The Greater Westfield Choral Association was formed in 1977 by Floyd Corson as a community chorus. GWCA has performed a remarkably wide range of music, including works from the Renaissance to the avant garde, accompanied by a variety of instruments. The major sacred works of the Classical and Romantic periods form the largest part of its repertoire. Each year GWCA prepares this concert in a schedule which encompasses only ten or eleven weeks, a total of about twenty-four intense hours of rehearsal time.
GWCA is a non-auditioned chorus, and we welcome new members. The only requirements are that you enjoy singing, that you have some previous experience in a choir of any kind, and that you faithfully attend rehearsals. The GWCA seasons are short, and do not require a large commitment of time. And it’s a wonderful opportunity for less experienced singers to learn more about the craft of choral performance.
We charge $40 per season as a tuition fee, which helps to cover the cost of the sheet music and a portion of our other expenses. The rest of our funding comes from donations, from program advertisers, from grants, and from ticket sales.
GWCA is a very friendly and family-like organization. New members are always made to feel welcome, and our goals are to learn some challenging music, present fine concerts to audiences in the Pioneer Valley and have fun in the process.
MARC WINER is now in his tenth year as Director of the Greater Westfield Choral Association, having previously served as tenor soloist for eleven years. His previous conducting experience was as Music Director for Mahar Regional High School’s production of Oklahoma!,as well as Choral Director for three choirs from grade 7 to 12. Marc also founded and directed the Madrigal Singers at Westfield State College, while earning his Bachelor of Music Education degree. While there, he studied conducting with Dr. Theodore Davidovich and Dr. Peter Demos.
Mr. Winer is well known as a tenor soloist throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Highlights of his singing career include the tenor soloist role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Seasons, and the American premiere of A Cambridge Mass, a newly discovered work by Vaughan Williams. A personal favorite is the performance at Westfield State University of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, in which he shared the stage with his daughter Mara, who starred in the lead role. While at Westfield State, he traveled to Austria and also performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC with the Chorale. Marc has studied voice with Lois Sayers Smith, Ken Manzer, and Sudie Marcuse.
Mr. Winer currently sings with Novi Cantori, a professional concert choir of twenty voices, and is tenor soloist at First Congregational Church here in Westfield. Marc also performs throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond with such groups as Arcadia Players, Festival Chorus of Westfield, the Middletown Chorale, Hampshire Choral Society and many others. He lives in Agawam, MA with his wife, Michelle, daughter, Mara, both of whom sing in the group, and son, Michael, who is the future director.
Feel free to contact Marc:
KAREN DUCHARME has been GWCA’s accompanist and rehearsal pianist for a decade. She received her training from Westfield State College under Ken Manzer and is also the Administrative Assistant for the Music Department there.
Karen has been a fixture on the Pioneer Valley music scene for many years, accompanying not only classical recitals and concerts but also over 150 musicals.
GWCA is managed by a Board of Directors that is elected annually. The Director and Accompanist are both ex-officio members. For the current season, the officers are:
Jay Ducharme, President
Doris Love, Secretary
Nancy Grimaldi, Treasurer
Other current Board members are:
If you’d like to join the GWCA Board, please write to the President by clicking on the appropriate link above.