Calendar of Events

Mar
19
Sat
2016
2016 Big Sing Central – Fully Subscribed! @ Fay School, Southborough
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING CENTRAL 2016

Non-competitive, Adjudicated
Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

This Festival has been fully subscribed.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection. The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. In addition, singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

kaylaBIG SING CENTRAL
Saturday, March 19, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Fay School, Southborough, MA
Host: Philip Montgomery Adjudicator: Kayla Werlin
Combined Choir Song: Sahaytah (Ben Allaway, SSA, Shawnee Press #35018791)

Apr
2
Sat
2016
2016 Big Sing West – Fully Subscribed! @ Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING WEST 2016

Non-competitive, Adjudicated
Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

This Festival has been fully subscribed.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection. The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. In addition, singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

mindell2BIG SING WEST
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA
Host: David Pulliam Adjudicator: Pamela Mindell
Combined Choir Song: Sahaytah (Ben Allaway, SSA, Shawnee Press # 35018791)

Click here to download the Big Sing West Registration!

Apr
9
Sat
2016
2016 Big Sing East – Fully Subscribed! @ St. Paul Parish, Cambridge
Apr 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

BIG SING EAST 2016

Non-competitive, Adjudicated
Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals
Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
and the Kodály Music Institute

This Festival has been fully subscribed.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to shine in short, individual performances, to listen to, and appreciate the performances of other choirs, and to join together in singing a celebratory, combined final selection. The Big Sings help to build ensemble by inspiring in each choir a feeling of pride in its efforts. In addition, singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians!

nick_pageBIG SING EAST
Saturday, April 9, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 PM
St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, MA
Host: John Robinson Song Leader/Adjudicator: Nick Page
Combined Choir Song: to be taught at the festival

Jul
17
Sun
2016
2016 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 17 – Jul 20 all-day

Click here to register for the conference!

Click here to download the conference brochure!

Click here to learn about Graduate Credits and PDP’s from UMass Amherst!
Click here for the Graduate Credit Registration Form.

Click here to download our Summer Conference draft schedule!

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Headliner Clinicians: Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and John Dickson, Chair of Ensembles and Conducting at Louisiana State University.

 

A conference to inspire choral conductors at every career stage! Less than two hours drive west from Boston, in the Pioneer Valley, home to the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith and UMass), an area rich with history, bucolic farmland, bike paths and hiking trails, and outstanding restaurants. Conference headliner clinicians: Josephine Lee (Chicago Children’s Choir) and John Dickson (Louisiana State University), an opening night Evensong by the choirs of Boston’s Trinity Church Copley Square, and public concert (July 19) by the Conference Chorus and Moriah, a division of the Young Singers of Greater Westfield.

The Conference opens Sunday at Smith College with a buffet supper and introduction of clinicians, followed by Evensong in the resonant acoustics of Mount Holyoke’s neo-gothic Abbey Chapel in nearby South Hadley (bus provided). A Conference Chorus (participation optional) will rehearse and perform Corigliano’s Fern Hill under the baton of John Dickson. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (morning only) are packed with presentations by the clinicians–outreach to urban youth, choral kinesthetics, creative programming—and distinguished ACDA members will offer interest sessions on provocative, practical, wide-ranging topics such as:

  • Vocal Health for Choral Teachers
  • Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord Hymnal
  • Building Tonal Literacy
  • Creating an LGBTQ-friendly Choir
  • Beyond Sheet Music: Inspiring and Retaining Inner-city Teens
  • Multi-movement Works for Mixed Chorus and Piano

Several reading sessions with large packets of recommended repertoire will be provided, along with opportunities for informal small group singing, socializing, and networking

Evensong:
Comprised of auditioned adult volunteers and young choristers—boys and girls—plus eight professional staff singers, the Choirs of Boston’s Trinity Church Copley Square sing repertoire from the broad canon of sacred choral literature. This festive liturgy, open to the public, will include psalms, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, anthems, congregational hymns, and will feature both Fisk and Skinner pipe organs. Directed by organist Richard Webster and assisted by Colin Lynch, the choirs will travel to England in August 2016, for week-long residencies at Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral.

Accommodations:
A limited number of comfortable (no air-con, but fans provided), single dorm rooms, three nights, three full breakfasts, $170 total. There are also many hotels, motels, and B&Bs in the area, but they tend to be booked up far in advance. Some private housing with local ACDA members and friends may be available.

