The Newsletter of the Fairfield County Children's Choir 

Vol.16 No. 2                                

Winter 2016

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From the Music Director  
Greetings! Our very busy concert season is fast approaching with six performances over nineteen days in December, kicking off with the Fairfield County Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall on December 1. We hope you will be able to join us for many of these wonderful events!
For the eleventh time the FCCC (this time the Chamber Singers & Concert Choir) will perform at Carnegie Hall, America's most famous concert hall. The show, on Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 PM, is entitled Tim Janis: The American Christmas Carol and is a benefit concert for Kate Winslet's Golden Hat Foundation, an organization that helps those living with autism. "The concert is a mixture of celebrities coming together to support the cause, alongside some of the best student performers." Tim Janis has been putting together fundraising shows for them since 2012. Tim is a musician, composer, director and producer. Here are links to Tim and Kate's websites: Tim Janis, Golden Hat Foundation

The twenty-second annual Winter Concert of the Fairfield County Children's Choir will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 PM at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. Our theme, One Voice - The Sound of All of Us, is taken from the text of our opener and connects with our season-long theme of community singing. For this program we have invited family members and friends to join us on stage for our entire finale. Highlights will include Wachet Auf by J. S. Bach, the stunning Ave Maria by Franz Biebl , the sublime Angels' Carol by John Rutter, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and holiday selections such as Deck the Hall, We Need a Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland, S'vivon and Coventry Carol, arranged by former FCCC chorister Kate Victor. We will even present Bruno Mars' Count on Me and the infamous You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

One of the season's highlights will occur on December 10 when the Chamber Singers are featured in a full-length concert as part of the prestigious Music For Youth Concert Series. The concert takes place at 7:00 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (1719 Post Road in Fairfield), one of the most acoustically splendid settings for a cappella music in Fairfield County. It is free and open to the public. This concert is highly recommended!

Our Broadway medleys in February will be Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Hello Dolly! In March our Chamber Singers will perform Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. We will again perform for the Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony, one of the most important events we undertake. Our Spring Concert will take place on May 13 at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts.  
As the director of the FCCC for the past twenty-two years, and as a choir parent for the past nine years, I have witnessed the growth of our choristers, and my daughter, in countless ways. As parents we know that the peer groups our children connect with have an enormous impact on the choices they make and the traits they acquire. The choristers of the FCCC, due to the challenging nature of what we do, are serious young people who are focused and resilient. They share a passion for music, which creates a common bond that strengthens over time.

Our Mission Statement and Rationale make reference to this: "The mission of the FCCC is to provide children the opportunity to participate in a musical experience that is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. Through the process of practicing and performing choral music with excellence and artistry, the FCCC helps to foster the personal, musical and social growth of each child, promoting self-esteem and self-discipline." "When we sing, we experience forms of beauty and joy that words cannot express." I am pleased to attest to the fact that our goals are being met. To read the full text of our Mission and Rationale please see our program book or our website.

Chorister Profiles
We have an outstanding group of seniors in the FCCC this year! It is always interesting to learn about them, their favorite songs and to hear their thoughts about the choir. Their words poignantly attest to the success of the choir's mission!  Congratulations to these talented singers!

Name: Natalia Zhiltsova 
Age: 17
School: Fairfield Warde HS 
Town: Fairfield 
Favorite FCCC Song: Clear Water
In My Own Words:I have been in FCCC for 9 years and it's interesting to think about how much has happened in my life, yet how this stayed constant. For 9 years, every Wednesday I have come to rehearse with hundreds of talented and passionate musicians. I am completely different from the little girl that came into the program when she was 8. Choir has helped me grow both as a musician and as a person because a lot of what we learn can be applied to real life. You learn the importance of discipline, being confident in yourself, and relying on your fellow choristers to contribute their talents. Attending rehearsal has also always left me with a lighter heart and in better spirits. All the stress of school and life just vanishes. It's truly magical how music can bring people together and provide you with experiences that are memorable for a lifetime. I am incredibly grateful that I was able to be a part of such a marvelous group, and I am ready to treasure this last year.

Name: Nicole Marino
Age: 16
School: Fairfield Ludlowe High School
Town: Fairfield
Favorite FCCC Song: Biebl Ave Maria
In My Own Words:
Choir has been such an amazing experience for me the past seven years. It is truly such an honor to sing with such talented people every Monday and Wednesday night. Choir has provided me the opportunity to sing with equally passionate musicians and to sing a variety of beautiful songs. I've made so many new friends and made wonderful memories through the trips we go on every year and it will be something that I will truly miss when I go to college. Thank you so much to all of the choir directors for helping me grow as a musician. Through choir I have not only grown as a musician but as a person as well and that is something I am truly grateful for and I hope that I can cherish the things I learned in choir and take them to college with me.

