Calendar of Events

Mar
7
Wed
2018
2018 ACDA Eastern Division Conference
Mar 7 – Mar 10 all-day
Mar
17
Sat
2018
2018 Big Sing Central @ Fay School
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING CENTRAL

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

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, hear other choirs, and 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 8th.

Click here to register for Big Sing Central 2018

A Boston-based conductor, choral clinician, and music educator, Sophia Papoulis serves as Creative Director for the Foundation for Small Voices (FSV), a not-for-profit organization dedicated, through music, to crossing cultural, generational, and ideological boundaries to raise awareness and funds for national and international music and mentoring programs for children.  Together with her husband Jim Papoulis, composer and founder of FSV, she seeks to align her passion for sparking joyful and meaningful musical experiences with Jim’s founding vision of providing access to these artistic endeavors to young people from all walks of life.  Their work often takes them to schools and communities that lack music and arts education, offering them the opportunity to create, fundraise, and advocate for choral music programs and opportunities for children and youth.

Sophia is also honored to serve as Conductor-in-Residence on the staff of the Savannah Children’s Choir in Georgia, and as an adjunct conductor for the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City, with whom she worked full-time for several years, directing choruses in its core after-school program and teaching within its Satellite School program in NYC public schools. She has conducted at a number of NYC’s venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and Symphony Space. She has prepared choruses for national and international radio and television appearances, recording sessions, collaborative performances with such ensembles as the New York Pops, Meredith Monk, the Kronos Quartet and the Stephen Petronio Company, and for performances not only in New York City, but also in major venues throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Sophia also worked as Director of Choirs for the renowned Boston Children’s Chorus, conducting choruses at the advanced, intermediate, and beginning levels, overseeing the artistic staff and programming for the organization at-large, and leading the BCC Professional Development Workshop Series for music educators in the Boston Public Schools.  She has had the honor of conducting BCC choruses in several notable Boston venues, and also conducted BCC choruses at London’s Southbank Centre, home to the world-famous Royal Festival Hall, as part of the International Youth Choral Festival 2017.

Sophia studied music education and conducting at Ithaca College, where she is a member of the Choral Music Experience artistic faculty.

2018 Big Sing West @ Longmeadow High School
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING WEST

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

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, hear other choirs, and 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 8th.

Click here to register for Big Sing West 2018

Mar
31
Sat
2018
2018 MassACDA Intercollegiate Choral Festival Concert @ Abbey Chapel @ Mount Holyoke College
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Drawing choirs from colleges across the state, the Intercollegiate Choral Festival is a special opportunity for programs to join forces and sing sections of a major work with instrumental accompaniment, all the while working with an esteemed choral conductor. The all-day festival offers a chance to connect with professionals and other area students who love to sing.

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Repertoire

Requiem (1893), Gabriel Fauré, edited by John Rutter
SATB divisi with organ, harp, violin, and soprano and baritone soloists

Conductor

Amanda QuistDr. Amanda Quist is Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College. She conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Kantorei, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. She is the recipient of Westminster Choir College of Rider University’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. Westminster Kantorei, an award-winning early music ensemble, has performed at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference, Boston Early Music Festival, the American Handel Festival, and the choir just released its first commercial recording, Lumina, distributed by Naxos. During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Quist collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. She was Chorus Master for the Philadelphia Orchestra Choir’s performances of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony this past May, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Dr. Quist also served as Chorus Master for the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival. The New York Times and Charleston City Paper described the chorus’ performance as “beautifully prepared, gripping,” a “gossamer web of voices” and “bridging the vocal and instrumental textures with perfect intonation.”

Dr. Quist is Director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, and was previously Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Her other honors include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in choral singing, and she recently presented lectures on the topic of choral sound across the country. An active guest conductor and clinician, her recent and upcoming appearances include the All State Honor Choirs of Texas, California, Washington, Vermont, Missouri, Delaware, Colorado, the Georgia All-Collegiate honor choir, and serving as headliner for music conferences across the United States. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

Cost

This year we are using a tiered approach to registration, based directly on the number of students in your participating ensemble.

Early Registration (before February 5)

0-20 members: $450
20-40 members: $900
40-60 members: $1,350
60+ members: $1,500

Regular Registration (after February 5)

0-20 members: $500
20-40 members: $1,000
40-60 members: $1,500
60+ members: $1,700

Click here to register!

To register yourself as an individual observer, please contact Jonathan Harvey at jharvey8@fitchburgstate.edu.

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 festival chorus.

Q. I’m not sure of our schedule / enrollment for the Spring. What’s the latest we can sign up?
A.The early registration deadline is February 5, 2018; regular registration ends March 19.

Apr
7
Sat
2018
2018 Big Sing East @ Christ Church Episcopal, Needham
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

BIG SING EAST

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

Participating choirs will have the opportunity to present short, individual performances, hear other choirs, and 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 8th.

Click here to register for Big Sing East 2018

About the Adjudicator

New Zealander Jane E. Money founded Boston City Singers in 1995 as a division of Youth Pro Musica. In 2003, Boston City Singers became a separate program with headquarters in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood and now serves over 500 singers aged 4 – 18 each year.

Jane holds masters degrees in music from Auckland University in New Zealand; in music education from Trinity College of Music in London; and in engineering from Boston University. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching music in classrooms, school and church choirs, including the Metropolitan Opera Guild and St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. She, along with Boston City Singers, is a frequent workshop/concert presenter at ACDA, MMEA, AGO and Chorus America.

Jane has led tours across the US and Canada, and to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica and Argentina. In 2015, the Tour Choir were finalists in the pilot season of WGBH’s “Sing That Thing,” and were later featured in WGBH’s “Greater Boston.”

Jane and her family have lived in Dorchester for over 25 years. In between the many activities of Boston City Singers, she fosters dogs for New England Brittany Rescue and volunteers at Daily Table, a nonprofit community grocery store.

 

Jul
15
Sun
2018
2018 MassACDA Summer Conference @ Smith College
Jul 15 @ 8:42 pm – Jul 18 @ 9:42 pm

More details coming soon!