Spring Semester COVID-19 Update

Due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Delaware Chorale has had to terminate its spring semester. We will not be rehearsing on Tuesdays, and the concert scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, has been cancelled.

The Board of Directors is currently in talks about what – if anything – we will be doing in the fall, taking into consideration the health and welfare of our participants and our patrons. Rehearsals have not been scheduled for fall as yet; the future is just so unpredictable at this time.

Thank you to all the Patrons, Sponsors, Advertisers, and DDOA who have supported us in the past. We hope that we’ll all be back together as soon as is possible.

March 17th Rehearsal Canceled

In light of Governor Carney’s announcement of a State of Emergency and his closing schools for 2 weeks, SDC has decided to cancel the March 17 rehearsal at Georgetown Presbyterian. It’s St. Patrick”s Day; we can all celebrate – at home!

Stay tuned! We shall wait and see about the following rehearsal, March 24.

Radio Rehoboth Interview

Colin, our director, and Sandy, our president, were recently interviewed on Radio Rehoboth’s Daybreak program about the history and artistic contributions of the Southern Delaware Chorale.

G. F. Handel’s Messiah Presented December 2, 2018 in Delaware

– The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Dr. Colin Armstrong, will present a concert performance of G. F. Handel’s Messiah, with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and four professional soloists on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The group will begin heralding in the holidays at 3:00 p.m., Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware 19958.

Joining the choir, which consists of approximately 60 members, will be: Leah Inger, Soprano; Kasey Steward, Mezzo-Soprano; Jordan Schreiner, Tenor and Travis Lucas, Bass. SDC is excited about this new collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. T.J. Thomas of Lewes will also be joining us on the Harpsichord. The symphony will be playing with the group in December, then, the Chorale will be joining MAS for their concerts in late April (Ocean City, Maryland and Wye Mills, Maryland. The group will be presenting the “Fourth Movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony” and a choral version of “Finlandia.”

Dr. Colin Armstrong, the Artistic Director and Conductor of the chorale, says that: “The singers of the Southern Delaware Chorale include multiple generations of experienced and inexperienced singers who are there to learn. It has been such a pleasure to work with an evolving team that is dedicated to making the organization thrive in our 21st century society.”

Dr. Armstrong is looking forward to welcoming more singers for the upcoming Black History Month concert on February 24, 2019 and the Spring performances with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and spring concert on May 5, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets for General Admission – $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee) or Students, $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee. Tickets are also available from any member of the chorale or at Puzzles in Lewes and BrowseaboutBooks in Rehoboth Beach.

The Southern Delaware is a non-profit organization which promotes choral music in Southern Delaware by bringing together local singers of all ages who share a mutual love of good music.

Meet Our 2018-2019 Lee Mitchell Scholars

Southern Delaware Chorale Offers Scholarship to High School Music Students

October 23, 2018

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC) proudly announces their 2018 – 2019 Lee Mitchell Scholars.

The scholarship includes private voice lessons with the teacher of choice (up to $1,000 value) and participation in the Chorale 2018/2019 season. It also includes membership dues in the SDC, concert attire for the concert events and music.

Rachel Bollinger, a Woodbridge High School Junior, is one of the Drum Majors in the Marching Band, where she also plays sousaphone and flute.

She is a member of the High School Select (audition-only) Ensemble and the Sussex County Honor Chorus and has been a part of theater since 5th grade.


Grace Morris has performed her whole life as a singer, dancer, and actress. She is a Sussex Technical High School junior and since the age of eight, has been an active cast member of Clear Space Theater Company.

She is excited to be broadening her horizons with further training with the Southern Delaware Chorale. She fee ls this will help her learn more about herself as a vocalist and performer.

Jacob Slabonik attends Sussex Technical High School as a Junior and participates in Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Raven Nation Marching Band, and STXpress Drumline.

He has sung in the Junior All-State Chorus, Junior and Senior County Choirs, and participated in the Governor’s School of Excellence in Choral Music.


Hannah Wolk, a senior at Sussex Technical High School, participates in Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Bella Voce, and Drama Club and serves as president of the Concert Choir.

She has also sung in All-Stage and Junior All-State Chorus and with the Southern Delaware Chorale last year. She participated in the Governor’s School of Excellence for singing and intends to pursue music in college.

The Lee Mitchell Scholarship program was established more than 20 years ago with an endowment from the family of the late Lee Mitchell, an internationally renowned pianist and composer. The scholarship award was initiated to advance the cause of music and arts among high school students.