Seagle Colony Chronicle
Anniversary Season - 2018
After surviving four record-breaking N’oreasters at Seagle Music Colony this winter, we welcome your warm and enthusiastic presence for an uplifting season. This year the Colony singers come from 19 states and two foreign countries, so they will share far and wide their experiences in Schroon Lake and the Colony.
Old Friends and New
will introduce you to new and returning emerging artists. It is always exciting to watch the singers continually grow, thanks to their hard work and your enthusiastic support. This event takes place on
in the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater. The concert is always a sell-out, so be sure to get your tickets early. You are invited to meet the singers after the concert at a reception in the Shames Rehearsal Studio.
ignites a dynamic season on
July 5, 6,
and also celebrates the 100
anniversary of the birth of the composer,
Many people have said that Bernstein was the greatest 20
century American composer.
According to his son Jamie, this work is “often referred to as Leonard Bernstein’s valentine to Europe because of the way he affectionately raided every European song and dance form he could think of in the process of composing the music.” Bernstein never gave up his goals of brotherhood and world peace. Highlights include the famous overture, soprano stand-out aria “Glitter and Be Gay, and the soaring finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.”
Billy Goats Gruff
goes on tour in the summer and fall throughout the North Country, thanks in part to a grant from International Paper Foundation. The children’s opera will play at the Boathouse Theater in Schroon Lake on
The opera addresses the issue of bullying and gives the important
message that compassion and understanding help everyone get along. The final song sends the message that “kindness is contagious.”
The Seagle Colony Singers will perform in the Town Park after the 63rd annual
and before the amazing fireworks. Remember as always to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chairs).
: These popular and informative talks with question and answer sessions will be held in the Shames Rehearsal Hall one hour before
The Great Gatsby
Handel takes place
In the composer’s time, opera singers were superstars who rivaled the star athletes and screen idols of today. This baroque opera parallels the current news on CNN: scandals, corrupt politics, and power struggles. Stage director
who will make her SMC debut, has been described by
as having a “flawless sense of timing.” She was encouraged by her elementary choir teacher to pursue a career in music. Ms. Evans has
directed and/or choreographed over 80 operas, ballets, and musicals throughout the world.
The Great Gatsby,
based on the novel by
F. Scott Fitzgerald and
composed by John Harbison, will be performed
. Celebrate the Roaring Twenties when you attend this show that includes many jazzy tunes. Practically every American high school student has been required to read this book, considered one of the greatest American novels. Harbison is a music professor at MIT, an active jazz pianist, and founder of MIT’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Rounding out the main season is the unforgettable musical
Among the favorite songs is, “We Need a Little Christmas.”
This musical, set in the Great Depression through World War II, continues to be a smash hit. Mame Dennis, the lead, was leading a glamorous life before her young nephew enters her life by surprise. They encounter several adventures. Composer Jerry Herman is considered a master of singable tunes and straightforward plots. The show, popular for all ages, was described by
as “The Season’s Funniest Musical.”
at 5 PM will be held on
. Circle your calendar for the two dates of these beautiful concerts of sacred solo and choral music. Be sure to come early to get a seat. The annual meeting of Seagle Music Colony, Inc. (for many years known as the Oscar Seagle Association), led by SMC President
, will be held on
immediately following Vespers. This brief meeting is an opportunity to hear about season highlights and to learn about future activities at the Colony.
The 24th Annual
Seagle Music Colony Gala
will be held in a grand tent by the theater on
This major fundraising event is a wonderful opportunity to mix with the guests as well as greet the Seagle Music Colony emerging artists in their beautiful and handsome attire.
You will have a chance to bid on the exciting and memorable live auction items and buy chances for the new premium item raffle.
Lily and the Rose
will cater the event, and the Colony singers will perform. Dancing with the popular Frank Conti Band will conclude the memorable evening. Valet parking by the Schroon Lake Lions Club will help make you feel especially welcome.
The 2018 Alumna Honoree will be the outstanding soprano
, a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a recent graduate of the young artist program at Los Angeles Opera. Last summer Vanessa returned to Glimmerglass Opera and sang Laurey Williams in
. This season she will be singing lead roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Omaha, and Atlanta Opera.
The Gala will also honor devoted Colony enthusiast and staff member
, a native of Kansas. While still in graduate school, he came to the Seagle Music Colony as a piano accompanist, music director and conductor in 1996. For the past ten years, Tony has been the General Director and was the first full time year-round employee. He is active in the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce and accompanies many Schroon Lake Central School shows and concerts. Thanks to the gala chair person,
, as well as her dedicated committee.
Volunteer Work Parties
will be held on
. Plan to help out by volunteering; RSVP to
for details. Enjoy the camaraderie and feel like you have accomplished much by beautifying and improving the Seagle Music Colony buildings and grounds. There
such a thing as “a free lunch” for volunteers, and the offerings are delicious. Whatever you do to help will be appreciated.
Come and enjoy the Seagle Music Colony fall season singers for a full of fun musical revue of Broadway great
. Coleman was a favorite American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. The review is entitled
Hey Big Spender
. Songs will include “Big Spender”, “Come Follow the Band” and others from shows such as
. This review will also tour in Westport, North Creek, Keene Valley and Blue Mountain Lake.
