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from the Syracuse Children's Chorus

SCC Performs With SSO

Senior Choir and Chorale shared the stage with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra as part of the Stained Glass Series on Sunday, January 28. Under the direction of Grant Cooper, SCC performed Rachmaninoff's Vocalise as well as Psalm Trilogy by Srul Irving Glick. Congratulations to all choristers on an outstanding performance!

Good Food for a Good Cause

Imagine home-cooked meals for your family without the stress of menu planning, food shopping, or the chopping and slicing of ingredients. And no cleanup! At Make and Take Gourmet, you can come in and prepare enough meals for the month in under two hours. 16 different entrees are offered every month. All you need to do is sign-up for an exciting in-store session or call Make and Take Gourmet to have your meals made for you. SCC has recently established an ongoing fundraiser through the Cooking for Dollars program. All you have to do is go to the Make and Take web site. Register for a session and on the checkout page, enter "Syracuse Children's Chorus" in the "notes" box. You can also call to register. Mention the Syracuse Children's Chorus and 10% of each purchase will be donated back to SCC. Thanks to Lisa Izant and Michele Bellso of Make and Take Gourmet for this new opportunity!

Bruce Coville Joins SCC as Guest Narrator

We were honored to feature Bruce Coville, Syracuse's own internationally recognized children's author, as Guest Narrator of The Nine Lessons and Carols in December. A writer, teacher, and playwright, Coville developed an appreciation for reading at a young age and began writing for children at 18. He has over 12 million copies in print, including well-known series My Teacher is an Alien, I Was A Sixth Grade Alien and Magic Shop. Coville is also the founder of Full Cast Audio, an audio book company committed to recording great children's books with full casts rather than a single reader. The award-winning Coville travels regularly to schools across the country for presentations, readings and workshops. Thanks again to Bruce Coville for being a wonderful Guest Narrator!

Choristers Solo With Local Ensembles

We are proud to announce that two SCC choristers were selected as soloists for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's Two By Seuss presentation in November 11. Current chorister Daniel Frank soloed in Green Eggs and Ham and alumni chorister Katie Weber soloed in Gertrude McFuzz. The performance was part of the SSO's Central New York Community Foundation Family Series, designed to introduce the world of the symphony orchestra to children and their families.

Chorale member Chip Weber was the featured soloist with the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble this past October. He joined the SVE and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale for a combined performance of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. This choral work for boy soprano, solo quartet, choir, organ, harp and percussion was sung entirely in Hebrew. Congratulations to all three SCC choristers!

Friendship and Music: United for Peace

SCC began its 26th season in October with Friendship and Music: United for Peace, a concert featuring 160 young singers and their invited friends. All four choirs presented musical selections celebrating friendship and peace. Choristers performed the New York State premiere of The Land of Nod by Stephen Paulus, composed for Barbara Tagg, as well as works by Allister MacGillivray, Steve Heitzig and Allan Naplan. Repertoire also featured the Kyrie from Bob Chilcott's Peace Mass with Senior Choir Co-conductor Malcolm Merriweather on organ, Jim Papoulis' Amani (A Song for Peace) and G.F. Handel's O Lovely Peace from Judas Maccabaeus.

The finale of the concert was a true celebration as the choristers invited their friends to stand beside them and perform the Czech canon Friendship Song. Over 80 friends and siblings joined SCC for the performance, concluding the concert with a powerful rendition of Let There Be Peace on Earth. Special thanks to all of the choristers, parents and families that made the Chorus of Friends possible!

25th Anniversary Tour!

On June 26, 2006, members of Chorale, staff and parents flew across the country to the Los Angeles area on a much-anticipated 25th Anniversary Tour. They first headed to Pasadena, where they were hosted by the All Saints Episcopal Church Children's Choir. This nationally-recognized church music education program includes four choirs and is directed by Stephanie Naifeh, a good friend and respected colleague of Barbara Tagg. SCC was welcomed by members of All Saints Church, who graciously provided homestays. During their two days in Pasadena, Chorale rehearsed with the All Saints Children's Choir and presented a combined concert at the church. While in the area, Chorale visited the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Kodak Theater and Venice Beach.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, SCC then appeared as featured performers on the Disney Magic Music Days program. It was a very memorable performance for many Chorale members, as the concert represented the culmination of many years together in SCC. The choristers enjoyed visiting the park, taking photos with Disney characters and being behind-the-scenes. Following a full day of performance and enjoying the park, they viewed the famous Disney fireworks over Cinderellas Castle. Many thanks to the parents and chaperones who assisted during Chorale's exciting tour, including alumni choristers and music professionals Alison Baxter Manion and Shana Davenport Conheady.