NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS:
CONCORA’s New Artistic Director:
Dr. Christopher Shepard
CONCORA’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Shepard as its second Artistic Director, succeeding Artistic Director Emeritus Richard Coffey, who founded the ensemble as the region’s first all-professional choir in 1974. The ensemble has been led by guest conductors during the 2014-2015 season, as a national search was conducted to identify Maestro Coffey’s successor. Dr. Shepard will assume leadership of the ensemble starting with the soon-to-be announced 2015-2016 season.
Dr. Shepard’s appointment is the culmination of a two-year national search that began when Maestro Coffey announced in 2013 that he would step down as CONCORA’s Artistic Director at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season (his, and CONCORA’s, fortieth). From some 55 qualified applicants, the Search Committee selected three finalists who led CONCORA in concerts in late 2014. The Committee’s unanimous recommendation that Dr. Shepard be appointed was unanimously endorsed by CONCORA’s Board of Directors.
Watch a video of Chris Shepard talking about his plans for CONCORA:
Please click here to read our Press Release, filled with information about Chris’ background and his plans for the future of CONCORA. Soon, we will share information about the exciting programs Dr. Shepard has planned to present during his first season as CONCORA’s Artistic Director. Please join us throughout the season to hear for yourself why we are so thrilled that he has accepted our invitation to lead CONCORA.
Dr. Shepard will greet CONCORA friends and supporters on Saturday, February 28 at Rite of Swing, CONCORA’s annual gala fundraiser to be held at The Riverview in Simsbury, Connecticut. Please join us for what is sure to be a festive, celebratory, occasion. You can buy tickets here, or call the CONCORA office at 860-293-0567 for more information.
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CONCORA's Summer Festival
July 19 to July 25, 2015
Public Concert Saturday, July 25 4:00 PM
Joseph D'Eugenio, guest conductor
Bethany Covenant Church
785 Mill Street
CONCORA is thrilled to announce our Summer Festival 2015, which will bring renowned choral conductor Joseph D’Eugenio to the Summer Festival podium for the first time. His program is constructed of four “sets” of pieces. Highlights include Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in five movements, A Red, Red Rose by James Mulholland, and Come, Let Us Sound with Melody by Peter Niedmann.
The Festival will be held from July 19-25 in the beautiful, air-conditioned, centrally-located Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Connecticut. Singers are invited to apply to participate in the festival, a special musical opportunity that allows all to embrace the choral art in intense rehearsal, study, and performance, all laced with laughter, camaraderie, sociability, and good food.
Joseph D’Eugenio has instructed choral groups at various schools and colleges, including Wesleyan University. He has also celebrated over 16 years as the Greater Middletown Chorale’s Artistic Director, and is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Cheshire, Connecticut.
Experienced choral singers are invited to apply. You can download the application here, send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us at 860-293-0567 to receive application information for CONCORA’s Summer Festival 2015.
Special scholarship opportunities are offered to qualified high school and college-aged singers. Please click here for more information.
CONCORA’s 2014-2015 Season Brochure
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