November 24, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Bright Light During Challenging Times
DEWITT COMMUNITY SINGERS will be presenting their Winter Concert via YouTube! This year our members have been rehearsing in their homes, meeting weekly on Zoom and submitting their voices and faces to be included in the “Happy Holidays from DeWitt Community Singers”. The video will be premiered in mid-December 2020, featuring carol favorites, “O Come All Ye Faithful”; “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”; “Silent Night”; “Away In A Manger”; “The Holly and the Ivy”; “O Holy Night”, and secular favorites, “Ukrainian Bell Carol”; “Up on the Housetop” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”. The choir hopes that the thirty minutes or so of holiday music will lift your spirts and give you a moment to celebrate.
Artistic Director Megan Higle (Lansing) and Assistant Director Brooke Broughton (DeWitt) have been working together since this summer to put together rehearsal tracks and video guides for the choir to be able to practice their music at home. The choir began meeting via Zoom in March 2020, once the initial State shutdown was put into place. Too many stories of choir rehearsals ending in Covid-19 cases made it clear that it was best for the choir and their families that the group move to a virtual setting. The group has met every Tuesday evening since. Because the choir members have been rehearsing on their own, meeting on Tuesdays has become time for fellowship, specific musical questions and learning about vocal health. Artistic Director Megan Higle says, “My family knows when it’s Tuesday night, because my home office is filled with laughter and singing!” Not only is Megan Higle the Artistic Director, but she has turned into the choir’s sound and video editor. “This year has stretched my creativity with technology in new and exciting ways”, she says. “I never thought that I would be spending so much time in my home office making music, but it has slowly turned into a way for me to connect with my singers.”
Mary Weinzweig (DeWitt) is the choir’s Treasurer and Alto section leader. “Tuesday night rehearsal is not just a chance to warm up and rehearse music, it is also a chance to connect with others we miss seeing weekly, share stories of our lives, laugh a lot and lift each other up in spirit. Thanks to the creative and enthusiastic spirit of our Director, we have found a way to connect as a group each week and share messages through virtual music performances.”
Suzette Hilton (DeWitt) has been a member of the choir since its beginning. “Our Zoom gatherings have been a way to stay connected even though we cannot [physically] be together. [It’s been a] good way to share laughs and get back into singing.”
Jim Butt (DeWitt), a long-time member of DCS, he says that “DCS participation has helped me maintain my sanity! Our Tuesday rehearsals provide comradery that, although not the same as being together in the same room, still helps to maintain friendships and share each other’s concerns.” Marsha Hoffman-Turner (Alma) concurs, “DCS has been a wonderful connection to ‘normalcy’. It’s a regular opportunity to join with others to share, laugh and create! It offers a view to where we hope to be in the not to distant future.”
Many members of the choir participated in two virtual choir videos over the summer months, “I Choose Love” by Mark A Miller and “You Are The New Day” arr by Peter Knight. (Both are viewable on YouTube, or through the choir’s website and FaceBook page). The latter was a featured virtual choir piece at the October 2020 Michigan ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) annual virtual meeting.
https://youtu.be/5ySpzavbfmg (I Choose Love)
https://youtu.be/dNs2BL1mjtE (You Are the New Day)
The DeWitt Community Singers was founded in 2000 and has been a part of the community of DeWitt ever since. The choir presents a minimum of two concerts annually and often participates in community functions in and around the Lansing area.
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DeWitt Community Singers is a non-audition, community choir and 501(c)(3) for any singer who loves music and is willing to strive for high musical standards through the participation in rehearsals and performances. Find us on FaceBook, DeWitt Community Singers, or through our website, www.dewittcommunitysingers.net.
February 26, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEWITT COMMUNITY SINGERS presents their annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Redeemer United Methodist Church, located at 13980 Schavey Rd, DeWitt, MI 48820.
Artistic Director, Megan Higle and Assistant Director, Brooke Broughton offer “YOU ARE LIGHT”, featuring the following choral works: “O Schone Nacht” (J. Brahms), “Sure On This Shining Night” (Laurdisen), “Please Stay” (Runestad), “The Seal Lullaby” (Whitacre), “You Are The New Day” (David, arr Knight), “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” (Vaughn Williams, arr Courtney), “Tant que vivray” (Sermisy, ed Leavitt), “The Road Home” (Paulus), “I Will Walk This Way” (Berg), “To Rose” (Esenvalds), “True Light” (Hampton), “Awake My Soul” (Hagenberg) and “Come In From the Firefly Darkness” (Bernon).
A portion of the proceeds for our “YOU ARE LIGHT” will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (more info at www.afsp.org)
DeWitt Community Singers is a non-audition, community choir for any singer who loves music and is willing to strive for high musical standards through the participation in rehearsals and performances.
Find us on FaceBook or on our website, www.dewittcommunitysingers.net