Life on the road has its ups and downs and the last two days have had their fill. As you saw on yesterday’s post, the Weymouth venue got shut down on the morning of our scheduled performance. This was a huge let down but the group recovered fairly quickly. The venue was shut down for financial reasons that were way beyond any of the planners control. But they rallied behind the Chamber and scheduled them for two performances at Potters Field Park tomorrow.
The Chamber began the day with a climb to the top of St. Paul’s cathedral. They were greeted with a 360 degree breathtaking view of London. They then had lunch and toured individual museums and shops for a couple of hours. Then back on the bus! And off to the performance! We met up with the Channel Four intern who has been enthusiastically following the Chamber. Keesa McKoy was able to interview the group here in London and is working on another video of their work here in the Olympics.
The performance tonight took place as the sun was setting. A blimp hovered overhead and the Chamber sang to a sea of people sprawled out over the beautifully decorated Park. The ferris wheel loomed in the distance and zipliners and bungee jumpers zipped and jumped to the invigorating sounds of the GD Chamber Chorus. The Chamber attracted enthusiastic followers who wanted to know where to hear more.
After the low of yesterday’s cancellation, the group rode the thrill of tonight’s performance. But nothing was as thrilling as the announcement they received back on the bus. Mr. Savoy announced to the group that on our last day in London, we have been confirmed to perform inside Olympic Park! This is hugely exciting as this is a highly coveted venue and entry is difficult to obtain. But we are sure that once we are allowed in the park, we can confidently sing, “We WILL rock you!”
Dr. Pam Jarboe sent along an email and photos chronicling the first day of the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Chorus’s trip to London to perform in a number of 2012 Olympic venues.
The GDRHS Chamber Chorus left a crowd in the high school parking lot on Wednesday afternoon and spent 24 hours travelling with very little sleep. It was an exciting journey. They landed at 9:15 am London time on Thursday morning and spent a day touring London. Some pictures from today are included. More to follow…
Tomorrow they will perform twice at the Weymouth Festival, a popular festival where the British sailing champions shine! Stay tuned for more pics and news!
The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Chorus capped a year of preparation and fund raising by boarding a bus at the high school this afternoon for the first leg of its Olympic trip to the London games. A Groton Police escort took the bus to the town limits, where state police took over and shepherded the group to Logan Airport for its overseas flight.
The chorus will be in London for a week, sightseeing and making its unique brand of music at different Olympic and London venues. Tomorrow, the trip starts off with sightseeing in London — Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square are on the itinerary. Friday it’s Stonehenge, and the first of many performances. The full schedule is available on the group’s web site, and each day’s activities will be listed in the Community Calendar on the front page of The Groton Line.
I would like to extend some thank you’s on behalf of the Groton-Dunstable Chamber Chorus. The Livingston Taylor concert/auction went off splendidly, and several people played essential roles in ensuring this result. First and foremost, we would like to thank Livingston Taylor himself. Not only did this fantastic musician generously offer his talents to our event, but he also lit up the night with his inspiring charisma and genuine humor. He was humble, tremendously light-hearted and a great pleasure to be around.
We would also like to thank our sponsors: Marriott Spring Hill Suites & Commons Center, Riverbend & Co., the Groton Pepperell Rotary Club, Community Chiropractic, and Filho’s Cucina. Their support and services were greatly appreciated, and the event would not have happened without them.
Our next thank you goes to everyone who came to the event and bid at the auction. We are constantly appreciating both your material and your moral support, and we hope to see you at future events!
Finally, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Pam Jarboe and the crew that helped put on the event. Your efforts mean so much to us, and we are always amazed by their selfless resolve and unwavering support. You will always be held dear to the hearts of the members of the Chamber Chorus and the Groton-Dunstable music community.
Ben Icenogle on behalf of G-D Chamber Chorus
WESTFORD â€” In keeping with its 2011-2012 theme of â€œA Year of Caring,â€ Nashoba Valley Technical High School put its money where its motto is, raising nearly $2,000 â€” and it didnâ€™t even keep the money for itself.
Nashoba Tech raised the money for another school from its district â€” Groton-Dunstable Regional High School â€” which is trying to raise more than $130,000 to send its Chamber Choir to the London Olympics this summer.
â€œPart of our mission is to teach good will, and we are doing that by setting a goal and focusing an entire year on fulfilling that goal,â€ Nashoba Tech Superintendent Judith L. Klimkiewicz said. â€œWe are very thankful for the support of our towns, and we felt this was one way of giving back. We donâ€™t just say itâ€™s â€˜A Year of Caring.â€™ We model it and live it, and these kinds of gestures are a reflection of living that.â€
The idea for raising money for another school started with Corina Proulx, a Nashoba Tech senior from Pepperell who is a student representative to the School Committee. She had read about the G-DRHS choir being invited to perform at the Olympics, and asked committee members if the school could raise money for the effort, an idea the committee endorsed unanimously.
