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Brandywiners Chorale

The excitement of the Brandywiners doesn't end with the close of a summer show. Formed in 1988, the Brandywiners Chorale is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. This group of more than 60 melodic, mixed voices has been entertaining groups throughout the fall and spring seasons during the first few weeks in December and then again in May. We have performed in a variety of locations in the Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey areas. Our director and accompanist are professional musicians.

Brandywiners Chorale


Our Director

Darrin PetersThe Brandywiners Chorale welcomed Darrin Peters as its new director in the fall of 2007. Darrin is a graduate of West Chester University with a BS in Music Education and has Instructional Certification for teaching music in grades K-12 in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

Darrin has been teaching music and directing choirs for 17 years in the public school systems of Delaware, Maryland, and currently at Pennsville Memorial High School and Pennsville Middle School in Pennsville, New Jersey. He has demonstrated the ability to draw out the talents of singers of all ages. At Pennsville he conducts nine different choirs, teaches theatre and dance classes, and serves as the Drama Club Advisor as well as director and choreographer for the spring and summer musical productions.

Darrin is also an instructor, director, orchestra conductor, and choreographer for the Young People's Theatre Workshop in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He has directed and choreographed over 20 productions with YPTW including: Annie, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Once on This Island.

Darrin is very active in professional and community theatre. He has performed, directed, and choreographed at The Media Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse, The New Candlelight Theatre, Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre, Celery Garden Dinner Theatre, Covered Bridge Theatre, Delaware Children's Theatre, Wilmington Drama League, Chapel Street Players, Narberth Theatre, The Barnstormers, and The Players Club of Swarthmore. One of his favorite production accomplishments was directing and choreographing The Producers in 2010 with The Players Club of Swarthmore.

Darrin is not a newcomer to The Brandywiners, Ltd. as he has participated in summer shows at Longwood Gardens. He served as Assistant Music Director for Evita, and also performed leading roles in Me and My Girl and State Fair as well as ensemble in many other productions. He has sung with the Chorale for several years and served as its assistant director. He is proud to be the director of this fine group of singers.

OUR ACCOMPANIST

Katie Soukup

Katie Soukup expanded her Brandywiners’ involvement in 2011 as its new Chorale accompanist. Her experience began at the age of 15 when she played her first show at her alma mater, Brandywine High School. In the three decades since, she has remained an active theater, choral and cabaret accompanist.

Katie’s broad musical involvement with the Brandywiners has included being a chorus member, pianist, trumpeter, assistant music director, and music director for South Pacific.

Professionally, Katie is a High School Music Director, previously at Mt, Pleasant High School in Wilmington and currently at Kennett High School. Some of Katie's favorite shows to perform include West Side Story, Oliver!, and Into the Woods.

OUR REPERTOIRE

The Chorale offers a broad range of Broadway, contemporary, folk, and seasonal music with a new program each season. Our concerts always include a medley of songs from the Broadway show to be performed at Longwood Gardens in the upcoming summer. It's an introduction that whets the appetite of the audience to attend the summer show. We often liven up some songs with dance and/or added accompaniment on keyboard, bells, bongos, drums, and other instruments played by members of the chorale.

Our repertoire and performances appeal to all audiences and we frequently receive standing ovations. Concerts generally last an hour and can be tailored to the group's needs.

OUR AUDIENCES

The Chorale's concerts are a favorite among many retirement communities and churches in the area. We have entertained at holiday and retirement parties at the Wilmington Country Club, the DuPont Country Club, the Newark Country Club, Delaware Art Museum, Hagley Soda House, Winterthur Museum and Garden,  and the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The Chorale joined the Delaware Symphony for a pops concert at the Grand Opera House and has sung at the City of Wilmington's First Night Celebrations. We have also performed at Longwood Gardens at Christmas and the Smyrna Opera House.

OUR REQUIREMENTS

The Brandywiners Chorale provides a spirit of joyful song to diverse audiences. We welcome the opportunity to share this spirit by participating in your next function. Our only requirements are that you have sufficient space to accommodate a chorus of more than 60 voices and that you have a recently tuned piano. While we are a non-profit organization, we charge a fee to cover our expenses.

If you love to sing and can read music, come audition with us. We welcome new members. To learn more about what's expected as a  Chorale member, download our "Chorale Information Sheet."

HOW TO REACH US

If you have interest in learning more about the Chorale or are interested in auditioning with us, please contact Jaime Fleetwood, Marketing Manager. She can be reached a (302) 778-0528 or e-mail ijfleetwood@yahoo.com .


Chorale Current Concert Schedule

The Brandywiners Chorale current schedule is now available on our Events Page.

The Brandywiners, Ltd., PO Box 248, Montchanin, DE 19710; 302-478-3355 or 800-338-6965