FALL 2020 "MASTER ARTIST SERIES" BEGINS ONLINE ON TUESDAY 9/08/2020
We are excited to announce that for our fall season we are offering the Arroyo Singers Master Artist Series of four topics selected by the singers: "Considerations for the Mature Singer," "In Paradisum: Experiencing Maurice Duruflé's Requiem," "Yogavoice: Awareness, Authenticity, Artistry," and "A Holiday Beatles Sing-A-Long." The sessions are offered on the second Tuesday of the month, September through December, from 7:30-8:30 pm PST.
You may watch online on The Arroyo Singers facebook page or you can participate by joining the webinar:
MASTER ARTIST SERIES
Tuesday, September 8th 7:30-8:30pm PST: "Considerations For The Mature Singer"
Join us for an informative and interactive session on the maturing voice with special guest, Paula Corbin-Swalin, Professor of Voice at University of New Mexico. In this session, attendees can expect to learn about the changes in the vocal mechanism. We will learn some hot tips and tricks for maintaining a vocal strength and control over time.
Tuesday, October 13th 7:30-8:30pm PST: "In Paradisum: Experiencing Maurice Duruflé's Requiem"
Join us for an insightful presentation and group sing of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with Music Director, Ryan Brown. We will discuss this work and composer in the context of World War II and explore chant serves as the schematic backbone of the Requiem. Following the lecture, participants will participate in a group sing of the work - No score needed!
Tuesday, November 10th 7:30-8:30pm PST: "Yogavoice: Awareness, Authenticity, Artistry"
Join us for an interactive Yogavoice session with Mark Moliterno, Founder of Yogavoice and Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In this session, participants can expect to deepen their mind-body connection as singers. This session will involve breathwork and some simple seated postures and that can be completed by all regardless of physical ability.
Tuesday, December 8th 7:30-8:30PST: "A Holiday Beatles Sing-A-Long"
Join us for a festive sing-a-long with Beatles enthusiast and alto section leader, Vera Lugo. Attendees can expect to lift their spirits while singing along to popular Beatles tunes and plenty of holiday favorites.
Ryan Brown Selected as Director of Music
The Arroyo Singers are pleased to announce that Ryan Brown has been selected as our Director of Music. We extend a warm welcome to Ryan and look forward to working with him and learning from his musical leadership.
Ryan. R. Brown is a choral conductor and professional baritone based in Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to serving as Director of Music for the Arroyo Singers, Brown is a Choral Director at California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley and a Teaching Associate for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Previously, Brown served as Associate Conductor for the National Children's Chorus, Artistic Director for Diamonds From The Dust, Artistic Director for the Wachusett Community Choir, and as a Choral Conductor at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA.
Brown has performed with several professional vocal ensembles including Voces8, Seraphic Fire, Red Shift, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Concora, and Areté. Brown is a Master's candidate in Choral Conducting at UCLA with Dr. James Bass. In 2014, Brown graduated as valedictorian at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he studied Vocal Music Education.
It is with deep sadness that we report that our beloved former Director of Music, Dr. James Reitzell passed away on Monday October 28, 2019 at 2:00pm at Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He conducted The Arroyo Singers for over 20 years and was a dedicated and thoughtful leader. A gifted musician and a true gentleman, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
Jim's Funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, November 8th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The Singers were honored to be included and performed two of Jim's favorite musical selections at the reception.