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Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, Inc. Singing With Pride World Wide Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus 6642 East Quaker Street Orchard Park, NY 14127 (716) 662-3649 SRyanWNYCC@msn.com www.Buffaloniagarayouthchorus.com

FUNDRAISING 2009-2010 Fundraising is essential to non-profit organizations such as BNYC. For the 2009 - 2010 season, the Chorus is looking for volunteers to help in this area. If you have the ability to write grants, have new ideas, or would simply be willing to help, please let us know! One of the programs currently under way is the sale of reusable grocery bags. The Board Liaison for this campaign is Maureen Wiech, 662-0863. Help the environment! Promote BNYC! Eco-friendly grocery bags purchased through the chorus will benefit everyone all around. Bags with the BNYC logo are currently available and will be sold at the September Retreat and weekly rehearsals and concerts throughout the upcoming season.

CONCERT ATTIRE 2008-2009 Preparatory & Concert Choir Members: If you have not returned your attire from last season, (even if you are returning) you need to do so ASAP. Attire should be mailed to or dropped off at: 6642 East Quaker Street, Orchard Park, NY 14127. All attire must be returned clean, in a plastic bag and labeled with your name. If it is not labeled, we will not know who returned it!

2009-2010 All Choirs Each season, concert attire must be ordered, sized and distributed to all choristers. Volunteers are essential for this task. If you have helped in the past and are willing to assist again - you know how very much you are appreciated! If you are new to BNYC and would like to help...please call Sue Ryan, 662-3649. You do not have to sew to help with attire!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON!

SUMMER 2009

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Cultures Through Song 22nd Anniversary Dates to Note 2009 - 2010

Summer 2009 BNYC Season “Kick-off” Retreat Saturday, September 12, 2009, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm All Choirs Christ the King Seminary 711 Knox Road East Aurora, NY BNYC Weekly Rehearsals Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 Preparatory & Concert Choirs Weekly Rehearsals Begin Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1080 Main Street Buffalo, NY Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Chamber Choir, & Pop, Broadway & Jazz Weekly Rehearsals Begin Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1080 Main Street Buffalo, NY Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Saturday, November 14, 2009 Chamber Choir St. Paul’s Cathedral 4 Cathedral Place Buffalo, NY Thanksgiving Festival Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Preparatory & Concert Choirs, 6:00 pm Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1080 Main Street Buffalo, NY Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal Friday, January 22, 2010, 6:00 pm All Choirs Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1080 Main Street Buffalo, NY Winter Concert Sunday, January 24, 2010, 4:00 pm All Choirs Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1080 Main Street Buffalo, NY

BNYC Staff John Fleischman, Jr. BNYC Founder & Artistic Director Preparatory & Chamber Choir David Curtis Accompanist Preparatory Choir Cynthia Ripley Accompanist Concert Choir Elenora J. Seib Director Pop, Broadway & Jazz Ensemble Catherine E. Sutherland Director Concert Choir & Accompanist Chamber Choir Tina Curtis Financial Manager Suzanne M. Ryan Executive Director BNYC Board of Directors Thomas E. Brydges President Charles L. Stoddart Vice-president Maureen Wiech Secretary Allan Ripley Treasurer John Fleischman, Jr. Director Dennis W. Jewell Director

