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Join us at 4:00 pm for
our "Tapas" concert at Emmanuel Church,
15 Newbury Street, Boston. Tickets are just $20!
Buy yours in advance here.

We're serving up small (musical) plates this weekend!

Dear Friends,

Our first-ever spring concert is nearly here! We're excited to present "Tapas: Small Plates of Beautiful Music", the third and final performance of the 2015–2016 season. This concert will showcase a unique mix of musical styles and genres, presented in the intimate setting of Emmanuel Church by small groups of Calliope musicians—everything from a lovely Fauré vocal duet with piano, to Cole Porter's spirited "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" (for mixed voices, piano, and trombone), to the whimsical Rossini "Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti." Tickets for this performance are only $20, and you can buy them at the door on the day of the performance, pending availability—but why wait, when you can purchase in advance online? Click here to order yours now!

As we cross the t's and dot the i's in our final rehearsals this week, we're also looking ahead to the summer, when we'll kick off our 2016–2017 season and rehearsals will begin for our September performance, "Ten". Everything on the program for performance, in honor of our ensemble's 10th anniversary, is related in some way to the number 10. To name a few examples: the Mozart oratorio David Penitente, which has 10 movements; "The Aviary", the 10th movement from Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals; and Irving Fine's choral "Design for October" (the 10th month of the year) from The Choral New Yorker. And coming next spring is our 10th anniversary party, where current and former members will gather to celebrate Calliope and reminisce on the music we've made, the friendships we've formed, and the ways we've contributed to the Boston arts community!

If you or someone you know might be interested in joining Calliope to perform with us during this special anniversary year, we're auditioning NOW by appointment for all voice parts and instruments! Contact me here to schedule an audition.

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director


Are you or someone you know interested in auditioning for Calliope? We are now holding auditions by appointment for all voice parts and instruments. Rehearsals will begin in early June for our September performance, and are held in Boston on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:30.
Email Julia today to schedule your audition!
Arts Management Internship Opportunity

Calliope is looking for an intern (10-20 hours per week) to assist the ensemble in 2 key areas: fundraising research and tracking, and audience and member development. Candidates should have a reasonable level of experience in these areas, the ability to work independently, strong writing and editing skills, and the desire to develop additional skills to strengthen their arts administration portfolio. Please visit our website for a full description of this opportunity, and for information on how to apply.
Please nominate Calliope for a GRANT from The Boston Globe!

If you are a subscriber to The Boston Globe, we hope you will consider nominating Calliope for the "Globe Readers And Non-profits Together" Program. Anyone who subscribes to the Globe can help us, so tell your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues! 

The program allows Globe subscribers, at no cost whatsoever, to offer meaningful support to their favorite non-profit organization by nominating them to receive free ad space in the Globe. With your help, we could use that ad space to significantly increase our reach in publicizing auditions for new members and our 10th anniversary performance!

There are 2 ways to nominate us, depending on your subscriber status:
1. Online: Web subscribers can nominate Calliope by filling out this online form (using Boston, MA for city and state).
2. By Mail: Subscribers who receive a grant voucher by mail can simply fill it in as follows:
Name of Certified 501(c)(3): Calliope Inc.
501(c)(3) Location: Boston
Place the completed voucher in the provided postage-paid envelope and drop it in any mailbox.

For more information, visit the Boston Globe GRANT Program FAQ.

Want live music for an event? Hire members of Calliope's Ensembles in Residence (EIR) Program! Soloists, duets, trios, quartets, or quintets made up of vocalists, strings, winds, brass, and piano are available for your event. Recent performances have taken place at NewBridge on the Charles (Dedham, MA), Brightview Senior Living (North Andover, MA), the Arlington Public Library, private weddings and parties, and more. Click here for more information.

Photo: Daniel Jepson (piano), Ellen Allen (soprano), and Yanko Sheiretov (clarinet) at a recent performance at NewBridge on the Charles.
Calliope Member Q & A:
Michael Koehrsen, French Horn
Q: How old were you when you first started playing, and do you have any favorite early musical memories?

A: I started clarinet at 10, and horn at 42. I've also dabbled in piano, saxophone, and bassoon. But before I played any instruments, I loved to sing. I was into the folksy songs that we would sing in music class at school—Stephen Foster, Woody Guthrie, and the like. I also loved singing carols at Christmas, the one time of year when I didn't mind getting dragged to church! A couple things got me seriously interested in classical music as a teenager. One was that I had a fierce rivalry with another student to be first-chair clarinetist in our middle-school concert band, which motivated me to keep practicing and improving. We ended up being good friends and influencing each other's musical development quite a lot. Another key factor, perhaps embarrassingly, was the Star Wars soundtrack. I listened to it over and over and then started checking out recordings from the local library, first of other orchestral music and then of classical music in general.

Q: If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

A: Someday I want to take a long trip to Asia. The scale and density of Asian cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong seems just insane, and I'd like to see and experience that for myself. I've also seen photos of spectacularly beautiful areas in China, and I would love to see those as well.
In celebration of the milestone of Calliope's 10th anniversary in 2016, we've put together this video to share who we are and what we're about. Check it out, share it with friends, and consider making a donation this year to support our unique mission!
A percentage of your purchase will be donated to Calliope if you link to through our website. Simply visit, click on the Amazon link at the top right of the page, then shop away. It's that easy! Thank you in advance for your support.

We have open positions on our Board of Directors. Please contact Julia if you know someone who would be a great fit to help guide and shape our organization.
We'd love to talk with them!
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Mission Statement
Calliope shares the joy of music through passionate collaboration between singers and instrumentalists. It is our mission that audiences benefit from collaboration between instrumentalists and singers, resulting in deeper understanding and performance of the music. We pursue this goal by:
  • Providing excellent music to the community of Greater Boston via a new, more inclusive method of rehearsal and performance
  • Capitalizing on the power of music to contribute toward social improvement via one benefit concert each season for an organization whose mission is reflected in our programming for that performance
  • Cultivating artists and their supporters for the future through our mentoring scholarship program.
 Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director
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