Budding classical guitarist and pianist win 2015 Bennington County Choral Society Scholarships

Colby Masse, a senior at Mt Greylock Regional Hig School performs for the audience and Bennincgont County Choral Society judges at on May 13, 2015. The self-taught classical guitarist's program included his own re-imagining of the opening movement of Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata.

Colby Masse, a senior at Mt Greylock Regional High School performs for the audience and three Bennington County Choral Society judges at on May 13, 2015. The self-taught classical guitarist’s program included his own re-imagining of the opening movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.

The judges at the Bennington County Choral Society Scholarship auditions — Joe Schaaf, Lucille Croscup, and Bruce Lee-Clark — had a tough job on May 13 as four talented and hard-working student musicians competed for two $400 scholarships. Although there were six applicants originally, two backed out before audition day.

The audience at Second Congregational Church in Bennington had an opportunity to hear wonderful performances by the four who auditioned.

Staples

Patrick James Staples, a sophomore at Long Trail School in Dorset, VT, performed challenging Preludes by Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov.

The winners were Patrick James Staples, piano, a sophomore at Long Trail School, and Colby Masse, guitar, a senior at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. They each received $400 to help further their musical educations.

Both young talents will also get to perform at the next Bennington County Choral Society concert, in December.

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Proud BCCS Scholarship winners Colby Masse, left, and Patrick James Staples.

Many, many thanks to Paul Lambert who managed the scholarship program this year, and to Suzanne Jones, Amber Leavitt, Diane Morris, and John and Pat VanVoorhis for providing refreshments.

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Six young musical talents will audition for us on May 13

The BCCS Music Scholarship auditions will be held on Wednesday evening, May 13, beginning at 6 pm, at Second Congregational Church, Hillside St., in Bennington.

The student applicants are very talented and deserve to have a supportive audience for which to perform.

This year there are six candidates; 2 violinists, 1 trumpeter, 1 guitarist, 1 pianist, and 1 singer.  All are students from area high schools.  Two will each receive a $400 scholarship from the Choral Society.

Refreshments will be served.

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We’ve wrapped up our 2014-15 season with concerts in Arlington and Bennington

The Bennington County Choral Society and music director Cailin Marcel Manson in full Broadway flight at the Bennington Center for the Arts on May 3, 2015.

The Bennington County Choral Society and music director Cailin Marcel Manson in full Broadway flight at the Bennington Center for the Arts on May 3, 2015.

Our “100 Years of Broadway” concerts at the Mack Center for the Performing Arts in Arlington and the Bennington Center for the Arts were a smash hit.

Now it’s time for our summer break. But it won’t be long before we’re back in September with more exciting music to learn. First on the bill next season are two French sacred music gems: Gabriel Faure’s gorgeous Requiem, and the harmonically complex and uplifting Gloria, by Francis Poulenc.

Think about joining us for the start of rehearsals in September (see details below).

And, if you’re not a singer, think about supporting us in other ways as we continue to bring great choral music to Bennington County.

Rehearsals usually begin in September, and January of each concert season.  Details will be posted here, or you may contact us by mail (P.O. Box 44, Bennington, VT 05201).  Watch the local paper for announcements.  The chorus normally rehearses at 7:00 PM on Monday evenings at the Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington. Regular attendance is expected and required.  Dues are payable at the first rehearsal, but your participation is important to us.  If you are unable to pay, please speak to the current Membership Director, the Treasurer or the President and we will make arrangements to help.

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Our Spring concerts are coming up May 2 and 3 in Arlington and Bennington

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Concert: 100 Years of Broadway!

The Bennington County Choral Society presents “100 Years of Broadway”!

Saturday May 2: Pre-concert Talk at 6:45pm | Concert at 7:30pm
Mack Performing Arts Center, Arlington Memorial High School, Arlington VT

Sunday May 3: Pre-concert Talk at 2:15pm | Concert at 3:00pm
Bennington Center for the Arts, Gypsy Lane, Bennington VT

Ticket prices: $15 general public, $10 students with current student ID (at the door only).
Tickets are available from Chorus members, The Bennington Bookshop, or at the door.

For more information, call Linda Putney: (802) 442-8829

100 Years of Broadway

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2015 Scholarship Auditions!

BCCS announces auditions for its 2015 music scholarships. Up to two $400 scholarships for voice or instrument will be awarded on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

To obtain an application email Paul Lambert at pjjlambert@yahoo.com.

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Call for Singers!

Rehearsals begin for “100 YEARS OF BROADWAY” Monday evening, January 11, 7 PM at Second Congregational Church, Hillside St. in Bennington. Singers should arrive 15 minutes earlier to register. There is a $35 fee. Concerts are planned for May 2nd and 3rd. There will be no rehearsal on Jan. 19th.

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