What you always wanted to know about CAMP Rehoboth Chorus

We are a 90-member community choral group that reflects CAMP Rehoboth’s vision to “Create a More Positive Rehoboth” by reaching out to all parts of the community through the power of song.  

What kind of music do you perform?

We present music as a fun, shared experience for both singers and audiences. As a result, our performances are more “good times for everyone events” than are more traditional concerts. We believe this is why we have received rave reviews from all of our sold-out audiences.

Each year, the concert has a theme. In February 2017, the theme Come Fly With Me featured music from around the world, including hits such as Toto’s “Africa,” “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” and “It’s a Wonderful World.” In 2016, the theme Broadway Our Way, featured some of the most beloved music from “The Sound of Music,” “Hello Dolly,” “Carousel,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific,” and more.  

The 2018 theme is Can’t Stop the Beat, a celebration of song that includes blues, rock and roll, and jazz. The program will include such sentimental favorites as “With A Song In My Heart” and “One of Those Songs,” contemporary tunes like “Listen to the Music” and “Piano Man,” Broadway show-stoppers like “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and the always popular Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

When and where will the full Chorus perform Can’t Stop the Beat?

Friday and Saturday evening, February 9 and 10, and Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2018, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth. An additional concert will be held on April 8, 2018 at Sussex Academy.

What are the criteria for membership?

A love of singing and willingness to spend individual time preparing for the group rehearsal. There are no formal auditions to become a member. The ability to read music is a plus but is not required.

What is the cost of membership?

New members pay an initial registration fee of $70 which includes a Chorus polo shirt, while returning members pay an annual fee of $60.

When do you rehearse?

Mondays, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Rehearsals generally begin in September and continue until the annual concert during the second weekend in February. More rehearsals for an additional performance in the spring are held as needed.

Who leads the Chorus?

Our multi-talented Music Director is Doug Yetter, who co-founded Clear Space Theatre Company and has excelled in the entertainment business for 40 years as a director, composer, actor, conductor, arranger and theater owner.

Our accompanist, David Zipse, has been called a virtuoso by leading music critics. He has conducted and produced many musical productions and is a popular performer at regional restaurants, clubs, the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, and many other events.

Administration of the chorus is by a Leadership Committee, which currently consists of Dave Scuccimarra, Chair; Neil Frock, Vice Chair; Barb Ralph, Treasurer; Sandra Skidmore, Secretary; Dianna Johnston, Outreach Coordinator; Anthony Chiffolo, Contracts, and Bill Fuchs, Grants.

How do you reach out to the community?

In addition to our winter and spring concerts, a smaller group of chorus members perform free outreach concerts at local senior centers, senior living facilities, and local events such as the annual AIDS Walk, and the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival.  It also performs at special events such as an NPR Holiday Market, Senator Carper’s Toys for Tots party, and the CAMP Rehoboth Block Party.

Are you supported by the membership fees?

No, those fees only cover music and a few related expenses.  This year, the Chorus received a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is given to help enhance performance and extend outreach efforts to those in underserved areas in Delaware.

In addition, the chorus relies on sponsorships, ads in our concert program, and other donations.