My second post on the National Association for Music Education blog!
Wendy Moy's news blog
My second post on the National Association for Music Education blog!
Read my first blog post on the National Association for Music Education Blog
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.
The Connecticut College Choirs now have a website! Please visit it to find out more about participating in our two choirs, attending performances, or hosting a concert.
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.
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.
Wendy will present at the CMEA Conference on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 am to be held at the Hartford Convention Center. Her session is entitled, "Creating a Thriving Choral Culture at Your School."
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
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.
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
I will be presenting my paper, The Culture of a Singing Community: An Ethnography of the Seattle Men's Chorus, at the Great Lakes College Music Society Conference to be held at Michigan State University on March 27-28, 2015.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 439-2724.
Sponsored in part by the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
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!
The Connecticut College and Chamber Choir invited students and the community members to "Conduct Us" in the Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. See what happened!
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."
I'm excited to be conducting the Connecticut College Chamber Choir and Orchestra in a collaborative performance of Handel's Messiah on November, 15, 2014 at Evans Hall.
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.
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!