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The Monmouth Civic Chorus
Dr. Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director
Close to Perfect, Close to Home

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In this issue:

MCC in American Songbook
Support the Great American Songbook
MCC Announces Scholarship Auditions
What's on your mind?

Welcome to the "March 2014" issue of ECHOES, targeted to fans and audience of the Monmouth Civic Chorus. Look for an issue of ECHOES in your e-mail before each of our upcoming concerts.

Monmouth Civic Chorus in American Songbook

America’s home-grown music from back porches to Broadway will be heard in American Songbook, with the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus under the baton of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Brandau. Musical selections range from Over the Rainbow to Shenandoah, with favorite songs by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster and more renowned American composers. The concert is on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm. atthe Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Tickets are $30 for premium seating ($27 seniors, $25 groups, $10 students), and $25 regular seating ($22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students).

Ryan James Brandau holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music, an MPhil in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), and a BA in Music from Princeton University. He returned to the New York/New Jersey area from California, where he was the Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale, and the Director of Choral Activities and faculty member at Santa Clara University. Dr. Brandau is the Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and works with the Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "close to perfect" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "exceptional" (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, and the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333.

Support the great American Songbook

A wealth of songs from across this great country will fill the Count Basie in our American Songbook concert on March 9. You are invited to support your favorite song or performer by becoming a Virtuoso for this concert. Whether your taste runs to folk songs, spirituals, jazz or opera, there’s something (or someone) for you to love.

A Red Virtuoso at $200 sponsors our Artistic Director, Ryan Brandau, or Pianist, Jason Wirth. A White Virtuoso sponsors the song(s) of your choice at $75 each. A Blue Virtuoso sponsors a chorus member for $60. A Stars and Stripes Virtuoso lets you choose any amount you want to contribute. All contributions received by February 28 will be listed in the concert program. Visit our website at or call 732-933-9333 to make your contribution.

Solos and Ensembles you can sponsor:

Brothers, Sing On — Edvard Grieg, arr. Howard D. McKinney
Paul Blinn, Leyland Brenner, Douglas Clark, Matthew Izzo,
Gerald Metz, Warren Moe, Joseph Pisano, James Scavone

The Center of My Joy — William J. Gaither, Richard Smallwood, Gloria Gaither
Carolyn Watts, soprano; Frederita DuRant, piano

If Ever I Would Leave You from Camelot — Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe
Gerald Metz, baritone

Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair — Stephen Foster / The Little Horses — arr. Aaron Copland
Kenneth Wasser, baritone

Turn, Turn, Turn — Pete Seeger
Richard Sorrentino, baritone

In the Mood — Joe Garland, arr. Harry Simeone
Kathleen Blinn, Janet Breslin, Patricia Dowens, Deborah Macock,
Kate Muka, Petrina Picerno, Christine Psolka, Linda Wasser

How Can I Keep From Singing — Richard Walters
Stephanie Malewski, Peggy Noecker, sopranos

Blue Moon — Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Matthew Izzo, tenor

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy —  Don Raye and Hughie Prince
Jacqueline Schreiber, Stacy Smith-Velez, Helen Steblecki

Laurie’s Song from The Tender Land — Aaron Copland, Horace Everett
Renée Robinson, soprano

Choral Numbers:

At the River — arr. Aaron Copland, R. Wilding White

Ching-a-ring Chaw — arr. Aaron Copland, Irving Fine

Simple Gifts — arr. Aaron Copland, David L. Brunner

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal — arr. Alice Parker
Teri Lindstrom, Ellen Toomey, Xenia Levitsky, sopranos

Pilgrims’ Hymn — Stephen Paulus

The Battle of Jericho — arr. Moses Hogan

Shenandoah — arr. Evan Younger
Stephanie Chadwick, soprano, James Scavone, tenor

Nelly Bly  — Stephen Foster, arr. Jack Halloran

Cindy — arr. Mack Wilberg
Mari-Jo Policastro, piano

Over the Rainbow — Harold Arlen, arr. Leo Feist
Patti D’Andrea, soprano
Somewhere from West Side Story — Leonard Bernstein, arr. Robert Edgerton

Why Was I Born? — Jerome Kern, arr. James Bassi

Light of a Clear Blue Morning — Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Douglas Clark, tenor

MCC Announces Scholarship Auditions

The Monmouth Civic Chorus will hold its annual vocal scholarship auditions for New Jersey high school seniors planning to pursue higher education. Auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, May 10, 2014 by appointment in Red Bank. The application deadline is May 3 and the application fee is $10. For information or an audition appointment, call 732-933-9333, e-mail or visit and click Support Us.

A total of $2500 in scholarships is available to be awarded to students of outstanding vocal promise. Contestants must be prepared to perform two selections from the standard vocal repertoire (opera, operetta, art songs, oratorio or Gilbert and Sullivan), with at least one selection in Italian, French or German. Show music is not acceptable. Contestants will be judged on technique, choice of material, poise and musicianship. An accompanist will be provided if needed.

Last season, the First Place winner was bass/baritone Andrew Moore, Point Pleasant, who was awarded $1200. The Second Place winner was mezzo-soprano Kelly Koerwer, Shrewsbury, who was awarded $500.

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