Keene, NH: The Ewing Arts Awards were established in 2015 to honor and bring recognition to arts organizations in the Monadnock Region as the late Ruth and James Ewing so passionately did through their stewardship at the Keene Sentinel and involvement with the community. On July 24, hundreds gathered in the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College for the annual awards gala hosted by the Keene Sentinel and Arts Alive! to support the evening’s 16 honorees.
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (GMYC) were one of four honorees to perform that evening, with singers from all five GMYC ensembles including Keene Youth Chorus, Elm City Singers, Trebles, Choristers, and the Cecilia Ensemble. This special 23-person group performed the Hebrew tet, Al Shloha D’varim by Allan Naplan, whose translation means “The world is sustained by three things: by truth, justice and peace.” Following the performance, GMYC was awarded the Ewing Arts Award in Performing Arts, a category open to, but not limited to, music, musical composition, dance, choreography, and acting and theatre. Artistic Director Esther Rhoades proudly accepted the award on behalf of the organization’s 100 singers, board members, and staff. “We are humbled to accept this prestigious award. I want to make it clear that this award really belongs to the singers, parents, volunteers, founders, board, and staff,” says Rhoades, “It truly takes a village, and I hope that everyone feels recognized by this award. We are part of something larger than ourselves, which is so rewarding; it’s electric!”.
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs 2019 – 2020 concert season begins the 2nd week of September, promising many performances from all 5 ensembles throughout the Monadnock Region. Come spring, members of the Cecilia Ensemble will travel to Italy for an international concert tour and the adventure of a lifetime. GMYC proudly provides the opportunity for singers to travel and perform locally and at the high school level, to travel internationally every two years to experience international music, cuisine, develop friendships, and deepen connections.
Auditions for the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs are open to all 2nd-12th grade singers in Central New England. The private 15 minute auditions will be ongoing throughout the month of September, and may be scheduled at any time. To schedule an audition, visit us online at www.GrandMonadnockYouthChoirs.org/audition
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997. It is the performance-based choral music education program for young singers in our community. GMYC is based in Peterborough and Keene and serves about 100 singers from nearly 20 towns across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. GMYC offers professional rehearsal and performance environments that foster musical expression, a deep appreciation of music, and meaningful, lifelong friendships.