Join us for our 27th annual spring choral concert on Friday, May 18th at 7pm at the First Congregational Church of Brewer.
This year our Director, Molly Webster, has put together a program filled with old favorites and beautiful contemporary pieces that will shine a little hope in your day, including the gospel works “Unclouded Day” arranged by Shawn Kirchner, and “The Storm is Passing Over” arranged by Barbara W. Baker. We’ll be revisiting old favorites, “Omnia Sol” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” by Kenney Potter, (based on the poem by Emily Dickinson). Rounding out the mix will be pieces from Bob Chilcott, Moses Hogan, Steven Foster, Gerald Finzi, and even U2.
We will be raffling off another basket of fabulous local items, gifts and assorted goodies, and the concert will be followed by an ice cream social.
Suggested donation of $10 at the door.
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!
Don’t miss out! We’re raffling off this incredible music themed quilt hand made by our very own Nancy Averill! This quilt is huge! Perfect for a queen size bed, but fits a king size pretty well, too.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10, and will be on sale at our Bucksport and Brewer concerts, or you can contact us through our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to purchase them! The drawing will be held after our Brewer concert on December 16th!
Join us and be a part of our year-long celebration of 25 years of making music together!
For our spring concert season, we are bringing you a beautiful mix of songs of hope and joy, with music ranging from contemporary to folk and classical. Included in the spring repertoire are pieces from Beethoven, Brahm and Mozart, mixed in with a little Pete Seeger and U2, and a collection of pieces based on the works of poets like Edna St. Vincent Millay and Emily Dickinson.
We are exceptionally excited to unveil a song specially commissioned to celebrate our silver anniversary. This contemporary choral piece was created for us by UMaine alumnus Andrew Hirst. “Everyone Sang” is based on the poem by Siegfried Sassoon, written at the end of World War I.
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!
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 email@example.com 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!