News and Notices
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus celebrated the debut performance of its newest choir, Emerging Voices – which is one of only a few in the country to serve boy vocalists with changing voices – at a special concert and fundraiser on February 19, at the home of Antoinette Adams and Frederic Cohen in San Marino.
Guests enjoyed a short concert by the choir, conducted by Steven Kornauer, featuring four works specially selected to fit within the range of the choir member’s fluctuating vocal ranges, including the Muskogee Indian piece Hellelujan, Vaga Luna by Vicenzo Bellini, Dona Nobis Pacem, by an anonymous composer, and an arrangement of And I’ll kiss thee yet. Several choir members also gave personal comments about how important it is for them to be able to participate in a choir of this caliber after their voices changes and they could no longer sing in the children’s choir.
A lavish array of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts and spirits added to the festivities. Proceeds from the event, which was open to the public, benefit the Emerging Voices program.
The current members of Emerging Voices are Christopher Adams-Cohen, Joseph Beech, Thor Blough, Isaac Calvin, Brandon Cheung, Arthur Nguyen Diep, Jameson Evans, Justin Filbrich, Ian Ford, Andrew Huerta, Peter Kurzner, Eric Lifland, Benjamin Liu, Daniel O’Brien, Benno Ressa, Gregory Sliskovich, Paul Supanich, Nico Walsh, Joshua Williams, and Marquis Williams.
Under the direction of conductor Dr. Steven Kronauer, a noted singer, conductor, educator and voice teacher, Emerging Voices gives boys with maturing voices the opportunity to nurture their vocal talent and pursue choral studies at LACC, one of the nation’s finest institutions for young singers. The choir enables boys who traditionally “graduate from” treble children’s choirs once their voices change to continue their vocal studies and perform with LACC throughout high school. One of fundamental considerations for working with the choir, Kronauer notes is being very flexible with the repertoire, which he may change from week to week based on fluctuations in the singer’s voice to ensure the voices are never “pushed” or strained.
Since the choir’s inception in September, its members have participated in weekly rehearsals, a specially-tailored musicianship course, and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. They also attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music and presented a special “conversation” with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels, among other special activities.
According to Mary Blodgett, LACC Board Member and Chair of the Emerging Voices Task Force, the Emerging Voices choir is designed to “cultivate the deep passion of boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral arts as they enter high school.”
For information on Emerging Voices or the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
On behalf of Choral Composers Anonymous, a ‘support-group’ for Twin Cities area choral composers (yes, as in: “Hello my name is Abbie and I’m addicted to writing choral music…”), I’d like to invite you to a pre-ACDA reception at my home in
Jocelyn Hagen *
J. David Moore *
Abbie Betinis *
David Evan Thomas
Linda Tutas Haugen *
Dan Kallman *
Whether you’re arriving in town for ACDA, or have lived in Minneapolis/St. Paul your whole life, we thought this would be a great excuse to get to know each other before the conference begins. We hope you do too!
Please review the official invitation (http://www.abbiebetinis.com/invitation-acda.pdf) for details and directions from the Hilton.
On behalf of Choral Composers Anonymous, we’re looking forward to welcoming you!
( * = these composers will also be exhibiting at the NCACDA conference)
on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Morris
County Library, Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. We hope simply to
socialize, get to know each other, and offer suggestions which
might help us better serve each other. Refreshments will be
The consortium was formed for Community Choruses in New
Share repertoire and dates for a combined calendar
Share fund raising dates and ideas
Offer reciprocal program ads to consortium members
Advertise in each other’s programs
Share information about concert venues, marketing ideas,
soloists, orchestras, etc.
Reach out to the public in a public relations effort
Feel free to bring your own marketing materials to this
Proulx began his musical training with piano studies at age six and benefited from the unique musical training then fostered in Saint Patrick’s Parochial School in Saint Paul, MN, where twice daily music classes and choral singing were emphasized. He attended MacPhail College and the University of Minnesota with further studies undertaken at The American Boychoir School at Princeton, NJ, Saint John’s Abbey at Collegeville, MN, and the Royal School of Church Music in England. He was appointed composer-in-residence for 1994–1995 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, UT, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Currently working as a free-lance composer and conductor, he had also been an editorial consultant for numerous music publishers.
In 1994, he received an honorary doctorate from General Theological Seminary in New York City, and a second honorary doctorate in 2009 from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. In 1989, Proulx was presented the Gold Medal of the Archdiocese of Chicago by the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.
Founded in 1991 primarily as an independent recording ensemble, The Cathedral Singers produced over twenty-five compact disc recordings under the direction Richard Proulx. Selections from the Cathedral Singers’ recording, “Sublime Chant,” were featured in an episode of the NBC television drama “ER,” and the entire Chant recording is included in a New Earth Video, “Mount Shasta: Meeting of Heaven and Earth.” The Cathedral Singers appeared with the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, and presented concerts in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Saint Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Saint Paul, Indianapolis, and Chicago.
Richard Proulx was the son of the late Raymond Proulx. He is survived by his mother, Helen Proulx, sisters Jeanette Payette and Barbara Callahan, and brothers, Gerald and James Proulx. Richard was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Jeffrey.
Memorials may be sent to one of the following charities:
- Habitat for Humanity, 2201 S Halstead St., Ste 1251, Chicago, IL 60608;
- Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632;
- Lambda Legal, 120 Wall Street, Ste 1500, New York, NY 10005;
- Doctors Without Borders, PO Box 5022, Hagerstown, MD 21741.