The Wye Youth Chorale will present a series of holiday performances through the month of December. Performing most recently at the Talbot Hospice’s Festival of Trees, their outings continue this Saturday, December 7th, with a free concert at the State House in Annapolis. The youth chorale will sing at 7:30 pm in the rotunda as part of the annual State House by Candlelight event. There is no admission fee, but photo id required upon entrance. On December 14th, the chorale will host a free holiday concert at the historic Old Wye Church, 14114 Old Wye Mills Road, at 7:00 pm. A festive reception will follow the performance. On both occasions, the choir will be led by Amy Morgan, and accompanied by pianist, Erin Grier. In addition, they will join the Wye parish choir and Wye Choral Scholars on Sunday, December 15th, for a festival of Lessons and Carols; also held at Old Wye Church, 10:00 am. The Wye Youth Chorale is comprised of talented, young students in grades 4-7, from Talbot, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. They rehearse weekly through the academic year, as a program of the Wye Conservatory of Music, and perform a variety of repertoire in venues on and off the Eastern Shore. For more information about these performances and the Youth Chorale, please contact Amy Morgan at 410-603-8361.
The Wye Youth Chorale is a young performing ensemble open to all in grades 4-7. The ensemble meets weekly at St. Luke’s Church in Queenstown and rehearses music to be performed in programs on and off the Eastern Shore. Past performances include the Wye Parish Colonial May Fair, the Annapolis State House by Candlelight, and the Fashion for the Arts Gala in Easton. While learning a variety of repertoire, chorale members discover the process of choral singing while beginning their own training in vocal technique. No experience is necessary to be in the Wye Youth Chorale; only the desire to learn and perform. Interested young singers are to contact Director, Amy Morgan, at 410-603-8361 for more information.
Also offered from the Wye Conservatory is an Adult Music Theory Workshop. The 6 sessions will be held the evenings of August 13, 14, 15 and August 20, 21, and 22. The workshop will discuss topics in reading and writing harmony, melody, rhythm, and style. Open to all levels of musicians, the study of music theory can benefit the student and performer. The cost of the Music Theory Workshop is $115 for all classes and course materials. To register for this class, please inquire at 410-603-8361.
Other programs of the Wye Conservatory include the Wye Choral Scholars; a select group of vocalists in grades 8-12, and the Wye Operetta Workshop. It’s most recent production performed by WOW! was Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, at the Avalon Theatre during Easton’s Plein Air Festival. For information about the Wye Conservatory of Music, please visit www.wyemusic.org or contact Assistant Director, Amy Morgan.
In photo: Wye Youth Chorale
The Wye Conservatory of Music announces its courses for the fall season. Private lessons in voice and piano as well as a course in Beginner’s Music Theory will be offered. The Music Theory class is a 6-week class open to all ages and skill levels, both instrumentalists and vocalists who want to further their musical understanding and analysis. This comprehensive course will look at topics in harmony, melody, rhythm, sight-reading, and composition. Classes will be held Saturdays at 10:30am, beginning September 29th and ending November 3rd. The registration fee of $75 includes the cost of course materials.
The Conservatory also has openings for private lessons in voice and piano. The teachers are Conservatory Director, Bonnie Forgacs, an opera singer and graduate of Curtis Institute of Music who has performed at Carnegie Hall, and Assistant Director, Amy Morgan, a graduate of Salisbury University’s Music program and a gifted keyboard artist and teacher. Studio lessons are available to students of all ages and skill levels, and are fashioned to the needs of each pupil. Lessons in the Conservatory will introduce repertoire, proper technique, music theory, and provide performance opportunities.
The Conservatory also has choral ensembles for all ages. Its programs, the Wye Youth Chorale, the Wye Choral Scholars, and the Wye Parish Choir have openings available.
The Wye Youth Chorale is a group comprised of students, grades 4-7, who love to sing and perform. No musical experience is necessary to be a member, as the chorale focuses on developing vocal technique through a fun and versatile repertoire. The group rehearses every Tuesday 5:30-6:45 in preparation for performances on and off the Eastern Shore. Registration fee is $100 yearly, but offers scholarship opportunities.
The Wye Choral Scholars is an auditioned group for students in grades 8-12. Scholars receive private vocal training, rehearse as an ensemble weekly, and perform in the services of Wye Parish and in the community. Choral scholars receive a stipend in addition to their training; the majority of the stipend goes into an account for post-secondary education.
The Wye Parish Choir welcomes new adult members. The Choir sings on the first and third Sundays of the month at the 10 a.m. service at Old Wye Church in Wye Mills and on the second and fourth Sundays at the 8 a.m. service at St; Luke’s Chapel in Queenstown.
All Conservatory programs are held at St. Luke’s Chapel’s Parish Hall at Dudley and Main Streets in Queenstown. For more information and registration, contact Director Bonnie Forgacs at 410-463-1466 or Assistant Director Amy Morgan at 410-603-8361.
The Wye Conservatory of Music announces auditions for the Wye Youth Chorale, open to students in grades 4-7. Organized and led by the Conservatory’s Assistant Director, Amy Morgan, the Chorale is designed for boys and girls who like to sing, perform and enjoy pursuing music beyond what is offered at their schools. Previous musical experience is not required, but students should be open to the challenge of learning ensemble singing.
The Wye Youth Chorale’s season will begin in October and end in May 2013. Weekly rehearsals will be held at St. Luke’s Chapel in Queenstown, where the students will learn a variety of repertoire that will be performed in concerts throughout the season. The fee per member is $100.00 which may be paid in installments. The fee covers the cost of all supplies, music, and performance items. Some scholarship assistance is available.
Amy Morgan is a gifted keyboard artist and teacher with a music degree from Salisbury University. She is the Musical Director of the Wye Operetta Workshop (WOW!), and she rehearses and accompanies the Wye Choral Scholars and Wye Parish Choir.
Interviews for the Wye Youth Chorale will be held August 7-8 and 14-15 beginning at 5 pm at St. Luke’s Chapel, Main and Dudley Streets, Queenstown. Interested students and families are asked to schedule a time to meet on those days to perform a song of choice and discuss membership obligations with the Director.
For an interview and further information, please contact Amy Morgan at 410.603.8361.