Liz Bologna pic

Choosing Our New Conducting Fellow

As seen in Vernon Events Magazine.

By Cindy Trenholm

What distinguishes Vernon’s own chorale from other area community choirs and groups? The Vernon Chorale commits to fostering young talent through its Fellowship Programs. Over the past decade the Chorale’s Conducting Fellowship evolved from word-of-mouth recommendations for an assistant conductor to the excellent teaching tool it is today. The program aims to sharpen skills of aspiring conductors both in concert preparation and performance in a practical setting. Throughout the season, the Fellow is guided by the Artistic Director and plans and conducts the Chorale’s June concert.

Because of the program’s rise in popularity, the pool of local candidates has widened, the number of applicants increased, and a formal application process put into place. Another key factor is a conductor willing to share the podium in order to cultivate the next generation of local talent, and a group of choral singers willing to support the Fellow’s growth. The Vernon Chorale is proud of retaining both. Ehren Brown, current Artistic Director, honed his skills under the program.

The Chorale is excited to welcome Vernon resident and 2005 Rockville High School graduate, Liz Bologna, as their 2017-2018 Conducting Fellow. Growing up, Bologna watched her parents sing with the Chorale and is no stranger to the group. In 2006-2009 she was a Choral Fellow, another Fellowship for young aspiring singers, and continued singing with the group through 2011. When asked what excites her most about her role as Conducting Fellow she replied, “I’m humbled to be a part of the Vernon Chorale’s legacy of bringing great choral music to the community.” Both Brown and Bologna exemplify the Fellowship’s unique ability to give back to the community by contributing to future conductors, thereby furthering both performance and appreciation of choral music in the Vernon area.

The Chorale’s Winter concert is Saturday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. at St. Bernard Church in Rockville. Visit VernonChorale.org for upcoming performances. Member Vernon Volunteers’ Collaborative.

17633_10152892320052968_5699615619085258582_n

The Vernon Chorale Celebrates 35 Years!

Founded in 1980, the Vernon Chorale remains true to its core mission of musical excellence and education. The Chorale has established a reputation of high quality performances that include traditional choral music as well as vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella. Their versatility as an ensemble allows for a wide range of programming enjoyed by Tolland and Hartford County audiences. One of the unique features of the Vernon Chorale is their Choral and Conducting Fellow programs in which young singers and aspiring conductors are provided an arena to refine their skills under the leadership of Artistic Director, Ehren Brown. Brown, who became artistic director in 2006, is proud of the Chorale’s evolving education program. “Our Fellow graduates now ably lead their own choirs in Connecticut and beyond, and we are happy to have been a part of their musical journey.”

 

The Chorale has blossomed into one of Vernon’s cherished treasures. They are an institution on the move with a vibrant, growing membership and exciting plans for the future. Their vision includes a professional recording, a collaborative concert with Rockville High School, and strengthening ties with the Vernon community. Brown promises both singers and audiences, “to continue to push the boundaries of what you would expect in a choral concert, and to explore unexpected styles and celebrate up-and-coming composers.”

 

Never experienced the Vernon Chorale? Come and be captivated! Attend their anniversary season concerts December 12, 2015 and April 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm at St. Bernard Church, 25 St. Bernard’s Terrace, Vernon and June 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm at South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main Street, Manchester. Suggested donations are $15 adults, $12 seniors; tickets are available at the door.

 

Visit our website at VernonChorale.org or call (860) 375-0545 for more information. Member Vernon Volunteers’ Collaborative.