The Newsletter of the Fairfield County Children's Choir 

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Vol.11 No. 4                              April 2012

In This Issue
Holocaust Service
International Festival
Auditions Next Year
Graduating Seniors
Alumni News
Calendar 2012

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Trumbull, CT  06611  

203.414.4292 

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Jon Noyes conducting FCCC

 

The 17th Annual Spring Concert will take place in the beautiful acoustic setting of the Norwalk Concert Hall. Our program is entitled "Celebrating Composers Past & Present!" The theme will focus on a varied cast of composers - iconic ones from the past such as Mozart, Handel, T.L. Victoria, Dvorak & Puccini; and those from the present such as our special guest, Robert Hugh (we will feature 6 of his pieces), as well as some of today's most well-known international talents such as Bob Chilcott & Rollo Dilworth; and we even celebrate two student composers from the FCCC, Morgan Morse & Raeann Fetcho!! Whether these composers have created in the style of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern eras, we hope you will enjoy the performance!

 

 
Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Service

Our Chamber Singers performed on April 25 at the Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Service. This community service event is one of the most important programs in which our choristers participate. The service featured a Holocaust survivor, Harry Weichsel, as keynote speaker - an opportunity to hear direct witness about a part of history that must never be forgotten.

      

 
FCCC Hosts International Choral Festival

 

On Tuesday, June 26 the Fairfield County Children's Choir, in partnership with Classical Movements and the Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival, will present a concert that will take you on a trip around the world with exciting and unique music from Australia, Colombia and the United States. The concert will take place at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield at 7:00 PM in the beautiful new Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

 

The festival will feature three choirs, the Young Adelaide Voices from Australia, the Verata E Liberi from Colombia and the FCCC. All three choirs will perform individually and combine at the end for a grand finale. This is our first endeavor at bringing international touring groups to Fairfield County. If all goes well, we hope to put ourselves "on the map" as a concert venue for groups from around the world. There are two primary reasons why these groups would consider Fairfield County to be a desirable destination: 1) our proximity to New York City and all the "Big Apple" has to offer, and 2) a performance venue that offers great acoustics and a warm, appreciative audience with exceptional hospitality! Please join us for a wonderful concert experience!!

 

Please see the links below:

 

Young Adelaide Voices (Australia) - Christie Anderson, Conductor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9MpGNIa3BA

 

Verata E Liberi (Colombia) - Sandra Rodriguez, conductorhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vof1PmdVaVw&feature=youtu.be

   

 For more information on our events, visit: www.SingFCCC.org  

 

 
 
FCCC Auditions for next year
 

The FCCC is open to children in grades 4-12 with treble voices. Auditions for next season (2012-2013) take place by appointment in May and early June. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the FCCC, please have them call Barbara Brauner by June 5 at 203-414-4292 to schedule an audition appointment.   

 
FCCC Graduating Seniors

 

We say a fond farewell to all of our graduating seniors. Best wishes to: Emily Austin, Nina Carter,Catherine Clair, Victoria Conaway, Kiandra Dixon, Sarah Hindenach, Dylan Levinson, Aaron Levy, Chelsea Liao, Daniela Mayer, Morgan Morse, Jillian Richardson, Cassie Robinson, Charlotte Weber. They have given so much of their talents and time to our choir! In addition, we congratulate eight of these seniors who will receive our Choral Scholar Award. This is given to choristers who have been members of the FCCC for the maximum term of nine years. We are so happy that these seniors 'found us' way back in 2003 as they finished third grade!! They have spent, as one of them recently pointed out, "half of their lives with the FCCC." They are Emily Austin, Nina Carter,Catherine Clair, Sarah Hindenach, Daniela Mayer, Morgan Morse, Cassie Robinson, Charlotte Weber. We will miss them all very much!!

 

Graduating Seniors 2012

1st Row: Catherine Clair, Kiandra Dixon 2nd Row: Victoria Conaway, Daniela Mayer, Sarah Hindenach, Charlotte Weber, Nina Carter, Cassie Robinson,
3rd Row: Aaron Levy, Morgan Morse, Jillian Richardson, Dylan Levinson
Missing from photograph: Emily Austin, Chelsea Liao  
 
FCCC Chorister Profiles 

   

Name: Aaron Levy
Age: 17

School: Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE)

Town: Stamford, CT

Favorite FCCC Song: Daylight Divine, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Ave Maria (Andriessen)

 

In Your Own Words: Over the years, I have come across many choirs. None of them however, can even come close to being the family that FCCC truly is. Being a part of such a talented choir family has changed my life for the better, and in many ways that I cannot even begin to explain. FCCC will be something I remember and cherish for the rest of my life, and I am sure many others feel the same way.  

