Melodia Women's Choir offers a little bit of Latin and a whole lot of "¡Alegría! (Joy)"
Posted 11/20/2015

“I’ve loved Latin American music since I was a child,” said Cynthia Powell, Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC’s Artistic Director and Conductor who will lead Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC in "¡Alegría! (Joy!)", a program devoted entirely to Latin and Latin American-inspired music on November 21 and 22.

Performed entirely in Spanish, the program is anchored by Conrad Susa’s popular Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest. Though the pieces for voice, harp and marimba are uniquely of Southwest America, they draw on musical traditions from Puerto Rico to Mexico, Catalonia to Andalusia, and are at turns sweet and lively. Joining the choir for the well-loved series of songs is Elaine Christy on harp, Samantha Wells on guitar and Ingrid Gordon on marimba. More...

Florilegium Chamber Choir celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015-16
Posted 11/20/2015

Florilegium celebrates 40 yearsFlorilegium Chamber Choir begins celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 with two upcoming Manhattan concerts entitled “Wholly Mozart” at Trinity Lutheran Church (full program) and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (selections) on November 22 and December 13, respectively.

The Manhattan-based ensemble formed in 1976 under the imaginative directorship of JoAnn Rice, before several of today’s Florilegium Chamber Choir members were even born! It started with about twenty dedicated young singers coming together for Sunday rehearsals in the upstairs choir room of Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church on East 22nd Street. More...

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  • The Washington Heights Choir School (WHCS), an outreach ministry of Holyrood Episcopal Church in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, has announced the hiring of its new music director, Ellen Wright. Currently the Dean of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Ms. Wright has served as organist and director of music in several churches in the greater New York area as well as creator/teacher of music programs for elementary and secondary school students in New York and Long Island. The Washington Heights Choir School trains children from Kindergarten to 5th grade to achieve early excellence and growth through music and arts education. For more information, visit holyroodchurch.com/ministries/choir-school/. (2015-9-12)
  • John Scott. Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, died suddenly on August 12. Read a tribute at www.saintthomaschurch.org/about/news/342/john-scott-1956-2015. See also the obituary in The New York Times. (2015-8-14)
  • Read a review of June's ChoralFest USA 2015 event by Jean Ballard Terepka on TheaterScene.net. (2015-8-12)
  • Hudson Chorale is pleased to announce the appointment of Conductor Ira Spaulding as its new Interim Music Director. Spaulding will be replacing Music Director Michael Conley, who has accepted a post as Director of Music Ministries at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Pacific Heights, California. For more information, visit www.HudsonChorale.org. (2015-8-11)
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