by Michael Kohn
For over 30 years, the Chappaqua Singers have been delighting audiences with their upbeat repertoires, choreography and stage attire. A northern Westchester County performing arts treasure, the group was founded by musical director Marie Terotta Roche, a critically-acclaimed singer
dancer, actor and radio personality.
Accompanied by Broadway pianist Sue Anderson, the 15 women have
performed as far away as Romania while primarily sharing their talents locally.
Currently, they are in rehearsal for their “holiday spectacular” which will be performed at various venues throughout the area, culminating in a performance at the Met Life Building, adjacent to Grand Central Station in New York City on Thursday, December 16, from 5 to 6 pm.
According to Marie Terotta Roche, “our holiday program has something for everyone–from sacred church music to the
classics, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” a beautiful medley of Hanukah songs, all the way to “Santa Baby” and “Jingle Bell
Rock.” The professional-caliber entertainers seamlessly mix their music and choreography into a wonderful show which includes soloists and four-part harmonies.
Member Marvel Griepp is especially excited about the show at the Met Life building where busy commuters stop on their way to work to soak up some holiday
cheer. She loves the workday rush contributing to a “wonderful ebb and flow.” Once, Broadway sensation Audra McDonald graced the group with her presence.
In addition to their holiday shows, the Chappaqua Singers have performed each year at the city-wide 9/11 observance. This past year, they performed in the high-traffic lobby of an office building
at 40 Worth Street in New York City.
Said Roche, “the program wove a rich musical tapestry that paid tribute to those who perished in the events of September 11. I lost a son-in-law that day, so being able to lift the spirits of people who work in New York has deep significance to me personally and to my singers.”
You can catch the Chappaqua Singers at the following places and times: Saturday, December 4 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the New Castle Community Sing followed by a
tree lighting; the Robert E. Bell School, 50 Senter St., Chappaqua on Friday, December 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Chappaqua Seniors, Community Center, Senter St.,
Chappaqua on Thursday, December 16, from 5-6 p.m.. For further information, email Griepp at email@example.com.
And, they are always interested in new members.
Michael Kohn is a contributing editor and writer to Inside Chappaqua.