The Souhegan Valley Chorus often wishes to announce related events, such as performances by its director, accompanist, or other members.
Gavin Lee Broadway Workshop
Saturday, April 18
Amato Center for the Performing Arts, Milford
Broadway performer Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Spongebob the Musical) will be in Milford to work with students ages 12 through 18!
Tony Award nominated actor Gavin Lee (“Squidward”, Spongebob the Musical, “Bert”, Mary Poppins) will present a three hour workshop for students ages 12 to 18. We will learn the song ‘Bikini Bottom Day’ from the Broadway show, before jumping into the choreography for that number. We then look at some character work, before a Q&A session with Gavin. Students are in for an amazing experience, and get to meet and work with one of Broadway’s best loved stars!
Date: Saturday, April 18
Time:1:00 to 4:00
Location: The Amato Center (Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley), 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, NH 03055
Open to: students ages 12 to 18
How to register: Submit the google form and pay through PayPal, OR, submit the google form and send a check for $80 made out to Souhegan Valley Chorus. Mail to Jennifer Erdody, 14 Johnson St., Milford, NH 03055
Questions? Email Jennifer.Erdody@milfordk12.org
Registration limited to 65 students.
Sunday, March 15- Group outing to the Palace Theatre to see “Mamma Mia”! Tickets are $35. Sign up with Jenn.
Saturday, May 23– Down and Back Bus Trip to NYC, sponsored by the Milford High School Music Boosters. More info to follow!
From the Christian Science Monitor:
A study published recently by researchers at Deakin University in Australia found that people who [join a choral or dance group] have a markedly better sense of “subjective well-being,” an internationally recognized metric that includes several measures of happiness and life satisfaction. To increase well-being, the study says, people must participate in music “in the company of others.” Those who sang or danced alone did not seem to receive the same benefit.
Music itself contains concepts such as “harmony,” “blending,” and “rhythm” that seem to call forth the need to get along with others – and enjoy the interaction. Musicians literally must be “on the same page” as fellow performers, and dancers must be closely in tune with the movement of a partner or ensemble. This getting “in synch” seems to provide a sense of satisfaction.
The study was based on phone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen individuals. While it doesn’t prove that communal musical activities cause a higher sense of well-being, it does show that the two seem to go hand-in-hand.
Many people instinctively recognize the benefits of group singing. A 2009 study commissioned by the group Chorus America estimated that 42.6 million people in the United States were singing as members of 270,000 choral groups. It found that choral singing put participants in a better frame of mind – made them “better team players” who are “willing to accept criticism, regularly accept assignments outside their area of expertise, and [who are] significantly less likely to say they don’t get enough credit for what they do….”
Taking time to sing didn’t mean ignoring the world, either. Choral singers “exhibit greater civic leadership than their fellow Americans,” the Chorus America study says, and “they are significantly more likely to report voting regularly, reading books and newspapers regularly, contributing money to political parties or candidates, serving as officers of civic organizations, and working for political parties.”