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BVS Women’s Choir premieres Where We Find Ourselves
Posted 6/14/2021

BVS: Where We Find Ourselves--images by Hugh MangumOn June 30, 2021, BVS Women’s Choir will premiere a multimedia production entitled Where We Find Ourselves by composer Michael Bussewitz-Quarm and lyricist Shantel Sellers. Commissioned as part of a multi-national consortium, this piece is based upon the book of the same title by Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris, which showcases a collection of studio portraits by Hugh Mangum, a white, self-taught, itinerant photographer who set up makeshift portrait studios in the railroad towns of North Carolina and Virginia between 1897 and 1922. The hugely diverse clientele captured in Mangum's portraits are evidence of both his attraction to the full spectrum of human experience and his studio's accessibility to those from all walks of life. Several boxes of glass plate negatives were salvaged from the Mangum family farm in the 1970s. From these, prints were created and eventually published by Sartor and Harris, allowing us to peer back in time through Mangum's lens. More...


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  • James Blachly's Experiential Orchestra has won a Grammy award for its recording of Ethel Smyth's The Prison. The recording featured soprano Sarah Brailey and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. Read more about this recording at www.overgrownpath.com/2021/03/grammy-takes-dame-ethel-trip.html. (2021-3-17)
  • From the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion: Vocal Area Network's Steve Friedman has established a YouTube channel featuring follow-the-score videos of some of his compositions and arrangements, including his settings of Magnificat and The Lord's Prayer (performed by the St. Michael's Choir), along with renditions of Leavin' On a Jet Plane (recorded by The Western Wind) and Spiderman (recorded by Equal Voices). (2021-1-31)
  • Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA offers two new releases. Words Matter, dedicated to the memory of victims of violence, features works by Stephen Schwartz and Shawn Crouch. Winter Harmonies features Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah selections by Judith Clurman, David Chase, Sheldon Harnick, David Shire and James Sizemore. Stream and download these at essentialvoicesusa.hearnow.com/. (2020-11-30)
  • Zoom's September update now includes a high-fidelity audio mode that better supports virtual musical activity. See support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360048388632-New-Updates-for-September-1-2020 and an article about how a Yale-led group of music schools helped bring about this enhancement. (2020-9-11)
  • Another New York Times article about the challenges--and joys--of resuming choir activities. (2020-9-6)

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  • June 10, 2021: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The St. Luke and St. Matthew Church Choir in Brooklyn.
  • May 26, 2021: The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC is now The Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus.
  • April 8, 2021: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad (detailing their upcoming Summer Intensive) for the Westchester Children's Chorus, based in Larchmont.
  • April 1, 2021: New link for Fides Cantat, a choral festival for chamber and youth choirs up to 40 singers in Wittenberg, Germany scheduled for June 2022.
  • March 8, 2021: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Putnam Chorale Youth Chorus.
  • February 23, 2021: New link for Como Cantar Bien, offering instruction in singing and vocal health (en español).
  • February 15, 2021: New link for PlayScore 2, a sheet music scanning app that plays scores from photos or PDFs.
  • February 12, 2021: New link for Cantar Bien, serving the Latin communities in Los Angeles, offering free vocal lessons and choir classes for youth.
  • February 1, 2021: New link for Rehearsal Live Share, a platform for remote multi-user rehearsal and recording that works around the issue of internet latency. Thanks to Cathy Markoff for the tip about this software.
  • January 14, 2021: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Newyorkers Chorus, the Poughkeepsie, NY chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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