Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 Concert Rehearsal Links

Road Not Taken (with orchestra) 

Star-Spangled Banner Service Version

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Spring 2015 CVCC Season

Concert dates: 

March 7, at 7 pm
March 8, at 2 pm

Rehearsal dates:

January 6, 13, 20, 27;
February 3, 10, 17, 24;
March 3, 

March 5

Save the dates and come sing with us!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rehearsal is CANCELLED for tonight - February 20th

Rehearsal is CANCELLED for tonight - February 20th

Please take time to listen to the songs and run through your music before Tuesday!

We will be practicing Tuesday and Thursday next week in preparation for our concerts.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rehearsal Cancelled - 1/14

Rehearsal has been canceled for tonight due to hazardous road conditions.  Be safe and we'll see you next week!
If you have any questions please contact a board member, or

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's ON!

After a split decision we WILL be holding rehearsal tonight. Today it is just a typically really cold day in Wisconsin. The roads are in good condition and it probably is even less slippery due to the cold!  Hope to see you there!

If you are unable to make it tonight we would still love to have you participate!   Please come next week even if you are unable to make it out tonight.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Queen of the Castle Magazine!

We were recently the featured "Non-Profit Organization" in Queen Of The Castle Magazine!

Check out the article and come sing with us! Rehearsals start next week on Tuesday from 7-9pm!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Get Ready...

Our 2014 season will kick off with rehearsals starting again on January 7th!  Less than 3 months away folks!

Make sure to check out our website and facebook page, along with this blog, for any updates.  We try to post all information in all places for easy access.  It is also a great time to start recruiting new members.

Your CVCC Board will be meeting tomorrow night to discuss the music, along with the format for the rehearsals and concerts, tomorrow night (10/15).  Stay tuned for further updates as the new year approaches!

CVCC on Facebook!

CVCC Website!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Weather Update!

We are currently planning on having rehearsal still tonight. An email will be sent to those who have email addresses on file. If you know of someone without email please reach out to them and let them know. See you all tonight!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rehearsal Song Links!

You can download the mp3 versions of the songs, for practice purposes, at:

To listen online please use the following links:

Saints Bound for Heaven:

Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort:

We'll Shout and Give Him Glory:

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing:

Chattanooga Choo Choo:

On a Slow Boat:

Beat me Daddy, Eight to the Bar:

Moonlight Serenade:

Sing, Sing, Sing:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Our 2013 season is about to begin!

Our 2013 concerts, again under the direction of Cathy Reitz and accompanied by Anne Kubiatowicz, will present “From the Sacred to the Swinging,” a program featuring music ranging from Mack Wilberg’s stirring “Four American Folk Hymns” to upbeat swing and jazz tunes.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm, beginning January 8. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at 7 pm and Sunday, March 10, at 2 pm. Rehearsals and concerts will be held at the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association Heyde Center for the Arts.
Bring a friend who likes to sing! There is a $25.00 membership fee.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

New Website!

Though still under construction... our new website is up and running.  Please check it out when you have time and send any feedback to

Check back soon for details about caroling and the start date for our 2013 season.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Information for the Mahler Concert

For anyone participating in the Mahler Concert, here is some information you will need to know...

Notes from Cathy:

- They are still looking for a few more singers, we are getting some wonderful free press with this concert, even if you didn't sign up please consider joining in for this concert.

- I get the impression that Nobu (orchestra director) would like us to all rehearse together so we will be joining with Master Singers right away - their first Mahler rehearsal was April 2.

- If you know of someone who wants to sing but is not a part of our choir they can join in under our name; spouse, teacher, friend, neighbor, etc.

- I hope our choir can make a good showing (yes, this is a little like a "please come and sing so we look good - I know we sound good").

- Music for the Mahler will SOON be on our website

- Diction available at this link:

- I have more scores that I can give out as needed.

- Rehearsals will take place in the choir room at the Fine Arts Building at UWEC.

- They are at 5:15 and will last about an hour.

- April 9, 16, 23, 30

- May 8 - 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Rehearsal with orchestra in Gantner Hall @ UWEC

- May 11 - 7 PM – 9:00 PM – Dress Rehearsal

- May 12 – 7:30 PM – 10 PM – Concert

Find out more about Mahler

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Caroling Opportunity December 3rd in Chippewa Falls

The CVCC is invited to carol during the Bridge to Wonderland holiday parade in Chippewa Falls the evening of Saturday, December 3rd.

