Down East Singers will begin its spring semester rehearsals Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Road, with registration and voice-placement checks for new singers starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by the semester’s first rehearsal.

Anthony Antolini of Cushing, the group's artistic director, has conducted the ensemble since 1991. Jennifer McIvor of Wiscasset is the assistant conductor and rehearsal accompanist. The singers, approximately 60, travel to 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday rehearsals from throughout the Midcoast, Newcastle to Belfast. Carpooling is available.

The chorus will be preparing for its annual Memorial Day concert, to be presented Monday, May 27, at 5 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. The work is Ernest Bloch’s “Sacred Service,” accompanied by the Mozart Mentors Orchestra and featuring professional baritone Cantor Scott Sokol as soloist. The performance will be in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. “Sacred Service,” an orchestrated setting of the Jewish morning worship service, will be sung in Hebrew.

Down East Singers is open to all community members, and new singers are welcome. Sight-reading skills are desired but not required, as long as an ability to match pitch accurately is demonstrated. A voice-placement check for new singers will be given at the time of registration.

All singers are expected to work on their music at home between weekly rehearsals. The membership fee is $65 per semester; high school singers sing for free. Music for the semester may be purchased at the first rehearsal. Copies of the score also are available on loan at no charge.  For more information, visit or call 619-0413.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or