Tuesday, June 24, 2014

About choral singing

As we pull together details for next season with the NBSO, I have the following video to share with you from TedX. You choral singers will enjoy it! (For next season's calendar, click the link to the right of the blog.)

More NBSO details coming soon...



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Planets response time ended

Registration for The Planets is now closed. If you're participating, I'll see you soon. If you're not, I look forward to working with you in the fall. The Messiah schedule will be posted as soon as we know it!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Planning on singing with the NBSO Chorus this spring? Your response is MANDATORY.

Dear NBSO Chorus women (including Mastersingers women),

A few weeks ago, I sent out an email requesting a response for participation in the upcoming performance with the NBSO. As of today, I've only had 14 responses out of a list of some 90 singers who expressed interest in singing this spring. All details about the rehearsals and performance are here: http://nbsochorus.blogspot.com/2014/02/its-getting-to-be-planets-time.html

A response is mandatory. We can be a bit more flexible with Messiah, but since The Planets has some specific vocal assignments and space issues at the Zeiterion, I need to know exactly how many singers we have and who is singing what.

Your response is required by March 1 if you wish to participate. Please read the information here and fill out the online form: http://nbsochorus.blogspot.com/2014/02/its-getting-to-be-planets-time.html The deadline is March 1.

If you don't wish to perform, you may either respond to this email or fill out the online form indicating your response. (If you already filled out the form, you don't need to do anything at this time.)

Questions about the performance and rehearsals? Please read this before asking: http://nbsochorus.blogspot.com/2014/02/its-getting-to-be-planets-time.html Your questions should be answered there.

After March 1, if you haven't completed the online form, you will dropped from the roster for the spring concert.

Please forward this information if you know of anyone who might not be on this email list or has problems with email communication.

Thanks,

-Paul

Monday, February 3, 2014

It's getting to be PLANETS time!

Dear NBSO Chorus Women,

Back in the summer and fall, I asked if you might be able to participate in this spring's performances of Holst's The Planets. Many of you responded at that time, but now it's time to reconfirm your responses.

Below please find a link to a form with specific questions regarding the rehearsals and performance. You must complete the form in order to participate, so don't ignore this even if you already agreed to participate. The deadline to complete the form is March 1.

For the rehearsal schedule, click here. Rehearsals are at Friends Academy (N. Dartmouth) and the Zeiterion.

For the music, click here.

If you're wondering what the text is for the piece, there is none. It's meant to be sung on the vowel "u" as in "sun."

For audio of the piece, click here.

Please click here to complete the form. The deadline for completion is March 1.

I look forward to working with you!

-Paul

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Bedford Woman of the Year: Terry Wolkowicz

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From the Standard-Times

When you talk to her about music education, the passion all but drips from each word.NEW BEDFORD — When you talk to Terry Wolkowicz, you can hear the energy in her voice.
The students are "my kiddies." Classes aren't nice, they're "wonderful," "amazing," "awesome," or "super awesome."
Get her started on the subject of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's education program, and her voice raises a pitch. She speaks faster. And even if you're tone deaf, you can't help but get excited about Beethoven.
Wolkowicz earned her master's in education from Harvard University. She majored in piano at the New England Conservatory of Music.
She could teach anywhere in the country and she chooses to work for zero dollars a year as the volunteer education director at the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. She's also the volunteer president of the Board of Trustees of the symphony.
"It's a full-time job, and I'm just so invigorated by it," she said with a laugh. "I'm so, so lucky to do what I love. Every day! Every day I get up and do what I love! How cool is that? How lucky am I?"
For the past four years, Wolkowicz has created a new interdisciplinary and interactive elementary curriculum based on a musical concept — such as form or symmetry — that is also applied in other academic subjects. She volunteers to teach it to some 3,000 SouthCoast elementary students at 48 elementary schools from Cape Cod to Rhode Island. Some 8,000 participate in some way or another with the various education programs she oversees.
For her selfless volunteer hours and all she has done to educate SouthCoast children about music, and for all she's done for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra itself, Terry Wolkowicz has been named The Standard-Times 2013 New Bedford Woman of the Year. Nominations for the award came from the community and members of the newspaper staff. Recipients were selected by a newsroom committee.
"Terry Wolkowicz has a passion for teaching children music"» ... It is very apparent that the students all feel Terry's excitement," said Pamela Norweb, a member of the NBSO President's Advisory Council. "The excitement and participation from the students is truly amazing. They love her.
"For years she has selflessly volunteered countless hours as education director for the New Bedford Symphony. She has developed and brought her programs to 45 schools this year from Falmouth to Rhode Island," Norweb said. "The programs she develops support what's going on in the school. She is willing to go back as many times as the teachers request her. Terry is truly dedicated to children and music."
"Terry has revolutionized and greatly expanded the NBSO's educational programs," said NBSO trustee Sandria Parsons, adding the Wolkowicz has spurred "a significant growth period of educational outreach that is now drawing attention from orchestras nationwide."
This year, Wolkowicz has written a curriculum on musical symmetry and how it applies to math, art and music.
When asked why she volunteers, Wolkowicz instinctively answers from the NBSO's point of view, instead of her own — or perhaps they're one in the same: "If I didn't volunteer, it wouldn't exist. We can't afford to hire a full-time education director. So the fact that I'm volunteering is great," she said.
Wolkowicz grew up in New Jersey and started taking piano lessons from her mother — a piano teacher — at age 4.
"I was not a good child musician; I hated it for the first eight years," she said with a laugh. "It wasn't until I was 13 that I realized, 'Wait, I'm good at this. And I kind of enjoy it!' And thank God my mom didn't let me quit because I'm not good at anything else. What would I have been? I have a very limited skill set here." She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1986 and taught elementary school music for a few years before going to Harvard for her master's degree.
She married Dr. Chris Wolkowicz, who has an oral surgery practice on Hawthorn Street, in 1999 and has three children. She volunteered as a music teacher at St. James-St. John School when two of the children attended there from 2006-10, she said.
Wolkowicz got involved with fundraising for the NBSO, and then fell in love with its mission: "Many orchestras have education outreach, but it's an aside. Here was an orchestra who had education as part of their mission. It was such a great fit," she said.
She calls New Bedford her "new home," and in a city where many know her husband for his profession, she's beginning to get her own recognition, she said.
"Everyone knows Wolkowicz as a dentist. So I had the coolest moment the other day! I was at a meeting and someone said, 'Wolkowicz. I know that name. From the New Bedford Symphony?' And I said, 'What? You know me for me? You don't want me to take out your wisdom teeth?" she said, laughing.