Meals:
Sunday supper, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday lunches, and three coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Dinners are independent, an opportunity to experience the outstanding and varied cuisine of dozens of local restaurants.

PDPs & Graduate credit:
Professional Development Points are available to Conference participants at no charge. Up to two graduate credits are available from UMass Amherst, contingent on enrollment of eight students. Cost: one credit $145, two credits: $245. Payable by check to the University of Massachusetts on or before the first day of the Conference. Students are expected to attend a specified number of Conference sessions and submit a short summary paper. For more information or to register for PDPs and/or graduate credit, contact Dr. Tony Thornton at tonyt@music.umass.edu.

Conference Registration:

  • On or before June 3
    • undergraduate student $100
    • ACDA member $310
    • non-member $345
  • June 4-July 17
    • undergraduate student $125
    • ACDA member $345
    • non-member $380

No reduced fees for fewer days. Except for the Sunday Evensong, all Conference activities will take place on the campus of Smith College. Parking is free in designated areas. Conference registration must be completed online through the MassACDA website: www.massacda.org For up-to-date information, please see the MassACDA website: massacda.org or contact Catharine Melhorn, Summer Conference Chair at cmelhorn@mtholyoke.edu.

Click here to register for the conference!

Sep
17
Sat
2016
Singing Men Vocal Workshop @ First Parish Church of Weston
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Featuring conductor/performer/teacher RYAN TURNER

Sponsored by Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and
Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association

Purpose: provide amateur male choral singers with an opportunity to build specific vocal skills in a training session with a skilled voice teacher. The training is not style specific and would be useful for traditional, gospel and pop. This September workshop will reinforce good vocal habits at the beginning of the choral singing season.

Workshop Leader: Ryan Turner, now in his seventh year as Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music, brings both talent and heart to his music-making as a conductor, programmer, and singer. Raised in El Paso, Texas, Mr. Turner attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He arrived in Boston in 1995 to continue his studies at The Boston Conservatory. He joined Emmanuel Music in 1997 as a tenor soloist and chorus member, making his debut as a guest conductor in 2006. He has made guest appearances with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston College, and at the Longy School of Music at Bard College where he teaches on the voice and early music faculty. He was the director of Choral Activities at Phillips Exeter Academy from 2006 to 2012.

Ryan Turner has appeared as a tenor soloist in oratorio, recital and opera. Mr. Turner made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in 2008. He has sung solos in over forty Bach cantatas with Emmanuel Music. His discography includes Bach BWV 76 with Emmanuel Music, Praetorius’s Christmas Vespers with Apollo’s Fire, and Kapsberger’s Apotheosis with Ensemble Abendmusik.

Workshop Outline:

I.Warming up the voice:

  • where to start
  • what to look for
  • what to listen for
  • awareness of the body

II. Using solo and ensemble literature to improve critical vocal skills:

  • develop a range of tone colors
  • sing with grounding (anchoring)
  • expand the pitch range
  • make performance expressive
  • build diction skills
  • characterize different texts
  • build confidence in performance

For more information, please click www.saengerfest.org/workshop, or Click here for an informational flyer

Nov
5
Sat
2016
2016 MassACDA High School & Collegiate Choral Festival – Canceled
Nov 5 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Due to scheduling issues beyond our control, the 2016 High School Choral Festival, set for November 9th, has been canceled. We apologize for any issues this may cause, and hope that you will still be able to join us in future years for this wonderful workshop.

 

Feb
4
Sat
2017
Lift Every Voice and Sing! @ Crawford United Methodist Church
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Click here to register!

Click here for the schedule and session descriptions!

MassACDA proudly sponsors a one-day conference for church music directors and singers on Saturday, February 4th from 11-3 at the Crawford United Methodist Church in Winchester.  Topics will include Congregational Singing, Intergenerational Worship, Collaboration with Church Staff, and Diction in Spirituals.  A reading packet will be provided by J.W. Pepper.  The day will end with a combined choral rehearsal and performance by all attendees.

The cost for the day is $20 for directors and $10 for church choir members.  To register for this event, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Sean Landers, R&S Chair for Music in Worship, at slanders@belmontschools.net.

Feb
25
Sat
2017
2017 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival @ Endicott College
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

2017 Intercollegiate Choral Festival

February 25, 2017 (2/26 snow date)
Endicott College, Beverly, MA

African-American Choral Collage
A Celebration of African-American Music
Dr. Dennis Slaughter will lead the combined choruses in a chronological program of music in the African-American tradition, from work songs to contemporary gospel.

