The High Desert Chorale has been in existence since 2003. It was founded when a PAC board member asked Linna Barnum if she knew anyone who could direct choirs. Her response was “my husband can do that”. Andrew Barnum was then asked if he would start a community choir under the sponsorship of the Pahrump Arts Council. The arts council was gracious in sending him to the BYU Choral Directors Workshop, an intense two-week course, three years in a row. As one with a background in elementary music and instrumental music these classes were a wonderful aid even though Andrew had experience singing under fine choral directors and had some experience directing choirs.
Our first concert consisted of eight pieces, including one female trio, a husband,wife duet and a viola Solo with a choir of twenty-two members. From that first concert, the choir built to 29 people and over the years have averaged about twenty-five members.
We give two concerts a year, one in early April and one in early December to start off the Christmas season. We have sung a variety of literature, semi-classical choral works, folk songs, traditional songs, Pop songs and novelty songs in our thirteen years of existence.
Come and join us, the choir members that participate make rehearsal time a lot of fun. To join a person doesn’t have to have a lot of choir singing experience. Many of our members hadn’t sung since high school, some had never sung in choirs; we have enough members with experience to help keep the rest of the choir members singing the right notes. For some reason, we are lacking in male voices and encourage men to join us.
For More Information: Call Andy Barnum 775-537-6877