Name: Kelly Karazulas
Age: 17
School: Joel Barlow High School
Town: Easton
Favorite FCCC Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water
In My Own Words: Looking back at FCCC all I can think of are good memories, laughs and hard work. This is my third year in FCCC and I wish I had joined sooner. I love singing more than anything. Because of FCCC I get to sing in shows all throughout the year. Not only do I love being in FCCC but my family enjoys our shows more than anything. The main reason why I love FCCC is that everyone who is here is here for the same reason, they love to sing. No one is being forced and we all just want to sing together and sound good. Even though this is my third and last year I think my family and I will continue to come to FCCC concerts because they are just that good. You never see people leaving a concert without a smile on their face. I feel blessed that I have the chance to sing all different songs and all different styles. The FCCC and Mr. Noyes have improved my voice so much, every practice is like a singing lesson. My favorite thing is when you tell people you are in FCCC, every time I say I am part of FCCC, there has never been a bad reaction. Everyone thinks FCCC is such an amazing group, because it is. I will continue to sing in college while keeping my FCCC training and memories in mind.

Name:  Abby Noyes
Age: 17
School: Amity High School
Town: Orange
Favorite FCCC Song: Biebl Ave Maria and Wanting Memories
In My Own Words: I had a somewhat unique experience in FCCC, to say the least. With the director being my father, I grew up watching the choir perform, but I also experienced firsthand the bond choristers made with the music and each other. When I joined choir I was nervous about making new friends. But choir soon became like a family to me. I formed friendships that are hard to find elsewhere. Without a doubt, the people of this choir have shaped the kind of person I have become. Not only did this choir give me some of my closest friends, but it also gave me a distinctive musical experience. I had the opportunity to sing some of the best choral repertoire and sing at some of the country's most well known concert halls: Tanglewood, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, to name a few. For the past nine years the FCCC has taught me advanced musical skills, and with that, self-discipline and self-worth.


We received memos from two of our recent alumni. Patrick Agonito and Katherine Waugh are freshmen and you can see that they are actively enjoying their college experience. Bravo Patrick & Katherine!!

Hi Mr. Noyes! 
I just wanted to give you an update on my singing endeavors so far at Duke.  Last week, the first week of classes, was audition week for most of the performing groups on campus.  I just found out that I have been accepted into the Duke Chorale, Duke Chamber Choir, and Duke Out of the Blue (an award-winning a cappella group)!  I'm really excited to continue my singing career with these amazing groups.  Some of the opportunities I'll have this year will be to sing in Las Vegas, Costa Rica, and Carnegie Hall!  I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the foundation FCCC has given me to continue on being involved in singing.  I'll miss it! I hope that all is well and the first FCCC rehearsal of the season is great tomorrow!

Sep 6, 2016
Hi Mr. Noyes, 
I hope everything is going well and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss FCCC and Chamber Singers. I just wanted to keep you updated and let you know that I absolutely love it here at Emerson and that I've just been cast as Jack in their production of Into the Woods. I also was the only one in my acting class who knew the Carnegie Hall rhyme (about practice, practice, practice) and the story of Sisyphus! As for keyboard class and sight singing second semester, I feel unbelievably prepared thanks to all the counting and clapping, singing on solfege and practicing blend that we did in choir.
Once again, nothing can compare to FCCC and I miss going to rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday night. Hope all is well with you and the choir and I cannot wait to hear and see the amazing things that you guys keep doing.

Sep 20, 2016

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 Concert Calendar 2016-2017
(CS-Chamber Singers; CC-Concert Choir; CH-Chorale; Ch-Chorus)
Dec 1
Carnegie Hall - CS & CC Kate Winslet Golden Hat Foundation
Dec 4
Winter Concert, One Voice - The Sound of All of Us Klein Memorial Auditorium,  3 PM 
Dec 10
Music For Youth concert - St Thomas Church, Fairfield 7 PM (CS)
Dec  12
Caroling at Carolton - (Chorus 6:00 - 6:45 PM & Chorale 6:45 - 7:30 PM)
Dec 14
Caroling by bus to Operation Hope, Bpt Shelters and more (CS)
Dec 19
Meadow Ridge Holiday Concert - Redding - 7:30 PM (CS)

Feb 4
Br oadway Concert & Auction - Wickedly Beautiful Broadway - Klein Memorial Auditorium - 7:00 PM
March 18
Greater Bridgeport Symphony - Bernstein Chichester Psalms (CS)
Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration - 7:30 PM - Fairfield (CS)
May 13
Spring Concert - Music Makes the World Go Around - Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University - 7:00 PM
June 23-July 1
Summer Tour to Ireland!  (CS)

Remember the FCCC motto:
    "Have Fun Being Awesome!"