Darrin has taught music and directed choirs for 23 years in the public school systems of Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. While at Pennsville Memorial High School and Pennsville Middle School in Pennsville, New Jersey, he served as the Drama Club advisor. During his time there, he built a summer theatre program involving over 100 students from grades 2-12, while raising $95,000.00 for the renovation of the auditorium. He also conducted nine different choirs, taught theatre and dance classes, and served as director/choreographer for the spring and summer musical productions. Every year, under his direction, several of his vocal students were selected for Salem County All-Honors Choir, South Jersey Chorus, NJ All-State Chorus and All-Eastern Chorus, many times in the top 5 seats. Darrin has demonstrated the ability to draw out the passion and talents of singers of all ages. Currently, Darrin teaches K-5 General music and chorus at Cedar Lane Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District.
Katie Soukup, Chorale accompanist Katie served as Chorale accompanist in previous years and is excited to be back with the group and Darrin.
She recently retired after 30 years of teaching high school choir, piano, and music theory, first at Mt. Pleasant HS (DE) and most recently at Kennett HS (PA), where she also directed many wonderful students in the plays and musicals.
Clint Williams currently serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware, where he conducts three choirs, teaches acting, guitar, and produces the plays and musicals. Past-President of the Delaware Music Educators Association and the Delaware American Choral Director’s Association, Clint is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. He also pursued post-graduate studies in opera performance at Temple University.
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.
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.
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.
If your venue is not large enough to accommodate our group, we do also have a smaller group of 20 – 25 singers, called the NoteAbles. We can perform a program similar to that of the larger group, while tailoring it to a more intimate setting.
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 our Director, Darrin Peters. He can be reached at (302) 897-5751 or e-mail info@Brandywiners.org.