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Rehearsing for Messiah ~ December 2021

Newsletter from Summer 2020


We hope this Cappella Festiva newsletter finds you all well. While we wait until we can be together in person again, please join us as we look back on the year and look forward to what is to come.

We miss you!  

Let's start with the fall of 2019.

We are rehearsing here (photo above) in preparation for a collaborative concert performance that took place on Sunday, October 27th.
Collaborating choirs:
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, conductor Matthew Zydel 
Cor Capriccio Children’s Choir, conductor Elizabeth Clifton 
Children’s Chorus of Maryland, conductor Susan Bialek

They performed pieces by Bob Chilcott, Andrea Ramsey and Jim Papoulis in the beautiful Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College.

Cappella Chamber Choir rehearses on a beautiful Saturday morning back in October, while preparing for an upcoming concert: Dreams of a Glorious Day. Take a listen to their gorgeous voices sing Let the River Run, lyrics and music by Carly Simon.

Our glorious annual Lessons and Carols in the Vassar College Chapel. All three of our choirs performed.

Our Treble Choir performed at Lessons & Carols on Sunday evening, December 8, 2019 to a packed chapel.

Back in December of 2019 ~ Annual joint rehearsal of Cappella Festiva and the Bruderhof Community, Maple Ridge, for Handel's Messiah. About 200 voices, expertly conducted by Dr. Christine Howlett. Always an enjoyable, uplifting experience, and the Bruderhof's cookies are outstanding!

"First rehearsal for Saturday's sold out performance of Handel's Messiah with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. They, uh, don't make mistakes."
 ~ Wayne Delia

The Bardavon Marquee ~ December 2019
Our community has come to love and rely on this perennial favorite,
Handel's Messiah

Our last live performance 
(photo below)
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir and Cor Capriccio performed at Modfest

Saturday, February 8th at 3:00pm
Skinner Hall of Music
Vassar College

Then Covid19 happened.

Jake Runestad, American composer, was our guest at Cappella's zoom gathering in April. This was especially meaningful since we sang one of his pieces "Come to the Woods" at our fall concert. 60+ singers had the opportunity to ask him questions.

Referring to "Come to the Woods," he answered, "How do I embody the soundscape of that world? I definitely have a picture in my head. I picture John Muir skipping down a trail...." Jake gave us a glimpse of how and why he writes. It was an honor to host Jake Runestad and we hope to sing more of his music in the future.

After online rehearsals this spring, our CFTC season ended in June with a "Senior Send Off' celebration as we honored our 5 high school seniors who graduated. Click link above to view our send off.

Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir enjoyed their last virtual rehearsal in July.  (photos above)

We will be announcing future virtual performances in the fall. Stay tuned.
We will get through this together!