Depot Lane Singers...a cure for cabin fever?


With the holiday season over and winter promising to be around for a while, the Depot Lane Singers are offering interested singers the opportunity to escape “cabin fever” as they begin to practice for their spring concerts.
Not only is getting off the couch good for everyone, the experience of singing in a choir has been proven to be beneficial to a healthy body and sound mind.
The Depot Lane Singers are a community chorus of 60-70 members. Although they are based in Schoharie, they have participating membership from Albany, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.
Rehearsals for the spring concert programs will begin on Tuesday, January 16 and will be held at the Depot Lane Theatre building in Schoharie, beginning at 7:30pm.
The theme for the spring concert season is “Back To Broadway.”
Featured on the program will be music from such diverse shows as “Kiss Me Kate,” “Les Miserables,” “Rent,” “Chicago,” “Oliver,” “Carousel,” and “Ragtime.”
The Singers will present two performances of the program. Concerts are scheduled for Friday, May 4 at the Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Saturday, May 5 at Schoharie High School. Both concerts will begin at 7:30pm.
The Depot Lane Singers were founded by the late Frances B. Tripp, former Schoharie High School music teacher.
Ms. Tripp organized the Singers in September of 1979, after her retirement from active teaching.
The Singers are currently in their 39th year of music making. Conducting duties for the concerts will be shared by artistic director Mitch Haverly and associate conductor Benjamin April.
Mr. April will also serve as accompanist, along with Rhea Dawn Owens.
The Singers will also be accompanied by Roy Stock on bass and Leonard Tobler on drums.
The Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association sponsors the Singers, and a portion of the proceeds from their programs are given to SCHA as part of their fundraising efforts.
The Depot Lane Singers encourage anyone who enjoys singing to join the group.
Students who are in ninth grade or above are also invited to sing.
Although there are no auditions and experience is not required, it should be noted that the chorus sings in harmonies that can include up to eight separate parts. Practice CDs are provided to assist singers in learning the music.
For more information, contact Mr. Haverly at (518) 872-2682, or via email