The Cantemus Choral CrossFit
Our Cantemus Crossfit programs not only target improving our vocal skills, but also expanding our knowledge of the choral music canon. Here’s a look at what we’ll be doing this fall.
Group Voice Classes - We’ll be led in four classes over the fall by Dr. Holly Zagaria from Salem State University. Online vocal instruction is coming into its own during the COVID pandemic and Cantemus singers will be exercising and enhancing our vocal skills via Zoom under Dr. Zagaria’s energetic and entertaining leadership.
Deconstructions of Major Works - Over four sessions during the fall months, Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank will lead us in digging into major choral/orchestral works. We’ll examine some rich and beloved music, including Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
Sight Singing/Musicianship - Four sessions will be devoted to the skills involved in sight singing and musicianship, again led by Dr. Zagaria. Anyone familiar with choral music knows the value of these skills in quickly mastering vocal parts to allow for the group’s building of exquisite choral sound.
Critical Listing - Led by Jane Ring Frank, these three sessions will involve careful and intentional listening of choral works, and helping us articulate in language what’s being communicated musically.
Listen to Jane Ring Frank's Interview About Our "Star-Made Shadows" Program
Choral Intern Program for High School Students
Our intern program is open to area high school students who are interested in a high-level immersion program of singing with a small chorus of musically trained adults. We will accept one person per part (SATB) by audition with the conductor. If more than one qualified singer per part auditions, we will consider admitting them as well. The decision is to be made by the musical director. The appointment will last one year with the possibility of renewal.
This program is intended to be a supplemental vocal experience to the students’ high school music program and may help in building their resumes as they prepare for college. Applicants must have good sight reading abilities and be available Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10 for rehearsals at the Miles River Middle School in Hamilton (from September-April) and for three weekend concerts each season, usually around the first weekend of December and the last weekend of April.
Participation in the program can either:
(a) fulfill community service requirements for academic credit as determined by the student’s school, or
(b) include a $500 stipend to the student provided by Cantemus, $250 for students participating for one semester.
It is our hope that this program will help to cultivate a new generation of skilled choral singers.
Please contact Richard Salandrea for more information.