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CAMP Rehoboth Chorus selects soloists for Feb. 2 concert

December 18, 2012

The CAMP Rehoboth Chorus announces that Mary Beth Adair and Alex Helsabeck will be the featured guest soloists for its annual winter concert.

The concert, "Broadway Our Way," will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. The 2012 concert, also at Epworth, received rave reviews from the sold-out crowd of more than 400.

Helsabeck, a baritone, has been a soloist with the U.S. Army Chorus since 1998. He was most recently stationed in Washington, D.C., where he performed at the White House, the Capitol and other official venues. He is currently the director of music and arts for the Episcopal Parish of All Saints' Church and St. George's Chapel in Rehoboth Beach. In addition, he serves as artist-in-residence for the Redwoods Opera Workshop in Mendocino, Calif.

Adair is the soprano soloist at the Episcopal Parish of All Saints' Church in Rehoboth Beach and most recently performed the solos in Schubert’s Mass in G and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She has sung and toured Europe with the Mary Green Singers and the Philadelphia Festival Singers. While in Italy, she sang the Brahms Requiem with Claudio Abbado.  Adair is an educator in Rehoboth Beach, where she also teaches beginning voice students.

Adair and Helsabeck will be joined by auditioned soloists from the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus: Max Dick, Gail Hecky, Colin James, Malcolm Keen, Janet Layden, Mary McElhone, Susan McMullen, Crissy Moore, Judy Olsen, Ed Teti and Diane Wilson.

The chorus began its fourth season in September with a commitment to grow and diversify its membership, which now stands at 60. It welcomed Doug Yetter as its new music director; he also serves as artistic director and cofounder of Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth Beach. Yetter is assisted by accompanist David Zipse, a popular performer at area restaurants and clubs.

The CAMP Rehoboth Chorus is a community choral group providing high-quality musical entertainment for diverse audiences in Delaware. The chorus reflects CAMP Rehoboth’s vision to create a more positive Rehoboth by bringing the community together through the power of song.

This year’s program is made possible, in part, by 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 specifically targets the hiring of professional musicians such as Adair and Helsabeck to enhance the quality of chorus productions, as well as to extend the chorus outreach program to other areas of the state.