News Articles from our 40th Anniversary Season
Praises for Pennswood
released May 15, 2013
Helen Kemp was on hand to see the largest gathering in the eight year history of Senior Sings and spoke briefly to her "fans".
Heather Buchanan, guest clinician, charmed the more than 160 attendees from over a dozen senior choirs with her Australian accent, anecdotes and more technical discussion of body positioning and concepts in producing the best possible sound. To show the strength of the body, she had the tallest BCCS ambassador of the day, Eric Muth, forcefully touch and press down on her, much to the amusement of the crowd. (Mary would have been so proud!). Tom then worked his magic in reviewing a four part arrangement of What a Wonderful World, which the combined senior choirs will sing at the June concert. The BCCS choir president exhorted all to attend, expressing his hope that senior singers would out number what will be the largest singing roster of BCCS singers at a June concert in history.
Two shuttle buses provided efficient service from the parking lot so that past concerns about parking and walking were no issue at this newest venue, where staff from the chief administrator to the dining room crew and residents of the community themselves made all welcome.
One attendee expressed appreciation that BCCS "effectively marketed themselves throughout the day" in promoting season subscriptions and urging all to participate in the June concert.
A record number of choirs performed individually after lunch, including three separate choirs from the host facility. This high degree of participation prevented Heather from fully teaching the second piece listed for study. BCCS Alto I, Bev Fulgham, ably provided accompaniment during the teaching segments. In addition to Sue, Phyllis and Steve, attendees were greeted and assisted by Lee Felt, Betty Barron, Helen Carroll, Valorie Wigen, Marie Tavianini, Eric Muth and Christopher Whitney.
Notables among the participants were former BCCS Board members, Doris Kodikian, Russ Durbin (wife Diana accompanied two of the senior choirs), current Board member, Pat Valentine, and Alto II, Janet Grundrum accompanying one of the participating choirs she directs. The real stars, it must be said, were all of the singers from each of the choirs represented. We hope they see this article and are again reminded how much BCCS appreciates them, invites them, wants and needs them at our 40th Anniversary Celebration concert on June 1.
Westminster Scholarship Winners
released May 7, 2013
Westminster Scholarship winners Andrew Cohen and Laura Fishman are being congratulated by Tom lloyd (left) and Steve Rock (right).The Outreach Committee is proud to announce that the winners of our partial scholarships (half the total cost) to the two week, residential summer vocal camp at Westminster Choir College of Rider University are: Laura Fishman of Pennsbury High School and Andrew Cohen of Tamanend Middle School (Central Bucks). Laura is a student of Elizabeth Hohwieler and has selected the Solo Vocal Artist Camp. Andrew is a student of Ina Sanchez and has selected the Music Theater Workshop. Applicants for our BCCS scholarships may choose one of three different camp tracks and all three programs provide opportunity for students to take electives to enhance their overall musical growth and development.
All of our applicants were highly qualified and we have encouraged those we could not select to apply again next year. Andrew was one of two ninth graders who applied participating at the youngest age eligible. BCCS singers will recall that several years ago we selected Anjali Bhatt from Holicong Middle School. As a high school junior she soloed with us in our Orchestral Concert with Riverside Symphonia, won a seat in Pennsylvania All State Chorus this year and will begin college studies at Penn State in the Fall.
Bucks County Choral Society & Riverside Symphonia Bring Monumental Musical Work to Our Lady of Guadalupe
released March 5, 2013
The Bucks County Choral Society, under the direction of artistic director Thomas Lloyd, presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, considered by many to be the composer’s masterpiece, with internationally acclaimed soloists and the Riverside Symphonia on Sunday afternoon, April 7, at our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown.
For this rare Bucks County performance, the one hundred-voice Choral Society and the top flight instrumental musicians of the Riverside Symphonia, are joined by outstanding vocal soloists, Including soprano Barbara Shirvis, mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, tenor William Davenport, and baritone Stephen Powell.
The words “Libera me”, which translate as “liberate me!” or “set me free!” are at the heart of Verdi’s basic premise for the Requiem. Verdi chose to set this text from the burial Mass as his contribution to a multi-composer requiem he attempted to organize as a national tribute to composer Gioachimo Rossini, which was never performed. However, Verdi revisited the idea of turning his single movement into a complete work – his Requiem - in 1874, this time to honor the memory of the great Italian literary figure Alessandro Manzoni.
“BCCS is pleased and proud to be able to present this masterwork, with outstanding vocal soloists and the best orchestra in the area,” notes Lloyd. “Verdi’s Requiem is truly one of the high points of Western classical and choral music, and our new home at Our Lady of Guadalupe has given us a tremendous environment in which to perform and appreciate this tumultuous, deeply moving, spiritual music.”
Recognized throughout the region as Bucks County’s best large choral ensemble, the Bucks County Choral Society is an auditioned choir of one hundred voices, led by an outstanding artistic director. Singers come from all walks of life and with a range of musical skills, united in a dedication to providing a high quality choral music experience for the community.
WRTI To Rebroadcast Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil
released December 19, 2012
NEWS FLASH!!!! - WRTI-FM Radio, Philadelphia (90.1) will be rebroadcasting BCCS' late October Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil concert on Sunday, December 30 at 5:00 p.m. - here's a great opportunity to relive this magical, musical moment or to hear it for the first time! If you'd like to follow along, the program notes, text, and translation are available as a pdf. The October performance is now available on CD as well, which can be purchased through BCCS's online store.
BCCS Artistic Director Lloyd to Appear on Radio Panel Discussion
released December 18, 2012
NEWS FLASH!!!! -- BCCS artistic director Tom Lloyd will appear on WWFM 89.1 Mercer County Radio's "A Tempo" program with host Rachel Katz, for a special two-segment panel discussion on the special challenges and rewards for choirs in the holiday season, on two successive upcoming Saturdays - December 22 and 29 -at 7:00 p.m. The discussion panel includes Thomas Lloyd/Bucks County Choral Society, Joseph Flummerfelt/New York Choral Artists, Andrew Megill/Masterwork Chorus, and Ryan James Brandau/Princeton Pro Musica. For more information, see WWFM/A Tempo's website.