Saturday, December 3
5-5:30 rehearse at Central Lutheran Church 28 E. Columbia St. Chippewa Falls
5:30-7PM carol before and during parade
7PM - return to Central Lutheran Church to return materials

Dress Warmly
We have something of a Victorian theme & there are some top hats for the men & scarves and capes for men and women. If you have clothing you that looks Victorian, please feel free to wear. Preferred dress is dark clothing/coats, but wear whatever you need to be comfortable & join us!

Please contact Jan Adams 715-726-1136 or if you are planning on attending.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day Full of Song - 2012

The theme is set, music has been selected, the rehearsal rooms are reserved. Now, we are just waiting for you and January 3rd!

Join the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus for our 2012 season, A DAY FULL OF SONG.

Cathy Reitz will be directing, Anne Kubiatowicz will be our accompanist.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 3rd (7-8:30pm) and will continue each Tuesday until our performances on Saturday, March 10th at 7pm and Sunday, March 11th at 2pm. It all takes place at the Heyde Center/Chippewa Valley Cultural Center.

Also, the Chorus will be caroling during the Chippewa Falls Bridge to Wonderland parade on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-7pm.
Please join us at 5:00-5:30pm. for rehearsal prior to the parade. More details to follow.

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 Concerts

Thanks to all who participated in our concerts. It was a wonderful experience and the audience was very appreciative.

 See you in 2012!

We Shall Overcome
Arranged by Severin Behnen
Performed at this weekend's concert by the CVCC and select singers from Southview and Jim Falls Elementary Schools, under the direction of Roxanne Rollefson.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Chippewa Valley Community Chorus Spring Concert

“A Choral America,
Songs that Shape Our Country”
featuring songs from America’s past and present

March 12th, 2011   7PM
March 13th, 2011   2PM

Chippewa Valley Cultural
Association /Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St, Chippewa Falls
Tickets: Available at the door.
$6.00 for adults & $3.00 for students.
Director: Cathy Reitz
Accompanist: Anne Kubiatowicz

Saturday, December 11, 2010

CVCC Carols!

Members of the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus perform before Saturday evening's parade. Photo by Mark Gunderman. Chippewa Herald Telegram December 5, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010


You are invited to go Christmas Caroling prior to the Bridge To Wonderland Parade, downtown Chippewa Falls Saturday, December 4, 2010

4PM – 5PM Ready & rehearsal at the Rutledge Building downtown CF
5PM – 6PM Caroling downtown before the parade (which begins at 6PM)

Chippewa Falls Main Street has invited members of the CVCC to carol prior to the parade. According to Main Street there are many people downtown at 5PM waiting for the parade to begin. Caroling will be fun and a whole new group of folks will hear about us.

Please contact me by Wednesday, December 1 if you can participate. Friends and family are welcome
Jan Adams 715-726-1136

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Director Joins CVCC

Cathy Reitz to Direct CVCC

The CVCC Board would like to welcome Cathy Reitz as our new director. Cathy has taught choral music in the state of Wisconsin for 29 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Norbert College, a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.

Currently, Cathy is a Choral Director at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire. In 2001, Cathy created DeLong’s MusicPalooza, an annual concert festival that brings together community musicians from all walks of life and all styles of music. She is co-creator and co-director of the Eau Claire Middle Level Invitational Choir, which combines top choral students from Eau Claire’s three middle schools together to create a choir that presents an annual concert. She worked with the 2003-2005 Wisconsin Middle Level State Honor’s Choir as the Alto Coach and was guest conductor for the Treble Choir at Singing in Wisconsin in 1998 and 2006. She was the 2007 recipient of the WCDA outstanding Middle Level Choral Director’s Award.

Cathy was director of the Bel Canto Choir of the Chippewa Valley Youth Choirs for 8 years and the Valley Gospel Choir, a post she held for 11 years. Along with teaching and conducting, Cathy is an active performer. She performs with the Master Singers of Eau Claire, WI, Planet Swing, the Great River Big Band from LaCrosse, Troppo Big Band, with jazz combos and in regional theater productions. Cathy enjoys reading, stamping, sewing, talking, laughing, and spending time with her two children and one husband.

We are also excited to have Anne Kubiatowicz act as our accompanist again this year.

Please mark your calendars for our 2011 schedule.

