Director's Blog

From the music stand of...

will wickham

This is the place to find occasional musings about music, choral singing and other random thoughts as well as program notes from our concerts. - - will
 
there’s always something to be said about the music...

March 2010

The current season's first performance is now in the history books! A good crowd and somewhat fresh snowfall greeted the 'O magnum mysterium' concert. Ss. Peter and Paul's church was beautiful to see and to hear; the perfect venue for a cappella singing in general and for Renaissance motets and a mass in particular! A hearty congratulations and thanks to all the singers for a glorious beginning to the 2009-2010 season and an excellent beginning to the Advent/Christas holiday season!

We all had a great time with 'JS Bach and the Ladies' as we kicked of the 2010 Festival of Women in the Arts. Our second program this season with snow in the air and on the ground! The First Presbyterian Church was very cozy and filled with glorious music including a very exciting performance by Jacob Carpenter, this years Young Performance Competition winner.
To see the program notes from 'JS Bach and the Ladies' please click here. Bravo to all the singers and orchestra members and a special thanks to the ladies of Zonta for providing such a fabulous reaception!

Rehearsals for "John Rutter!" have begun. We are rehearsing Sundays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira on West Clinton Street. Please come join us!
As we approach the half-way point in our 'Rutter!' rehearsals it is wonderful to report that the sections are all full! With the fine voices of the Congregational Church choir joining us for the May performance, the choir will be about 65 voices strong! John Rutter's music will be getting a bit more showing as we have been invited by the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes to perform at their annual meeting at the end of April. We also are working out the details to perform at the June 5th 'Relay for Life' in Horseheads. More details to follow!