Registration open: BAYS summer music camp

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)

Register: http://bayareayouthsingers.org/music-camp/music-camp-registration/


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BAC takes journey through the centuries

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  info@bayareachorus.org.

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Member Spotlight: Francis Fontana

 

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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.”

 

 

BAC Hosts Annual Dons and Divas Gala

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 info@bayareachorus.org or 281-326-1286.

BAC Grants Local Scholarships

On February 5, local high school music students performed an audition concert in front of a live audience and a panel of judges in a college scholarship competition hosted by the Bay Area Chorus. 
 
Gabriela Gonzalez, mezzo soprano from Friendswood High School, was awarded the MaryEllen Oliver scholarship for vocal music education. Caleb Drew, baritone from Clear Brook High School, was awarded the Priscilla Ennis scholarship for vocal music performance.
 
“Congratulations to our two winners, and our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended the performance in support of these talented young musicians,” said BAC artistic director Milton Pullen. “The dedication of the educators who prepared all of our contestants, and the love and encouragement of their friends and family was evident.”
 
The Bay Area Chorus High School Scholarship Program was established to provide financial support to deserving high school seniors who are planning to pursue advanced studies in choral music at an accredited college or university. More than 50 scholarships have been awarded since 1980 when the first scholarship was given out. To learn more about these scholarships for area high school students, visit bayareachorus.org/scholarship.
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BAC Member Spotlight: Laureen Falco

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.

Facebook In Stream - LaureenI 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.

Community Choral Event to Feature Internationally Acclaimed Musician

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 worNick Pagekshops 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, or at the door for $15 adults and $10 students. For more information, contact info@bayareachorus.org or 281-326-1286.

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Bay Area Chorus brings Christmas cheer to greater Houston

The Bay Area Chorus is excited to announce two upcoming concerts in the Christmas portion of their 52nd concert season “Sharing our Love of Singing.”

 

“Christmas at the Villa” celebrates the sesquicentennial of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at the Villa de Matel on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. The event features traditional Christmas music and special music to honor the Sisters of Charity, who officially celebrated their founding on October 25 but continue to honor the anniversary throughout the year.

 

The concert will include performances of a new arrangement by BAC Artistic Director Milton Pullen of “Queen of the Waves,” a hymn brought over from France in 1866 by the Sisters to Galveston, and an arrangement of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision” by Janzer for choir, organ and bagpipe. The program will also include a brief history of the Sisters of Charity including their establishment in Galveston, the storm of 1900 and their move to the Villa de Matel in Houston.

 

“The lovely Chapel at the Villa is a very special venue for choral concerts,” said Pullen. “The Bay Area Chorus has performed annual Christmas concerts there for many years and we are blessed to be able to help them celebrate their sesquicentennial.”

 

 The second Christmas program of the season is entitled “Christmas Cheer” and will be held at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at 4 p.m.  The concert will feature favorite Christmas songs and carols as well as a special performance by the CLPC Chancel Choir singing “The Holly and the Ivy”, arr. David Stocker and “Mary’s Got a Little Boy” by CLPC Artist in Residence David Stocker.

 

Tickets for both concerts are available at www.seatyourself.biz/bayareachorus ($15 in advance; at the door: $20 adults, $15 seniors 65+, $10 students). Door sales begin 30 minutes prior to each concert. For more information, contact 281-326-1286 or info@bayareachorus.org.

BAC fall lineup to include patriotic, sacred, and holiday themes

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 info@bayareachorus.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 info@bayareachorus.org 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)

THE BAY AREA CHORUS OF GREATER HOUSTON ANNOUNCES 52nd CONCERT SEASON

AUDITIONS for new singers will be held at Webster Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Aug. 28  and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Singers can schedule an audition by calling  281-326-1286 or visiting  www.bayareachorus.org/audition.

During the audition, singers will perform a vocalization exercise to determine vocal range, sing a portion of America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee), repeat short tonal patterns to assess tonal memory, and complete a short sight reading exercise.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, Aug. 29 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church  from 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

The 2016-2017 season Sharing Our Love of Singing will be presented in six concerts and Milton Pullen returns as the Artistic Director. The opening performance will be Friday, Nov. 11 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Nassau Bay for a Veterans Day Celebration, and veterans and active members of the military receive free admission. Tickets will be available at www.seatyourself.biz/bayareachorus by October.