The Newsletter of the Fairfield County Children's Choir 

Vol.13 No. 2                            

Winter 2014

In This Issue
Staff News
Chorister Profiles
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 From The Music Director 

Jon Noyes conducting FCCC


Happy New Year from the FCCC!

The FCCC Winter Concert on December 8 was a wonderful finale to so much great music making in 2013. In addition, our Fall performances at Carnegie Hall, Norwalk Concert Hall, the United Congregational Church in Bridgeport, as well as the National Anthem at the Sound Tigers game, were outstanding.


We have a number of exciting projects in 2014. On January 4 we performed at the wedding of Jennifer Marks, a former chorister of the FCCC who was a great leader when the choir was founded in 1995. On January 12 we performed in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra.


On January 24 we have an exciting first for the FCCC; we will perform the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks basketball game with Charlotte! Although the Knicks don't always televise the anthem, keep an eye out for us on the MSG network at about 7:15 PM!


On February 1 at 7:00 PM at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport we will present our always-popular Broadway Concert. Our show this year includes selections from The Sound of Music, The Lion King, The Secret Garden and Godspell. We will also feature an amazing cast of soloists and our phenomenal pit band.


You may remember our television commercial for Smilow Cancer Hospital that launched during the Super Bowl in February 2013 (a flash mob at Union Station in New Haven). We have been informed that Smilow will have a new commercial premiering on February 2 at this year's Super Bowl that will again feature our soundtrack to Closer To Free, although we will not be part of the video.


One of the highlights of the year will be our participation in Three Generations of Song on February 23 at 3:00 PM  at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. This program is a celebration of choral music in Connecticut. It features our Fairfield County Youth Choir, the Fairfield University Glee Club and the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut. Each of the groups will perform alone, followed by a thrilling combined finale!


Later in the Spring and Summer we will perform: at the Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony on April 30, our own Spring Concert on May 10, in the opera Carmen with the Norwalk Symphony on May 17, and in Washington, D.C., on tour in late June.


We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland will again visit the U.S. in October 2014. We will perform with them at Carnegie Hall on October 30, 2014. Other details are still to be determined. We first performed with the CBOI at Carnegie Hall in 2005. We then visited Ireland in 2007, performing in their hometown of Dundalk, County Louth. The CBOI returned in 2009 for joint performances at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Fairfield Woods Middle School. You may find more information about this talented group at


Staff News:
FCCC Welcomes Former Chorister as New Conductor!        
The FCCC is very pleased to announce that Ashley Zadravecz, a former FCCC chorister, is the new conductor of the FCCC Chorus. Former conductor Cynthia Holberg has resigned, as she will be returning to her teaching job after a one-year maternity leave. We wish her all the best with her job and her new family. Ashley was a member of the FCCC from 2003-2008 and went on to major in music education at Western Connecticut State University. She is now teaching in the New Haven Public Schools and singing professionally throughout the area. She will be a wonderful vocal model as well as a great role model for all of our choristers.


Ashley was a member of the FCCC from 2003 - 2008 and went on to major in music education at Western Connecticut State University. She is now teaching music in the New Haven Public Schools and singing professionally throughout the area. She will be a wonderful vocal model as well as a great role model for all of our choristers!  


From Ashley Zadravecz
I am so happy to be a part of FCCC! The choir was one of the biggest parts of my childhood, and I hold so many fond memories from my time singing in it. Being a part of the choir when I was younger was one of the reasons why I chose music as a career. It has always been a dream of mine to conduct one of the choirs. I am thankful to be here and excited to teach and direct these talented singers.


Marge Duzy Recognized with High Notes Award  

Marge Duzy, an original FCCC Board member, has retired after eighteen years of service to the FCCC (and twenty-five years in the Fairfield Public Schools). To honor her for the many ways she has fostered the development of the choir, she will receive the FCCC High Notes Award at our Spring Concert. We thank her for all she has done and hope that we will still see her at many of our concerts, smiling and bringing joy to everyone!     

Chorister Profiles 

In this issue we feature two of our seniors who have been members of the FCCC for the fullest term of nine years. Sarah von Euler was elected Vice-President of the Chamber Singers in the fall. Lilly Boyd was featured as a soloist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony last year in concert at the Klein Auditorium. We wish them all the best as they prepare to head off to college next year!   


