The primary focus of the Bennington County Choral Society is to promote choral singing. This goal is accomplished by presenting three concerts each season. Members hail from Bennington County and towns in Western Massachusetts, and neighboring New York State. The BCCS is open to all ages and singing/reading abilities; auditions are not required to join. Members are expected to bring a love of singing, and are asked to pay dues of $35.00 per concert.
The BCCS encourages future generations of musicians in practice of musicianship by granting the BCCS Music Scholarships. We hold a competition in the spring, allowing students to compete before a panel of judges for prize money and for constructive comment. The BCCS takes great pride in the numbers of previous winners who return to enrich the musical life of the community.
We award up to two $400 scholarships each year.
To be eligible for the audition, a musician must:
* Be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school.
* Reside in Bennington County, Vermont, or the neighboring towns of Williamstown or North Adams, Massachusetts; or Petersburgh, Hoosick, Hoosick Falls, White Creek, or Cambridge, New York.
* Perform two instrumental or vocal compositions each not more than five minutes in length which demonstrate contrasting styles or techniques. (Compositions written by students would not be appropriate. One instrument only, please!)