From the Desk of the Director... Happy summer to our BNYC Family and Friends. I hope you all have a wonderful, restful and enjoyable summer season. Our Spring season was very busy, but musically rewarding as well. My heartfelt thanks to all our choristers for a wonderful Spring Concert "Celebrating Children". I was very impressed with all of our choirs, but I must make special mention of our premiere of "Witness" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. This challenging, emotional new work was a joy to conduct and I was so impressed with how hard the Chamber Choir worked to bring this piece to life. Special thanks to Ellie Seib for her beautiful performance of the narration, to Brett Norvalitis and Cindy Mayo for creating the very effective percussion parts and to Craig Poissant for his masterful soprano saxophone playing. "Hope For Resolution" proved to be a wonderful combined piece for all the choirs. Bravo to all involved! Many thank to the members of the Chamber Choir who participated in the Texas Boys Choir performance and to the families who provided home stays for the boys. Our parent volunteers are truly amazing! Our collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in this summer’s "Summerfest" at Artpark in Lewiston was truly exhilarating. We performed Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Borodin's "Polovtzian Dances" on July 11th. These two pieces are always audience favorites and I am pleased that we were asked to perform them. I hope many of you were able to attend this wonderful concert. We have concluded four sessions of auditions for next season and I am very impressed with the amount of talented singers in the Buffalo Niagara region. If you know of anyone who missed the auditions, they may contact me personally and I can arrange an audition time over the summer. Next season is already shaping up to be very busy, with another collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in November (an all Britten program), a joint commissioned work with the Holy Trinity Lutheran Choir and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, recording sessions for a "Lullaby" CD in conjunction with Amherst Bel Canto and Mark Recording Services, and our return to the Pacific Rim Festival in Hawaii in July, 2010. Take care and enjoy the sunshine!

Karen Peck Director

Sincerely

Heidi Salva Director

John Fleischman, Jr. Founder/Artistic Director


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2009 GRADUATING SENIORS Megan Aldrich graduated from Immaculata Academy where she was this year’s Yearbook Editor. Megan has been a member of BNYC for 6 years. She participated in each level of the chorus, including PB & J. She received the “Chorister of the Year “ award in 2008. While at Immaculata, she participated in Varsity Track, Golf & Bowling. During her years at Immaculata, Megan had several roles in drama plays and this past fall, she performed in the school’s first musical, “Cinderella”. She will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Megan has been awarded the Father Merrick Conviction of the Heart Scholarship, the Anthony Castiglia Memorial Scholarship, Mother Colette Hilbert Community Service Award & Girl Scouts of WNY Gold Award. One of her fondest memories is traveling to NYC in 2005 to sing in Carnegie Hall. She would like to thank Mr. Fleischman, Mrs. Ryan, Ms. Seib, Mr. Curtis, and Mrs. Sutherland for all their hard work and dedication to BNYC. Megan will truly miss all of the friends that she has made during her years in this talented chorus. She also wishes to thank all of you who helped to foster her love of music that she will remember throughout her life.

Cecilia Chmurzynski I am proud to say that I have been a part of BNYC for 10 years. I am truly grateful for all of the experiences that I have had through the chorus. I graduated from Immaculata Academy and have been able to use my skills from BNYC by participating at school functions such as Bella Voce, Bell Choir and I was part of my school musical, “Cinderella”. I plan to go to Hilbert College and later to receive my Master’s degree in Special Education. Along with Special Education, I plan to incorporate Music Therapy to help students improve their focus. Thank you again for all of your support; and to everyone, enjoy life because time flies when you are having fun!

Rachel Gaydosh Rachel Gaydosh has been a member of the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus for two years and has really enjoyed the experience. She is actively involved in Grand Island High School’s Music Department, playing French horn in the Wind Ensemble and participating in various choral groups. She also studies voice privately outside of school. Rachel is very involved in theatre; she is Vice President of her school’s Drama Club “Spotlighter’s” and has participated in many shows throughout her years of high school. Last summer, Rachel spent a month in Boston, MA attending Boston University’s Summer Theatre Institute. She also teaches Religious Education at her Church with her father. Next year Rachel will be attending University at Buffalo with a double major in Theatre and Psychology. Rachel would like to thank her parents and sister for always being so supportive and Mr. Fleischman, Ms. Seib, Mrs. Sutherland, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Ripley, and Mr. Curtis for making these past two years so enjoyable!

Alayla Henry Alayla has been singing with WNYCC/BNYC for 8 years. Her favorite memory was singing at Carnegie Hall. She has graduated from Nichols School and will be studying Elementary Education at Canisius College. Alayla would like to thank Mr. Fleischman, Ms. Seib and everyone involved with BNYC for making her time there such a joy and fostering a love of music that will last a lifetime.

