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Has it really been 10 years already?

Dear Friends,

I'd like to start by thanking all who attended our first-ever spring concert, "Tapas," in April. Our soloists, duos, trios, and other small ensembles truly enjoyed performing for you in the intimate space within Emmanuel Church. In addition, we are grateful to have been able to secure this venue thanks to support from generous donations made to the Katharine A. Koniuto Memorial Fund. Given what a positive experience it was for both our musicians and our audience, we intend to keep a third spring performance as a regular part of our season going forward.

Now summer is in full swing, and rehearsals are well under way for our September performance, "Ten." The theme of this concert stems from the 2016–2017 season marking our 10th anniversary! In some ways, it seems like just yesterday when Calliope was formed, but we also know how how much we've grown over the last decade. With 11 new members joining us this summer, our current performing membership includes 34 singers and 18 instrumentalists — and 3 of our musicians will be doing "double duty" in the September concert by singing in some pieces and playing an instrument in others! We're also pleased to have 3 scholarship recipients making music with us this summer — please see later in this newsletter for more about them and their mentors.

Everything on the program for September's performance is related in some way to the number 10. To name a few examples: the Mozart oratorio Davide Penitente, which has 10 movements; "The Aviary", the 10th movement from Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals; and Irving Fine's choral "Design for October" (the 10th month of the year) from The Choral New Yorker. The concert even takes place on September 10th! It's not too soon to purchase your tickets—you can buy them online here. And for an advance taste of the concert program, later in this newsletter we've provided links to suggested recordings, so you can familiarize yourself before attending. Happy listening!

Julia O'Toole, Artistic Director

Our Scholarship Recipients
Ella Hed, alto, attends Westwood Middle School, where she participates in the Prodigy Program for music. Ella sang with Calliope last season, and is returning to perform with us again in September. Her mentors are Nell Pepper (alto) and JR Psykira (bass).

Sophia Plouffe, soprano, is a student at Westwood Middle School and also takes part in the Prodigy Program. This will be Sophia's first concert with Calliope, and she is mentored by Jessica Speece (soprano) and Emma Donnelly (flute).

Ailis Robinson, oboe, attends Westwood High School, where she plays in the advanced ensemble. September's concert will be the first time Ailis has performed with Calliope, and her mentors are Mary Tripsas (oboe) and Lisa Skowronek (soprano).
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.

Unfamiliar with the music in our next concert, or need a refresher? Here are links to recordings of some of the pieces we'll be performing, available on YouTube:

* Jean Sibelius, Karelia Overture, Op. 10
* E.Y. Harburg & Jay Gorney, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

For more recordings, please see this list on our website.

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 Brightview Senior Living (North Andover, MA), the Arlington Public Library, and more. Click here for more information.

Photo: Left to right, Charles Lin (violin), Wei Yang (piano), Marie Coste (soprano), and Katie Mason (horn) performing at Brightview Senior Living in March.
Calliope Member Q & A: Ellen Allen, soprano, and David Allen, tenor

Q: You're a married couple. Have you performed together often over the years, and what have you enjoyed most about that experience?

Ellen: We actually met at Gordon College, singing in the choir together. Instead of grouping us into voice parts, our director would arrange us so we stood among singers whose vocal quality matched our own. David and I, because we both have light, high voices, were placed next to each other in the front row. We started dating in 2006 and married in 2009, and we've continued to sing in choirs together. We enjoy the experience of working on and performing the same music together.

David: We've performed together in the College Choir and the Chamber Singers at Gordon, a North Shore choral group called Lyricora, our parish choir, and of course, Calliope. It has been great fun to sing duet solo sections of Mozart masses at church, and we've often enjoyed discussing all the various music we've performed over the years — whether it's Gregorian chant, Bach oratorios, or even the unusual, yet compelling "Vale Decem" by Murray Gold, from Dr. Who [forthcoming in September's concert].

Q: What have been your favorite pieces to perform, and why?

Ellen: Mozart's Requiem, because it is an incredible piece of music that highlights the contrast between earthly, human grief and the transcendent majesty of God. The final chorus from Bach's St. Matthew Passion — its heaviness and finality perfectly encapsulate the sadness of Good Friday. And the "Gloria" from Haydn's Heiligmesse, because it's so bombastic and joyful, and full of high B-flats!

David: Mozart's Spatzenmesse. Ellen and I have performed this work many times while singing in our parish choir. The whole work is constantly brimming over with a liberating vitality that elicits pure joy and adoration.

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

Ellen: We love London! We went for the first time this spring, and we are hooked — the culture, the history, and the big-city atmosphere. We were planning our next trip before we even left.

David: As Samuel Johnson once said, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."

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

Ellen: Summer is such a short season here, and we know how to make the most of it! The city is beautiful when everything is green, and people seem more relaxed.

David: Sam Adams Summer Ale!
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!
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!
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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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