American Prize in Conducting (professional chorus division)

I'm honored to place 3rd in the American Prize for conducting (professional chorus division). Thanks to all of my conducting teachers: David AndersonEric HansonGeoffrey Boers, and Giselle Wyers Rice who have mentored me on this journey. Thanks also to Ronald Haight and Gerry Marsh for opening up their ensembles to me time and again so I could grow as an artist-teacher. It has been a wild ride and I'm grateful for such wonderful support!

https://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2017/03/conductor-winners-chorus-professional.html

Bethel College Choirs Retreat

I had a great time working with the Bethel College Choirs during their retreat. Thanks to Dr. Jeshua Franklin for the invitation to work with his wonderful students!

Empowering Silenced Voices with Chorosynthesis Singers

A concert of choral premieres championing humanitarian causes.

Chorosynthesis Singers
Wendy Moy & Jeremiah Selvey, Co-Artistic Directors

Works by Jose Luis Gómez Aleixandre, Alexander Campkin, Rebekah Driscoll, Lansing McLoskey, Eric Pazdziora, Kala Pierson, Andrew Rodriguez, Steven Serpa, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Keane Southard, & Karen P. Thomas.

For a full program listing visit: http://chorosynthesis.org/empowering-silenced-voices/

Tickets: $20 General / $7 Students & Seniors
www.chorosynthesis.org/empowering-silenced-voices

Chorosynthesis Singers Becomes a Professional Choir

I am excited to announce that Chorosynthesis Singers is now a professional choral ensemble based in Seattle, Washington. We are looking for singers who possess extensive solo and ensemble experience, excellent musicianship skills, familiarity with early and contemporary vocal styles, and a desire to sing at the highest level of vocal ensemble performance. If you are interested in auditioning, please visit www.chorosynthesis.org/auditions.

Guest Conductor/Clinician for Celebration in Song Festival

I am excited to be a guest conductor/clinician for the Children's Chorus of Springfield Celebration in Song Festival.  Press Release below:

Marcos Carreras and the Children’s Chorus of Springfield

To Host Celebration in Song Festival

Five New England Children’s Choirs to Perform under Direction

of Guest Conductor Charles Bruffy on May 23

Springfield, MA –More than 150 children, representing choral groups from

Massachusetts and Connecticut, will perform in concert under the direction of

Grammy award-winning conductor Charles Bruffy on Saturday, May 23 at

3:00p.m. The free event will be held at historic Court Square in downtown

Springfield. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to

Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, on the street level. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

will serve as MC for the event. Guest speakers include State Representatives

Jose Tosado and Carlos Gonzalez.

CELEBRATION

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According to Carreras, “ This is an opportunity for the City of Springfield

to witness the power of choral music in its midst.” Young people will be

traveling to Springfield for an all-day choral clinic, followed by the 3:00 p.m.

concert. The children will have the opportunity to work with a number of

outstanding college and university faculty members including:

Julius P. Williams, Berklee College of Music

Dr. Wendy K. Moy, Connecticut College

Dr. Carolina Flores, Manchester Community College

Dr. Jamie Spillane, UConn

Dr. Amelia Nagoski, Western New England University

According to Katie Stebbins, Children’s Chorus of Springfield board

president, “This is a huge undertaking for any one organization. We are

indebited to a number of generous donors including: The Lewis-Sebring

Family Foundation, MassMutual, UMass Center at Springfield, Health New

England, Springfield Cultural Council, PeoplesBank, Puerto Rican Cultural

Council, Falcetti Music, Avia Full Body, and Freedom Credit Union.”

Media sponsors include MassLive, the Republican, El Pueblo Latino,

NEPR and WGBY.

Byrd and the B's Concert

The Chamber Choir and Camel Heard, under the direction of Assistant Professor Wendy Moy, will present selections from Byrd's "Mass for Four Voices" and the music of Johann S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Beatles, Eric William Barnum, and beyond. 

Sunday, April 26 4:00 pm

Connecticut College

270 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320

 

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors, and free to Connecticut College students, staff and faculty.

Call for Choral Scores

Chorosynthesis, is currently seeking new, forward-looking, and distinctive choral compositions to consider for future performances by our project-based choir, Chorosynthesis Singers, as soon as the beginning of 2016. We welcome submissions of high-quality pieces you would like us to consider. 

Chorosynthesis Singers is a project-based ensemble consisting of professional musicians and directed by one or more of Chorosynthesis’ directors (currently Drs. Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey). For examples of the quality of singer performers, please visit our Brahms Requiem Project page. (Note: The Brahms Requiem performances were prepared with less than half the time we will be devoting to our upcoming 2016 project-based concert, and it is our intent to pay these performers in the upcoming performance.) The ensemble performs in various places throughout the United States and in conjunction and collaboration with various communities. The intentions of these performances is to create innnovative, but sustainable, collaborations that are focused on the art of choral performance. For more information and to submit a score please visit www.chorosynthesis.org/call-for-submissions

Social Capital and Your Choral Program: Creating a Culture of Success and Sustainability

Wendy will be presenting her paper, "Social Capital and Your Choral Program: Creating a Culture of Success and Sustainability," at the Northeast College Music Society Regional Conference in Boston on March 20, 2015.  See below for the abstract.

This session will examine the role of culture and social capital in the development of a highly successful community chorus. The presenter will share her current ethnographic research on the shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices of the Seattle Men’s Chorus, the largest community chorus in North America and largest gay men’s chorus in the world.  This chorus has created a culture of high quality performances spanning diverse musical genres from Brahms to the Beatles.  They have graced concert halls around the world sharing their message of music and social justice.  Most recently they toured in Germany with the commissioned work, For a Look or a Touch by Jake Heggie on the subject of homosexual persecution during the Holocaust. Every holiday, they perform over nine sold out shows for the community at Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony.

This research revealed that the Seattle Men’s Chorus possess all three types of social capital (bonding, linking, and bridging), which have been leveraged to build a chorus of 300+ members, create an expanding audience demographic, and establish an institution that is a core component of the musical community. Particular attention will be given to the mission/vision of the chorus as well as the partnerships between the chorus, community, and educational institutions such as the vocal coaching program with the University of Washington.  Applications to other choral organizations and academic contexts will be addressed as well as directions for further research.