POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir with the support of the Vassar College Department of Music will present a choral symposium on Saturday, May 15, and a gala concert and reception on Sunday, May 16. Both events will take place in the Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College.
The choral symposium will take place from 10:00am to 3:00pm on May 15 and will be free to all participants who register in advance of May 1, or there will be a $10 charge to register at the door. This fee will benefit the Cappella Festiva Scholarship Fund. The symposium will feature lectures and workshops by Cappella Festiva founder Jameson Marvin, who will examine “The Expressive Power of Intervals,” as well as former Cappella Festiva conductors: James Bagwell, who will discuss “Creative Programming for Challenging Times,” and Luis Garcia-Renart who will speak about his time “On the Podium.” To pre-register for the symposium, email your name, address, phone number, and email address to Cappella Festiva at CFChoralSymposium@gmail.com.
In addition to the symposium, the Cappella Festiva Treble and Chamber Choirs will perform a celebratory afternoon concert on Sunday, May 16. The program, which will include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Te Deum, performed with orchestra, will begin at 3:00 pm in Skinner Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; and $10 for those under 18.
A gala reception honoring the past directors of Cappella Festiva – founder Jameson Marvin, Luis Garcia-Renart, and James Bagwell – will follow the concert. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for those under 18.
Vassar students will be admitted free to both the concert and symposium with identification.
To purchase tickets, visit the Cappella Festiva website www.cappellafestiva.org. For additional information regarding the symposium, concert, and reception, call (845) 437-7327.
About Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir:
Celebrating its 35th season, Cappella Festiva began as a small, professional choral ensemble, but over the years has emerged as one of the region's most unique music organizations. Today the ensemble includes an auditioned adult chorus of professional and skilled amateur singers; an acclaimed Treble Choir for boys and girls ages 9-18; and an annual Children's Summer Choral Festival that provides young singers with a intensive two-week music experience. Under the artistic direction of Vassar music professor Christine R. Howlett, director of choral activities at the college, the organization is now nearly 75 choral members strong with an expanded concert season, including performances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall.
The Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College is wheelchair-accessible. People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus’s adjoining south parking lot. Directions to the Vassar campus are available online at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.
Choral Symposium Schedule - Saturday, May 15
Skinner Hall of Music
10:00am: “Creative Programming for Challenging Times”
James Bagwell, a former director of Cappella Festiva, will address music programming challenges within the limitations of the current economy. He is director of the music program at Bard College. Bagwell was recently named music director for the Collegiate Choral and is principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra.
11:30am: “On the Podium”
Luis Garcia-Renart, a former member of the music faculty at Vassar and professor emeritus and visiting professor of music at Bard College, will assess the joys and challenges involved in directing community music organizations. A cellist and conductor, he is the former director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and directed Cappella Festiva for over 20 years.
2:00pm: “The Expressive Power of Intervals”
Jameson Marvin, formerly director of choral music at Vassar, is a professor of music at Harvard University where he is director of choral activities. He is the founder of Cappella Festiva. Marvin will lead a session on learning to re-hear intervals and how they form the foundation of expression in choral performance.