This collection includes sheet music, performance notes, performance programs, chorale rosters, photos, a book, journal articles,
correspondence documents, and multimedia related to the Shambrey Chorale. Choral works include early traditional sacred church
music and hymns from 16th century styles to contemporary styles, compositions from canonical European composers, traditional
negro spirituals, gospel, jazz, musical theater, U.S Patriotic, American Folk Songs, Christmas themes, and Ethnomusicological
The Shambrey Chorale was conceived and implemented in Summer of 1972 with their first
formal rehearsal in October 1972. Their first public performance was February 25, 1973 at
the Temple Israel of Hollywood, California. After rave responses to their debut performance
at Temple Israel, choral group members met on March 17th to formally organize. The Chorale
was named after its Founder-Director, Celestine (Celeste) Shambrey. Vennie F. Johnson
accepted her nominated role as the chorale's organ accompanist. Basso-baritone soloist,
Rudy Williams, was selected as first president. Their regular rehearsal base was Plymouth
Congregational Church (on 6th Avenue and West 54th Street), with major credits to Vennie F.
Johnson, a member of Plymouth Church, for officiating the process.
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