Summer 2013 Newsletter

Concert Information
Ensemble in Residence Program
Member Profile: Jacques Dupuis
Memorial Chair Recipients
Rehearsal Highlights
Scholarship Recipients

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Enter "The Kingdom" with Calliope this September

Dear Friends,

We hope you are enjoying all the delights of summer! In addition to sunny days and balmy nights, Calliope has welcomed several new members this season, bringing our current performing membership to 78, including 44 singers and 34 instrumentalists!

We are pleased to share with you that we will kick off our 2013-2014 season with Edward Elgar's oratorio, “The Kingdom,” the second part in an unfinished trilogy about the Apostles. Rehearsals began in June for the performance scheduled for September 7th at First Church of Boston, located at 66 Marlborough Street. The baton drops at 7:30 p.m. We are working through the heat of summer to present this piece to you in all its glory!

Individual tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 617-759-2057. Group tickets may be purchased by phone or via email ( Tickets are $25 general admission; $30 premium seating; and $15 for students and seniors (with valid ID). Tickets may also be purchased at the door, pending availability.

Montserrat Basilica façade with sculptures of Christ and the Apostles, Catalonia, Spain. Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom is the second part of an unfinished trilogy about the Apostles.

Rehearsal Highlights

Rehearsals are off to a great start! We have been working on the various movements of The Kingdom, both as sections of the score and within particular segments of the greater ensemble. Beginning in June with two chorus-only rehearsals, followed by orchestra-only and orchestra-with-soloists rehearsals, we have progressed through July with three combined rehearsals of the full chorus and full orchestra.  

Focusing on individual movements and working with segments of the greater ensemble has given each rehearsal focus and purpose, in turn making the tutti rehearsals much smoother (at least after the first run-through!) as we focus on dynamics and musicianship rather than technical details.

Our section leaders not only provide technical guidance during rehearsals for their instrument or voice part, but also serve to integrate new members.

Section Leaders

The section leaders for the 2013-2014 concert season are:
Soprano: Farah Lewis,
Shooka Ashfar
Alto: Anne Parlato,
Elizabeth Beaudrie
Tenor: Rich Bias,
Gregg Hagopian
Bass: David Craft,
Jacques Dupuis
Flute: Kari Soper
Oboe: Carol Louik
Clarinet: Yanko Shereitov
Bassoon: Dawn Kumiega
Trumpet: Jared White
French Horn: Katie Mason
Trombone: Steve Benson
Violin I: Kenneth Mok (concertmaster)
Violin II: Charles Lin
Viola: Brendan Banerdt
Cello: David Ogulnick
Percussion: Frank Kumiega

Ensembles in Residence Debut

Earlier this month, Calliope introduced our new Ensembles in Residence (EIR) with a premiere concert on July 8th, at the Bristol Lounge of the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Nine small ensembles presented music they selected, to a very appreciative audience. We are looking forward to the many benefits of this program, including:

  • Improved quality of musicianship in the full ensemble, as a result of the skills required and sharpened in chamber music presentation.
  • Further marketing of Calliope at large, resulting from increased visibility through the EIR program.
  • The opportunity for our very talented musicians to present music in a variety of environments and for many different occasions, while being compensated for their hard work, continued study, and practice: a sincere gesture of appreciation for our musicians.
To request more information about EIR or about hiring an ensemble for your event, please see our web site:

Memorial Chairs Established

Calliope has established two memorial chairs this season in the names of, and in memory of, Anne Stout Adams and Isaac Hagopian. Each year, their families will select a current member of Calliope that embodies the spirit of Anne and of Isaac. In each case, the memorial is in honor of someone for whom music was important, but not necessarily central in their lives, so the selected recipients often bear other characteristics that are very special to the families. The Anne Stout Adams Memorial Chair recipient is tenor David Morse. The Isaac Hagopian Memorial Chair recipient is Steve Benson, trombonist. More specific information about Anne, Isaac, David, and Steve will appear in the program for our concert on September 7.

Our Scholarship Recipients

Each season, Calliope aims to support at least one scholarship student. These students work with the group as equal members, learning from other members and applying themselves to a new level of challenging music. We are excited to have two scholarship recipients making music with us this season: Shelly Hed, alto, and Natalia Ruiz, cello. Shelly is mentored by Taposhi Biswas (alto) and Emma Shields (violin), and Natalia is mentored by David Ogulnick (cello) and Lizzie Williamson (soprano).

Member Profile: Jacques Dupuis, Baritone and Assistant Conductor

Baritone Jacques Dupuis, Calliope’s recently appointed Assistant Conductor, started playing piano at the age of 5 or 6. He soon after picked up the trumpet, which was his main instrument for several years. While studying for his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Notre Dame, he joined the Glee Club, and of this experience he says, “I liked it so much that I’ve sung ever since!” In addition to his work in musicology — in which he is pursuing a Ph.D. at Brandeis University — Jacques has also studied piano, conducting, and some composition. He cites his favorite musical experience as singing for more than 5,000 locals in Antigua, Guatemala in the summer of 2009, calling it “truly amazing.”

Jacques joined Calliope in 2012 at the invitation of director Julia O’Toole. He saw membership as a unique opportunity for new challenges and rewards in making music. In performing with Calliope, he’s most enjoyed the movement from Dvořák Stabat mater (from the September 2012 concert) and the arrangement of “My Funny Valentine” (from the February 2013 concert), because “both are difficult and beautiful in their own ways.” Jacques recognizes the unique challenge of balancing the many individual talents and skills within the Calliope membership, and as Assistant Conductor, he is working closely with the singers to establish and solidify the sound of the group. “That means assuring that everyone is on the same page for vocal technique and choral sound,” he explains, “which will go a long way toward improving the overall ensemble.”

Outside of rehearsals and his studies, Jacques enjoys reading and is an active runner. He’s also reintroducing himself to Italian Cinecittà cinema, which he enjoyed exploring as an undergrad.
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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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