CCC Choir and Orchestra Want Your Talent

by Press Release-CCC | Dec 16, 2007
CCC Choir and Orchestra Want Your Talent The CCC Choir and Community Orchestra are looking for musicians! Both groups comprise students and area residents, and are looking for new members.

Camden County College Choir
Local men and women with songs in their hearts and music in their voices are being recruited for the 2008 edition of the Camden County College Choir.

The ensemble, which is sponsored by the college and overseen by the college’s Music Department, is open to singers aged 17 and older. Current members are a mix of CCC students and area residents of all ages.

Prospective members don’t have to be enrolled at CCC or reside within Camden County. All singers, however, must be able to read music.

The choir performs both sacred and secular music under the direction of Christina Bates, who holds a degree in music education from Temple University. She teaches music theory and directs the choir at Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia.

The Camden County College Choir holds evening practices every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Concert performances are given at the end of the fall semester in December and at the end of the spring semester in May.

The group’s next show will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. It will take place in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre, which is located inside Lincoln Hall on the college’s Blackwood Campus. There is no set admission, but attendees are asked to make a small donation at the door.

For further information about the concert or to arrange an audition, contact Professor Michael Billingsley by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4563, or via e-mail at mbillingsley@camdencc.edu.

Camden County College Community Orchestra
Local musicians looking for an opportunity to make beautiful music together are being recruited for the 2008 edition of the Camden County College Community Orchestra.

According to Professor Michael Billingsley, 40 to 80 musicians who play strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion are desired. Sponsored by the college and overseen by the CCC Music Department, the orchestra is open to instrumentalists aged 17 and older with an interest in performing great works from both historical and contemporary periods.

“Besides this being a unique learning and playing experience, another objective is that the orchestra serve the community,” Billingsley said. “The full orchestra and smaller ensembles from the group will routinely go out and perform at local high schools, hospitals and senior centers.”

Current members are a mix of CCC students and area residents with varying musical backgrounds, including high school or college band membership, private instruction and independent study. Camden County residency isn’t required, but all members must furnish their own instruments. They also must enroll in the college’s orchestra course, which can be taken for one credit or audited.

The conductor is Vince Gentless, who holds a master’s degree in music education from Rowan University and teaches in the Gloucester Township Public Schools District. His other credentials include work with the Garden State Pops Youth Orchestra and Mainstage Center for the Arts.

The band rehearses in two-hour sessions on Saturdays. These will resume Jan. 22.

The Camden County College Community Orchestra will give its first performance as the opening act for the semester-ending concert to be given by students taking CCC’s ensemble course. Pieces by Tchaikovsky and Bach will be among the traditional holiday selections on the program. This show will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre, which is located in Lincoln Hall of the Blackwood Campus. There is no set admission, but attendees are asked to make a small donation at the door.

For details about the concert or information about auditioning for the orchestra, contact Billingsley by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4563, or via e-mail at mbillingsley@camdencc.edu.

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