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Educational Outreach Program Newsletter: Fall 2011

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The Fall 2011 issue of the Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program newsletter.

Text of Educational Outreach Program Newsletter: Fall 2011



    On September 11, the Handel and Haydn Societys Young Mens and Young Womens Choruses performed at NECs Jordan Hall as part of the City of Bostons Day of Remembrance. The centerpiece of the program was the world premiere of Illuminessence: prayers for peace, an interfaith oratorio commissioned by the Vatican from composer Silvio Amato. Other pieces included Massenets Meditation from Thas and an excerpt from Beethovens Symphony No. 9 featuring the famous Ode to Joy. The Handel and Haydn choristers performed alongside soloists from NEC and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Chorale, led by Benjamin Zander. The event was broadcast live by WGBH on both of its stations, All-Classical 95.5 and 89.7.

    We extend our apologies to Hannah Frith, whose name was not included on the 9/11 program roster. Ms. Frith has been a faithful and valuable member of VAP (Singers, Youth Chorus, and Young Womens Chorus) since 2005.


    The ensembles on stage at NECs Jordan Hall.

    Joe Stillitano, Ed Committee Chair Kathy Weld, Alyson Greer, and Ben Zander.


    Breanna Vasily was awarded most enthusiastic in water sports at Camp Leslie, where she swam in Pentucket Pond and received instruction in crafts, archery, dancing, and basketball.


    Jaime Boag performed in her middle school talent show this past spring, wowing the audience with her performance of Lady Gagas Paparazzi. Alana Despres attended the Boston Symphony Orchestras Days in the Arts (DARTS) camp at Tanglewood. Amaya Sangurima-Jimenez played violin at the Somerville String Camp during the last two weeks of July.


    Susan Dudka attended The Boston Conservatorys Vocal/Choral Intensive Program in July.

    Britta Erikson sang at Berklee College of Musics Vocal Summit in June (3 days) and at Berklees Singer-Songwriter and Vocal Performance Program at its new campus in Valencia, Spain. Sixty participants from 20 countries were accepted to the program and worked with Sally Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Donna McElroy, Ken Zambello, and Soledad Gimenez, among others. Britta also attended The Boston Conservatorys Vocal/Choral Intensive Program in July. Lynea German auditioned for American Idol at Hollywood Studios Disney in August with Colors of the Wind from Disneys Pocahontas. She made it to the finals and placed in the top two out of four contestants.

    Kathryn (Katie) Hopkins participated in Emerson Colleges Pre-College Studio Acting Program from July 11August 13. The program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop their acting skills, and also gives students the opportunity to prepare, refine, and perform audition pieces.

    Bailey Lee attended the New England Music Camp as a violist with the BYSO Repertory Orchestra. She also ranked ninth out of 168 420 crews by the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association after participating in six designated Grand Prix regattas in July and August. Stephenson (Steve) Lee ranked 12th out of 158 420 skippers by the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association after participating in six Grand Prix regattas. Both Bailey and Steve became US Sailing Level 1-certified sailing instructors and were junior sailing instructors at a yacht club on Cape Cod. Megan Peterson and Ruby Sands sang at the Harmony Explosion! summer camp at Worcester State University from August 1114. Megan also spent 10 days on a mission trip with Mission Possible, an outreach program that addresses the basic needs of the underserved, as well as spiritual training and ministry. Jessica Toupin was a cast member at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine this past August. On August 6 and 7, she performed the role of the Fairy Mother Wilhelmina in the childrens play Fairy Houses. Following that play, she was a member of the childrens ensemble for The Music Man from August 920.












    Vocal Quartet presents Voices of the Stage

    WGBH Classical Cartoon FestivalSymphony Hall11.30amAdmission $15

    Lord & Taylor Holiday Campaign: What is Christmas made of?

    Youth ChorusPrudential Center, Boylston Street5.30pmFree Admission

    Winter VAP Choral Ensembles Concert

    United Parish of Brookline, 200 Harvard Street5pm Admission $5

    Winter VAP Soloists Recital

    Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway3pmFree Admission

    H&H Singers Concert

    Boston Childrens Museum2.15pm and 2.45pm Free with museum admission ($12)

    Young Womens Chorus at Holiday Music Series

    Copley Place Mall5.30pm Free Admission



  • Christian Figueroa sang the national anthem at the Red Sox game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on August 4 (the Sox won!). Christian also performed in a gala fundraiser on October 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for his high school alma mater, Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), sharing the stage with Broadway actors Josie de Guzman, Tony Chiroldes, and others.

