Bay Area Chorus is saddened by the unexpected passing of a beloved member of our chorus. Leighanne Dean wasn’t just a talented singer, alto soloist, and friend. She also offered her social media and marketing expertise to the choir, serving as Vice President of Marketing/Public Relations for our Executive Board. She is sorely missed, as the world is a less vibrant place without her beautiful smile.
What: Bay Area Youth Singers: Summer Music Camp 2017
When: July 24 – 28
Who: Primary (Grades 1-2), Junior (Grades 3-5), Seniors (Grades 6-8)
World of Music: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Broadway Bound: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $150 each, $290 both sessions (Earlybird)
$175 each, $340 both sessions (May 1-31)
$200 each, $390 both sessions (After June 1)
The Bay Area Chorus completes their 52nd Season by presenting “Music through the Centuries,” a concert that will lead audiences through every major music period from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The concert selections include works by composers Palestrina, Handel, Schubert, Grieg, Effinger and Martin. The program will also feature a preview of the early American hymn tunes and folk songs which the BAC will perform on their upcoming tour to Ireland.
“The chorus is eager to demonstrate its new mission statement: ‘Enriching lives through choral music’,” said BAC artistic director Milton Pullen. “Our love for singing spans choral music of every era, and we are excited to extend this mission from the greater Houston area to the world.”
“Music through the Centuries” will be performed on Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay TX 77058.
Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $15 Seniors 65+, and $10 Students.
Tickets are available at http://bayareachorus.seatyourself.biz/
Group rates are available on request by contacting 281-326-1286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My story: I joined the BAC in January 2016 as a Bass II. Other than singing as a congregant in Catholic masses, an occasional strumming of the guitar, I have not been active in Choral singing since the mid 70s when I sang with the University Chorale as a credited course.
I grew up with parents who were both music educators and in a family of seven boys where athletics and music played a very important role. I have found many blessings being a part of the Bay Area Chorus. For one, it has brought me back to the choral programs I have enjoyed in my youth; especially the outstanding Catholic high school choir director, Michael Goudeau, who reminds me so much of the way Mr. Milton Pullen runs his rehearsals, and expects excellence every time we take the stage. Mr. Pullen’s passion for detail enriches the music singing experience and evokes the emotions and skill through the voices in the choir. As he stated in a rehearsal, “music is what happens between the notes.”
On March 25, the Bay Area Chorus will hold their fifth annual Dons and Divas fundraiser gala. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston TX 77059. Dinner will be served, with a cash bar followed by performances by members of the Bay Area Chorus singing a variety of musical offerings of all styles. Coffee and dessert will be offered as guests purchase tickets for a chance to win a cruise, and wine corks for the evening Wine Pull.
Tickets for the cruise drawing are $50 and the grand prize is a $5,000 CruCon gift card, and the drawing also features numerous additional prizes including quilts, jewelry, gift cards, and more. Only 200 tickets will be sold, and are available for purchase in advance or at the event. Numbered corks for the Wine Pull will be sold for $15 and will correspond with a surprise gift wrapped bottle of varying retail value.
Gala admission tickets are $50 and only will be sold in advance until March 22 at bayareachorus.seatyourself.biz or from BAC members.
BAC is one of Houston’s oldest non-profit choral groups, has performed around the world, and seeks to provide educational outreach for audiences, chorus members and the local student community. For more information, contact email@example.com or 281-326-1286.
Voice part: Soprano 1
Years active as a musician: 23
Years active in BAC: 3
Your favorite part of being a BAC member: I love singing with the Bay Area Chorus because I love serving our community with great music. I get to sing with old friends from Clear Lake High School, my first voice teacher Jeanette Chase, and Milton Pullen. I didn’t get a chance to sing with him in high school, and now I have the privilege of singing under his direction.
I studied voice with Jeanette at San Jacinto College, and once performed Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury.” That performance stuck with me as I completed my bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Houston—Clear Lake. After auditing with national and international accounting firms, I quit my job and went back to school at the University of Houston central campus to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Music – Vocal Performance, graduating summa cum laude in May 1993.
I performed in Children’s Theatre, operas, musical theatre and plays all over the Houston area from 1992 – 1996. I went to NYC with Lois Alba – my voice teacher at the time – and performed over 90 auditions for opera, music theatre, plays, film and television. I was written up twice in local NYC papers. When I returned home in 1998, I sang with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society – “Patience” and sang with the St. John’s Episcopal Choir on Sunday nights. I also performed solos for Unity Church of Houston.
Since that time, I have been busy rebuilding my accounting career, which left me little time for music, including earning a M.S. in accounting from UHCL in May 2010. I resumed voice lessons in 2012 and then decided to join the Bay Area Chorus, which has been so rewarding for me. I can maintain my career and sing part-time with the BAC and spread the joy of music to the community.
In honor of their tenth anniversary, the Bay Area Youth Singers will present an event for the community on February 19 at 4 p.m. that features performances, folk singing, audience participation, and music education. The Bay Area Chorus helped to found the organization in 2007 and will also perform in the concert as a featured program. Joining both groups is internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Nick Page, who helped to inspire the children’s choir a decade ago, and directed their first workshops together. Page returns to Houston for the anniversary celebration, and will lead both choral groups and the audience in song.
Page is based in Boston and has led the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children’s Choir, the Boston Mystic Chorale and guest conducted around the world. He is the author of three books and close to one hundred published choral pieces, including many that will be performed during the event.
BAYS was formed in 2007 when the community identified a need to expand the programs of Houston’s historic Bay Area Chorus to include children. BAYS now functions as an independent, non profit organization and holds weekly rehearsals, performances throughout the year, and an annual summer music camp for children in the third through 12th grade.
The event will be held at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 adults and $5 students at bayareachorus.seatyourself.biz
With their newly created mission statement: “Enriching Lives Through Choral Music,” the Bay Area Chorus is rehearsing with vigor for the “American Salute” Veterans Day Concert on November 11 at 7:30 pm in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay TX 77058.
Artistic Director Milton Pullen has chosen an inspiring array of patriotic arrangements for this special occasion. Included on the program will be The Vacant Chair arr. Allaway; We are Not Alone by Choplin; A Tribute to the Armed Services by Larson; Prayer of the Children (BAC Women) by Klause; Tell My Father (BAC Men) by Ramsey; I Pledge My Allegiance by Kirkland, and You’ll Never Walk Alone arr. Hayes. Many more complete the evening of song.
“We are honored to present our Christmas concerts in this spectacular chapel every year,” said Pullen. “It is thrilling to sing and listen.”
Tickets for all the concerts are available online www.seatyourself.biz/bayareachorus or firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: $15 in advance; At the door: $20, $15 seniors 65+, and $10 students. Door sales begin 30 minutes prior to each concert. Contact email@example.com for information about group rates.
On December 3 at 6 p.m. the Bay Area Chorus’ “Christmas at the Villa” concert will feature Christmas music and more to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (1866-2016) of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at the Villa De Matel, 6510 Lawndale, Houston TX 77023. Traditional Christmas music will be sung with the addition of Children Of the Heavenly Father arr. Clausen, If This Child Were Born Today arr. Poorman, and Be Thou My Vision arr. Dennis Janzer.
On December 4 at 4:00 pm the Bay Area Chorus’ “Christmas Cheer” concert will be given at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado, Houston TX 77062 and will feature the CLPC Chancel Choir singing several numbers on the concert. The variety of traditional carols and Christmas songs will lift your spirits for the season.
Contact: Jeanette Chase, BAC President
281-326-1286 (Chorus Hotline)