Heart of Carolina A Cappella GUEST NIGHT!
May 31 @ 7:30 pm

If you love to sing, join us for an evening of mixed chorus a cappella singing, food, drinks and fun. We’re looking for both men and women to join our chorus who have a passion for creating spectacular harmonies together!

Hepcats to Hippies with The Encore Singers
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm

On Monday, June 4, at 7:00 pm, at the Halle Cultural Center in Apex, the Encore Singers presents Hepcats to Hippies, a concert featuring music from the 1940s to the 1960s.  This performance is a benefit concert for Corral Riding Academy, a local nonprofit that pairs rescued horses with girls in high-risk situations to provide healing and transformational life change. All are welcome, and donations gladly accepted.

Raleigh Boychoir Spring Concert
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Raleigh Boychoir for our 2018 Spring Concert.  This annual concert marks the conclusion of our 50th Anniversary Season and features all Raleigh Boychoir ensembles, as well as the Alumni Choir.  Please join us for this wonderful performance!

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham presents Sure on This Shining Night
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm
VAE’s 23rd annual summer concert features gorgeous choral music that moves gradually from dusk, through darkness, to dawn. The moon and stars are portrayed in their luminous beauty, evoking wonder and a sense of the infinite. The night brings rest and sleep and dreams.

Poetry by Sara Teasdale is sensitively set to music by Dale Warland and Eriks Ešenvalds, the latter with the added accompaniment of tuned water glasses. James Agee’s poem “Sure on This Shining Night” is heard in Morten Lauridsen’s rich harmonic language, and an excerpt from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is heard in a playful setting by Carrie Mallonee. Words by Dryden, O’Shaughnessy, and even a Sanskrit text from 1200 BC are also heard in sensitive, expressive musical settings.

Many of the pieces in this concert—ones by Clausen, Stroope, Gjeilo, Grieg, Elder, and others–are full of color and atmosphere and mystery. By contrast, Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” provides an extended, virtuosic look at da Vinci’s imagination and motivation in creating his famous flying machine, and imagines, through a panoply of vocal sounds, da Vinci’s vision of how this first flight might feel.

We invite you to come and hear all of this beautiful music!

Concert repertoire:
René Clausen  – Tonight eternity alone
Hugo Alfvén, arr. – Glimmering Moonlight
Dale Warland – There will be rest
Z. Randall Stroope – Noche serena
Daniel Elder – Ballade to the Moon (Nocturne)
Eric Nelson – We are the music makers
Eric Whitacre  – Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
Edward Grieg  – Ave maris stella
Morten Lauridsen – Sure on this shining night (fr. Nocturnes)
Eriks Ešenvalds  – Stars
Carrie Mallonee  – Look, love (fr. Songs of the Earth and Heavens)
Ola Gjeilo  – The Spheres (fr. Sunrise Mass)
Homer Keller  – Salutation of the Dawn
Carol Barnett  – Musica, Dei donum optimi


with David Heid (piano) and Philip Snyder (flute)
Rodney Wynkoop, conductor

“VAE is made up of some of the finest voices in the Triangle. They are chosen by Wynkoop based on ability, musicality, and the best possible blend of vocal qualities. His rehearsals are always focused and disciplined, a great pleasure, and often fun. Concerts of superior choral quality such as what was experienced in Duke Chapel this evening are the consequence of all of this. How fortunate we are!” – Ken Hoover, CVNC

Raleigh Boychoir 50th Anniversary Gala – A Night to Shine
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm

On June 30, 2018, the Raleigh Boychoir will close out its 50th Anniversary Season with a Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction—A Night to Shine at the North Carolina Museum of History! The event will see supporters and patrons from across the Triangle arts community as well as community leaders join together to support and celebrate the Raleigh Boychoir. The event proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Boychoir programs, including financial assistance for tuition, music, uniforms, and tour experiences. The event includes live entertainment, including the RBC Tour Choir!

Choirs Invited to Join the Wilson Sacred Choral Festival with Mary McDonald
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Participate in the 2018 Wilson Choral Festival

The annual Wilson Choral Festival is regional festival of volunteer choirs singing music written by and under the direction of composer and clinician Mary McDonald. This year we are fortunate to host Mary McDonald for an afternoon of fellowship and music-making.  The event, taking place at First Methodist Church in Wilson, NC will begin with an afternoon rehearsal from 3-5PM.   Following the massed afternoon rehearsal, members of the choir take a short dinner break.  They will then present a concert open to the public at 6PM.   The choir will be performing works of the festival clinician, Mary McDonald.

Anthem List

  1. Lift Your Light; SATB | Monarch Music/Lorenz; 10/3285M | Fun, gospel style work with a cappella opening
  2. Then Sings My Soul; SATB | Hope Publishing/ C 5701 | Mary’s best seller!
  3. Hymn of Peace; SATB | Beckenhorst press / BP 1985 | An original composition with briefly quotes “Be Still My Soul”
  4. A Family of Love; SATB with children | Hope Publishing / C 6134 | Utilizes both children’s voices and handbells
  5. Fly Away Home; SATB | Glory Sound / 35028831

Clinician, Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald is well known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty‑five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than 800 anthems, seasonal musicals, and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

In 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition, she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for Composer Weekends.

To register, please visit our Choral Festival Website →

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