The weather outside is frightful, so why not warm yourself up with thoughts of spring – and join us as we start rehearsals for our spring concert season! Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 20th!
We’re already excited about this season’s repertoire! Our intrepid Director Molly Webster says that it’s going to be centered around the theme of LOVE and it includes some Billy Joel! Maybe some Foreigner? And no doubt some other really awesome choral music.
New members are welcome to join us, and if you’re considering joining, but aren’t sure, you’re invited to come listen in on a rehearsal or two and see if it’s something you might like.
The songs are usually a mix of easier and more challenging pieces, and even if you’re not comfortable with your ability to read music, Molly is a great teacher and you will learn a lot, and probably surprise yourself!
Come sing with us!
The New Renaissance Singers (NRS) will present their winter concert “Lighting Up the Season,” on Saturday, December 13, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, in Brewer. Admission is by donation with a suggested amount of $10 per person at the door. There will be a reception following the concert.
NRS is a non-audition, multigenerational community choir which has been performing in the greater Bangor area for twenty-four years. Musical Director Molly Webster arranged this year’s winter concert program to offer an eclectic mix classical pieces, folk songs, and contemporary choral arrangements, with an underlying theme of light and hope. The concert will also include a guest performance by The Husson University Singers.
NRS is dedicated to providing opportunities for many groups to enjoy their music. In addition to this public concert, NRS performs at several area nursing homes.
Some of the proceeds from the concert will support the NRS music scholarship program for young people in the area. Last year the award went to a scholarship for Bangor Children’s Choir. This year the grant will go to students participating in the Maine Summer Youth Music program at the University of Maine. “It is our goal to ‘pay it forward’ so that young people will have the chance to experience the joy of choral singing, and will be able to perform in choirs in the future,” says NRS Board President Tricia Griffith.
For Immediate Release
Date: September 3, 1014
For More Information: Molly Webster (207) 992-7870 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, September 9, at 6:30 pm, the New Renaissance Singers will gather at the First Congregational Church at 35 Church Street in Brewer for the first rehearsal of this season. The choral group always welcomes new members, and the first few rehearsals are open to anyone who wants to watch and listen, to see if they are interested in joining!
New Renaissance Singers (NRS) is a non-audition, four-part community chorus serving Central and Eastern Maine for the past twenty-three years. The members of NRS have varied musical backgrounds, are all ages, and perform diverse repertoire from all genres & styles. NRS is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is supported by member dues and community sponsors. NRS Board President, Tricia Griffith states, “We welcome all who share a love of singing, and believe that in uniting our voices in song we can nurture a love of music in our community and beyond.”
NRS Director Molly Webster has degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, and an MM in Choral Conducting. As a professional vocal instructor, Molly frequently adds insights and instruction on the art and mechanics of singing to each rehearsal. In addition, this year rehearsals will include periodic lessons on how to read music to help encourage those who love to sing, but might find the idea of reading music intimidating.
Accompanied by professional pianist Dora Rexrode, NRS stages two performances of their winter concert in early December and another set of performances for a spring concert in May. In addition to these public performances they enjoy singing in area nursing homes, as well as at area benefit concerts.
A portion of the concert proceeds will go into the new NRS Student Scholarship Fund as part of New Renaissance Singers’ mission to nurture a love of music in the community and beyond. Last year, NRS was able to donate a scholarship to the Bangor Area Children’s Choir. This year the group plans to donate scholarships at both the winter concert and the spring concert, and welcomes suggestions for future beneficiaries, especially in the area of vocal music.
If you would like to join New Renaissance Singers, sponsor their scholarship fund, or advertise in their concert programs, you can contact Director Molly Webster at (207) 992-7870, or email email@example.com. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nrsingers, or visit their website, www.nrsingers.com.
New Renaissance Singers
P.O. Box 3544
Brewer, ME 04412
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Contact: Tricia Griffith, President, New Renaissance Singers
(207) 812-0039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Renaissance Singers 2014 Spring Choral Concert
I DREAM: Songs of Faith, Hope & Love
(BANGOR) Wednesday, May 14, 2014:
New Renaissance Singers is pleased to announce their 2014 Annual Spring Concert Schedule. This season, the choral group will be revisiting a favorite old location in Brewer, with a performance at the First Congregational Church of Brewer on Saturday, May 31st at 7:00pm. They will wrap up their spring concert season at 7:00pm on Saturday, June 7th at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono. Admission to the concerts is a suggested $10 donation.
A portion of the concert proceeds will go into the new NRS Student Scholarship Fund as part of New Renaissance Singers’ mission to nurture a love of music in the community and beyond. This year, the funds contributed will go towards providing scholarships to children singing in the Bangor Area Children’s Choir. The group welcomes suggestions for future beneficiaries, especially in the area of vocal music.
The repertoire this year features a beautiful collection of songs of hope, peace, love and life, from classic works like Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Ubi Caritas by Duruflé to energetic pieces like Martin Shaw’s With a Voice of Singing and Road to Freedom by Gwenyth Walker. Choral music fans may also recognize favorites like Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth and Cover the World with Love by Jerry Estes. As always, the concert will feature soloists as well as a duet and quartet.
New Renaissance Singers is extremely fortunate to be celebrating its second successful season with director, Molly J. Webster. Originally from Patten, Maine, Molly is an alumnus of The University of Maine with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. In addition to directing New Renaissance Singers, Molly is the choir director at The Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, an instructor at The New England School of Communications-Husson University. She is also the founder of the Husson University Singers and Divisi, a select choir.
New Renaissance Singers is a well-established, non-audition, multigenerational chorus serving Central and Eastern Maine. We welcome all who share a love of singing, and believe that in uniting our voices in song we can nurture a love of music in our community and beyond. If you love to sing and would like to join the fun, The New Renaissance Singers always welcomes new members. For more information about the group, visit their website: www.nrsingers.com. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nrsingers , or contact Tricia Griffith, NRS President at (207) 812-0039 or email@example.com.