get the music in advance, learn your part at home (rehearsal aids available – see below), and put it all together with us in person on June 23 & 24, 2023.
Rehearse with us on Friday evening and all day Saturday, then perform Saturday night at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton with full orchestra and featured soloists. Plan to join us!
Summer Sing: Registration is Open
Click here to register on our Eventbrite page, where you can:
Order tickets and meals
Let us know:
Your voice part
How you would like to receive your score
All Interested Singers:
We are unable to offer refunds for Summer Sing.
Please review Summer Sing details on this webpage for full schedule, vaccination requirements, participation expectations, etc. prior to registering.
Due to space concerns and pandemic protocols, registrations are limited to 100 singers.
High School/College Students:
A number of waivers are available for registration and meal vouchers. Before you register, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be considered for student financial assistance.
Fees (additional Eventbrite fees may apply):
Adult Singer Registration*: $45
Student Singer Registration*: $25
Optional Lunch Voucher (6/24): $10
Optional Dinner Voucher (6/24): $15
*includes cost of vocal score for you to keep!
Location/Parking and Schedule
Location & Parking
All Summer Sing activities will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave, Scranton, PA 18510. The church has two parking lots:
One on Olive St. (beside the church) and one on Madison and Vine (end of block).
There is also free street parking around the church.
Friday, June 23:
(3:30–5:30pm Orchestra ONLY: no singers!)
6:00–7:00pm Singer Registration/Orientation
sign in & settle in at Covenant
greet old friends, meet new ones!
7:00–9:30pm Chorus rehearsal (full choir and sectionals)
Saturday, June 24:
9:00am–6:30pm Rehearse with Summer Sing Chorus and Orchestra
sectionals and full choir, including dress rehearsal
breaks will be given for snacks, lunch and dinner
Check back here soon for more details on Saturday's schedule
6:30pm Group warm up
open to the public
We will be using the Carus edition (40.059/03) of Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore, KV 339.
Your registration fee covers the cost of the vocal score for you to keep!
Get Your Score
You'll be asked to indicate how you would like to receive your music when you register. Please help us keep mailing costs low if you can!
Pick up score from Catherine Carter, Arcadia Chorale Board Secretary:
M-F between 11:30am–3:30pm. Call ahead: (570) 346-6400
Covenant Presbyterian Church Office, 816 Olive St., Scranton, PA 18510
Note: Closed May 29.
Arrange pick up/delivery with any Arcadia Chorale member
If you are planning to attend Summer Sing with friends, please help us distribute scores to your group.
Please provide your mailing address on the registration form if you would prefer we mail your score to you.
Learning Your Part: Rehearsal/Listening Aids
Need help learning your part?
Cyberbass and Choir Parts offer rehearsal aids for Mozart's Vespers, KV 339.
You can access these free online products on your own:
CyberBass listening aids: target voice part amplified, accompaniment diminished
allows you to slow down, speed up and loop your part to suit your practice needs
Choir Parts: follow along with score and amplified voice part on YouTube
Helpful hint: Use search terms such as "Mozart," "Vesperae," and "rehearsal aid" if you navigate away from your desired page and get lost! Then find your voice part and the movement you want to hear/see.
There are also full performance recordings of the Vespers that you can find online to help with texts and to get accustomed to the sound of the orchestra. Here's a link to one, though you might find others that you prefer!
These are rehearsal/listening aids only and may differ slightly from the score we are using for Summer Sing. If there any discrepancies between your score and what you see/hear online, please follow what is indicated in the Carus score provided to you after registration.
Our Music Director, Matthew Rupcich, will give the choir his markings for tempi, articulation, etc., at rehearsal.
Bring a pencil to Summer Sing!
Rehearsal and Performance Attire
REHEARSALS (including dress rehearsal)
Singers may wear casual clothing. Masks may be required depending on pandemic protocols at the time.
Please bring a light sweater if you are sensitive to air conditioning.
Singers should wear all black.
Formal wear is not expected! Appropriate attire includes a black blouse, polo shirt or button down shirt with black pants/skirt, or a black dress. And black shoes that are comfortable enough to sing in!
Depending on pandemic conditions, masks may be required for singers at this year's Summer Sing. Singers who wear a mask for the performance on Saturday night must wear a black mask. Arcadia Chorale will provide black masks for those who do not have one.