This festival will give smaller college choirs and their members a chance to join forces, as well as to perform their own repertoire for one another.

Cost:
$25 per student (students bring lunch, dinner provided)

Attendees will also benefit from vocal and choral workshops and enjoy time for meeting and connecting with other area students who love to sing.

Tentative schedule:  10:00AM – 9:00PM (7PM Concert)

  • Morning workshop for students and directors (vocal health issues/technique, aural skills, etc.)
  • Sectional rehearsals
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities for students
  • Lunch mixer
  • Dress Rehearsal
  • Dinner mixer
  • Concert of each individual group’s repertoire and combined works

Frequently asked questions:
Q. My group may not be able to attend in full. Do we have to perform our own repertoire?
A. No. Individual members of your groups are welcome to participate in the workshops, rehearsal, and large group performance.
Q. I’m not sure of our schedule / enrollment for the Spring.  What’s the latest we can sign up?
A. The deadline to register your choir for participation will be January 21, 2017; however, you can wait to say exactly how many students are coming and whether your group will perform individually until February 10, 2017.

If you are thinking about attending, participating, or just sending a few students to participate, please let us know. This will help us finalize the budget, repertoire, clinicians, and other details. Register your interest and your suggestions for repertoire by emailing David Giessow at David.Giessow@umb.edu (or leave a voice message at 617-287-5799 with times to call you back).

2017 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert @ Wax Auditorium
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MassACDA 2017 Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)
Endicott College – 376 Hale St. – Beverly, MA 01915
Wax Auditorium, Wax Academic Center
General Admission – $15

This year’s festival of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association features choruses from area colleges who will perform music in the African-American tradition, from work songs to contemporary gospel.

http://events.endicott.edu/site/manninen/event/massacda-2017-intercollegiate-choral-festival/

Mar
4
Sat
2017
Big Sing West 2017 @ Christ Church Cathedral
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING WEST

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

Click here for the Big Sing West Application

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, also to listen to the performances of other choirs and to join together in singing a combined final selection. Singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians! Application Deadline is Monday, January 9th.

BIG SING WEST
Saturday, March 4, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, MA
Combined Piece: The Joy I Feel! arr. Tim Gregory

vanessa-bondAdjudicator – Vanessa Bond

Dr. Vanessa L. Bond is Assistant Professor of Music Education at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and serves as the Coordinator of Student Teaching. Dr. Bond’s research focuses on the musical lives of young children (with special interest in the application of Reggio Emilia early childhood approach principles to music education), culturally responsive teaching, and the choral experiences of underrepresented populations. She has presented this work at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Bond joined the Connecticut Children’s Chorus faculty in 2012 and is the current Education Director of CCC as well as the director of the Prelude Choir for children in grades three to five. She has served as a guest conductor for several honor choirs, most recently as the conductor of the Rhode Island All-State Children’s Chorus in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Gettysburg College, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Mar
8
Wed
2017
2017 ACDA National Conference @ Minneapolis, MN
Mar 8 – Mar 11 all-day

Plan ahead for the 2017 National Conference, being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Click here for more information.

Mar
18
Sat
2017
Big Sing East 2017 – Fully Subscribed @ St. Paul Parish
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

BIG SING EAST

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

Big Sing Central is now fully subscribed. Acceptance into the festivals is on a first-come, first served basis, based on receipt of a completed application and payment.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, also to listen to the performances of other choirs and to join together in singing a combined final selection. Singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians! Application deadline is Monday, January 9th.

BIG SING EAST
Saturday, March 18, 2017
1:30– 3:00 PM
St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, MA
Combined Piece: The Storm Is Passing Over, by Charles Albert Tindley, arr. by Barbara W. Baker

michele-headshotAdjudicator – Michele Adams

Michele Adams joined the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) in 2007 and serves as the Director of Choirs for the award-winning organization. She conducts two of BCC’s choirs and directs the innovative education program. Described as “eloquent and perfectly tuned” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), her choirs have collaborated with The Boston Pops and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She is an active guest conductor, adjudicator, and speaker and is the creator and leader of the BCC Professional Development Workshop. Adams earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of South Carolina.

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Big Sing Central 2017 – Fully Subscribed @ Fay School
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING CENTRAL

Non-competitive, Adjudicated Youth and Children’s Choir Festivals

Big Sing Central is now fully subscribed. Acceptance into the festivals is on a first-come, first served basis, based on receipt of a completed application and payment.

