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.

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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.

Press Release–May 26, 2014

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New Renaissance Singers

P.O. Box 3544

Brewer, ME 04412

nrsingers@gmail.com

http://www.nrsingers.com

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Contact: Tricia Griffith, President, New Renaissance Singers

(207) 812-0039 or nrsingers@gmail.com

 

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 nrsingers@gmail.com.

 

New Renaissance Singers is grateful for the continued support of individuals and businesses throughout the community.

Spring 2014 Concert Schedule

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SATURDAY, MAY 31ST – BREWER, MAINE – 7:00PM

First Congregational Church of Brewer – 35 Church Street, Brewer

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST – BANGOR, MAINE – 4:00PM

Benefit for the Columbia Street Baptist Church Community Center – 63 Columbia Street

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH – ORONO, MAINE – 7:00PM

Church of Universal Fellowship – 82 Main Street, Orono, Maine

Please join us for refreshments after the concert!

A portion of the proceeds from our Brewer and Orono Concerts will benefit the New Renaissance Singers Charity Fund, which supports music for the children in our community, from the Bangor Area Children’s Choir to scholarships for music lessons and continuing education.