Vocal & Choral Workshop
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Open to all interested singers age 14+.
Portsmouth Christian Academy
20 Seaborne Dr., Dover, NH
Granite State Choral Society will again host this choral workshop open to anyone interested in choral music. Learn techniques & skills useful to group singing be it a small church choir or large community ensemble. All voice parts (SATB) will find this a stimulating and useful day to work on vocal technique, ask questions and learn more about how to best achieve the best vocal sound when participating in a choir or small group.
We are so pleased to announce that pricing will remain the same as will the included lunch offering. Full agenda and class offerings will be updated as we confirm instructors so check back often.
Online registration is now open.
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If wish to join GSCS next season, all attendees receive 10% discount on dues. Students up to age 22 will receive 50% off dues with student verification. To learn more about joining GSCS please click “How to join GSCS” for more information about the upcoming Season 2017-2018. Open non-auditioned registration begins Sept. 10, 2017. In collaboration with Granite State Ringers Bell Choir the Christmas themed concert dates are December 9 and 10, 2017. We hope you’ll join us ring in the holidays!
Dr. Daniel K. Roihl
Music Director, Granite State Choral Society in Rochester, NH –For over twenty years, Dr. Daniel Roihl (conductor, performer, composer, educator), has been sharing his infectious passion for the musical arts with audiences, students, and collaborators of all ages, disciplines, and experience levels.
He was the founding conductor of the Concordia Society chamber choir, the Winthrop House Chamber Choir and Orchestra, and the Deerfield Choral Society, and has also directed the Toscanini Chamber Orchestra, the Elm City Girls Choir, and various choral ensembles at Deerfield Academy, Scripps College, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Southern California. He has served as Organist and/or Music Director at the Lexington United Methodist Church, St. James’ Episcopal Church in South Pasadena, and the Congregational Church of Topsfield.As a faculty member at Scripps College, Deerfield Academy, USC, and World Mission University, he has taught courses in conducting, choral literature, and music theory.
As a countertenor, Roihl has appeared as a soloist with numerous professional choirs throughout New England and Southern California, performed at early music festivals in Bloomington and Corona del Mar, and been featured on the soundtrack of the 2007 film I Am Legend. Equally at home on the stage, his opera credits include Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Corindo in Cesti’s Orontea, and The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Despite his active solo career, Roihl has remained continuously devoted to, and engaged in, ensemble performance. Also in demand as a composer, Roihl has written commissions for Boston’s Youth Pro Musica, the Royal School of Church Musicians, the Harvard University Choir, several churches, and the installation of a past Harvard President.
Roihl holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.M. from Yale, and a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California.
Catherine Beller-McKenna, Music Director, brings to Amare Cantare extensive experience in conducting choruses in both community and collegiate settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, her Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where she explored a special interest in text/music relationships in the cantatas of J.S. Bach. She has also conducted in master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival and the South Carolina Conductor’s Institute.
Since returning to New England in 1998, Catherine has taught and conducted at Bowdoin College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Southern Maine. In addition to Amare Cantare, she directs Women in Harmony, a 50-voice women’s chorus in Portland, ME, and she previously directed the Granite State Choral Society, a 65-voice mixed chorus in Rochester, NH. Catherine (who goes by “Kitty”) believes strongly in the power of music to build community. She lives with her family in Durham, NH
Melissa Manseau graduated with her Masters of Music in vocal performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts in music education from the University of New Hampshire.
Melissa was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera in 2001 when she was awarded the Sarasota Opera Guild Scholarship and the Kern Foundation Scholarship. She returned as a Studio Artist for Sarasota’s 2002 season, covering Fiordiligi from Cosi fan tutte and Leonore from Le Trouvere (Verdi’s original French). In addition, Ms Manseau performed with the Sarasota Outreach Program.
Melissa also performed as a Young Artist with Opera North, covering Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni, and performing staged scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro and Tatyana’s “Letter Aria” from Eugene Onegin. In November 2005, Ms. Manseau performed the soprano solo in Brahm’s Requiem with the North Shore Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Robert Lehmann.
Other professional roles include Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Lady Thiang (The King and I), Title role (Suor Angelica), Mimi (La Boheme), and Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw) as well as a returning artist for 12 years in the Chatham, MA. First Night Celebration singing a full recital of operatic arias.
Carroll Stevens, Director of Fine Arts, Music Teacher
Master of Music Education University of Michigan,
Bachelor of Music, Music Education; Minors, Music Theory and Music History, Gordon College
PCA Faculty Since 2010
Ms. Diedre McClure
Music Director, Women Singing Out Portsmouth, NH
Music Director, Phoenix Chorale in Portland, ME
Music Director, Odeon Orchestras in Rockport, ME
Adjunct Professor, University of New England.
D.M.A and M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, Peabody Conservatory of Music,