News & Archives
This is where you'll find the latest news about the choir, so check back here often to keep track of us. We also post on Facebook, Twitter, and we're planning on keeping you informed with our new BCCS blog real soon. Plenty of ways to keep in touch with us!
Latest News for the 2015 - 2016 Season
CHORAL SOCIETY INVITES ALL SENIOR SINGERS TO WORKSHOP
April 21, 2016
Are you 60 or older and love to sing, wish you could sing better, or would love to find a group of other senior singers to sing with? The Bucks County Choral Society invites all area seniors to attend their annual Spring “Singing for Seniors” choral workshop on Thursday, May 5 from 10:30-2:00 (lunch provided) at Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940. The cost of the workshop is $20 per person, including copies of music and lunch.
Started in 2005 by BCCS Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd and the late Helen Kemp, the Singing for Seniors program has been a popular component of the Choral Society’s community outreach programs every Fall and Spring. At the upcoming workshop, in the morning session Thomas Lloyd and popular music educator Susan Johnson will teach singers simple arrangements of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “More than you know,” working in basic vocal tips and tricks along the way. After lunch, several local seniors choirs will share a song from their repertoire, sometimes with a little coaching from the clinicians.
The workshop is open both to whole senior choirs and to seniors currently not affiliated with a choir. Those interested should contact Eric Muth (215-534-8248) or Ruth Sweeney (215-801-5634) to insure they will have a copy of the music.
Visit the Singing for Seniors page for more information and the registration form.
BCCS ANNOUNCES DAVID J. FITZPATRICK AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
April 7, 2016
BCCS has announced that David J. Fitzpatrick has been appointed Assistant Conductor of the Bucks County Choral Society, beginning with the 2016-2017 Season. He will continue to serve as Director of Music and the Arts at Doylestown Presbyterian Church.
Fitzpatrick began as Interim Chancel Choir Director at the church in 2013 and as Director of Music and Arts currently leads a 55-voice Chancel Choir, a youth choir, children's choir, three bell choirs, and a chamber orchestra. He also inaugurated the non-auditioned Bucks County Ecumenical Choir to bring singers from a variety of churches together once a year to sing a concert of sacred music.
Before starting at Doylestown Presbyterian, Fitzpatrick was a conductor and arts administrator at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, and General Manager with the Princeton Girl Choir. His undergraduate degree is from Westminster Choir College, and he has also earned a masters at the University of Arizona.
In his role as Assistant Conductor with BCCS, Fitzpatrick will assist Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd in conducting the choir, artistic administration, and directing the highly successful Singing for Seniors program. In announcing the appointment, Lloyd states that "David is in the early stages of a very promising career and has experience in all the areas applicable to what we do. He is well-liked and respected by his singers and I know will be greeted by BCCS singers and audiences with enthusiasm."
BCCS WINS BEST OF BUCKS 2015
The Choral Society is very proud to announce that our organization has been selected the "BEST OF BUCKS" for 2015 in the Performing Arts Group category by the readership of the Bucks County Courier Times and Intelligencer's vote. This is indeed an honor, demonstrative of our audience’s confidence in our programming. Each and every member of the Choral Society shares in this award.
As an organization, we take great pride in our concert preparation and in each and every performance. It is wonderful to see that we are not the only ones who have recognized our artistry. We are especially proud in the fact that The Bucks County Choral Society is the first choral arts organization to ever receive this recognition. Historically this distinction has always been bestowed on playhouses. We thank those who voted in recognizing our "Power of Live Performance".
August 24, 2015
We all thought (and hoped) that if anyone could live forever, it would be our beloved Helen Kemp. But we have heard from her family that she passed away quietly yesterday morning (Sunday, August 23, 2015) at age 97. Obituaries and arrangements are still in the works, but you can already see many testimonials from people all over the world on her Facebook page:
Helen stayed fully engaged with friends, family, and former students throughout her life, and many took special joy from her full embrace of Facebook several years ago. You can find numerous archival photos and videos on her page.
For the Bucks County Choral Society, we have lost a dear friend who inspired us during the first seven years of our Singing for Seniors program and as a frequent attendee at our concerts. Many of our singers also know her through studying voice with her daughter Julie and Julie's husband Guy Rothfuss.
As you'll see on Facebook, there are many, many people who think of her fondly as "Mama Helen" and as a part of her family. We at BCCS are so lucky to be among those many families. Thank you, Helen, for the joy you brought to our lives - "Body, mind, spirit, voice - it takes the whole person to sing and rejoice!" - Tom
BUCKS COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY AUDITIONS
August 9, 2015
The Bucks County Choral Society announces auditions for experienced choral singers between August 25th and September 9th. BCCS is a symphonic choir composed of 120+ auditioned community singers from all walks of life. Conducted by Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd, the mission of BCCS is to give memorable performances of outstanding choral music and to enrich the community through the choral music experience.
Highlights of the upcoming 2015-2016 season include:
- Four Continents, One Mass
- 38th Annual Festival of Christmas Music: An American Christmas
- Edward Elgar's The Apostles
- A Celebration of American Musical Theater
To arrange an audition, please contact us by visiting the auditions page of this website.