MSC Singers: Folk Songs at Christmas

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 Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 6-week course begins 11/10

This semester’s chorus class will focus on famous folk songs that are popular during the Christmas season. “The Cherry Tree Carol,” “What Child is This,” “I Wonder As I Wander,” to name just a few, are some of the “folk” Christmas Carols we love to sing at this time. This term, the MSC Singers class will have the joy of singing these songs together on-line while studying their background and history. For a final project, I have written a special arrangement of “The Cherry Tree Carol.” I would like to try to put together a Senior College virtual recording at the end of semester. Prerequisites: A good musical ear, a musical memory, and an internet device that can make an audio recording of yourself singing (details to be provided). For the sake of learning and recording “The Cherry Tree Carol,” please commit to at least four of the six scheduled classes. Stuart Gillespie retired in 2004 as Director of Choral Ensembles and Director of Fine Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut. He began his choral directing career in 1965 with the U.S. Army Chorus in Europe. He has written numerous choral arrangements of well-known folk songs for the MSC Singers.