In the 1950’s it was disbanded but was reinstated in 1983 under the umbrella of Community Music Project, Inc. Now under the direction of Andrew Schmidt, the Jamestown Choral Society is open without audition to people of all ages who love to sing. It currently performs two concerts a year. Repertoire includes many choral masterworks, sacred anthems and secular/pops compositions.
We rehearse Monday nights from 7-9 at 1st Presbyterian Church, beginning in September of 2017 for our November concert.
Andrew Schmidt began studying piano at age 9 with Helga Hulse of Jamestown. Following his graduation from Chautauqua Central School in 1982, he continued his pianistic education with Ozan Marsh at Chautauqua Institution, with Phyllis East at SUNY-Fredonia, and with James Avery at the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance. Since then he has operated a thriving private piano studio in Jamestown. He students have received numerous awards and scholarships over the years, and several have gone on to successful careers in music. Schmidt also has served as Director of Music at First Congregational Church (1993-2010) and at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (2010- present). In 2005 he passed the examination to become a certified Colleague in the American Guild of Organists. He also is active as an adjudicator in the National Guild of Piano Teachers. He has adjudicated students throughout the United States, and also in Taiwan. This Summer he makes his first Guild judging trip to mainland China. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Mary and their adorable fluffy cat Chloe.
If you are interested in becoming a member of JCS, rehearsals begin Sept. 11 at First Presbyterian Church from 7-9 pm. Visit communtymusicproject.com or call 664-2227 for more information.