Strand Notebook | Longtime choral society looking for new members

Strand NotebookJuly 9, 2014 

A recent patriotic concert by the Sea Notes Choral Society marked 40 years that the choir has been performing for audiences in southeastern North Carolina and other areas.

The Sea Notes Choral Society, composed of men and women volunteers who love to sing, is accepting applications for membership.

Members must be older than 16. Ideal applicants are people who have some experience singing with a choir and have the ability to read music.

Herb Linesburgh, secretary of the Sea Notes Choral Society, said there are now 170 members, but all of them do not sing at every concert or performance.

The history of the Sea Notes Choral Society and more information about it can be seen at www.sea-notes.com.

In 1974, a group of about 25 people formed the choir to perform for a Brunswick County Bicentennial Committee fundraiser. Later that year, the choir sang at the Fourth of July Festival in Southport, N.C., and for the Southport Woman’s Club Holliday House at Christmas.

The first performances in 1974 were directed by Cindy Sellers, who returned as a guest director to direct the last one, which was held at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia in June of this year.

Linesburgh said the Sea Notes Choral Society mostly operates on donations. “We really appreciate the fact that the folks down here seem to appreciate what we do and they’re very generous with their donations,” he said.

The Friends of the Sea Notes group helps support the choir and has about 400 members. The choir only began having business sponsors about a year ago, and the businesses that became sponsors have also helped a great deal, Linesburgh said.

The Sea Notes Choral Society performs three free concerts annually, including a spring show in March or April, a patriotic show in June or July, and a Christmas show in December.

Concerts are usually held at Brunswick Community College in Supply or at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach.

Sea Notes has participated in numerous civic, cultural and community events over the years.

It has performed many patriotic concerts, and it’s repertoire contains “almost every notable patriotic choral work published.”

The collection of music performed by the Sea Notes covers a wide range from serious works such as Bach Magnificat and Mozart’s Mass in C, to gospel, folk, pop and Broadway selections.

In addition to the gift of song, the Sea Notes Choral Society also gives to the community in other ways, including awarding an annual scholarship for a high school senior.

On May 27, South Brunswick High School senior Brynn MacKenzie received the choir’s 2014 scholarship of $1,000.

Brynn plans to major in music performance at Appalachian State University. She plays the ukulele, marimba and snare drum, and she has studied piano, flute and piccolo.

Brynn has performed at various venues, and has participated in the South Brunswick High School marching band, the Wilmington Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Brunswick County Community Band, and all-state, all district and all-county band clinics.

For more information or to apply for membership, call Linesburgh at 910-278-5542 or go to www.sea-notes.com.

Contact PEGGY MISHOE at pegmish@sccoast.net or 365-3885.

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