The Newsletter of the Fairfield County Children's Choir 

Vol.13 No. 1                             

Fall 2013

In This Issue
Chorister Profiles
Staff News
Aloha Children's Festival
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 From The Music Director 

Jon Noyes conducting FCCC


Welcome to the 19th season of the Fairfield County Children's Choir! We have planned a fantastic series of concerts, along with collaborations and projects that will make the year quite exciting. This issue of Quarternotes includes information about our concert calendar, various news items and the always-popular Chorister Profiles.


In this column, I often address issues concerning music and education.  In this vein I pose a question for our readers: Do you still enjoy -- even cherish -- the music you listened to as a teenager? I will attempt an explanation based on some recent readings in music psychology and then connect this with some thoughts on the repertoire of the FCCC. Read More


FCCC at Tanglewood 

On Sunday, June 2 the FCCC Chamber Singers performed Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and three pieces by Aaron Copland with the Norwalk Youth Symphony at Tanglewood. We also performed our own set, including the Biebl Ave Maria, Lang's Cantate Domino, Wanting Memories and Bridge Over Troubled Water. Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony and is a very important and historic musical venue. The eminent Gilbert Kalish was the piano soloist on the Choral Fantasy. Mr. Cotellese and Miss Harmata led a group of FCCC soloists. Congratulations to all!!!


Chorister Profiles 

We have an amazing group of seniors in the FCCC this year! In this edition of Quarternotes you will meet six of them. It is always interesting to learn about them, their favorite songs and hear their thoughts about the choir. Congratulations to them all!!!


Name: Amanda Violone,  Age: 17

School:Fairfield Warde HS
Town: Fairfield
Favorite FCCC Song: Bridge over Trouble,Wanting Memories                     

In Your Own Words: I first joined FCCC in my sophomore year of high school, and it has become such a large part of my life. I've acquired such great friends who have  Read More  


Sofie Wall


Name: Sofie Wall 

Age: 17

School: Fairfield Ludlowe HS
Town: Fairfield  
Favorite FCC Song:O Magnum Mysterium, Biebl Ave Maria, Sing Me to Heaven...It's impossible to pick a favorite!     

In Your Own Words: There aren't words to describe how important FCCC is to me. I have been a part of this choir for half of my life!  The gift of traveling the world and making music with others who share.. Read More 



 Sarah Mickool 

Name: Sarah Mickool

Age: 16
School: Ridgefield HS
Town: Ridgefield

Favorite FCCC Song: Nigra Sum


In Your Own Words:For the past eight years, Wednesday nights have meant singing with the most talented group of singers I have ever encountered.  Read More 



Erin McCurleyName: Erin McCurley

Age: 17

School: Sacred Heart Academy
Town: Fairfield 

Favorite FCCC Song: Kayama

In Your Own Words: I have always loved to sing.My earliest memories include singing with the kids choir... Read More 

Madeline Tommins


Name: Madeleine Tommins  

Age: 17

School: Fairfield Ludlowe HS
Town: Fairfield 

Favorite FCC Song: Total Praise & Wanting Memories

In Your Own Words: I am so grateful to have been a part of FCCC. The directors have helped me to reach a level of musicianship I never could have dreamed of reaching without them. Read More   


Katie Schreiner

Name: Katie Schreiner

Age: 17

School: Fairfield Warde HS
Town: Fairfield  
Favorite FCC Song: Sesere eeye

In Your Own Words: Being involved with the Fairfield County Children's Choir for the past 9 years has been one of the most influential and life changing experiences. Having sung with the Cross Border Orchestra from Ireland at Lincoln Center and performed at Carnegie Hall twice is not something any typical high schooler can say. Read More   




Staff News
Donna Beatty

We are pleased to announce that Donna Beatty will be joining us as our new accompanist. We know that Donna, Lisa Bettke and all the others who accompany the choir will continue to provide us with a great foundation! Welcome Donna!!!


Donna Beatty is a music educator in the Fairfield Public Schools.  She received a B.S. in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A.L.S from Wesleyan University. Read More 

  Message from Ms. Beatty

I am so excited to be your accompanist for the 2013-2014 FCCC season!  I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with such fine musicians and I look forward to learning and growing together.


FCCC Concerts & Events

 A Winter Songfest

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3 pm 

Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT      

A great way to lift your spirits in the dark of winter, this concert will feature the children singing holiday classics such as Angels We Have Heard on High, Ocho Kandelikas, Feliz Navidad, and Schubert's Ave Maria. In addition, we will mark renowned British composer Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday with a selection of his songs for choir. Paul Halley's Freedom Trilogy and a potpourri of stirring Spanish music will round out the afternoon. Come catch that holiday feeling as you hear 300 children sing!


 Broadway Concert & Auction 

Spotlight: Broadway! 

Saturday, February 1, 2014,7 pm  
Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT    


Many of Connecticut's best student soloists will step into the spotlight when the FCCC raises the curtain on this year's selection of Broadway show-stoppers! We are pleased to present favorites from hit musicals The Lion King, Godspell, The Sound of Music and the spectacular new Matilda. In addition to rousing choruses and poignant solos, the fantastic FCCC orchestra will join us on stage and add its own pizzazz to the evening! Join us! Tap your toes and hum along with these appealing musical theater hits.


Spring Concert
Singing America

A Celebration of The Great American Songbook
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7 pm
Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield, CT

The composers who gave rise to what has become known as the Great American Songbook translated positive values and an optimistic spirit into the soundtrack of American life. Their songs offered hope of better days during the Great Depression, built morale during two world wars, and helped build social bridges within our culture. The FCCC is proud to feature songs from this inspirational body of work, produced by such familiar tunesmiths as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers. We invite you to experience with us the positive power of singing these uniquely American songs.



Chorister News
Maddie McDermott was one of the winners of the first annual Barnum Festival Vocal Competition.  She received first place among all the other contestants from her grade level. Her school received a check for $250.00 to be used for the music department in her honor. Congratulations Maddie!!
Aloha Children's Choral Festival


The FCCC Chamber Singers traveled to Hawaii from July 14-22 to participate in the inaugural Aloha Children's Choral Festival. The festival was comprised of six choirs - three from the mainland United States, one from Hawaii and one each from China and Canada. We rehearsed as a massed choir under the direction of Henry Leck from Indianapolis. We also had two concerts in which each choir performed their own repertoire.


We also toured Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center and enjoyed a cruise on a catamaran with another Polynesian show off Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head nearby. A highlight of the tour was snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, "one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii."

Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head in the background 


Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial in background



FCCC Concert Calendar 2013-2014
(CS-Chamber Singers; CC-Concert Choir; CH-Chorale; Ch-Chorus)
Oct 5
Sound Tigers Opening - Night 7:00 PM
Oct 19
FCCC Chorus with the Norwalk Symphony - Norwalk Concert Hall (Ch)
Oct 27 
Pipescreams - 4:00 PM UCC Bridgeport (CS)
Dec 1
Carnegie Hall 2:00 PM (CS)
Dec 8
FCCC Winter Concert - Klein Auditorium - 3:00 PM
Feb 1
FCCC Broadway Concert - Klein Auditorium - 7:00 PM
Feb 23 
Three Generations of Song - 3:00 PM Quick Center (CS & CC)
April TBD
Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration - 7:00 PM - UCC Fairfield (CS)
May 10 
FCCC Spring Concert - Fairfield Warde High School - 7:00 PM
May 17 
Carmen w/Norwalk Symphony (CS & CC)
June TBD 
Serenade Festival - Washington D.C. (CS) (approx. June 26 - July 1)