LETTER: Merrimack Valley A Cappella Chorus Looking For New Home As Wilmington Arts Center Is Repurposed

Dear Editor,

Home is where the heart is, and MVA is looking for a new place to call our home after 35 years at the Arts Council Building in Wilmington, MA. We have performed at the Wilmington Farmers Marketing, memorial day parades, our Annual Show in Tewksbury, in Derry, NH at the Pinkerton Academy and on WGBH’s Sing That Thing!

Our usual rehearsal night is Thursday evenings. Women from all over the Merrimack Valley (and some from Western Mass and the North Shore) drive in to warm up their muscles, their voices and sing the finest four-part harmonies in the area. This chorus has seen new directors, membership grow and shrink, and it has sung many, many songs. We’ve shared sisterhood, harmony, and strived for excellence.

At the moment, we are focused on an upcoming Region 1 chorus contest, a Sweet Adelines regional contest that will happen in late April in Springfield, Mass. We’ve been able to secure rehearsal space here until then but after that who knows where we will sing?

We are optimistic that with help from our community members, barbershop family and friends we are sure to find the perfect place that our members fall in love with again.

If you know a place in the Merrimack Valley or surrounding communities where we might be able to rehearse and become part of the community, please reach out! Contact us via any social media platform or homesearch@merrimackvalleychorus.com.

We do have some specific requirements:

  • Riser storage
  • Rehearsal space of 1400 sq feet
  • 10-12 ft ceiling height
  • Access for a rehearsal once a week, evenings usually from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Availability to book extra rehearsals weeknights or weekends
  • Handicap accessible

We are open to discussing short term solutions for rehearsal space April 2020-August 2020. A/C spaces preferred. Also open to short term solutions for just riser storage.

MVA would like to thank the Wilmington Council for the Arts for the use of their facility for the last 35 years.

Best regards,
Marlene Genovese

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