For members of the Waynesboro Choral Society, this was a week of beginnings. On Dec. 4, the group performed at Waynesboro High School as one of their Christmas concerts. For Director Don Coffey, the Christmas concert “kicks off” his season and several members take advantage of this opportunity to get in the holiday spirit.
Coffey became the director of the group in 1981, only three years after he joined, due to his passion for singing. Now more than 30 years later, there are approximately 50 members, each of whom is dedicated to what they do, said Coffey. When he became the director, he cherished the idea that he was working with “the people who sing for the right reasons.”
The Waynesboro Choral Society’s festive concert did not come to life without hard work. The singers practiced for the exciting event from September onward, two hours every week.
“ Choosing the music can be daunting,” Coffey said. “We try to do better than the previous year.”
However, he stated that for that piece of music, interpreting, rehearsing and performing it was a satisfying aspect of being part of the Society. He emphasized the fact that the members of the Choral Society are not paid.
“ There is no pay involved. No one is in it for the money; it’s sheer enjoyment,” he said.
The Choral Society took part in a fundraising concert on Thursday night to benefit Hospice of the Shenandoah. Their next event is Sunday, at Main Street United Methodist Church. The event, which starts at 7pm, weather permitting, will be a benefit concert for the Salvation Army with a free-will offering taken during the event.