Please keep in mind that you'll be appearing as part of an ensemble when making your clothing choices: We ask that you not draw attention with jewelry or other accessories that may be distracting.
Please avoid wearing perfume or highly fragrant personal products (hairspray, deodorant, etc.) which may cause allergic reactions in your fellow singers. Please choose unscented products when possible.
Food & Beverages
Lunch and dinner breaks will be provided on Saturday, June 24.
Snacks and meals may be eaten in Covenant's auditorium. Please do not bring food or drinks (other than water) into the sanctuary or other rehearsal spaces.
Arcadia Chorale will provide snacks (granola bars, fruit, etc.) and beverages throughout the Summer Sing, and will also offer Saturday:
Boxed lunch: $10
Hot dinner: $15
Singers will have an opportunity to purchase Saturday meal vouchers when registering. See below for food choices covered by meal vouchers.
Participants may also opt to bring their own food (limited refrigerator space available at Covenant upon request), or may plan to patronize one of Scranton's many restaurants. Delivery may be your best option in that case: Please keep the rehearsal timeframes and parking considerations in mind if you plan to leave Covenant during meal breaks.
After registering, participants who purchase meal vouchers will be sent an email to designate food choices from options below:
Boxed lunch from HoneyBaked Ham Company*:
Sandwich served with cheese, lettuce and tomato:
ham or turkey on Kaiser roll
Garden veggies on multigrain roll
Drink: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite or water
All boxed lunches come with mustard & mayo, straw and napkin
Gluten-free roll available
Buffet dinner from Classic Occasions Catering*:
Chicken strips in garlic and wine sauce
Penne pasta with marinara sauce
Oven roasted potatoes
Rolls & butter
Dessert: Brownies, assorted cookies, etc.
Drinks: Lemonade, iced tea, water, coffee, tea
*Some items may contain wheat and/or dairy products
General admission tickets will available to the public for the Summer Sing performance on Saturday, June 24. Tickets will be available at the door and online (check back here in June for online ordering).
Admission for students is free
To participate in Summer Sing 2023, all singers must be vaccinated to protect against COVID-19.
Registered singers will be required to provide proof of vaccination to participate in Summer Sing. Please check your email for instructions.
This means singers should have received the full course of a primary series of vaccination:
two doses (Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax)
one dose (Johnson & Johnson)
Arcadia Chorale strongly encourages participants to stay up-to-date with booster shots as recommended, though proof of boosters is not required to participate in Summer Sing
If you participated in last year's Summer Sing and already submitted proof of primary series vaccination, you do not have to provide your information again. If you are unsure if we have your information on file, email us at email@example.com
While the overall threat from COVID-19 has lessened for the general public, singing remains a high-risk activity. For your own safety and the safety of your singing partners and audience, please follow CDC recommendations for vaccination.
Individuals who are feeling sick or test positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) at the time of Summer Sing should not attend.
We understand there are various health concerns that may affect some of our participants. Please consider your personal health risk and make the decision that is right for you.
Masks are required for all individuals during indoor activities when the county's (Lackawanna) COVID-19 Community Level is high. Masks are also encouraged during indoor activities for high-risk individuals when the Community Level is medium.
Singers are welcome to wear a mask throughout Summer Sing, regardless of COVID-19 Community Level.
Note: Arcadia Chorale reserves the right to require masks for singers even if CDC guidelines are more relaxed at the time of Summer Sing.
All participants will be required to follow local, state, and CDC guidance regarding masking and social distancing that is in place during the time of Summer Sing.
All singers will be required to follow Covenant Presbyterian Church's protocols regarding masking and social distancing that are in place during the time of Summer Sing.
Since this is an ever-changing situation, check back here regularly for updated information. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Phone: (570) 871-0350
Become a Summer Sing Sponsor
Help more singers participate! Please consider donating to Summer Sing today.
Your donations allow Arcadia Chorale to:
sponsor students in need: $50 provides one student registration waiver plus lunch and dinner
keep registration and meal costs low for all participants
contract outstanding instrumentalists, soloists and rehearsal assistants
plan for next year's Summer Sing!
Summer Sing is sponsored in part by Arcadia Chorale's Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships for student singers and supports the Chorale's special projects. To honor Dr. Thomas' legacies in music and education, the Chorale is directing the Memorial Fund's resources back into the NEPA music community.
Summer Sing donations are administered through the Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund.