Registration is now closed for the Fall 2023 Session of Revels Singers. The next session of Revels Singers will begin in January 2024.
Revels Singers is a non-auditioned community chorus open to everyone who loves to sing. The mission of Revels Singers is to engage people through singing, explore choral repertoire from around the world, hone musical skills, and build community through harmony.
Revels Singers sings a broad spectrum of choral music drawn mostly from five decades of Revels performances. Energetic rehearsals challenge the seasoned choral singer as well as those with less experience. Repertoire includes Renaissance motets, contemporary anthems, American “shape-note” hymns, spirituals, carols, rounds, and arrangements of folk songs from around the world. The Fall 2023 session in particular will dive into fascinating sea chanteys and medieval chant, alongside Revels favorites. Many pieces are in languages other than English, which is a rewarding challenge for all. We work hard, have a lot of fun, and come away from each rehearsal feeling uplifted and energized.
The chorus is open to anyone who loves to sing choral music, with no audition necessary. You will nonetheless be held to high choral standards and expected to learn your music. You will have access to online audio support materials.
Bring a Friend to Revels Singers! Are you a returning member of Revels Singers? Encourage a new singer to join Revels Singers and both of you will receive 10% off this session’s registration fee with the code FRIEND10.*
*Both you and your referral must fill in each other’s names on the registration form to be eligible for this discount. In order to qualify, your referral cannot have participated in Revels Singers prior to this session.
Revels Singers Fall 2023 Season
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, September 6 – November 8, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Revels Singers Showcase: Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Participation Fees: $100/Singer
First Parish of Watertown Unitarian Universalist Church
35 Church Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Revels Singers rehearsals will be held in person for the 2023 season.*
*If you are concerned about your health and would like to join us virtually, you are welcome to do so. However, with the limitations of our new space, we cannot guarantee consistent technological quality. Please email email@example.com to learn more about this option.
All in-person Revels Singers participants are subject to Revels’ COVD vaccine and testing protocols. Please read our COVID guidelines before registering.
Revels Singers rehearses weekly throughout the fall, winter and spring. The fall session and the winter/spring session are considered separately for the purposes of membership commitment, and singers commit to weekly rehearsals for each session. We encourage people to attend each rehearsal in order to get the most of your experience. If you are going to miss or be late, we ask that you let Elijah Botkin, our Music Director, know by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed music is provided to each singer. Each singer keeps their own personal binder of music, and digital sheet music is available as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Elijah for assistance.
Revels Music Director
Elijah Botkin graduated from Northeastern University in 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in Music History & Analysis and Mathematics. During his time at Northeastern, Elijah founded and directed the Northeastern Madrigal Singers; was President, Bass Section Leader, and Assistant Director for the NU Choral Society; and sang with and arranged for the award-winning a cappella group Distilled Harmony. In 2015, Elijah won the award for Outstanding Arrangement for his arrangement of Distilled Harmony’s quarterfinal-winning set in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. In the same year, his arrangement of “Nothing Feels Like You” by Little Mix also won a CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award) for Best Mixed Collegiate Song. In 2014, Elijah was granted the Gideon Klein Award in order to write his composition The Closed Town, which was premiered by the Northeastern University Chamber Choir in April 2015. Currently, Elijah continues to direct the NU Madrigals and serves on the Board of Trustees for Chorus pro Musica. He also sings with the Boston-based chamber choir Carduus and serves as their Treasurer and Business Manager.
Revels Singers is the highlight of my week. I have learned a great deal musically and experienced much joy from being part of Revels Singers!