MSC Singers

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Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. 6-week course begins 5/10 in the Morrell Room of Curtis Memorial Library

After too many semesters of not being able to sing together in person, the MSC Singers will reconvene this May 10th. The Singers are a vocal ensemble that practice formal choral arrangements of well-known folk music from America, Canada, and the British Isles. This semester the theme will be “the river and the rain”: “The Song for the Mira,” arr. Stuart Calvert; “What Have They Done to the Rain,” arr. S. Gillespie;  “Down by the Riverside,” arr. Mary McDonald . We will study and improve our choral voices through vocal exercises and we will also examine the history and stories behind the pieces we are practicing. Prerequisites: All participants must show proof of vaccination. If you have a good ear, a good musical memory, and you have past choral singing experience, please consider joining us. Reading music is an asset but not a requirement. Covid Policy: face coverings or masks are optional as in accordance with state and CDC policy; all students and instructors must be fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot; practice social distancing – spread out in the classroom as much as practicable. These are current requirements, we will stay flexible. Stuart Gillespie retired in 2004 as Director of Choral Ensembles and Fine Arts Department Chair at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut. He began his choral directing career in 1965 as a baritone with the US Army Chorus in Europe. He received the American Choral Directors Association award for the “Outstanding Choral Director of Connecticut” in 1998. He is a published composer and has written numerous arrangements for the MSC Singers.