Children’s Choir Workshop
February 2, 2013
beautiful, dedicated choral-rehearsal room was the setting on a very snowy
Saturday, February 2 (Candlemas Day) for a Children’s Choir Workshop hosted by
Diane Green, organist and choir director at Kenmore Presbyterian Church. This
event, sponsored by our own Church Musician’s Guild, was planned in our
continuing effort to promote and support the growth and development of
children’s choirs in Western New York. With six directors of children’s choirs
in attendance, fifteen choristers were placed into the loving and capable hands
of clinician Sue Fay Allen, founder and director of Amherst Bel Canto Choirs.
Ms. Allen worked with the children for a full two hours, devoting a portion of
her time to passing along some tips to those of us who work with children’s
choirs, all based upon her years of experience in the field of music education.
Children’s Choir Festival
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo held a beautiful Children's Choir Festival on April 22 featuring children representing six area parishes performing songs carefully selected to highlight the seasons of the church calendar year.
The event included choirs from Blessed John the XXIII-West Seneca, Our Lady Help of Christians-Cheektowaga, St. Andrew-Kenmore, St. Leo the Great-Amherst, St. Martin-Buffalo and SS. Peter and Paul-Williamsville. The groups joined together to present a program of choral music ranging from chant to an American Spiritual, under the direction of Mr. William Fay.
Also included on the program were the Royalton Ringers, a handbell quartet. In addition, CMG organ scholarship winners William Freeman, Peter Gonciarz and Joel Kumro played the historic Schlicker organ.
The magnificent Buffalo Religious Arts Center was the venue. The B.R.A.C. is housed in the former St. Francis Xavier Church which has been converted into a museum. Beautiful artifacts collected from the many churches which have closed are stored and displayed there. It is a beautiful building, perfect for concerts, full of art and history.
A Message from Festival Director Melissa Herr:
I write this in the afterglow of a beautiful afternoon of prayer and song. My
heartfelt thanks go to choir directors Carolyn Liarakos, Joel Kumro, Allison
Dulanski, CMG president Gail Shepherd, and conductor Bill Fay. Thanks to Mary
Holland of BRAC for coordinating our use of this beautiful facility, to
organists William Freeman, Peter Gonciarz, and Joel Kumro, and to Royalton
Ringers Diane and Michael Dick & Marie and Tim Socha. Thanks to all the adult
volunteers who served refreshments to the children and supervised their breaks.
An event of this magnitude cannot happen without the care and support of
many…thank-you to anyone I didn’t mention by name.
Some highlights from the 2012 festival: