Choral Arts New England will hold its 35th annual awards ceremony and reception on Sunday, November 3, 2019, honoring our 2019 Alfred Nash Patterson grant recipients and our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Marguerite Brooks. The ceremony will take place at 3:00 pm at Old South Church, in Copley Square, Boston, with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
The Hartford, Connecticut professional choral ensemble Voce welcomes Eric Whitacre as Conductor and Composer-in-Residence for their 2019-2020 season with a "Prelude" concert on October 22, 2019, where Whitacre and Voce perform some of Whitacre's best-known works, including Lux Nova, Cloudburst and Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, as well as five movements of Sacred Veil, which was premiered earlier this year. The event partially benefits Choral Arts New England's grants program.
On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Monadock Music will celebrate the life of founder James Bolle with a Memorial Concert at the Peterborough Town House in New Hampshire. The concert will feature Beethoven's 9th Symphony, performed by a professional orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Gil Rose. The chorus will be prepared by Wayne Abercrombie.
We are seeking a field chorus of 120 members from the region for the Memorial Concert performance - 30 members for each voice type - first come first serve.
Heritage Chorale, a highly-regarded SATB adult chorus of about 80 members based in Framingham, Massachusetts, is seeking a Music Director & Conductor to begin rehearsals in September 2020. We are an auditioned chorus of talented amateur singers from MetroWest dedicated to performance of fine choral music. Rehearsals, with a professional accompanist/assistant conductor, are held weekly from September to May to prepare for three concerts a year (late fall, mid-winter, late spring). Two concerts feature classical repertoire and one is based on a range of popular, folk, Broadway, or jazz genres.
Sure, it’s easy to hide in a choir, but wouldn’t it feel great to stop faking those tricky sections and go into rehearsals with confidence instead?
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)
The Choral Arts New England calendar is a great resource if you'd like to learn about patterns and statistics — and if you're interested in learning if a particular work has been sung (much), or what your favorite soloist is doing. You can get charts (as well as numbers) of the number of events at any time during the year, for the past five years. You can also search the calendar to find performances of interest during that time period.
Featured choral events
- Voce [CT] 10/22: Prelude: Featuring Eric Whitacre.
- Commonwealth Chorale [MA] 11/16: Transformation and Celebration.
- Cantilena [MA] 12/8: Fire Flowers: Hope and Resilience of the Human Spirit.
- Montpelier Community Gospel Choir [VT] 12/14 & 12/15: Fall concert.
- St. Mary Schola [NH] 3/22, 4/1 & 4/7: Messe de Requiem.
- ChoralArt [ME] 3/28, 3/28, 3/29 & 3/29: Considering Matthew Shepard.
- Coro Allegro [MA] 5/17: Letters to Our Children, Letters to Our Youth.
“All of us who love choral music are lucky to have the strength and staying power and hard work of Choral Arts New England… There’s something elemental about singing together. The complexities of any group of people resolve when—or at least while—they’re singing together… This complex and conflicted world needs music. Let’s keep it going!”
— Wayne Abercrombie, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient