2015 Winter Concert: Silver Celebration

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NRS Winter 2015 poster 8x10New Renaissance Singers will present their winter concert, Silver Celebration, Friday, December 18, 7 pm at First Congregational Church of Brewer. The church is located at 35 Church Street and is handicap accessible. The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per person at the door. A Christmas Cookie sale and beverages will follow the concert. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the NRS education scholarship fund. 

Silver Celebration will kick off the group’s twenty-fifth anniversary year. The music includes classical pieces by Bach, Haydn, and Rachmaninoff as well as contemporary arrangements and compositions celebrating the Christmas season.

New Renaissance Singers is an independent, four-part community chorus directed by Molly Webster and accompanied by Dora Rexrode. The group will also be performing at several assisted living facilities in the Bangor area in December. “We want to share our joy in music with as many people as possible,” says Board President Tricia Griffith.

For more information: call Molly Webster, Director, 992-7870 or email nrsingers@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.

2015 Spring Concert Program!

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Some of the fantastic music and talent that will be part of our concert tomorrow evening! We have guest conductors and accompanists along with intrepid soloists! It’s going to be amazing! Hope to see you there!NRS Spring 2015 one page program

NRS 2015 Student Scholarship Fund

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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 nrsingers@gmail.com or director Molly Webster at 992-7870

Spring Rehearsal Season Starts!

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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!

New Renaissance Singers Winter Concert 2014

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NRS Winter 2014 Poster small webThe 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.

New Renaissance Singers Fall-Winter Season Begins!

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For Immediate Release

Date: September 3, 1014

For More Information: Molly Webster (207) 992-7870 or nrsingers@gmail.com

NRS rehearsals startingRehearsal Season Starts for New Renaissance Singers

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.

Bangor Area Children's Choir Scholarship GiftA 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 nrsingers@gmail.com. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nrsingers, or visit their website, www.nrsingers.com.