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Spring has arrived...

And for the first time, we'll help welcome it with a spring performance!

Dear Friends,

February's performance of "Pasticcio!" gave us much to smile about! We were thrilled to collaborate with WBUR's Delores Handy and to work with the Alliance for Children Foundation, and to bring the timeless story of Orpheus and Eurydice and their triumphant love to life through a varied program of music. We thank all of you who supported us through your donations, your attendance, and your bids at our silent auction, which raised nearly $1200! And the ladies of our soprano section once again clinched a victory for the highest bid in the auction gift basket section competition, so congratulations to them!

We're excited to be adding a spring concert—a third performance—to our season this year! "Tapas: Small Plates of Beautiful Music" will take place on Sunday, April 24, in an intimate setting within Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street in Boston. The program will feature music across several styles and genres and will showcase Calliope members in smaller ensembles, such as duets and trios. If you like planning ahead, it's not too early to purchase tickets for "Tapas"! You can order your tickets online here.

Until next time...bring on the SPRING!

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director


Looking ahead to our next season means auditioning potential new singers and instrumentalists to join our ensemble! Are you or someone you know interested in auditioning for Calliope? We'll be holding auditions on Tuesday evenings between now and April 19, 6:00–7:00 p.m., at Boston University College of Fine Arts. Auditions can also be scheduled by appointment on other dates. All voice parts and instruments are welcome. Email Julia to schedule your audition!
We are very pleased to announce that Calliope, for the first time in our ensemble's history, was one of 137 organizations in the City of Boston to receive a grant from the Boston Cultural Council (BCC)!

The grant was awarded in recognition of last month's "Pasticcio!" performance. The BCC's support will go a long way toward helping us fulfill our mission. In a press release announcing the grant recipients, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "We're working towards making Boston the country's municipal arts leader, and we can't do it without supportive and committed partners. Funding is often a hurdle for cultural organizations, and I'm proud that we doubled our Boston Cultural Council funds this year. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients, and thank you for your contributions to a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston."

Photo, above left: Calliope members and Board Liaisons, Anna Warfield (violin) and Katherine Gilliland (alto), at the Boston Cultural Council Reception, held on February 29 at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, spoke at the event.
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!
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.
Calliope Member Q & A:
Caroline Spaeth, Soprano
Q: What are your favorite pieces to sing, and why?

A: The classical composer whose music I probably enjoy singing the most is Mozart. People often take for granted how difficult his music is—in my opinion, it's the musical equivalent of reciting Shakespeare. Breathe deeply and steadily, and the music does all the work for you. That's a LOT trickier than it sounds, though, which makes singing it that much more rewarding! As for non-classical music, I love singing the songs that I grew up listening to—like Sondheim, the Beatles, and spirituals.

Q: What do you like most about living in Boston?

A: Well, I can't say I love the winters here! But Boston in the summer is sort of a magical experience, especially around the Fourth of July. The city's history really comes alive during that time, and being near the ocean makes it even more exciting.
Hire us for your event!
Musicians are available to perform at parties, weddings, and other functions
through our Ensembles in Residence (EIR) Program.  
Click here for more information.
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.
Seeking New Board Members
We have open positions on our Board of Directors. 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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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.