                                  
 

Name: Cassie Robinson
Age: 18
School: Fairfield Warde High School
Town: Fairfield
Favorite FCCC Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water

 In Your Own Words:  Being part of the FCCC for nine years has been such an amazing and rewarding experience. I don't know where I would be today if I had not joined the choir when I had. I would not be planning on majoring in music performance in college if it had not been for the FCCC. Singing has always been one of my favorite things to do and the FCCC really helped to shape my entire life around singing and music. When I first started out in the choir, I had no idea what to expect. I was young and clueless; surrounded by kids that really knew what they were doing and so I followed their lead. From that moment and for many years in the choir, I have been more of a follower than a leader. Only recently have I begun to finally reveal some leadership in my section. I am proud to say that I am beginning to find myself through music and the choir. That is why I am looking forward to going to college for music; to use what I have learned in choir and apply it to the music I will study in college. Being in the choir has been so fun. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming when you're new and we act like a great big happy family. I always look forward to rehearsals and concerts with my fellow choir mates. I love spending time with these people because they are some of the best people you will ever meet in your life. I laugh and smile with them, joke with them, and even sometimes cry with them, but
that has made our bond that much stronger. My friends in choir and I share many similarities, the main one being our passion for music. They have influenced me so strongly and it is going to be very hard for me to say goodbye to them when graduation comes along.

  

If I could take a whole day to tell all of you about how much this choir means to me, I would, but sadly my time is running out. So just a few final thoughts: This choir is not something to be taken for granted. This choir offers opportunities for every single chorister and I for one, am happy to say that the opportunities that have been presented to me over the years have me leaving satisfied. Once you join this choir, you will never want to leave. Believe me when I say that you will fall in love with this choir. So to my fellow choir mates, enjoy the time you still have left with this choir and don't forget to sing!!!


 
Alumni News 

We love to hear about our former choristers, whether the news is musical or otherwise. The section below contains a series of communications to Jon Noyes from DeeDee Brandt, parent of Katherine. You may also listen to Katherine on the FCCC web site - she is the first jazz soloist on "St. Louis Blues."

 

Hi Jon,

Ten years ago you selected Katherine to be a choir boy in the Connecticut Grand Opera production of Tosca...since that day she has known what she wanted to do with her life.  She graduates from Carnegie Mellon this spring and has snagged auditions to several great grad schools and is auditioning for some young artist programs. She also had her first professional opera part in "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." I thought you might like to see her web site so here is the link (note under her resume she still lists the Tosca performance!) see: KatherinetheSinger. 

 
Thought you might like to know ... Katherine has been offered an assistantship at Maryland Opera Studio.  Who would have thought a chance to sing with the CT Grand Opera would end up this way! You really had a positive major impact on her life! We are so excited for her. This summer she will be performing in the young artist program of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.   

Hope all is going well for FCCC and you.  

Best,

DeeDee 

   
FCCC Concert Calendar
(CS-Chamber Singers; CC-Concert Choir; CH-Chorale; Ch-Chorus)

    

2012

 

May 6

Bernstein Mass w/CT Chamber Choir-4pm-Trumbull (CS)

May 12

Spring Concert Celebrating Composers Past & Present-7pm-Norwalk Concert Hall

June 26

FCCC hosts International Choral Festival TBD

July 7-15

Summer Tour-Golden Gate Choral Festival (CS)

 

 

2012-2013

 

Nov 29 

NHSO-Carmina Burana - Woolsey Hall, New Haven (CS)

Dec 1

NHSO - Carmina Burana-Norwalk Concert Hall (CS)

Dec 2 

FCCC Winter Concert-3:00 pm,- Klein (all FCCC)

Dec 8/9

Greater Bridgeport Symphony - Klein (CS)

Feb 2

FCCC Broadway Concert & Auction (all FCCC)

March 23

OAKE National Conference (CS)

May  11

FCCC Spring Concert with Nick Page (all FCCC)

   

For information on any of our programs please visit: www.SingFCCC.org