Join New Renaissance Singers as we unite in song for our 26th Annual Spring Choral Concert!
This season’s program “United In Song”, arranged by our Director, Molly J. Webster, features a walk through the history of American composers from Steven Foster to the more contemporary works of Jay Althouse and Maine’s own Andrew Hirst. The theme expands to include works from outside influences such as the Beatles and Leonard Cohen, and songs of peace and unity.
Before and after the concert, there will be a silent auction of items donated by varied talents and services of our members, from a picnic basket with wine, to massage, art and handmade items, with funds raised to benefit New Renaissance Singers and our music scholarship fund. Refreshments will be provided after the concert, so feel free to hang out with us, have a snack, and bid on some great stuff!
MAINE SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC SENIOR CAMP SCHOLARSHIP
We created our student scholarship fund to help foster and grow a love of music and singing in our community. In the last few years, we have donated scholarships to Bangor Area Children’s Choir. This year, we are offering a senior camp scholarship to the Maine Summer Youth Music at UMaine, Orono. High school students in the greater Bangor area are welcome to submit their applications.
Thank you to everyone who has generously supported NRS and our scholarship fund and made it possible for us to give back to our community. As we continue to grow, we hope to be able to offer several scholarships a year!
Applicants must be greater Bangor area students eligible for senior camp as of Spring 2015 (See MSYM website for details.) The student’s specific area of interest should be vocal/choral music. To apply for the scholarship, students must send the following to New Renaissance Singers:
- Completed MSYM Application
- Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher or Vocal Instructor
- Short essay describing their musical experience and how attending MYSM camp will impact their plans for the future (approx. 500 words)
Send the application, letter, and essay to:
New Renaissance Singers
Attn: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 3544
Brewer, ME 04412
Application Deadline is June 1, 2015. A decision will be made and the student notified by June 5, 2015. MSYM will be notified of the applicant’s acceptance and scholarship, and the information and payment will be sent to MSYM directly.
Incomplete applications and those received after June 1 will be ineligible for the scholarship. For questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or director Molly Webster at 992-7870
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.