Name:Sarah von Euler
Age: 17 

School:Lauralton Hall
Town: Fairfield
Favorite FCCC Song: Total Praise


In Your Own Words:  

For the past nine years FCCC has been one of the only constants in my life. I have started new things and dropped others, but choir has been the one thing that I have stuck with and I have never questioned that decision. FCCC has been such a rewarding experience and I feel so lucky that I have had the opportunity to be a part of it for half of my life. It takes something very special to still be fun after that amount of time, and it is the amazing people, the wide variety of challenging music, the spectacular places that we get to sing and the talented people that we get to work with, that make every single year different and exciting. I have gained far more than choral technique from my time in FCCC, I have learned about myself and I have learned the value of persistence and hard work and of course to always "have fun being awesome." I am so grateful for the lessons and experiences that I have accumulated throughout my time in FCCC and I am excited to see what my final year with the group has in store!



Name: Lilly Boyd 

Age: 18

School: Fairfield Ludlowe HS
Town: Fairfield  
Favorite FCCC Song: Cool Water

In Your Own Words:

For the past 9 years FCCC has been a very important part of my life. I joined in 4th grade and it has been a really great experience. I have made so many great friends through singing. I have always loved music and FCCC has helped me grow as a musician and a person, as well as given me a lot of great singing opportunities. Participating in the Smilow commercial was one of the coolest things I've ever done, and it feels good knowing music is able to help so many people. I am so grateful for the dedication of Mr. Noyes and all the other conductors who have influenced me. I will always appreciate what FCCC gave me and I am going to miss it very much.  



The messages below were sent by Beth Carpanzano, a choir parent whose two daughters are now in college. It is our wish at the FCCC that all choristers and parents enjoy their time with the choir as much as the Carpanzano family has.


Hi Mr. Noyes, 

     Hope all is well! What a fantastic experience that Hawaii trip was for Marisa!!!! I have been wanting to thank you all summer for taking the choir there and for your tireless dedication to developing their vocal talents as well as teaching them valuable life lessons both on the stage and off over the years! You are an inspiration and I will be eternally grateful for all of the wonderful experiences Marisa had with the FCCC over the years! There are no words to express the way I feel about how positively the FCCC impacted Marisa's life. There were so many outstanding events and the memories will last a lifetime. We wish you another blessed year -- Marisa is enjoying the Sacred Heart University choir and looks forward to seeing the FCCC at the Pipescreams concert.

Thanks again for everything,

Beth Carpanzano 


Dear Mr. Noyes,

    From the start, Anne Marie and Marisa understood the professional caliber of the FCCC and they respected that. As you know, they were both honor students with heavy workloads, yet they never ever complained about the long trip from Stamford to Fairfield during rush hour. On many trips they even ate dinner and did homework in the van on the way. They knew how special it was to be a member of the FCCC and they did whatever was necessary to get there!  So, the FCCC will always be that treasured memory that will stand out as a blessing for our family! From the first Christmas concert that I attended when I heard the choir sing for the first time and it gave me goosebumps until the last time on the beach at sunset in Hawaii that brought tears to my eyes -- and every concert in between --- it was always a great pleasure and privilege to be in the audience feeling so thankful that we were led to the FCCC all those years ago!

    Take care and thanks again for being such an important part of our daughters' formation. You and your staff, as well as many of the choristers, were great role models who will never be forgotten. God bless you all!


We will see you from the audience (especially at the Broadway Concert),

Beth Carpanzano


FCCC Concerts & Events

 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 Secret Garden. 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.


FCCC Concert Calendar 2013-2014
(CS-Chamber Singers; CC-Concert Choir; CH-Chorale; Ch-Chorus)
Jan 4
Jenny Marks Wedding (CS) 
Jan 12 
Amahl & the Night Visitors - w/GBS & GBYO (Ch) 
Jan 24
NY Knicks Game - National Anthem - MSG 7:30 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 30 
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 26-July 1 
Serenade Festival - Washington D.C. (CS)  
Oct 30
Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland - Carnegie Hall