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TEXAS BOYS CHOIR: June 6 - 7, 2009 After getting up at 3:00 AM Texas time to get to the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport by 5:00 AM, the Texas Boys Choir arrived at Westminster Presbyterian Church on June 6th in the afternoon. They unloaded the bus and began rehearsing, impressed with the beautiful sanctuary and its fine acoustics. Brian Priddy, their director, noted that there was a delay when they arrived at the airport (something about boarding passes) so the last chorister boarded the plane at 6:45 AM as the crew was closing the airplane door. After dinner, with a bit of free time, the younger boys took advantage of the WECP playground and one was spotted climbing a tree. The concert was well received with

a number of people commenting on the fine quality of the BNYC chorus, comparing the two choirs very favorably. Thanks go to host families: Brzyski, Gaydosh, Iyer, Johnson, Mraz, Salva, & Schettler. The boys returned to WPC Sunday morning looking very rested and refreshed, singing even better than Saturday night. After a lunch of pizza and wings, they boarded their bus and headed to Niagara Falls for the afternoon. They loved the hospitality and the food and left saying a heartfelt “Thank you ma’am”. By Ellie Seib

Special Appreciation Throughout the past season, the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus was once again, extremely fortunate to have a very dedicated group of parent volunteers; as well as choristers who assisted with various activities throughout the year. At this time, BNYC would like extend special gratitude to the following: Parents of the Graduating Seniors: John & Marianne Aldrich, Michael & Carin Chmurzynski, David & Valerie Gaydosh, David & Julie Henry, George & Meri Beth Jones,

Warren & Deb Krutchick, Yogesh & Seema Maheshwari, Keith & Cheryl Robinson, and Diane Stottele. Fundraising Parent Volunteers: Peggy Bartz, Jolene Jeffe, Beth Johnson, Heidi Salva, & Diane Stottele. Concert Tickets: Michael & Peggy Bartz, and Tom Ryan. Music Library: Joanna Kreuzer Post Concert Clean-up: Pylypciw

Peggy

Many, Many Parents, Choristers, Board Members & Friends also assisted with the retreat, festivals, concert attire, attendance, and “anything else that had to be done”...to everyone, our deepest appreciation. Finally, special thanks to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mark Recording, Pine Ridge Enterprises, South Davis Elementary, Tyler Krutchick, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Xoar Communications for all of your service and support.

BNYC Green Yes, Preparatory and Concert Choirs will continue with their green outfits...but this green is not meant for concert attire. In 2009 - 2010, the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus has their sight set on going green and paperless, as much as possible! Our website is being updated once again and will hopefully be more user friendly. The address should stay the same: www.buffaloniagarayouthchorus.com however, the calendar and current activities will be easier to access. Communications that were sent home with choristers in the past, will now just be posted on the website. It will be up to parents and choristers to check the site for updated information. However, please be assured that until the site is revamped, flyers, mailings and newsletters will still be sent home, either through the post office or handouts at weekly rehearsals.


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2009 GRADUATING SENIORS, Continued Meredith Jones Meredith is a 9-year BNYC Senior from Hamburg High School. Many of her musical experiences have been with the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, including the concert at Carnegie Hall in 2005 with John Rutter and Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at St. Joseph's University Church in 2007. She has been singing all through school and has played the flute since 4th grade. In high school, she sang in Concert Chorale for 3 years and played in the Wind Ensemble. With HHS Band she traveled to Cedar Point and to Disney World. She has played in the America's Fair Marching Band. With Concert Chorale, she sang at Carnegie Hall in 2006, Lincoln Center in 2008, as well as at the 2008 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY. Meredith has had roles in many musicals and often played in the pit orchestra. In May 2008 she won first place and a $1,000 scholarship in The Write To Be Heard's annual one-act play-writing contest. Her original one-act play, "Being What We Are," premiered at Shea's Smith Theatre. In 2009 Meredith won the $2,200 Maurice G. Bley Drama Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a career in the dramatic arts. This Fall she will be majoring in Creative Writing at SUNY Purchase College in Westchester County, and plans always to continue to fulfill her passion for singing. Meredith would like to thank the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus as well as its directors and administration for bringing so much beautiful music into her life and for giving her such a welcoming family for 9 years.

