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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Social Distancing in Effect. No gatherings at the Temple.
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Kol Simcha Choir

Kol Simcha Choir

The CBHT Choir is led by Kim Wilde and has become outstanding and a joy to experience.


Composed entirely of volunteer congregants, the Congregational Choir exists to enhance the Jewish experience of everyone we touch.

The Choir offers choir members and the larger congregation a channel to a more meaningful and engaged Jewish life through the spiritual and emotional power of music. The Choir offers numerous outlets for individual creativity, musical and spiritual growth, and participative leadership.

All repertoire is selected by a music committee in coordination with the Choir Director with the sole intent of serving the interests of the congregation. The repertoire includes a variety of styles, arrangements and accompaniment, and is selected to encourage congregational participation.

The Choir rehearsals are uplifting and compelling – they are Positive, Planned, and Participatory.

  • Positive: Fun, joyful, and meaningful. Building upon strengths, continuous improvement, constructive coaching.
  • Prepared: Each rehearsal is planned beforehand to respect the time of each member. Each rehearsal has a pre-planned balance of learning new music, enhancing old music, learning new musical skills, and enjoying singing with each other.
  • Participatory: The Choir offers numerous ways to express creativity and leadership, e.g. Assistant/Student Directors, Congregational Advocate, Music Committee, Centering Leader, Rehearsal Chair, etc.

How to Join

So glad you’re interested in joining!

The Congregational Choir is open to all congregants and prospective congregants regardless of previous choral or Jewish experience.

The first step is to request an audition with the director. The audition will include:

  • Basic scales & range test
  • Pitch matching
  • Music learning – a brief sight-singing and/or learning by ear assessment. Our annual repertoire includes well over 70 pieces, so it’s important to feel comfortable learning music fairly quickly.
  • Audition piece – please be prepared to sing about a minute of a piece of your choosing by yourself (a cappella) to showcase your voice

If the director determines that the fit is good for everyone, you can begin attending rehearsals right away. Generally it takes over a month to become comfortable enough to sing at services, but have a discussion with the director when you feel ready.

Choir members are encouraged to become members of the Temple within a year. Non-members should talk with the Temple Administrator regarding High Holiday attendance.

Use this form to contact the Choir Director:


Wed, December 2 2020 16 Kislev 5781