how we got started
The Mount Hope World Singers, (MHWS), of Rochester, New York, is a community chorus rooted in the harmony singing of world song traditions. The chorus was formed in 2013 through an initiative and with the support of South Presbyterian Church to celebrate the rich diversity of world cultures and to foster community in the midst of that diversity. The Mount Hope World Singers is part of the Network of Ministries of South Presbyterian Church. Our rehearsals and performances were led for three years by Dr. Allison Thorp, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. With warmth, enthusiasm, and musical talent, she encouraged and inspired us as we learned songs in a variety of languages and rhythms. Allison has moved on and is currently Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Western Carolina University. Hana Cai was our second director who combined her considerable choral directing skill with great good humor to lead us for one year before moving to Indiana to pursue her doctoral studies.
rehearsals and performances
Our repertoire is quite varied and often includes instrumental accompaniment such as piano, cello, percussion, flute, violin, and cello. In addition, we happily collaborate with other artists including dancers, solo vocalists, and other choral ensembles. We rehearse in the Spring and the Fall (3 months each season) and perform several concerts after each rehearsal period. In the past, performance venues have included public schools, churches, senior living centers, and the Rochester Psychiatric Center. We have also participated in many community events including the William Warfield Scholarship Celebration, AIDS Awareness Day, the Rochester Central Library, and the Rochester People's Climate Coalition March for Global Climate Action.
Rehearsals are held at 4 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY, at the Community of the Savior on Sundays from 2:00 -- 4:00 pm. No auditions are required.
Brian White, who has worked with the Mount Hope World Singers since 2015, has been chosen to lead the chorus as director. Brian is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and brings enthusiasm, musical expertise, and dedication. We are delighted that Brian is continuing with us.