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, also to listen to the performances of other choirs and to join together in singing a combined final selection. Singers and directors alike gain a sense of being part of a larger, enthusiastic community of choral musicians! Application deadline is Monday, January 9th.

BIG SING CENTRAL
Saturday, April 8, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Fay School, Southborough, MA
Combined Piece: There Is Peace by Jim Papoulis

jimAdjudicator – Jim Papoulis
Jim Papoulis composes in many genres and is known for work that combines contemporary, classical, and world sounds. His choral work is constantly inspired by the work he does through the Foundation for Small Voices. He firmly believes that music can heal, educate, celebrate, and empower the lives of children.

Through the Foundation for Small Voices he has conducted workshops with choirs around the globe and has also worked with: Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Beyoncé, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Boys Choir, London Symphony, Beijing Children’s Choir, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, Snoop Dogg, Tokyo String Quartet, Moscow Philharmonic, Portland Symphony and New World Symphony. His music has been featured at: the Beijing Olympics, the 2008 Presidential Inauguration and the World Cup in South Africa 2010.

Jul
16
Sun
2017
2017 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 16 – Jul 19 all-day

Conference dates are July 16-19, 2017, at Smith College in Northampton, MA.The Conference Chorus, a popular addition to our schedule last year, will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe. More information coming soon!

To Register for this fantastic summer conference, please click here! Housing closes on July 12th at 5:00pm!

For a Schedule of the Summer Conference, please click here.

For information about PDP’s, see below. For information about Graduate Credit, please click here.

Conference Chorus:

All conference participants have the option of singing in the Conference Chorus. The Conference Chorus will be directed by Jo-Michael Scheibe, and will feature Vaughan Williams’ In Windsor Forest and Dona Nobis Pacem from Bach’s B-Minor Mass. Conference Chorus participants are required to purchase a vocal score for In Windsor Forest, for example from here. Please click here to download Dr. Scheibe’s edited Dona Nobis Pacem score.

PDP information

Participants may sign up to receive PDPs at no additional cost.

Follow this link to provide your information for the PDP certificate. Only those who register are eligible for PDPs: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17ymGx0b29tnwFOLgZSP0_ow0Zj8MWfFLv9KkQ8sdxTU/edit?usp=sharing

ACDA Conference participants can earn up to 45 PDPs. Attendance documentation and summary paper are required as stated below. You will receive a PDP completion certificate via email from UMass in mid-September (upon completion of attendance and summary paper requirements). However, you as an individual are responsible for tracking and submitting your PDP accumulation documentation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

FINAL PROJECT ASSIGNMENT FOR 45 PDPs
2-3 pages (typed/double-spaced) of reflection and notes on the content of the conference sessions and the application to your teaching. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF FINAL PROJECT:  Friday, August 11, 2017.  Please submit an email attachment in PDF to tonyt@music.umass.edu. There will be no extensions granted.

Conference Headliners:

Jo-Michael Scheibe

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California. Currently serving as Chair of the Past President’s Council of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Scheibe has served as National President, National President Elect, Western Division President, and National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges. Under his leadership, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers received the 2015 American Prize in Choral Music, performed for the 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City (his seventh appearance at that event) and were one of twenty-five choirs selected to perform at the Tenth World Choral Symposium in Seoul, South Korea in 2014.

Prior to his appointment at USC, Scheibe served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Long Beach City College, Vintage High School in Napa, California, and Huntington Beach High School. He received his DMA from the University of Southern California and his BA and MM degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he was presented with the distinguished alumnus award.

Scheibe has collaborated with artists ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to Sir Elton John and the Rolling Stones, and he has prepared choruses for international conductors Helmuth Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davies, and more. Recordings of his ensembles have been released on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, Arsis and ANS labels.

A champion of contemporary music, Scheibe regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature. Music publishers Walton, Colla Voce Music, Pavane, and Santa Barbara distribute the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series internationally.

Scheibe presents nationally and internationally as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for choruses at all levels. Future engagements include international presentations in Shanghai, Bangkok, and Salzburg; and university presentations and all-state choirs across the country.

www.jomichaelscheibe.org

Jay Broeker

Jay Broeker teaches general music at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota.  Mr. Broeker holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for AOSA, OAKE, and NAfME conferences and state music education organizations. During the summer he is an instructor in music teacher education courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jay’s commissioned choral works have been performed by honor choirs in the US and abroad. His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and by Boosey & Hawkes.

