Seattle Girls' Choir Chorus Lines 

September/2013
In This Issue
Choir Potlucks
Featured Article
Summer Camp Thanks
FREE Performance
Choir Potlucks
Choir Potlucks
Welcome Kyra!
PICCFEST
Quick Links
Choir Potlucks This Month 
 A Great Opportunity to Meet Other Choir Parents 

The SGC Board of Directors is hosting five potlucks, one for each choir in an effort to build the SGC community. As of this posting the potlucks for Dolcine and Prime Voci have taken place to rave reviews. The Vivvissimi, Cantamus and Allegra potlucks will be taking place over the next two weekends.

 

Thanks to the following BOD families for hosting the potlucks:

Dacey / Mulligan

Logan

Ness

Njegovan

Papadakis

Uniform Fittings

Each fall and spring our choristers have their uniforms fitted and hemmed so that they have a cohesive look on stage during performances. When you have nearly 150 growing girls, that's a lot of hemming!

 

The choir keeps an inventory of black patent shoes that girls can borrow and return at the end of the season if they so choose.  Uniform fittings are organized by SGC Office Manager, Stacia Camarrano. We greatly appreciate her work and the nibble fingers of many additional parents who assist with hemming.

SGC Summer Camp Thank You!

 

Allegra, Cantamus, and Prime Voci choristers spent a fabulous first week of August at Fort Flagler on the Olympic Peninsula. Among our many activities were a Super Hero-themed costume party, scavenger hunt, outing to Port Townsend, morning beach walk, talent show, and crafts.  The girls had fun, made new friends, and created beautiful music. 

 

As with so many aspects of the Seattle Girls' Choir, summer camp is a success year after year thanks to the creativity of our faculty and staff, the talent and energy of our choristers, and the dedicated efforts of numerous volunteers.  The camp committee sends a big thank you to everyone for an awesome week".

 

Suzie Ness

Camp Committee Chair 

Thank You Town Hall

Thank you to Town Hall for providing free tickets for those Cantamus and Prime Voci girls who are attended the "Roomful of Teeth" concert. It is part of Town Hall's Town Music 2013-14 Season: New Music, New Voices that's worth checking out.

 
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Halloween Costume Sale!

September 28th

9:00am to 3:00pm

 

Broadway Bound Studios

University Height Community Center

5031 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

 

For more info please visit

www.broadwaybound.org 

Free Concert at Day of Music on Sunday
Support Allegra & Prime Voci at their First Performance 

Seattle Symphony has invited SGC to perform as one of 35 local arts groups to perform this Sunday, September 22nd at 4:00 PM. We are the only children's choir to be given this opportunity! There will be performances taking place throughout the day on five different stages. Bring your whole family to enjoy this chance to see a wide variety of Seattle musical groups perform. Click here for more information and a detailed schedule.
Prime Voci Opens Seattle Sings Festival 
Greater Seattle Choral Consortium Invites PV to Open the Inaugural Show

 

The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium is proud to announce their first-ever choral festival, 
Seattle Sings, to be presented on October 11 and 12 at Saint Mark's Cathedral, located on Seattle's Capitol Hill.  They are also pleased to announce that the festival has been chosen as an Arts Crush featured event. The public is cordially invited to hear performances by 27 area choral ensembles and original works by 4 NW composers  representing greater Seattle's artistic diversity and choral excellence.

 

That's twenty-seven choirs singing in 27 hours over two days! Who better to open the show than our very own Prime Voci choir! Bring your whole family to this FREE night of music Friday, October 11 at 7pm. Click here for schedule information.

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Welcome to a new season of Seattle Girls' Choir! As is the case with any non-profit organization, SGC is dependent upon a good volunteer base. Not only do choir families get their girls to rehearsals and performances on time, but they are prepared to sing. In addition parents volunteer as chaperones, curb greeters, ushers, ticket takers, uniform hemmers, envelope stuffers, and so much more.

 

Volunteering isn't exclusive to our current choir families. We have a variety of committees and tasks that can use your help. Whether you'd like to participate with Fundraising & Development, Marketing & Community Engagement including alumnae activities, or something more, let us know by emailing info@seattlegirlschoir.org

 

Thanks to all who volunteer and add to the success of Seattle Girls' Choir!
Dolcine Welcomes a New Conductor

My name is Kyra Rengstorf and I am the new co-conductor (with Jake Winkler) for the lovely Dolcine choir!  I am so thrilled to be a part of the SGC community as it represents to me an organization that values excellence in choral education.  Our first two rehearsals of the year have been filled with beautiful singing both of music on the page and play-songs that the ladies are learning by ear.  I am impressed already with the enthusiasm and attention to a beautiful sound with which they are working, as well as their willingness to sing out and take musical risks, even when they're new!  We have great things in store!  I am currently the director of choirs at Woodinville High School and Leota Junior High School in the Northshore School District.  I earned my BA in music from Columbia University and my teaching certification for K-12 choral, general, and instrumental from the University of Washington. I was also trained in classical piano and enjoy accompanying for choirs. I love living in Seattle and experiencing the vibrant choral scene, both as an audience member and as a performer.  In my non-musical time I enjoy cooking, gardening, and working on house projects with my husband, Nathan, who teaches orchestra in the Edmonds School District. I look forward to getting to know all of the SGC singers and families as the year progresses. Please stop in and say hello! 

PICCFEST was GREAT !

For a week in early July,  Cantamus was privileged to participate and perform in the  Pacific International Children's Choir Festival (PICCFEST) held at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. This was Cantamus' fourth year of attendance at PICCFEST.  The other participating choirs traveled from across the United States and Canada. The guest conductor and clinician for this year's festival was Henry Leck, Founder and Artistic Director of  Indianapolis Children's Choir.Buffalo (NY), Washington D.C., Bay Area, Spokane, Tacoma and Calgary, Canada.

 

In addition to a busy daily mass choir rehearsal schedule each choir was

individually featured in evening concerts. We also performed together as a mass festival choir at the Hult Performing Center in Eugene (see photo), participated in Sunday morning performances at local churches and inspired a very supportive audience singing at the Gala Concert on the final evening

of the festival. This intensive schedule was balanced by times for relaxation and fun at the university swimming pool, strolls by the Willamette River, a trip to the famous Eugene Saturday Market and during the many well organized and well deserved social events involving all choirs.

 

One of the most inspirational and lasting moments of the festival, was meeting and listening to Helmuth Rilling, retiring Music Director of the Oregon Bach Festival, who attended one of our rehearsals and who we later watched conduct in concert at the Hult Center.

 

As in all previous years, I am honored to have been part of Cantamus' successful year of learning and sharing our gifts of singing. My gratitude goes to the entire SGC organization and to our dedicated and supportive parents and event chaperones, who play an equally important part in all our successes!

 

I look forward to a new year of growth, inspiration and dedication to excellence with a new Cantamus, and the possibility of planning to attend choir festivals in the near future.

 

Alex Gagiu

Cantamus Conductor

 

Go to the SGC Facebook page to see more fun photos from PICCFEST!