Hillary Krutchick Hillary has been a member of BNYC for 9 years. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Chorister of the Year Award in 2005. She is a classical singer, plays the piano and is a bassoonist for the Orchard Park Symphonic Band. Hillary was also a member of the Orchard Park High School Marching Band, playing Tenor Sax. Awards won include the Orchard Park Pride, two scholarships from the Orchard Park Symphony and two awards for outstanding attitude & spirit from her school musicals. She is a member of the Student Honors Chromatic Club of Buffalo. In addition, the Dynamics Music Competition has awarded her for vocals 5 years in a row. Hillary has donated many hours of her time singing at local events. She has also traveled with American Music Abroad (Mr. & Mrs. Sutherland), and had the honor to perform on the Beaches of Omaha. Hillary will be attending the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace College as a music major in voice performance.

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2009 GRADUATING SENIORS, Continued Callan Robinson Callan Robinson graduated from Newfane High School where she was President of Student Senate and Drama Club. She will be attending SUNY Fredonia in the fall for Music Education with clarinet as her primary instrument. Callan has been a member of the BNYC for 7 years and has traveled to NYC and Italy. Callan would like to thank Mr. Fleischman, Mrs. Sutherland, Ms. Seib, and Mrs. Ryan for all of their support and dedication to the choir. She would also like to congratulate all of the 2009 seniors and wish them luck in their future music endeavors.

Mary Stottele .Mary Stottele is a senior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. A seven year member of BNYC, she has participated in all four choirs. Outside of BNYC, Mary is a four year member of the Sacred Heart Chamber Singers and a five year member of the St. Mary's Youth Choir. She has also participated in seventeen musicals both inside and out of school. During her sophomore year she won the Copper Penny Award for her portrayal of Anna in The King and I. She is a seven year member of the Jr. Ladies of Charity and has served as this group's president throughout high school. She was inducted into the Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame for service work in 2008. She is also a four year member of the Sacred Heart mock trial team, and this year was head attorney for the defense, leading the team to the state regional competition. She is currently an NHS officer and was recently announced as one of Western New York's top 25 High Schools Seniors by Business First. Mary is graduating from Sacred Heart as valedictorian and will be attending Yale this fall for chemical engineering. Currently, she hopes to continue to law school for patent law.

FIFTH ANNUAL RETREAT Saturday, September 12, 2009 Esha Maheshwari Esha graduated from Williamsville East and plans on attending Georgetown University in the fall, majoring in Business Management. She has been involved in music for all her life and is eager to continue it in college. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her.

On Saturday, September 12, 2009, all members of the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus (BNYC) will participate in our fifth annual retreat including team building activities and choral rehearsals. This year’s retreat will once again be held at Christ The King Seminary in East Aurora. Choristers will receive detailed information in August; however, parents are requested to set this date aside. The Retreat is a mandatory activity from 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. All choristers are required to wear their red BNYC Tee shirts. If you are a returning member or new to the chorus and have ordered a new tee shirt, you will receive it that morning during registration. If you have not sent in the pink order form for your tee shirt or sweat shirt, please do so ASAP.

The BNYC retreat was an outstanding event last year-and we are all looking forward to another great start for the 2009 - 2010 season.

Parent volunteers are welcome (and encouraged) to assist throughout the day. Please contact Sue Ryan by email at bolyne@msn.com or sryanwnycc@msn.com to sign up!


