ECMI Youth Chorale – Spring 2019

Wednesdays, March 20 – May 15, 2019
(no session on April 17)

ECMI Youth Chorale – open, no audition
$75 per child (one time fee for 8 sessions)
6:30 – 7:30pm
4th-8th Grades

All sessions (except Bagaduce dress rehearsals on May 6 & 8) will be held at:

Moore Community Center
125 State Street
Ellsworth, ME  04605

The Chorale will be taught and directed by Danielle Woerner. Rehearsal pianist, Christina Spurling

Public Concerts:

May 10, 11 & 12: Perform with the Bagaduce Chorale and Orchestra – J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

May 17: Perform at ECMI as Youth Chorale (music selections from folk, classical and popular sources)

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The vision of the Ellsworth Community Music Youth Chorus is to build a musical community of young singers who practice and perform together with joy, commitment, cooperation and artistic integrity. It  is open to interested singers without prior audition; our philosophy is to begin with the desire to sing, and encourage and foster the talent of each participant.

ECMI Youth Chorale students will have a wonderful opportunity to sing with the Bagaduce Chorale and Orchestra in their spring concert  of  J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion” on May 10, 11 & 12.

Choristers will learn musical skills including how to read a vocal score, basic music theory, clean rhythmic and accurate pitch production, how to blend, and how to hold their own part while listening to another. In vocal development, they’ll learn how to warm up (as other athletes need to do), how to support the voice with the breath, the development of tone and range.

We’ll study and perform high-quality choral repertoire from varied sources. Each season includes pieces drawn from classical, folk, jazz, popular or world music. Selections include unison and part-singing, plus the chance to shine in solos.

Our voices are “the first instrument”—the one each of us carries inside and that inspires the playing of almost all other instruments. When we come together in a chorus, the effect we produce is greater than the sum of individual voices, and has the capacity to move people on the deepest level. A chorus is also about the fun of playing with our voices, learning new vocal, musical and team skills, and discovering wonderful pieces we’d never heard before!

Beyond the chorus itself, healthy singing, good posture and clear production contribute to confidence and self-esteem.  Coupled with the teamwork involved in ensemble music-making, the positive effects for a lifetime carry over to home, school, the community and workplace. Many young people who sing in choruses continue to sing  with others for pleasure as adults, whether or not they become professional musicians. Singing is also beneficial to physical health and the integrated functioning of our brains— while reaching our hearts in ways that go beyond words.

This season will culminate with a performance, sharing what we’ve learned with families, friends and the wider community.

More about Danielle…

Ellsworth Community MusicDanielle, a professional singer and recording artist, is passionate about the importance of music in young people’s lives. She taught singing and conducted choruses with inner-city children during her 2000-2002 affiliation with the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s programs in the Bronx. With pianist Andrea Goodzeit, she developed a Music and Visual Arts workshop program for Horizon Concerts in NYC, bringing  together elders in assisted living with school children, to respond to songs they heard by creating art together. She was one of Ulster County (NY) BOCES’ first Community Mentors. And she’s been a visiting artist with both the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s and the Bard College/Red Hook School District’s music-in-the-schools programs.

In 1993, Danielle founded the Artist in Residence Program at Holy Cross Church in Kingston, NY,  which included a concert series that ran for over a decade and was the incubator for the celebrated Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, which continues to give local concerts and European tours. Danielle was the Chorale’s 2005 Artist in Residence.

Danielle is now is based in Milbridge, ME, where she co-founded and directs the Sunrise County Arts Institute. She is also a member of the voice faculty at Ellsworth Community Music Institute.

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