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The Beauty in Everything

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As our eighth season comes to a close, I am struck by how much we’ve accomplished this past year.  Most notably, we performed for the second time with the Symphony of the Americas, joining forces with the Master Chorale of South Florida to celebrate the Master Chorale’s tenth anniversary.  Under the direction of Dr. Joshua Habermann, director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, we made our Dade and Palm Beach debuts singing Rutter’s Mass of the Children.  Another great honor was our combined performance with the award winning St. Mary’s College Women’s Choir in March, where we premiered a newly commissioned work by acclaimed composer Paul Carey.  The Lyric Choir had a fantastic performance and workshop in Disney, and the Apprentice Choir had their first annual workshop and camp day, under the direction of Dr. Burbach form Broward College.  And for the first time, the Girl Choir of South Florida welcomed six year old budding young singers to the stage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  We sang for Holy Cross Hospital, John Knox Village, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Junior Achievement, the Special Olympics, and had our first wedding performance-all “extra” events beyond the major performances in December and May!  Finally, during the second week of June, our touring choir will sing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. John the Divine in New York City, arguably two of the most sought-after performance venues in the world.

The goal throughout all of our activities this season was to create beauty in the world, and to encourage all of our girls to see the beauty within themselves.  As the text in Letter from a Girl to the World states, “In my heart, there are hopes and dreams, and all different beautiful things…are you listening with you heart when we’re sharing ours… have you given us a chance to make you proud?” I know I speak not only for myself and the rest of the staff, but for all of our parents and families, when I say that our girls most definitely made us proud.  I can’t imagine a more beautiful group of girls and young women-they all have a light that they generously shared with each other and our community each and every week, and I am honored to be their director.  Happy summer, and we’ll see you in August!

Welcome Back … and Welcome Home!

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Welcome to our 2011-2012 season, and welcome to our new home!  I know I speak not just for myself, but for our staff, volunteers, and especially the girls, when I say how grateful I am that we finally have a place to call our own.  Imagine-rehearsal space, music, theory, equipment, uniforms, paperwork, office supplies…the list goes on and on…all under one roof!  Thanks to the help of numerous volunteers (a BIG thank you to all of the parents and choristers who donated equipment, furniture, supplies and lots of time and effort!), we are settled in and our season is off to a successful start.

We have many exciting events planned this season.  The Concert Choir kick-off social is Saturday, September 10th, our open house for parents and friends is Saturday, September 24th (come hear a preview of the Chamber Singers fall repertoire, and get to know the girlchoir community!), followed by our annual GCSF family picnic on October 1st.  Both our winter and spring concerts will be at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this year. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will also be presenting classical choral programs at All Saints Episcopal in downtown Ft. Lauderdale,  and for the first time, will be singing with The Symphony of the Americas and the Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir. Make sure to check our online calendar often for these and other important dates!

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to sing with your talented girls each week-thank you for being a part of the GCSF this season!

Whaddyat b’ys?

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Hello, Girl Choir families!  We’ve just returned from Festival 500 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and I’m having a difficult time finding the words to describe our experience, but here goes…

We (24 Concert Choir girls, 4 outstanding choir moms, our Executive Director Mrs. Boucher, and I) spent 10 days singing, talking, attending workshops, and listening to some of the finest choirs in the world.

We worked with British composer and former Kings Singer Bob Chilcott, and Finnish conductor Kari Ala-Pöllänen; we attended workshops led by experts from Sweden, Russia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, and South Africa; we attended four performances and heard fifteen choirs; and we sang with the world-renowned vocal ensemble Rajaton (check them out on YouTube!).

Along with the mass choir performance in the Mile One Centre, where over 800 singers performed, with 4000-plus audience members in attendance, we also sang two thirty-minute programs of our own, one of which was the World of Music Concert with Mississauga Children’s Choir and the Holy Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir.

Not only did we share a stage with these wonderful people, we discovered that when it comes to singing together, it doesn’t make a bit of difference where you’re from or how old (or young) you are -- it’s the common understanding of this sometimes difficult, sometimes crazy, but always meaningful thing we call “choir”.

While I’m extremely proud of the girls’ premiere on the world stage, the thing I keep coming back to as I reflect on our time together is the bond we all share.  I miss our girls already!  How grateful -- and lucky! -- I am to have a group of intelligent, sensitive, creative, kind young women to share music -- and my life -- with.

I hope all of you enjoy the next few weeks of summer (I’d remind you to keep singing, but of course you will!), and I look forward to hearing you in our new space -- our own home -- next month!

Welcome to our Spring 2011 season!

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The little throats that sing and rise
Up into the light with lovely ease
And a kind of magical, sweet surprise
To hear and know themselves for these

from Voices of the Air by Katherine Mansfield

Welcome to our Spring 2011 season!

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A Half-Decade of Singing Together

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“Where words fail, music speaks.”
Hans Christian Andersen

I recently spent an afternoon reviewing our past programs, and I was struck by two things: one, the enormous growth that our choir has experienced in five short years; and two, the multitude of familiar names that have graced each of our programs since the first Winter Concert in 2005.

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Welcome to Our 2010-2011 Season!

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It’s choir season again--happy “new year”!   I’d like to extend warm greetings to our returning members, and a hearty welcome to our new members.  I know I speak for Mrs. Fasulo as well as myself when I say that we are honored to have such an outstanding group of young musicians to work with this year.

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