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2019 Alfred Nash Patterson Grant Recipients Named

Choral Arts New England has announced the funding of 15 grants, for a total $13,650, in the 2019 season. The funded projects were selected from the 52 proposals received. This year's awards are the largest number of grants in the history of the organization, reflecting growing activity and innovation in the New England choral community. Both the number of applications and the amount requested have steadily risen over the past several years; last year, 51 applications were received and $14,150 was given in grants. Awards will be presented at the annual awards ceremony on November 3, 2019.

The grant recipients are Burlington Choral Society (Burlington, Vt.), Cantilena (Arlington, Mass.), ChoralArt (Portland, Maine), Chorus Angelicus c/o Joyful Noise Inc. (Torrington, Conn.), Commonwealth Chorale (Newtonville, Mass.), Coro Allegro (Boston, Mass.), Fairfield County Children's Choir (Trumbull, Conn.), Greater Boston Choral Consortium (Boston, Mass.), Lorelei Ensemble (Cambridge, Mass.), Montpelier Community Gospel Choir (Montpelier, Vt.), New Hampshire Master Chorale (Plymouth, N.H.), Outer Cape Chorale (So. Wellfleet, Mass.), Somerville Community Chorus (Somerville, Mass.), South Shore Children's Chorus (Quincy, Mass.), and St Mary Schola (Falmouth, Maine)

Ethnic Identity and Choral Singing: A Conversation

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:30 pm, Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Rd., Newton. Free Admission (pre-registration suggested). Zamir Chorale of Boston and Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music will present an informal round-table panel discussion exploring issues related to ethnic identity and choral singing. Visitors are welcome to listen in to the conversations and will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the participants.

BEMF 2019 Choral Workshop: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Magnificat

The Boston Early Music Festival offers a free choral workshop on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 2:00–4:30 pm at Harvard University Memorial Church. This open reading session will focus on C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat (Wq 215). All are welcome to sing in the chorus, which will be joined by soloists Deborah Selig (soprano), Mary Gerbi (mezzo soprano), Gregory Zavracky (tenor), and Christopher Talbot (bass); accompanied by John Robinson and conducted by Edward Elwyn Jones.

Solo Audition and $500 Cash Scholarship for High School or Undergraduate Students

South Coast Community Chorale is looking for high school and undergraduate college students who love to sing classical music! We are auditioning soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists for Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and to sing in our concerts this spring. Each student who auditions will automatically receive 2 free tickets to 1 of our concerts on either May 18 or May 19th, 2019. If you are selected as a soloist you will receive 4 free tickets as well as a $500 cash Scholarship.

ChoralArt's Sixth Annual New England Carol Contest

The Portland, Maine chorus ChoralArt seeks new Christmas carols from composers with a New England connection (born in, current resident of, or composer currently studying at a college, university, or conservatory in one of the six New England states). The winning entry will be premiered during the 2019–2020 holiday season. Entries must be a cappella or keyboard accompaniment settings for SATB chorus (divisi up to SSATB) of an English text, with a duration of about three minutes. The winning composer will receive a $750 cash prize. There is no cost to apply. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2019.

"Six Degrees" Workshops Address Climate Change

The Vermont professonal chorus Counterpoint is presenting a series of workshops throughout the state during the 2018–2019 season that are designed to educate and motivate young students on the dangers of human-caused climate change. The program is called "Six Degrees," a double reference both to the cataclysmic result of the warming of the planet by six degrees Celsius, and to the “six degrees of separation” that connect all of humanity. The program is available to schools and community organizations throughout Vermont for the symbolic fee of $350.00.

New Hampshire Master Chorale Singer Retreat

The New Hamshire Master Chorale is hosting its second annual singer retreay, called "All of Us", on Saturday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St., in Concord, N.H. The event includes professionally-led breakout sessions on movement, creativity and expression, and vocal technique, as well as a full-group singing session led by Master Chorale Music Director Dan Perkins.

Participation fee is $100, and includes lunch.

Registration (at nhmasterchorale.org), is mandatory and closes on February 28. Participation is limited to 100 people.

Choral Arts 2011: Identity, Inspiration, Innovation—A Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception

Choral Arts New England held a forum on April 11, 2011 in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss recent developments and challenges in choral music.

Choral singing is an essential part of New England, and nationwide it is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts. New England choruses have greatly grown in number and quality in the past several decades, connecting more singers and their audiences with music of the highest quality, and creating vibrant communities through song.

But these are challenging times for choruses. Attendance is down for all the performing arts, the nature of community participation is being changed by new social media, print arts coverage is declining while music sharing opportunities are increasing (if legal and technological obstacles can be met), and the next generation of singers is growing up with American Idol and Glee.

How have choruses grown and adapted and what will be next? A distinguished panel—leaders of professional choruses, auditioned and community choruses, and children’s choruses—explores these questions, with opportunities for the audience to join in the discussion.

Berkshire Choral International Apprentice Program

Sing and Learn While Working

Berkshire Choral International offers a competitive apprentice program for professional-track undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an opportunity for singers, accompanists, and choral conductors (all must sing) to intensively study and rehearse major orchestral works with eminent conductors. The program includes

  • Five hours of choral rehearsals each day
  • Classes taught by professional music staff
  • Private lessons and coaching
  • Master classes
  • Group recital
  • Participation in Saturday night concert

Travel to one of these venues:

Gregorian Chant Retreat

The Community of Jesus in Orleans, Mass., is holding a three-day Gregorian chant retreat from March 27-30, 2019. Surrounded by the beauties of early spring on Cape Cod, attendees will explore some of the richest repertoire of Gregorian chant found in the Holy week chants and discover this ever-relevant form of conversation through sung prayer. For more information see http://communityofjesusretreats.org/gregorian-chant-retreat.html or call 508-240-2400.

 

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