Alice Parker

Alice Parker, internationally renowned composer, conductor and teacher, studied composition and conducting at Smith College and the Juilliard School where she began her long association with Robert Shaw. The many Parker/Shaw settings of American folksongs, hymns and spirituals from that period form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world.

Her list of published compositions has over five hundred titles, ranging from operas through song cycles, cantatas and choral suites to many individual anthems. She has been commissioned by hundreds of community, school and church choruses, and her works appear in the catalogs of a dozen publishing companies. Each year she tours the United States and Canada, leading performances and workshops on improvisation, rehearsal techniques and score study. To take part in one of her SINGS is to have a rare experience of group improvisation, remarkable for its high level of musical sound.

In 1985, with the founding of MELODIOUS ACCORD, INC., she focused her activities on the heart of vocal music: the melody. The Musicians of MELODIOUS ACCORD, a sixteen-voice professional chorus, has released fourteen albums in the last two decades. Through the Melodious Accord Fellowship Program, mid-career professional musicians are brought together for inspiration and refreshment in their teaching, composing and conducting under her mentorship. The organization also sponsors workshops, symposia, Parker appearances, and publishes an e-Newsletter.

Now a resident of western Massachusetts, Parker has published books on melodic styles, choral improvisation and church music. The Anatomy of Melody (2006) and The Answering Voice (2014) set forth her views on a compositional universe that begins in song, and flowers in musical conversations. The Melodious Accord Hymnal (2010) contains brief versions of many American folk hymns, as well as herown settings of contemporary poets. The second edition of her classic essays on song leading and congregational singing, Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church, appeared in 2013.

Alice Parker has served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America and was named their first Director Laureate. In 2013 she received the Robert Shaw Award from the American Choral Directors Association. Named Distinguished Composer of the Year 2000 by the American Guild of Organists, she is also a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal as well as grants from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the American Music Center.

For more information, please consult the website www.melodiousaccord.org.

To Register for this fantastic summer conference, please click here!

Sep
16
Sat
2017
Vocal Workshop with Boston’s Renaissance Men @ First Parish Church of Weston
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sponsored by Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

The Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus and the MassACDA Chapter have teamed up to help begin the 2017-18 season with a Vocal Workshop in Weston, led by Eric Christopher Perry, Artistic Director and Conductor of one of Boston’s premier men’s choral music groups, Renaissance Men, and featuring several of their regular performers.

From sound shaping to text interpretation, this early workshop promises the region’s male-voice singers an opportunity to start their singing seasons with renewed capacities.

To register, please go to https://saengerfest.org/workshopsignup/
(Registration deadline is Sept. 12) The Workshop fee is $ 20.00.
Refreshments will be served.

Renaissance Men was formed in 2014 by six of Boston’s and New York’s most active chamber musicians, educators, and music aficionados, led by Artistic Director/Conductor Eric Christopher Perry. From their beginnings as a sextet they added three more members and added to their Boston-bred early music sounds to offer a program of American religious and folk music they entitled “RenMen Roots.”

Their audiences may have been shocked to see erstwhile Bach specialists strumming away on banjo and upright bass, but their hooting and hollering validated RenMen’s first major attempt to push repertoire boundaries. In February 2016, The Boston Globe lauded RenMen for their groundbreaking musical retrospective, “RenMen 1965,” which juxtaposed traditional choral music and rock/pop songs of that year. It also included the world première of Charles Stacy III’s “Five Clippings” from 1965, a multi-movement work for men’s voices using texts from Globe articles published that year.

In fewer than three years, Renaissance Men has made their mark on Boston’s cultural landscape with seven concert series, performances of several U.S. and world premières by internationally-celebrated composers such as Patricia Van Ness and Daniel E. Gawthrop, leading to a devoted following for their concerts, live-stream broadcasts, and social media outlets.

Dedicated to the art of collaboration, RenMen has partnered with Boston City Singers, Ensemble Musica Humana, and others, plus holding workshops on ensemble marketing and branding with the Boston Singers Resource and Greater Boston Choral Consortium, and now a workshop on Vocal Performance with the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. Renaissance Men is a proud member of Chamber Music America.

Renaissance Men was founded in 2014 by Anthony Burkes Garza, General Manager, Eric Christopher Perry, Artistic Director/Conductor, Will Prapestis, Social Media Consultant, Peter Schilling, Business Manager, and tenor, Alexander Nishibun. RenMen’s 2017 roster also features Gene Stenger, Francesco Logozzo, Kilian Mooney, Dominick Matsko, Brian Church, and Benjamin Pfeil.