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BC COMMISSIONERS DECLARE OCT. 17-23, "HEATHY FAMILIES, HEALTHY COMMUNITY WEEK"
IN HONOR OF CHORAL SOCIETY / NOVA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND OCTOBER 23RD CONCERT
October 13, 2016
On Wednesday evening, October 5th, the Bucks County Commissioners proclaimed the week of Oct. 17-23, "Healthy Families, Healthy Community Week" in honor of the Choral Society's community partnership with NOVA and our concert being held on October 23rd, 4PM, at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Doylestown.
The commissioner's proclamation was presented to Leland Felt, Executive Director of the Choral Society and Penny Ettinger, Executive Director of NOVA.
The Choral Society's concert will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem as well as Steven Sametz's A Child's Requiem. The Sametz requiem was inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy of December 2012. The concert will feature the Riverside Symphonia and the Princeton Girlchoir.
If you would like to see a copy of the proclamation, click on the thumbnail below.
CHORAL SOCIETY SINGERS DONATE TO NOVA THRIFT SHOP
October 13, 2016
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, members of the Bucks County Choral Society arrived at rehe On Tuesday, Oct. 4, members of the Bucks County Choral Society arrived at rehearsal a little early to donate items to the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Thrift Shop. A number of NOVA staff and volunteers were on hand to collect the items and load the truck. This activity was part of Healthy Families, Healthy Community, a community partnership between the Choral Society and NOVA which is designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding crime and violence, and the vital work that both organizations do in Bucks County.
Roughly 125 bags or boxes were brought in, plus a rocking chair, exercise bike, full length freestanding mirror, framed art, lots of books, clothes, kitchen ware, dishes, etc. The Choral Society filled a large 26-foot box truck about ¾ full. The thrift shop will make a large amount of money that will go towards NOVA’s programs and services.
The Healthy Families, Healthy Communities initiative will culminate in a concert titled “Hope & Remembrance.” The Choral Society’s concert will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem as well as Steven Sametz’s “A Child’s Requiem.” The Sametz requiem was inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy of December 2012. The concert will feature the Riverside Symphonia and the Princeton Girlchoir.
Both NOVA and the Choral Society thank everyone who participated. arsal a little early to donate items to the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Thrift Shop. A number of NOVA staff and volunteers were on hand to collect the items and load the truck. This activity was part of Healthy Families, Healthy Community, a community partnership between the Choral Society and NOVA which is designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding crime and violence, and the vital work that both organizations do in Bucks County.
THE BUCKS COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR EXPERIENCED CHORAL SINGERS BETWEEN AUGUST 30TH AND SEPTEMBER 13TH
July 6, 2016
BCCS is a select community choir composed of 100+ auditioned singers conducted by Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd.
Highlights of the upcoming 2016-2017 season include:
- Mozart's Requiem/Sametz's A Child's Requiem with the Riverside Symphonia
- 39th Annual Festival of Christmas Music featuring Bach's Magnificat with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra
- Haydn's The Creation with the Riverside Symphonia
- A Soulful Celebration: Spirituals, Gospel & Sacred Jazz with Ruth Naomi Floyd, Jay Fluellen, and the Northeast Philadelphia High School Concert Choir
To arrange an audition, please contact us by visiting the auditions page of our website. Singers should have recent experience singing with a classical repertoire choir and at least average fluency in reading staff notation.
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."