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  • NCC Spring 2022 Season
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  •   Date Posted: Tue, Jan 4 2022

    Happy New Year NCC !!
    The last of our family have returned to their homes, the decorations are coming down and plans are coming together for our NCC’s spring production. I hope all your R.A.T. stripes were blue, and that you have had memorable times with friends, family and loved ones these past weeks!

    With anticipated spikes in infections through mid-January, I have decided that the beginning of our spring season should tentatively be held off until the fourth week in January (1/25). Of course, we will monitor infection trends and heed the wisdom of the Vermont Health Dept. before returning in full force.

    I have selected Dan Forrest’s “Requiem For The Living”, a work we did about 6 years ago and was well received by audience and singers. I was fortunate to secure 70 copies from a Michigan college and I know copies are available on Amazon for those who wish to purchase their own copy. We will augment the program with shorter octavos and may recruit my select high school singers to join us. Performance weekend would be April 29, 30, May 1.

    Here’s the recording I have enjoyed the most if you wish to listen:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTsqM7CDYgc

    I was so pleased that we were able to sing in December and hope that the time will come, in the not too distant future, when we can sing without masks.

    My best to all of you,
    Alan

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  • Spring 2020: "Considering Matthew Shepard"
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  •   Date Posted: Sat, Dec 21 2019
    The North Country Chorus's Spring 2020 season piece “Considering Matthew Shepard” is a recent work by Craig Hella Johnson. It is a moving, powerful, and uplifting work that explores our humanity through Matthew’s life and death, a “modern-day Passion." This musical exploration of the painful circumstances surrounding Matthew Shepard's murder help us to overcome hate and bigotry around us and within ourselves. The music is eclectic in style with solo and small ensemble opportunities throughout. To learn more about “Considering Matthew Shepherd”, watch this PBS Arts In Context documentary series episode: https://www.pbs.org/video/arts-context-considering-matthew-shepard/ (originally aired October 17, 2016).

    Read-Through
    We will read through the libretto on
    Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:15 pm at the St. Johnsbury Academy band room (Morse Arts Center). Click on the date (above) for directions to parking.

    Regular rehearsals
    Regular rehearsals begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:15 pm, and take place at the St. Johnsbury Academy band room (Morse Arts Center). We welcome new singers during the first three rehearsals of each season (through January 28). If you are considering joining and have questions feel free to email Alan Rowe, the music director. musicdirector@northcountrychorus.org

    New Singer Pre-Registration
    If you are brand new to the North Country Chorus for the Spring 2020 season, welcome! We're glad to have you sing with us. Please pre-register online here:
     https://forms.gle/gxFxH9ZfwqhfqM8BA After pre-registering, you will soon receive an email with log-in credentials for the members section of the North Country Chorus website.

    Spring 2020 Registration
    If you have sung in the North Country Chorus at any time in 2018 and/or 2019, we already have your registration info (you don't need to pre-register again). To register for the Spring 2020 season, please log into the members section of the North Country Chorus site, and indicate your availability for the "Register Here for Spring 2020 Season" event.

    Learn Your Music

    We hope you will take the time to listen to the performance and explore the full text. Links to both of these are on the Learn Your Music page: http://www.northcountrychorus.org/learnyourmusic
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  • Youth Chorus Rehearsals Resume Fri, Oct 25 at Catamount Arts
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  •   Date Posted: Tue, Oct 15 2019
    North Country Chorus is pleased to announce that the Youth Chorus we have sponsored for the last two years will resume regular rehearsals at 3:30PM on Friday, October 25th. There are a number of changes this year. Thanks to our partnership with Catamount Arts, the rehearsals will be held there, on Friday afternoons, from 3:30-5 PM. A snack will be provided. Chelsea Chen will return as the accompanist. There will be a new director, Lewis Botelho-Gomes, who is also part of the EPIC program. He has an impressive background including extensive experience conducting a variety of children’s choruses. He brings movement, dance, and fosters curiosity to create a vibrant learning environment. Children from grade 3-8 are welcomed, there is no audition and no fee. Contact Lewis at lewisbg@catamountarts.org for more info and to sign up. Families within a 30 minute drive of St J can probably get their kids there in time for rehearsal! This is a rare opportunity for kids in the north country of Vermont and New Hampshire
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