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

2015

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.

 

Inaugural Collaborative Choral Festival

The inaugural Connecticut College Collaborative Choral Festival will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 with our headliner clinician, Dr. Peter Bagley, University of Connecticut Emeritus, Andrew Howell, and Frank Martignetti. The purposes of this festival are to foster music making and artistry at a high level within a supportive environment and to bring our community together in song. 

Participation in this festival will include the following:
• an on-stage clinic,
• an off-stage clinic and written feedback,
• the opportunity to perform in the Festival Chorus, and
• social and networking activities for both directors and students.

All of these activities are included for $125 per choir. Scholarships are available for choral programs that need assistance. Registration is due April 1. Click the following link for the form: http://goo.gl/forms/b84hCHXcMr.

For more information on the day contact Wendy Moy at wmoy@conncoll.edu or (860) 439-2724.

Sponsored in part by the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy


Successful Doctoral Defense

I am proud to say that I have successfully passed my dissertation defense and have completed my Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington!

H & M

Join the Connecticut College Orchestra for an evening of music by Handel and Mozart on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 pm in Evans Hall on the campus of Connecticut College. We will be performing Handel's Music for Royal Fireworks, Handel's Overture and Pifa from Messiah, and Mozart's Symphony No. 31 "Paris."

 

Connecticut ACDA Presentation

I will be presenting the session, Top Qualities of a Thriving Community Chorus, at the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Conference on October 4, 2014 at Central Connecticut State University.

A time to sing!

Now that I've given myself time to get settled in New England, I couldn't help but start to look for a place to sing in my new home.  I'm excited to announce that I will be joining Ensemble Companio, a New England based professional-level chamber ensemble directed by Joseph Gregorio.  In addition, I am now on the performing roster of CONCORA, a professional choir based in Hartford.  Be sure to check back for posts about upcoming performance dates!

CD released with Bellevue Chamber Chorus

I am happy to announce that the Bellevue Chamber Chorus has released a holiday CD entitled "Christmas Vision, Winter Dreams." It includes a couple of live tracks from last season's concerts as well as several tracks that we laid down in the studio.  Thank you to the chorus and artistic director Fred Lokken for the invitation to be a part of this 30th anniversary project! You can purchase the CD at concerts or at CD Baby.  

Connecticut College Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols

Ring in the holiday season with one of Connecticut College's oldest traditions, "Christmas Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols." A campus favorite since 1917, Vespers is a candlelight celebration of blessings, readings and songs that joyously herald the holidays.

This year's observance will be led by three College chaplains, Carolyn Patierno, Robert Washabaugh and Aracelis Vazquez Haye. The music will be provided by Music Professor John Anthony on organ, the Connecticut College Chamber Choir conducted by Music Professor Wendy Moy, and student a cappella groups. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College
Wednesday, December 11 at 5:00 pm

Make We Joy!

Connecticut College presents "Make We Joy," a community celebration of the winter solstice featuring dance, drama, and music! 

This celebration has delighted generations from all over New England since 1981. Community talents from many backgrounds and cultures fuse to create an entertaining and unique seasonal event enjoyed by all ages. The performances are free, though donations at the door are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. Throughout the world, people have gathered to celebrate the presence of light and hope, and this spiritual recognition of the returning light persists in the traditions of all the world´s cultures.