Seagle Music Colony will tour the opera
The Falling & The Rising
this fall. The Colony co-commissioned this new opera that explores the experiences of wounded US Veterans. Touring locations to date include View in Old Forge, Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, Tannery Pond, The Wood Theater and Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh. Several of these locations are new for Colony performances.
Please share your news since Colony friends from near and far will be happy to cheer you on wherever you may be. The
Distinguished Concerts International
at Carnegie Hall featured a concert of music by
in November. Randy did not conduct but he narrated his setting of
is Development and Patron Services Manager at Opera Saratoga. We rejoice in the Richard Tucker Career Grants of $10,000 each awarded to
, and a Sara Tucker Study Grant of $5000 awarded to
is one of the few singers to receive the Tucker Study and Career Grants in consecutive years. He made two recent debuts at Los Angeles Opera as
and at Glyndebourne as Almaviva in
The Barber of Seville
has performed more than 25 roles at the Vienna State Opera and this spring she sang the role of Maria in
West Side Story
at Houston Grand Opera.
is Project Coordinator at the International Performing Arts Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.
performed in a jazz festival in Massachusetts this winter and released a jazz album.
wrote a nostalgic letter about how he and his wife Ann met at the Colony in 1981. He said, “It’s incredible how impactful the place and people have been in our lives.” Mark stated that his family of six are all exceptional singers.
Below is an incredible list
of Colony singers who are singing in the following Opera Companies in 2017-2018:
; Austin Opera:
; Atlanta Opera:
This One’s For the Girls)
; Central City:
; Chautauqua Opera:
; Des Moines Metro Opera:
Kyle White, Remy Martin, Catherine Goode
; Florida Grand Opera:
Mary Beth Nelson, Zaray Rodriguez, Nick Ward
; Glimmerglass Festival:
Clay Thompson, Michael Miller, Michael Hewitt
; Houston Grand Opera:
Megan Mikailovna Samarin
; Los Angeles Opera:
; Minnesota Opera:
; Opera Idaho:
; Opera Omaha:
; Opera San Jose:
Jonas Marcel Hacker
; Opera Santa Barbara:
; Opera Saratoga:
Nicholas Yaquinto, Nathanial Mattingly, Quinn Bernegger, Meghan Deiter
(Stage Director) &
; Palm Beach Opera:
; San Francisco Symphony:
; Santa Fe Opera:
(Apprentice Artists); Sarasota Opera:
; Seattle Opera:
; Tri-Cities Opera:
; Utah Opera:
; Virginia Opera:
In addition, congratulations to these singers who were winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District competitions:
(National Semi-Finalist) Indiana;
, New York;
, Philadelphia; and
, North Carolina.
were Encouragement Award winners.
Last but not least, these Colony alumni are pe
rforming overseas: Deutsch Oper
; Opera Basel (Switzerland):
Our deep sympathy goes to the family of
. His wife Eileen stated, “Seagle was his true love.” Our deep sympathy goes to the family of
. She loved attending the Gala and all of the performances at the Colony and was a loyal supporter. In addition, our deep sympathy also goes to the family of
Jean M. Vanderzee
. Jean was an active member of the Seagle Colony Guild and a loyal supporter of the Colony.
Photographs, Videos & Friendship
A celebration of the life of
will take place on
August 25 at 3 PM
in the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater. All are welcome to share their love in honoring a wonderful person. Jim loved the Seagle Colony and showed his support through generous donations, attending many performances of Seagle Colony singers, and taking photos and videos to document their summer experiences. He served on the Board of Seagle Music Colony, was Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and entertained many singers with his devoted wife Eileen. Jim will be greatly missed but his presence will be felt everywhere.
Seagle Colony Guild
The Seagle Colony Guild
welcomes new members, male or female, from Schroon Lake and surrounding communities to provide a warm welcome and volunteer at performances. For information contact Guild President
at 532-9250. Plan to attend the
Seagle Colony Guild Luncheon
at the beautiful Sagamore Resort on
and bring your friends. The benefit is held to support the Seagle Colony Guild Scholarship Fund. Entertainment is by the Seagle Music Colony's emerging artists. Tickets are $50 per person. It is never too early to reserve tickets. The festive afternoon includes a beautiful setting overlooking Lake George, a cash bar, delicious luncheon, and attractively decorated raffle baskets. This is an afternoon that you won't want to miss. Local professional pianists
will give a guild-sponsored benefit piano concert for the Seagle Music Colony Guild Scholarship Fund on Sunday,
The named scholarships and their recipients will be listed in the season program booklet. You are welcome to create a scholarship as a lasting tribute to honor or commemorate a loved one.
Thanks goes to the Cloudsplitter Foundation in Saranac Lake for a grant for $5000, The main purpose of the foundation is to improve the environment, both physical and cultural.
Huge thanks are given to
for generously sharing their beautiful apartment in Montreal this winter for a party with friends from the Seagle Music Colony and Opera Montreal cast members from
Many thanks for your generous contributions to Seagle Music Colony. With the many challenges in our world today, it is especially important to give generously to celebrate and honor the more than century-old program that brings joy to so many throughout the world. If you have not already given this year, please contribute by early June so that you will be listed in the 2018 program booklet.
: If your email or address should change, please notify
, General Director at
or 518-532-7875. I welcome your news for
Seagle Colony Chronicle.
Please mail or email me at the address below. Thank you.
With warm greetings and Happy 103!