Adult choir returns to Holmes Center for the Arts under new director

MILLERSBURG − As Timothy Frye likes to say, “If you can’t sing, give me a month, and I’ll make you sing like a bird.”

Frye will bring his extensive musical and artistic skills to Holmes County this fall as the new choir director at the Holmes Center for the Arts, helping HCA patrons, teens and adults, raise their voices in song.

The pandemic has put a damper on the adult choir for the past two years, but as HCA Executive Director Holley Johnson points out, now is the time for the program’s revival.

“We are delighted to bring Mr. Frye, who has over 40 years of teaching, performing and conducting experience to Holmes County,” Johnson said. “I am very happy to see the choir program back at HCA. It was such a great opportunity for music lovers to come together to share their gifts and learn from each other in the past.

“The arts center has felt incomplete without a choir for the past few years,” Johnson added. “We can’t wait to hear them sing again and share their performances with our community.”

Marianne Mader from Millersburg has been a member of the choir since 2015. She has missed singing in recent years.

The adult choir at the Holmes Center for the Arts had a good run until the pandemic shut down the music.  HCA has hired a new choir director and the choir starts lessons in the new HCA building in Berlin from Thursday 25 August.

“I enjoyed the challenge of singing a variety of musical styles, learning vocal techniques and the camaraderie of the band,” Mader said. “Every practice and every performance was a lot of fun.”

And she can’t wait to start all over again.

The cost is $55 to join the choir. Scholarships are available. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and have fun. Classes begin Thursday, August 25 and run once a week from 7-8:30 p.m. until November 10.

For more information or to register, visit

Johnson noted that Berlin’s Sheiyah Market is sponsoring HCA’s adult choir fall season.

Music is fun ‘and it should be,’ says new Holmes Center for the Arts choir director Timothy Frye

“I think it’s very important that community singing continues. It’s an important goal for me,” Frye said. “I want to make sure the music is fun for the participants. Because it’s fun, and it should be. I hope the choir members get what they want from the band. I want to bring back the interpretation of music in people’s lives.”

Frye plans a variety of different genres of music for the choir, ranging from classical hymns to pop music, with a bit of jazz pop mixed in.

He joked that he didn’t expect to play much gangsta rap, and there probably won’t be any opera, but a lot will be determined by how many voices are involved. He said he likes to build from a skeleton list of music to start with and morph into whatever suits the band.

“If we have a group of 120 it will be very different than if we have 20,” he said. “So we’ll have to see. Also, we’ll have to find out what the comfort level is of people coming in and how comfortable they feel playing. We’ll have to look at that as well.”

I am excited to begin

Frye is impressed with HCA’s new facilities and looks forward to the new theater opening. The choir will rehearse in a designated room within the facility and perform in various venues until the theater opens.

The new director looks forward to working with other Holmes County artists.

“The expectations are to learn how to sing, how to breathe, how to pronounce, how to style, and how to learn the different styles and genres,” Frye said. “I hope the class members will have fun making music together”

Frye did his undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University and earned his master’s degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent most of his educational career teaching people with disabilities at the Ida Sue School in Wooster. He also taught in the Green Local School District in Smithville.

Other Fall Programs in Holmes County

Ballroom dancing is one of the fall classes offered at HCA.

Holmes Center for the Arts announces a new season of classes for adults and teens for the fall. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Art for seniors: Thursdays, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Ceramics: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Happy Hour Art Class: Take part in a unique class every Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Dance lessons: ballroom, swing, aerobics and ballet
  • Adult choir: Thursdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mature students enjoy painting in an HCA art course.

Class size is limited. For more information or to register, visit or call 330-473-2879.

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