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.
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.
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
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 in the autumn of 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
- Greater Boston Choral Consortium [MA] 9/28: Melody First: Open Sing with Alice Parker.
- Lorelei Ensemble [MA] 10/12: Without Walls: Season Launch Concert.
- 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.
- 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.
“I have an idea that people join choruses to experience self expression and also the oneness of a number of humans all and together looking for the highest expression of a big thought in music. Maybe we can never go all the way with a man like Bach, but we can go further with him than we could ever go on our own.” —Alfred Nash Patterson