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7PM beginning January 11, 2011.
Performances are scheduled for March 12th at 7PM and March 13th at 2PM.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and remember we are only 110 days away from our first rehearsal (as of 9/23).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Spring Concert

Listen to O Fortuna from Carmina Burana

What a successful season. We had wonderful audiences for both concerts. The girl's choir from DeLong Middle School under the direction of Ms. Cathy Reitz & the percussionists from UW-EC added even more excitement to Carmina. It was a great experience & we'll see you all next year!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Spring Concert March 13 & 14

Please join us for our 33rd year!

You may not recognize the name Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, but you have heard parts of it in movies and commercials. The Chippewa Valley Community Chorus along with select members of the DeLong Middle School Choirs and with assistance from UW-EC percussionists will perform much of this popular classical piece on March 13th at 7PM and March 14th at 3PM at the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association / Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls. The Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Valerius Knobloch and accompanied by Anne Kubiatowicz, will also present works by local composer Jerry Way, a selection of spirituals and the haunting Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson.

Tickets are available at the door - $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.

Chippewa Valley Cultural Association / Heyde Center

3 South High Street

Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Tel: 715-726-9000

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Carmina Burana on the Web

We will be singing the following movements from Carmina Burana
1- 10, 15, and 21-25.

Movement 6 is instrumental. Movements 21 & 23 are solo only.

UC Davis University Chorus, Alumni Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Boychoir perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," at the Mondavi Center on the campus of UC Davis.

The complete Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, in MIDI file format.

About the Carmina Burana of Carl Orff

Sunday, November 29, 2009

2010 Chorus Schedule & Program Set

Join us for a glorious season of music. We will
  • explore portions of Carmina Burana.
  • sing two new works by local composer Jerry Way.
  • learn Shenandoah (a cappella) as arranged by Severin Behnen.
  • enjoy a few favorite spirituals.

  • Rehearsal Monday Evenings, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
    January 18
    January 25
    February 1
    February 8
    February 15
    February 22
    March 1
    (possible rehearsal Thursday - March 4)
    March 8
    Dress rehearsal Thursday - March 11

    Performances Saturday March 13 at 7PM & Sunday the 14th at 3PM
    Rehearsals and Concerts will be held at the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association/Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street, Chippewa Falls.

    Our Chorus Leaders
    Our director, Val Knobloch sings with The Master Singers and is an educational consultant for the regional educational agency, CESA 10. Mr. Knobloch received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance and Education and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from St. Norbert College and a Master of Science in Teaching degree with emphasis in Music History from UW-Eau Claire.He has sung with community choirs in Eau Claire and the Freiburger Kammerchor in Germany, as well as, choirs at Saint Norbert College, UW-Madison, and at UW-Eau Claire. At UW-Eau Claire, he founded the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed the Women's Chorus and Cabaret for five years. In addition, Knobloch directs the Senior Choir at Grace Lutheran in Eau Claire.

    Our accompanist, Anne Kubiatowicz graduated from UW Eau Claire with a degree in Piano Performance. She has taught for 25 years and currently has a private studio of 35 piano students. She has served several area churches at the piano and in children’s music ministries. Anne can be found accompanying Eau Claire school choirs and programs, as well as collaborating with UWEC instrumental music students for their recitals. She has always enjoyed choir through the years, accompanying her college and church choirs and assisting the Valley Gospel Choir as a member of the band. The 2010 season is Anne’s first experience with the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus.

    More information
    Please contact Jan Adams (715-726-1136 ~ for further information or to be added to our mailing list.

    42.6 Million Americans Can't Be Wrong!

    New Study Finds Positive Benefits of Choruses and Choral Singing for Children, Adults, and Communities

    If you enjoy singing with your neighbors, congregation, or classmates, you’re taking an increasingly popular path to a successful life. According to a new study by Chorus America, an estimated 32.5 million adults regularly sing in choruses today, up from 23.5 million estimated in 2003. And when children are included, there are 42.6 million Americans singing in choruses in 2009. More than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.

    That’s good news because singing in one of the 270,000 choruses in the U.S., such as a community chorus or a school or church choir, is strongly correlated with qualities that are associated with success throughout life, the study finds. Greater civic involvement, discipline, and teamwork are just a few of the attributes fostered by singing with a choral ensemble.

    from Chorus America, 2009
    Read the full report, How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses: The 2009 Chorus Impact Study. It is available online from Chorus America at

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    2009 Concert

    Music fit for a Queen Chippewa Valley
    Spring Concert
    7 pm, Saturday, March 21
    3 pm, Sunday, March 22
    Chippewa Valley Cultural Association / Heyde Center
    3 S. High Street, Chippewa Falls

    The program features Mozart's Coronation Mass, a tribute to the rock band Queen, works by local composer Warren Hermodson spirituals.

    Conducted by Val Knobloch
    Accompanist: Elaine Mann
    Soloists: Cathy Statz, Wilma Hovland, Terry Hoepner,
    Mike Steinberger, Howard White & Randy Adams

    Adult-$6 Students-$3 Children under 5-free
    tickets available at the door

    In cooperation with the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association.
    For more information, please call 715-726-9000

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Mozart Help

    If you have a high speed connection you may want to try CyberBass's learning files that contain MIDI tutorials that will help you learn your part.

    The Coronation Mass can be found at

    If you have other websites to share please email.


    Wednesday, December 31, 2008

    Rehearsals Begin Soon!

    How do YOU warm the long winter days? Looking at seed catalogs, planning summer vacations – AND – joining your CVCC friends in song! The Chippewa Valley Community Chorus invites new and returning singers to join us for our 2009 season. The program will feature Mozart’s "Coronation" Mass, a tribute to Queen (medley), and works by local composer Warren Hermodson. Something for everyone. We will be directed by Mr. Val Knobloch and accompanied by Elaine Mann.

    Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings at 7:30 pm, beginning JANUARY 12TH. Performances are scheduled for March 21st and 22nd. Rehearsals and concerts will be held at the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association/Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street, Chippewa Falls. A $25.00 fee will help defray costs.

    For more information, please contact Jan Adams, 726-1136.

    Monday, June 23, 2008

    The 2009 CVCC season schedule has been set!

    We will rehearse at the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association/Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls on Monday evenings beginning January 12th.

    The Chorus will be under the direction of Mr. Val Knobloch and accompanied by Ms. Elaine Mann.

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday nights at 7:30PM-9:15PM
    January 12- Heyde (main floor)
    January 19 - Heyde (main floor)
    January 26 - Heyde (main floor)
    February 2 - Heyde (second floor)
    February 9 - Heyde (second floor)
    February 16 - Heyde (second floor)
    February 23 - Heyde (second floor)
    March 2 - Heyde (main floor)
    March 9 - First Presbyterian Church - 130 W. Central Street, CF (next to Gordy's)
    March 16 - Heyde (stage)
    Thursday, March 19 - Heyde (stage)

    March 21 - 7PM - Heyde
    March 22 - 3PM - Heyde

    Additional details will be available in December.
    Please contact Jan Adams (715-726-1136 ~ for further information or to be added to our mailing list.

    SAVE the DATE!

    Our 2009 Concert

    Music fit for a Queen Chippewa Valley
    Spring Concert
    7 pm, Saturday, March 21
    3 pm, Sunday, March 22
    Chippewa Valley Cultural Association / Heyde Center
    3 S. High Street, Chippewa Falls

    The program features Mozart's Coronation Mass, a tribute to the rock band Queen, works by local composer Warren Hermodson spirituals.

    Conducted by Val Knobloch
    Accompanist: Elaine Mann
    Soloists: Cathy Statz, Wilma Hovland, Terry Hoepner, Mike
    Steinberger, Howard White & Randy Adams

    Adult-$6 Students-$3 Children under 5-free
    tickets available at the door

    In cooperation with the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association.
    For more information, please call 715-726-9000

    Our 2008 Season

    The 2008 concert featured Frostiana by Randall Thompson and music by Mack Wilberg, complemented by a selection of spirituals. Frostiana is a large work based on a collection of well-known poems by the American poet Robert Frost. Thompson was a prolific Twentieth Century American composer who wrote for choral groups, symphony, strings, and opera. His settings capture perfectly the mood and pace of Frost’s The Road Not Taken, Stopping By Woods, and several others. 2008 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the commissioning of Frostiana. Mack Wilberg provides settings of four American folk hymns. Wilberg is currently the Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and has had a long and distinguished career. His arrangements of these four hymns are inspirational in their energy and grandeur. The concert will also feature a piano duet. The concert once again was directed by Valerius Knobloch, and accompanied on piano by Elaine Mann and Judy Lies. Performances took place at 7:00 PM, Saturday April 26th, and at 3:00 PM on Sunday April 27th.