Kevin McKenzie, a Nashoba Tech School Committee member from Groton, picked up the ball from there, contacting officials at G-DRHS to extend the offer of hosting a Spaghetti Supper, with proceeds going to the G-DRHS Chamber Choir. â€œI was very pleased the event was able to raise nearly $2,000,â€ McKenzie said, adding that Nashoba Tech will present a check to members of the Chamber Choir at annual Town Meeting on April 30. McKenzie credited choir parent Pam Jaboe and Groton-Dunstable School committee member Berta Erickson with being instrumental in raising sponsors and helping to plan the event, which was held April 12 in Nashoba Techâ€™s cafeteria.
Students, staff members and School Committee members from Nashoba Tech, including members of its own chorus and Student Council, helped on the night of the Spaghetti Supper.
â€œThat evening,â€ McKenzie said, â€œwe had 10 School Committee members from across our district come to help, either on the serving line or to participate in the festivities. That, I believe, is what makes Nashoba Valley Technical High School the outstanding school district it is.â€
â€œIâ€™m so proud of our kids,â€ Klimkiewicz added. â€œThey were unbelievable, all the work they put in.â€
As an added bonus, the G-DRHS Chamber Choir performed, giving those in attendance an idea as to why they were invited to perform at the Olympics.
â€œI not sure how to express in words the performances of the Chamber Choir and their director, Mr. Tim Savoy,â€ McKenzie said. â€œThey gave the dinner attendees 45 minutes of incredible musical numbers. We wish them the very best this summer at the London Olympics performances.â€
Tickets are on sale now at www.gdchamber2012.com, or locally at Community Chiropractic, The Blackbird CafÃ©, Main Street CafÃ©, and Filhoâ€™s Cucina, all in Groton. Tickets will also be sold at the door, based on availability the night of the show. Tickets are $30.00 in advance, $40.00 at the door, or $75 in advance for VIP seating and a champagne reception with Taylor. Tables of 8 tickets are available in advance for $200 or $550 for VIP seating and reception. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by a silent auction at 6:30. A cash bar will be available.
Multiple fundraisers are underway to raise $132,510 for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for which these “vocal athletes” are rehearsing 90 minutes each day, five days a week. So far, the group has raised $90,000, with $40,000 to be raised by the end of May. Gold Sponsor Devens Common Center generously donated their ballroom for the upcoming benefit concert, which could raise up to $20,000 toward costs for the student trip.â€œWe are so excited to bring such a wonderful, acclaimed artist to our area,â€ said Dr. Pam Jarboe, the eventâ€™s organizer and mom to Jackson, 17, a chamber choir member. â€œLivingston Taylor puts on such an engaging, intimate performance, and the kids are thrilled for the opportunity to share the stage with an artist of his caliber. The event will both make a huge contribution to the fundraising effort, and give the kids a milestone experience theyâ€™ll remember forever.â€
For the past three years, the chamber choir at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School has competed at the highest level in music competitions in New York and Philadelphia, sweeping first place in each category despite being upgraded to a bigger division each year. As a result of this success, the 30-member choir was selected one of five choirs to represent the USA in the London Summer Olympics.
According to the ensembleâ€™s director, Timothy Savoy, of Londonderry, N.H., the chamber choir is the only one from the Northeast invited to participate.
â€œThe students will perform at three events in Olympic Park, four side venues, and four additional locations around London from Aug. 1 to 9.â€ Savoy said. The chamber choir travels regionally for competitions, but this will be its first trip overseas. â€œThe kids have put in a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this position,â€™â€™ Savoy said. â€œIâ€™m so proud of them.â€™â€™
The concert is sponsored by Devens Common Center, Squadron Capital, RiverBend & Company, Filhoâ€™s Cucina, and Community Chiropractic. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To inquire about sponsorship, please contact Dr. Pam Jarboe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-448-9355. To learn more, visit www.gdchamber2012.com.
The award-winning Chamber Chorus from Groton-Dunstable Regional High School has been invited to represent the United States of America by performing in a number of venues at the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. To help make attending the Olympics a reality, the Indian Hill Big Band has volunteered to help them reach their goal of $130,000 by performing a benefit concert at the high school. The concert will take place on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 pm.
The G-D Chamber Chorus committed to an â€œall or noneâ€ approach; all members would attend or the group would not go to London. Under Music Director Tim Savoy, the group of 10-12 graders specialize in performing a cappella pieces in a broad range, from classical to contemporary, using 8 to 14 part harmonies. In regional competitions held in New York and Philadelphia, they won first place in the Small Mixed Chorus category in each of the past three years, along with several best solo and best section awards. Due to their success, G-D Chamber Chorus was approached by Kingsway International Concerts to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The Chamber Chorus will open the concert with several of the songs they plan to perform at the Olympics, and then turn the stage over to the Indian Hill Big Band to play a full concert of jazz and blues standards that have made the band so popular throughout the region. To add a fun twist to the concert, the band has invited some G-DRSD faculty members and a few of the talented students from the high schoolâ€™s music program to sit in on a few numbers. Please join us at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 9th in the Black Box Theater at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, 703 Chicopee Row, Groton. Tickets may be purchased online at the Chamber Chorus web site and will be sold at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for students.
100% of the proceeds will be used to help these outstanding young vocalists take advantage of this unique opportunity to represent the United States in a very special way on an international stage. You can share their pride by joining the Indian Hill Big Band by giving them your support at this concert. You can also find information for making a tax-deductible donation on their website: www.gdchamber2012.com