Genesee Choral Still Going Strong After Four Decades

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) Every week, over seventy volunteers gather at Saint James Episcopal Church in Batavia to rehearse as part of the Genesee Choral.

The Genesee Choral is the largest community chorus in this part of the state, and many people drive long distances to be part of the group.

"In good weather, maybe fifty minutes . . . and in bad weather, an hour-and-a-half," laughed Rachel Chrostowski from West Falls.

Started in the 1970's, the mixed-gender chorus includes singers of all ages, including 86-year old Carol Guppenberger who was one of the first members.

"I would miss it if I didn't come, so that's why I'm still coming at my age."

The Choral performs several concerts each year with a variety of music and participants spend 16 weeks practicing for each concert.

Since interest in the group is growing, the Genesee Choral has now started a Childrens Chorus to give kids in 3rd grade and up the chance to take part.

During the first weekend in May, the Choral will perform a concert called "Broadway by the Decade."

They will be appearing at Elba High School on Friday May 3rd at 7:30pm.

A second concert will be held at Warsaw High School at 3pm on May 5th.