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2009 GRADUATING SENIORS, Continued Meredith Jones Meredith is a 9-year BNYC Senior from Hamburg High School. Many of her musical experiences have been with the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, including the concert at Carnegie Hall in 2005 with John Rutter and Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at St. Joseph's University Church in 2007. She has been singing all through school and has played the flute since 4th grade. In high school, she sang in Concert Chorale for 3 years and played in the Wind Ensemble. With HHS Band she traveled to Cedar Point and to Disney World. She has played in the America's Fair Marching Band. With Concert Chorale, she sang at Carnegie Hall in 2006, Lincoln Center in 2008, as well as at the 2008 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY. Meredith has had roles in many musicals and often played in the pit orchestra. In May 2008 she won first place and a $1,000 scholarship in The Write To Be Heard's annual one-act play-writing contest. Her original one-act play, "Being What We Are," premiered at Shea's Smith Theatre. In 2009 Meredith won the $2,200 Maurice G. Bley Drama Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a career in the dramatic arts. This Fall she will be majoring in Creative Writing at SUNY Purchase College in Westchester County, and plans always to continue to fulfill her passion for singing. Meredith would like to thank the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus as well as its directors and administration for bringing so much beautiful music into her life and for giving her such a welcoming family for 9 years.

Hillary Krutchick Hillary has been a member of BNYC for 9 years. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Chorister of the Year Award in 2005. She is a classical singer, plays the piano and is a bassoonist for the Orchard Park Symphonic Band. Hillary was also a member of the Orchard Park High School Marching Band, playing Tenor Sax. Awards won include the Orchard Park Pride, two scholarships from the Orchard Park Symphony and two awards for outstanding attitude & spirit from her school musicals. She is a member of the Student Honors Chromatic Club of Buffalo. In addition, the Dynamics Music Competition has awarded her for vocals 5 years in a row. Hillary has donated many hours of her time singing at local events. She has also traveled with American Music Abroad (Mr. & Mrs. Sutherland), and had the honor to perform on the Beaches of Omaha. Hillary will be attending the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace College as a music major in voice performance.

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2009 GRADUATING SENIORS, Continued Callan Robinson Callan Robinson graduated from Newfane High School where she was President of Student Senate and Drama Club. She will be attending SUNY Fredonia in the fall for Music Education with clarinet as her primary instrument. Callan has been a member of the BNYC for 7 years and has traveled to NYC and Italy. Callan would like to thank Mr. Fleischman, Mrs. Sutherland, Ms. Seib, and Mrs. Ryan for all of their support and dedication to the choir. She would also like to congratulate all of the 2009 seniors and wish them luck in their future music endeavors.

Mary Stottele .Mary Stottele is a senior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. A seven year member of BNYC, she has participated in all four choirs. Outside of BNYC, Mary is a four year member of the Sacred Heart Chamber Singers and a five year member of the St. Mary's Youth Choir. She has also participated in seventeen musicals both inside and out of school. During her sophomore year she won the Copper Penny Award for her portrayal of Anna in The King and I. She is a seven year member of the Jr. Ladies of Charity and has served as this group's president throughout high school. She was inducted into the Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame for service work in 2008. She is also a four year member of the Sacred Heart mock trial team, and this year was head attorney for the defense, leading the team to the state regional competition. She is currently an NHS officer and was recently announced as one of Western New York's top 25 High Schools Seniors by Business First. Mary is graduating from Sacred Heart as valedictorian and will be attending Yale this fall for chemical engineering. Currently, she hopes to continue to law school for patent law.

FIFTH ANNUAL RETREAT Saturday, September 12, 2009 Esha Maheshwari Esha graduated from Williamsville East and plans on attending Georgetown University in the fall, majoring in Business Management. She has been involved in music for all her life and is eager to continue it in college. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her.

On Saturday, September 12, 2009, all members of the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus (BNYC) will participate in our fifth annual retreat including team building activities and choral rehearsals. This year’s retreat will once again be held at Christ The King Seminary in East Aurora. Choristers will receive detailed information in August; however, parents are requested to set this date aside. The Retreat is a mandatory activity from 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. All choristers are required to wear their red BNYC Tee shirts. If you are a returning member or new to the chorus and have ordered a new tee shirt, you will receive it that morning during registration. If you have not sent in the pink order form for your tee shirt or sweat shirt, please do so ASAP.

The BNYC retreat was an outstanding event last year-and we are all looking forward to another great start for the 2009 - 2010 season.

Parent volunteers are welcome (and encouraged) to assist throughout the day. Please contact Sue Ryan by email at bolyne@msn.com or sryanwnycc@msn.com to sign up!


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