Choir seeks artistic director, plans auditions

Posted Jan. 09, 2009, at 5:24 p.m.

Winter auditions and a search for a new artistic director for Bangor Area Children’s Choir top the list of recent news from that organization.

BACC Treble Choir will hold its winter auditions 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Bangor.

The choir, according to information provided by artistic director Michele Hall, “is composed of all treble voices, or unchanged voices, with singers no younger than 9 as of Dec. 1, 2008, and no older than 16 as of Oct. 1, 2008.”

The winter audition is a two-part process. Hall said each child does “an individual audition” without any prepared music, since “each singer does the same audition to evaluate listening skills, rhythmic ability, pitch and voice quality.”

Singers are notified immediately after the audition, and the second part of the audition begins around 5:15 p.m. at the same site to “evaluate each singer’s ability to sing in a group, blend, hold a pitch, etc.”

Those later auditioners are notified that night and the singers accepted for the Treble Choir start rehearsal the next week in preparation for their first performance, which is a Winter Concert in February.

Tuition is $110 and scholarship applications are available. This year, there are 20-plus openings, Hall reports.

Next comes news that the BACC board has begun the process of finding a new artistic director (or directors) to replace Hall, who is receiving sincerest congratulations on her coming marriage, relocation and retirement.

Hall wrote that “various professional music organizations” will be informed about the BACC search, and that she is “confident the right person [or] persons can carry BACC to new levels of performance and community involvement.”

Hall has been with BACC for 17 years, and it is to her credit that she will be “passing on what she describes as a thriving organization.

She will certainly be missed, but I know you join me in extending her our very best wishes as she enters this next, most joyful, stage of her life.

For more information about the winter auditions or the search for a new director, call Hall at 947-2023 or e-mail michelehall@bangorareachildrenschoir.com.

BACC is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, community organization whose members, last year, represented 12 towns and 17 schools in the Bangor area. It is composed of the training Choir and the advanced Youth Chorale.

For more information, visit bangorareachildrenschoir.com.

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Ann Carter of Charlotte e-mailed to report that a mistake she made, and which I did not catch, appeared in Thursday’s column regarding the next meeting of the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club.

Carter wrote she provided me the correct date, but the wrong day, for that meeting which is 6 p.m. Sunday (not Saturday), Jan. 18, at the Methodist Homes Recreation Center on Palmer Street in Calais.

Several newly licensed hams will be introduced at that meeting, and newcomers are most welcome to attend, as well. Refreshments will be available, Carter wrote.

For more information about SCVARC, call Carter at 214-4540.

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Laurie Carpenter, youth services librarian for the Orono Public Library, invites you to “join us for an evening full of information,” when you attend “Everything Your Kids Know About Facebook But Were Afraid You Would Ask,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan 15, at the library.

“Betsy Rose will lead us through the uses of the program,” Carpenter wrote of the informational gathering that is geared for “those of us over 30.”

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Kelly Cioe of U.S. Cellular reports its Calling all Communities Contest closes Thursday, Jan. 15, but you can still vote for your school to be one of 10 that will each win $100,000 from U.S. Cellular.

According to Cioe, Bangor High School, Brewer High School and Hermon High School are entered in the contest in which you vote for a school by visiting any U.S. Cellular store before Jan. 15, where you will obtain a postage-paid postcard ballot, for which no purchase is necessary.

The winning schools will be announced in February from among the more than 4,000 schools nominated since Dec. 3.

Cioe reminds readers that “communities that have organized their support around a single school, regardless of their population, have been very successful” in this contest.

She noted that “the 20 schools with the most votes are in cities as large as Chicago, with 2.8 million residents, and as small as Humphrey, Neb., with less than 800” residents.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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