September 14, 2016
My Dear Friends,
I am very excited to begin our 20th season of singing! We have a wonderful year in store, with our 20th Anniversary Concert and Alumni Celebration coming in May, 2017. We have, at this writing, 56 singers in the Peterborough choirs and 47 singers in the Keene choirs. Both Esther and I are still auditioning for all of them.
I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of my singers and their families for choosing to sing with me year after year. You are the reason I love my work so much!
And now, I would like to share my plans with you. At the 20th Anniversary Concert on May 21st, 2017, I will be stepping down as the Artistic Director of GMYC. Esther Rhoades, my assistant, will be assuming the role. I will continue to direct the Cecilia Ensemble for the 2017-2018 season, and we will tour the Czech Republic! Esther is planning on traveling with us so she can learn the ropes. After our tour, and the 2018 Spring Concert, I will step away completely and Esther will have full directorship.
I have absolute confidence in Esther as a director, as a musician, and as a role model for all my singers. She has the energy, the dedication, the musicianship, and the joie de vivre that is necessary for success.
You may have questions or concerns. I would be very happy to schedule a time to talk individually. Just let me know.
With much love,