CEC’s own ‘Westminster Abby’ accepted into Westminster Choir College

It was when her mother handed her the sheet music to a song from “The Phantom of the Opera” that Abigail Merk from Morrisville discovered her love for “this strange music.”

The Conwell-Egan Catholic senior has had a fondness for music since she began taking singing lessons at Holy Trinity (Morrisville) in the second grade. Her mother (and piano teacher), holding a trio of degrees in Organ Performance, Music Therapy, and Music Education, is credited for fostering that love.

“When it comes down it, my mom is the reason I love music. She’s always exposed me to new things, whether I liked it or not, and that’s what opened my eyes in the first place,” Abby said. “We have such a connection; we’re kind of like a team. If I’m really frustrated or not getting something right, I can go to her and she’ll reassure me that I don’t have to be perfect and that I will continue learning. I do the same for her.”

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra will perform its third concert of the season, “A Night at the Opera & More”

The concert will be conducted by Russell W. Hoffmann, Music Director and Conductor on Sunday, March 30th, at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown.

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Silver Season features new production of Verdi’s legendary ‘La Traviata’

The culmination of Boheme Opera’s 25th season is a fully staged new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” on Friday, March 28th at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 30th at 3:00pm.

The Company returns to Kendall Main Stage Theater at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Boheme Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti will conduct the Boheme Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with stage direction by Reegan McKenzie.

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Region VI State Orchestra Concert slated for March 1st

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association will present the 2014 Region VI State Orchestra Concert, including 124 of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s finest high school musicians under the direction of guest conductor Soo Han, on Saturday, March 1st, at 2:30pm, at William Tennent High School (auditorium), 333 Centennial Road, Warminster.

Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door. The program includes: “Dance of the Tumblers” – Rimsky Korsakov; “Vocalise” – Rachmaninoff, arr. Soo Han; “Marche Slav” – Tchaikovsky; and “Symphony No. 8” – Dvorak.

For more information regarding the festival, the concert, and guest conductor Soo Han, contact the Music Director of the Warminster Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Lovecchio at 215-674-5236 or jallov@aol.com.

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Tri-County Band of Feasterville

What started with 10 musicians in a local firehouse has turned into 63 years of quality music and entertainment for the people of Bucks County. In 1950, local musicians Alfred B. Mann and James McLean gathered 10 colleagues together at the Feasterville Fire Station on Irving Avenue and formed what would in time be one of the county’s most well known musical ensembles, the Tri-County Band. The band incorporated in 1960.

Today, the non-profit organization boasts 45 members with loyal followers who attend their concerts each year. Current director John Roman joined the band as a clarinetist in 1979 and has been director for the past 25 years. John will retire as Band Director in May of 2014. The band is currently seeking a new director.

The musicians in the band range from high school students to retirees; band president Dale Habel has been with the band for 62 years. All enjoy the opportunity to both form relationships with others of similar interest and perform quality band music for its audiences.

The band does about 25 performances a year, including several parades such as the Memorial Day Parades in Hulmeville and Langhorne, and the Annual Levittown and Feasterville Fourth of July parades. Tri-County also plays at a number of retirement villages and for outdoor summer concert series in area municipalities, such as Northampton Township, Tamanend Park, the Wrightstown Grange Fair, the Tinicum Arts Festival and at the Lions Gazebo in Bristol.

The band features a broad spectrum of music styles that appeal to audiences of all ages. Rehearsals, held at the Tri-County Band Rehearsal Hall, a converted church building, are always open to interested musicians. 

Although there is not a formal audition process, visiting musicians are welcome to try out a few rehearsals. After that, the band and the prospective member make a mutual decision as to whether the match is a good one. At this time the band is in need of musicians in all sections.

The Tri-County Band rehearses Monday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00pm at its rehearsal hall located at 403 Elmwood Avenue in Feasterville. Those interested in joining a rehearsal, applying for the position of Director or engaging the band for a performance should contact Dale Habel at 215-357-5697.

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Bucks County Women’s Chorus

Founded in September 2012, the 85-voice Bucks County Women’s Chorus (BCWC) has already left its mark on the choral music scene in the region.

Singing under the direction of Holland resident Patricia Guth, the ensemble performed more than a dozen concerts during their first full year and recently completed another eight performances during the 2013 holiday season. Now with the spring season approaching, the chorus is gearing up for a program of new repertoire including Broadway show tunes, jazz, pop, standards, light opera, and more.

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New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir recruiting singers

Following a little time off after a busy first half of their musical season, the New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir has resumed rehearsals, pointed toward performances in the spring and a concert in Solebury on June 1st. The choir is looking to expand the membership, and invites singers and would-be singers of all shapes, sizes, and varieties to join the group.

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The Bucks County Opera Association

The Bucks County Opera Association exists to support the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), which is dedicated to the development of exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature on the operatic stage. The AVA resident artists are presented in fully staged productions (full orchestra, set, costumes, and supertitles) each year in our Bucks County community.

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Riverside Symphonia

Experience the beauty of a world-class professional symphony along the banks of the beautiful Delaware River! The Riverside Symphonia brings the excitement of a metropolitan orchestral experience to an intimate venue in the charming town of Lambertville. Under the direction of the Polish-born conductor Mariusz Smolij, the Symphonia offers both classical and pops performances of critical acclaim and features both established and emerging guest artists from around the world.

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Southampton Chamber Music Society

The Southampton Chamber Music Society, headquartered at 757 Cybus Way, Southampton, was founded in 1992 with the dual mission of creating performance opportunities for local professional musicians and of enabling area audiences to hear infrequently performed masterworks of the chamber music repertoire.

A significant portion of the works heard in the Society’s concerts have been regional or United States premieres (including compositions commissioned for the Society’s musicians), or modern world premieres of rediscovered 18th and 19th century works.

The excellent acoustics and intimate dimensions of the Society’s main performance space, the historic Southampton Old School Baptist Meetinghouse, make possible a close, informal interaction among listeners and performers to create a unique musical experience.

To receive information on their 2014 season, call 215-357-4723 or send an e-mail to scms25@msn.com.

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