Children’s choir director to leave

Posted April 01, 2009, at 7:26 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Area Children’s Choir concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Columbia Street Baptist Church, will mark the farewell appearance of choir director Michele Hall, who has been with the organization since 1992.

For its first eight years, Hall served as BACC’s accompanist. In 2000-01 BACC moved to a two-choir program, with Hall assuming the position of conductor for the Treble Choir. In 2002, she took over the directorship of the advanced Youth Chorale.

BACC, formerly known as Heritage Singers, was organized in 1992 by Jean Sigler and Michele Hall. It was the featured entertainment at the reunion of the Fifth Armored Division, U.S. Army, in 1995 at the Bangor Civic Center. From 1992 to 1995, under the sponsorship of Galen Cole, the singers became established as a viable children’s performing group.

From 1995 to the present, BACC has been an independently operated, nonprofit organization supported by the public, contributions from area businesses and fundraisers.

Bangor Area Children’s Choir members are:

Youth Chorale

Caitlin Barrows, Emma Betterley, Mary Bourque, Christin Casavant, Keri Deabay, Sarah DeVita, Alison Doble, Michael Dow, Hannah Dubois, Sarah Flagg, Taylor Gervais, Miranda Hudgens, Ilyse Laurel, Taylor Leighton, Christina Long, Emily MacKay, Katherine Morelli, Taylor Rogers, Jennifer Smith, Kylie Smith, Helena Tatgenhorst, Logan Tripp, Ashley Tudder, Elysia Walton, Megan Walton and Makayla White.

Treble Choir

Sharon D. Audibert, Emily Baker, Katie Batron, Elisabeth Boberg, Paul Casavant, Ray Costlow, Erin Dunbar-Kelley, Rosanna Frost, Vanessa Blake Graham, Meghan Hall, Caitlin Hillery, R. Kandra, Hannah McCarthy, Laura Mock, Cameron Norton, Rachel Poisson, Elizabeth Robbins, Tanner Tripp, Isabella Urban, Jessica Walker and Emily Wood.

The program for the upcoming concert is:

Choir

• “Someone Came Knocking,” from “Two Childhood Songs.”

• “On the Back of an Eagle;” student conductor, Ashley Tudder, Orono High School.

• “Fairest Lady;” flute, Steve Weston.

• “Shake the Papaya Calypso Song.”

• Senior Farewell, assisted by high school juniors, “For Good.” Senior Sarah Flagg, senior Jennifer Smith, Caitlin Barrows and Ashley Tudder.

Jubilation Ringers of the Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church, under the direction of Jackie Frisk:

• “Pastorale.”

• “Rondo Passacaglia.”

• “What Wonderous Love is This;” violin, Helena Tatgenhorst.

• “Celebration.”

Jubilation Ringers are Jane Brann, Marilyn Boulier, Tami Campbell, Leigh Charles, Betty Childs, Angela Damboise, Jacki Gray, Sandi Blanchette, Debbie Lozito, Kelly Santiago, Anne Tatgenhorst and Wendy Westley.

Youth Chorale

• “Der Herr.”

• “Jubilee.”

• “Forever,” inspired by The Lord’s Prayer.

• “Small voices;” flute, Steve Weston; drum, Eric Boberg.

• “Isn’t That Something.”

Combined Ensembles

• “How Can I Keep From Singing?”

• “Al Shlosha D’Varim.”

Amy Maier of Bangor will be the accompanist at the concert.

The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Steve Weston of Bangor is the incoming artistic director of BACC. He graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in music education and earned a master’s degree in choral conducting at New Mexico State University.

In New Mexico and Nevada, he was a member of three professional choirs, traveling and performing throughout the United States and Europe. In 1997 he began his career as an educator in public schools and churches, serving the musical needs of singers ages 8 to 80.

Weston moved back to Bangor in 2006 to serve as the music director at First Baptist Church in Bangor, where he is organist and director of the adult and handbell choirs.

Spring auditions for BACC’s Youth Chorale will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Auditions will be for singers ages 12 to 18 and will include treble and changed male voices. For information, call Steve Weston at 992-7472.

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