    H&H welcomes Alyson Greer, newly appointed conductor of the Young Womens Chorus, this fall. Since 2006, she has been Director of Choral Music at Hanover High School, where she directs five choirs. Alyson is also the Co-Founder and Assistant Director of Quincy Point Music Academy. She holds both a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music Education degree from The Boston Conservatory. She was a Full Conductor Fellow at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Conducting Workshop (Tuscany, Italy), where she participated in master classes with Simon Carrington and Bronislawa Falinska and was a featured alto soloist in the Chamber Choir. We also congratulate Alyson and her husband Allan Espinosa on their wedding last July. Michelle Shoemaker (Music Theory Instructor) joined the administration at the All Newton Music School as Director of Communications in September. She also played clarinet in a recital with flutist Vanessa Breault Mulvey in September at The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, as part of the alumni performance series celebrating the schools 125th anniversary. Susan (Consoli) Turner sang with the Boston Camerata in concerts of early American music on August 27 and 28 at the Parc Floral de Paris, France.

    Carolyn Cole (Soloists 01) presented a cabaret concert at LynnArts on July 30 to help support the efforts of SPIN (Serving People in Need, Inc.), an organization that provides summer youth employment and arts programs in Lynn. The show was a mix of rock, blues, and musical theater featuring Carolyn and the Rusty Scott Trio. Carolyn recently performed in The Stephen Schwartz Project in Washington, DC. She resides in New York City. Michael Maloney (Soloists 09) performed this summer at the Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport, at Dockside Restaurant in Malden for a benefit concert, and at the Farmers Market in front of Boston City Hall. He was also a featured artist at Best Buy Boston in June, took three summer courses at UMass Boston, and was a musical director for a summer program at the Wang Theatre. Michael can be heard at youtube.com/michaelmmusic. Roxanne Michaud (YWC 09) entered the Art Institute of Boston as an Art History major this fall. Suzanne Wyman (YWC 09) is a junior at Boston University. She is majoring in Advertising at the College of Communication with a concentration in Womens Studies. Liza Ziering (YWC 10) is majoring in Music at Kenyon College in Ohio (Class of 2013), where she sings with the Concert Chorale and enjoys composing. This fall, she is studying at University College Cork in County Cork, Ireland, where she is also attending an Early Start Semester program in Irish music.




    Evangelyna Etienne (Soloists 08, Achtmeyer Award 08, Maze Award 11) passed away on September 11. Evangelyna joined VAP Singers at age 10 in 2001, and progressed through Youth Chorus and Young Womens Chorus; as a High School Soloist she studied voice and vocal chamber music with Barbara Winchester at NEC. She completed her junior year as a Music Education major at Gordon College, where she studied voice with Susan Brooks. Evangelyna was one of only four winners nationwide of the Eric Whitacre Scholarship and sang under his direction at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

    In her 2011 Maze Award essay, Evangelyna wrote, My interest in classical music is solely due to my involvement with H&H. I know I wouldnt be in music education, or music at all, if I didnt have wonderful musicians who brought out and nurtured the musician within me. Faculty members Matthew Garrett and Lisa Graham (chorus), Bert Yocom (piano), and Barbara Winchester (voice) recalled how much they enjoyed teaching Evangelyna, a talented student who demonstrated tremendous warmth and dignity over the years.

    A VAP scholarship will be established in Evangelynas honor later this year. For information or to make a contribution, contact Emily Yoder at 617 262 1815 or [email protected]


    LEFT: Accepting the Maze Award in 2011. RIGHT TOP: Singing in a soloists recital. RIGHT BOTTOM: Receiving the Achtmeyer Award in 2008.

  • Anna Stromer joined VAP in 2004 and sang in both Youth Chorus and Young Womens Chorus before being accepted to the VAP Soloist program in 2006. She studied voice with Barbara Winchester at NEC. She also studied viola with William Frampton and Alexander Vavilov and played first stand viola in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Societys Education Committee was so moved by her talent on both voice and viola that she was awarded a special Music Encouragement prize in 2009.

    Since graduating from VAP, Anna has been appointed violist for the Vitamin String Quartet. This group, with Anna, made its live debut on MTV Unplugged: 30 Seconds to Mars with singer Jared Leto in August.

    In addition to her performance with Vitamin String Quartet, Anna also played viola on Wyclef Jeans upcoming CD. She is a member of the rock band Art Decade, which recently recorded its first of several CDs with Eldest Only productions. She entered the Berklee College of Music as a freshman Viola Performance major in September 2011.


    H&H not only gave Anna the viola lessons, but also the few chances for solo performance she had in order to gain the confidence to do something like this. JOAN STROMER , ANNAS MOTHER

    Anna (third from left) with Jared Leto (fourth from left) and his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, after their performance on MTV Unplugged.

    Web Extra: Scan the QR code above to view Anna performing.


    Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens FoundationAlice Willard Dorr FoundationAmelia Peabody FoundationAnalog Devices, Inc.Bessie Pappas Charitable FoundationThe Boston ConservatoryBoston Cultural CouncilThe Boston FoundationBrockton Cultural CouncilCharles and Sara Goldberg Charitable TrustCharles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.Clipper Ship FoundationDavid Greenewalt Charitable TrustDeborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund,

    Bank of America, N.A., TrusteeEaton Vance ManagementEsther B. Kahn Charitable FoundationThe Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable TrustJohn H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde FoundationJohn Hancock Financial ServicesKingsbury Road Charitable FoundationLawrence Cultural CouncilThe Ludcke FoundationLynn Cultural CouncilMassachusetts Cultural CouncilMedford Arts CouncilNational Endowment for the ArtsNew England Conservatory Preparatory SchoolThe Parthenon GroupSacerdote & Co., Inc.Schrafft Charitable TrustStearns Charitable TrustVarian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation


    Allison & William AchtmeyerCarol AirasianMark & Maura AmrichRafael & Ana ArdonEric & Barbara BaatzAnn & Michael BaroneJulian & Marion BullittAnnette & Majid CharmchiRobert ConnersRobert & Marita CoombsValerie Edith CowartMatt CoyleJessica CrossAurelio & Michelle DAmicoNancie & Paul DeJoieMichael Diener & Barbara SoojianDan & Joanne DudkaChristine J. DuncanChris & Karen EriksonEdward & Eileen FaulknerJoseph M. FlynnDan & Lois FrasierPaul & Diana GalloThe Gattozzi FamilyThe Glass FamilyRoger & Val GovaertDon Haber & Connie HouckNancy & Bill HammerAndrew HammondSuzanne & Easley HamnerSissel HuntDerek & Meghan JacobyMary & Eric JohnsonJames & Mary KaramourtopoulosSusan KearnsBrenda & Peter KronbergMichael & Angela LafontantKenneth Lam & Karrie Chan-LamWaltrud A. LampeLinda B. LankDavid & Hallie LeeKaren S. & George D. Levy Family FoundationWinifred I. Li & William P. Oliver

    Alfonso & Kathryn LinkAlex & Julia LipmanCarol & James LydonJoseph & Gwynedd MaranzanoMargaret Marshall & Anthony LewisJose & Barbara MazzottiMary & Sherif NadaMargaret & Carl NagelLorrel B. NicholsNancy NizelElizabeth & David PageMaria PaiewonskyWinifred & Leroy ParkerCarol Parrish & Paul Clark Guy & Stella ParryMaurice M. Pechet Fund

    on behalf of Dr. Maurice PechetAndrew & Patricia PetersonFrancesca & Michael PfrommerAnne RookeyMichelle SaviaEmily F. SchabackerRobert H. Scott & Diane T. SpencerRobert & Rosmarie ScullyLinda & Alexander Singer-BerkDavid & Marla SmithMalcolm & Penelope SparrowSusan & Andrew SpenceEric, Susan & Rachel Steinberg

    in honor of Lisa GrahamAshley & Willis StinsonJoyce SullivanTimothy Watkins & Donna CuipyloElizabeth & Robert WaxKathleen & Walter WeldRay WilliamsKathryn WillmoreWilson Family FoundationKatie & Marshall WolfJean & Ron WoodwardAnonymous

    in memory of Barbara MazeFive Anonymous Donors

    As of October 1, 2011.

    YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCEOur educational programming is 90% subsidized and is sustained by the generosity of foundations, corporate sponsors, government entities, and individual donors. Please consider making a tax-deductable gift; it is an investment in our youth and Bostons arts community. For more information on the benefits of giving or to make a contribution online, visit handelandhaydn.org/support. Thank you for your support.

    For foundation and corporate giving contact:Trevor [email protected] or 617 262 1815 x116

    For individual giving contact:Emily [email protected] or 617 262 1815 x117

  • Handel and Haydn Society

    Horticultural Hall300 Massachuetts AvenueBoston, MA 02115

    617 262 1815617 266 4217 (fax)





    Connect with the Society: Watch online:

    Education Program videos are available online at handelandhaydn.org/media.

    A principal leader of Bostons arts community since 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is preparing for its Bicentennial in 2015. As part of the celebration, each new season will incorporate works that are significant to the Societys history as well as those never before played.

    The 20112012 Season includes Bachs St. Matthew Passion, featuring the Young Mens and Young Womens Choruses; a rare US appearance by conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini; and the H&H solo debut of new concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky in Vivaldis The Four Seasons.

    See the entire season at handelandhaydn.org/concerts.


    20112012 SEASON UPCOMING CONCERTSPergolesi Stabat MaterOctober 28 & 30, 2011NECs Jordan Hall

    Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductorLiesbeth Devos, sopranoEmily Righter, mezzo-soprano

    Handel MessiahDecember 24, 2011Symphony Hall

    Harry Christophers, conductorSarah Coburn, sopranoLawrence Zazzo, countertenorTom Randle, tenorTyler Duncan, baritone

    A Bach ChristmasDecember 15 & 18, 2011NECs Jordan Hall

    Steven Fox, conductor

    Vivaldi The Four SeasonsJanuary 20 & 22, 2012Symphony Hall

    Harry Christophers, conductorAisslinn Nosky, violin

    The full season, subscription details, and more information are available at handelandhaydn.org.