Welcome to the 2013-2014 Berkshire Chapter Year
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Trinity Episcopal Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox, MA 01240
Dr. Anne Matlack of Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, New Jersey, and director of
Harmonium Chorale based in Morris County, NJ, will lead us in a vocal workshop. Dr.
Matlack has a wonderful choir program in her church from children to adults, and will
deal with both ends of the spectrum in her program. Coffee will be served at 10:15, and
the morning session of the workshop will run from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A half-hour
lunch break will follow (BYOS), then a short afternoon fun session on Global Music
from 1-2. Bring some of your own choir members to participate in both sessions. This
woman is dynamite!
Bach Cantata 170, with Katie Beck and the Gallery Chamber Players
Sunday October 27th, 3:00pm
Old First Church, 60 Monument Ave., Bennington, VT
The vocal artistry of Bennington’s Katie Beck, assisted by a chamber orchestra drawn from local talent, is to be showcased at Old First Church on Sunday afternoon, October 27, 3:30 p.m., through their performance of Bach’s Cantata 170. All under the direction of Old First’s music director / organist, Charles Olegar, the all-Bach program will also feature an organ concerto and trio for flute (James Haertel), violin(Kaori Washiyama), and harpsichord (Sandra Mangsen), concluding with an audience-participation rendition of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. The audience will be requested to help fund the concert via a voluntary cover charge and free will donations.
Mezzo-soprano Katie Beck received her initial vocal training as a member of Kerry Ryer-Parke’s Bennington Children’s Chorus, displaying at an early age the remarkable talent that brings her again to the “Musick and Song at Old First Church” series. A recent graduate of the Crane School of Music, Ms. Beck has already assembled a number of impressive “front of career” credentials in opera, art song, and oratorio repertoire, attracting the attention of a number of high-profile vocal mentors, including Christine Brewer and, Stephanie Blythe, along with conductors recognizing her enormous gifts.
Also in the instrumental spotlight will be a trio consisting of flute, violin, and harpsichord, playing a movement from Bach’s a-minor sonata for that combination. “Several of the outstanding Bennington-area players we are assembling for this concert are being given more soloistic opportunities. Characteristic of Bach, the music is very demanding yet highly satisfying to prepare and perform.” says Olegar.
Position Open - First Congregational Church, UCC - Stockbridge, MA
The First Congregational Church, UCC, of Stockbridge, MA (www.stockbridgeucc.org) seeks a part-time Director of Music, (12-15 hours a week). This vibrant, growing, historic, ONA church has a rich tradition of excellent music. There is a twenty-voice chancel choir supported with paid soloists, a two-manual Johnson organ and a Steinway B grand piano. The Director of Music will collaborate with the Pastor in designing dynamic worship, provide organ/piano music for the weekly Sunday service, direct the chancel choir, and coordinate the larger music ministry of the church (including supporting a children’s choir, an adult bell choir, maintaining the music budget and library, hiring soloists and guest musicians, and being available for special services.. Salary is commensurate with experience, skill and education. Send a resume and two references to Rev. Brent Damrow, First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 825, Stockbridge, MA 01262. firstname.lastname@example.org. 413-298-3137
Position Open: First Congregational Church of Dalton, UCC
Name: FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF DALTON UCC
Town: Dalton, Massachusetts
Association: Massachusetts Conference
Church Size: 275
Salary: $10,000 - $12,000 negotiable
Benefits: None except ½ Social Security
Position: Director of Music
Job Description: The Director of Music will be responsible, in cooperation with the Church Minister, for making music an integral part of the worship service. He/She will organize, train, direct and accompany the chancel choir, with weekly rehearsals as needed. The Director will provide service music at two Sunday morning services with the choir singing at the second service only. He/She will work with the Minister in the general planning and leadership of the church’s music program. The hours will be flexible, averaging 10 hours weekly. It is desirable that the Director be an accomplished organist and pianist, with sufficient training and experience in the field of sacred music to fulfill the musical requirements of the church services. In consultation with the Worship and Music Committee, the Director will determine what is needed in the care and management of instruments, music and equipment, develop necessary budgets and implement the required action.
Who to contact: John Kittredge or Carlton Dodge
Telephone: 413-684-0271 or 413-684-3117
E-mail: email@example.com or CDODGE1@berkshire.rr.com