Area groups put out call for vocalists

Area choral music is reaching a high note thanks to two choral groups that will provide the opportunity to sing the finest repertoire year-round.

• The Carver Chorale is a new vocal organization that provides the opportunity to sing September through May. The director is Dr. John Scott Moir, whose education and wide-ranging experience include working with Beverly Sills, debuting in a PBS-TV production, and being a founding member of the San Diego Gilbert and Sullivan Company. Currently, he is the music director at Southwest Christian High School and directs CORO, a professional ensemble of vocal soloists. Learn more at his website,

Vocalists who are interested in potentially participating in this new SATB chorale may contact Moir for an audition at Southwest Christian High School (1981 Bavaria Rd, Chaska) on Sept. 8-9. To learn more, contact Moir at (952) 495-4128.

• The River City Singers (formerly the Chaska Community Choir) rehearses and performs in the summer under the direction of Caroline Swanson and co-director Maria Vejdani.

Founded in 1988, Swanson has directed the choir since 2006 and Vejdani joined her two years ago. Their success draws singers from as far away as Robbinsdale. Both Swanson and Vejdani are musical directors in local schools. The choir’s mission statement: “Dedicated to creating meaningful, rewarding musical experiences of the highest quality possible for the communities we serve.”

A separate call will be posted in the spring for the River City Singers.

These are just snapshots of the choral music in the southwest metro. Both groups are members of the Arts Consortium of Carver County (ACCC). Rob Welch is the ACCC Music Liaison; he is a member of the Board of Directors.

Visit the ACCC website for more details, including choir programs and director biographies: