June 21, 2010
Webster University Presents the 21st Season of "St. Louis Summer Sings"
"St. Louis Summer Sings" is a series of three Tuesday evening sight-singing sessions of choral masterworks for choral singers in the St. Louis area. Scores are available for loan. The first Summer Sing will be conducted by Kevin McBeth, director of music at Manchester United Methodist Church and director of the Webster University Concert Choir.
In New York City, several traditional choral societies schedule so-called "Summer Sings" to maintain enthusiasm for choral singing during the summer hiatus. Rather than rehearse for weeks and then present a formal concert, choirs meet once a week on an informal basis—usually on their regular rehearsal night—to sight-sing through major choral literature. These evenings are open to the singing public, and one can usually find the schedules published in New York magazines and newspapers, and on the Internet.
Some singers are not really sight-singing, since the choral works chosen are often favorites that have been performed numerous times. If the evening's work is unfamiliar to singers, then they get plenty of sight-singing exercise, and at the same time acquire at least a superficial acquaintance with a choral masterpiece.
Tuesday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Concert Hall, Community Music School of Webster University
535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, free parking
$10 at the door, High school and college students under 25 are free with identification
Tickets for all three sings are $25