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Spectrum 29 for Choral Educators, Saturday, June 23 CANCELLED

Welcome to our 29th Spectrum. This year we will offer a professional development day for choral educators concentrating on secular music. Our venue will be Vienna Baptist Church, at 541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180, a short distance north of the Nutley Street exit from I-66, just outside the Beltway. Many Foxes' customers from Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, and other parts of Virginia come just for this event.

Join us for our day of professional development for choral educators which will include two reading sessions, two interest sessions, and a conducting masterclass with Richard Giarusso, conductor of Voce Chamber Singers and the Georgetown Chorale. Don't miss this opportunity to network and learn with choral music educators from across Northern Virginia! The Elementary/Middle School reading session will offer repertoire suggestions suitable for late elementary and junior high ensembles including a variety of voicings, with flexible options for changing male voices. This session will highlight new releases as well as tried-and-true favorites. The High School & Beyond session will include secular and classical, sacred selections with the focus on repertoire for advanced middle school, high school, and beyond. Our clinicians select the music they present and include titles across many publishers.

There will be a display area where you can peruse and purchase music presented during the sessions as well as other choral music, both sacred and secular. If you have a small choir, a medium-sized choir, or a large choir that likes a challenge, you will find something for your group at Spectrum! Choral music includes both sacred and secular music in SATB, 3-part mixed, unison/2-part, women, and men. There will also be music for piano, organ, handbells, and other instruments, as well as Christmas music and boutique items. Spectrum choral titles are available at a 25% discount during this event. Handbell titles presented at the Virginia Bronze's Spring Into Bells Ringer's Workshop, held on April 28, will also receive special discounts.

Spectrum Date

Spectrum 29 will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Register by Friday, June 15.

  • Register by Friday, June 8 for $70 per person.
  • Register after Friday, June 8 for $75 per person.

Spectrum Hours

8:30-9:15 - Registration: Coffee available & display area open.

9:15-10:00 - Interest Session: Choral Warm-ups.

10:00-11:00 - Reading Session: Elementary/Middle School.

11:00-11:30 - Interest Session: Movement in Choral Music.

11:30-12:45 - Lunch from Italian Gourmet served at Vienna Baptist Church. Meet clinicians & browse displays.

12:45-1:45 - Reading Session: High School & Beyond.

1:45-3:30 - Conducting Session.

Attendees who wish to participate in a one-on-one, master-class style coaching session as part of this offering (first-come, first-served with limit of five) should contact us HERE or 703.533.7393. Other enrollees will be observers and the choir. A choice of selections to conduct will be provided. Participants can tailor their coaching session to particular issues that they would like to address (i.e. podium presence/technique, vocal issues, rehearsal strategies, etc.) during the session.

3:30-4:00 - Social Time / Music Perusal: You may continue to browse & shop in our display area.

Spectrum Location

Spectrum 29 will be held at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, SW, Vienna, VA 22180. Map/Directions

Spectrum Registration

  • Register by Monday, June 12 for $70 per person.
  • Register after Monday, June 12 for $75 per person.
  • Please, register by Friday, June 15.

Your registration fee includes packets of choral music for you to keep, as well as a lunch from Italian Gourmet served at Vienna Baptist Church.

You can find our "Spectrum Registration Form" by clicking on the RESOURCES link to the left.

You can print out the form and send it to: Foxes Music Company, Choral Department, 416 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Or you can cut and paste it into an email and send it HERE

You can also call us at 703.533.7393 or email us HERE with the following information: Your name, name of church/school/organization you represent, address, phone number, and email address. Please indicate your payment method (check, choral account, Visa/American Express/MasterCard/Discover). You may call us with credit card information.

Purchasing Music at Spectrum

For each reading session attended participants will receive an order form with all the information needed to place an order. There will be extra order forms available in the browsing area. Choral titles presented at Spectrum will be available for purchase through June 30 as indicated, usually a 25% discount. Our regular discount on choral music is 20%; less from smaller and foreign publishers. You may charge your purchase to your choral account or pay with cash, check, or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. If you don't have an account, we'll be happy to open an account for your organization immediately.

Got Questions?

Call Foxes Music Company: 703.533.7393 or 800.446.4414. Ask for Barbara, extension 314; or Mickey, extension 313. Email HERE

We'll be happy to register you by phone too.

Spectrum Clinicians

Richard Giarusso--Conducting

RICHARD GIARUSSO maintains a rewarding career as a conductor, singer, educator, and scholar. An enterprising leader within the Washington, D.C. choral community, Dr. Giarusso is music director of the Georgetown Chorale and artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in Northern Virginia. He served previously as artistic director of The Maryland Choral Society. Guest conducting appearances have included the Washington Bach Consort, The New Opera (Williamstown, Massachusetts), Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre (Cambridge, New York), the Aoede Consort (Albany, New York), Williams College, and CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) in Hartford. In September 2017, he led the Washington Bach Consort in the opening concert of the group’s 40th-anniversary season. He recently appeared as guest conductor for the long-running Messiah sing-along at Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington. Praised by The Washington Post for his “expressive and perfectly controlled voice,” he maintains an active career as a baritone, working regularly with some of the most prominent professional ensembles throughout the region.

Before moving to the Washington area ten years ago, Richard’s career was based in his home state of Massachusetts. He served for many years as a member of the faculty at Berkshire Choral International, sang with acclaimed ensembles in Boston, and appeared frequently throughout the area as both a singer and conductor. Most recently, he returned to Cambridge to sing the role of Apollo in a special performance of Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Harvard in honor of Thomas Forrest Kelly.

Dr. Giarusso holds degrees in music and English from Williams College and the Ph.D. in historical musicology from Harvard University. He is proud to count Kenneth Roberts, E. Wayne Abercrombie, Keith Kibler, Pamela Dellal, Edith Ho, Reinhold Brinkmann, Thomas Kelly, J. Reilly Lewis, Elizabeth Daniels, and Michael McCarthy among those teachers and mentors who have been most essential to his development as a musician. An award-winning teacher, he is Chair of the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he is a past recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the JHU Division of Advanced Academic Programs. A specialist in the German lied, his article on Schubert’s Schwanengesang was published last year as part of a volume of essays from Oxford University Press, and he was recently invited to contribute to a new book on Winterreise that is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Performances of the same repertoire, with both historical and modern instruments, have been a staple of his professional activity for twenty years. A skilled and dynamic speaker, Dr. Giarusso is also a frequent lecturer for arts organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic, having presented talks for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington Bach Consort, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has also served as a music panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Richard resides in Silver Spring, with his wife, Allison, his son, Adrian, and three cats.

Laura Lazarevich

LAURA LAZAREVICH is in her third year as choral director at Freedom High School in Loudoun County where she directs four choirs, teaches AP Music Theory and sponsors the Tri-M Music Honor Society. During the past three years, the choral department, under her guidance, has grown from 56 students to 120 students. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Freedom High School performing arts department received the Blue Ribbon Award, the highest music award given to school music programs in the state of Virginia. Prior to this position, Mrs. Lazarevich was the choral director at Patriot High School in Prince William County for four years, where she directed over 300 students in six choirs. Mrs. Lazarevich additionally taught at Woodson High School in Fairfax County for two years where she was the assistant choral director, taught guitar and AP Music Theory, and sponsored the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Mrs. Lazarevich is an active member of the Virginia Music Educator's Association (VMEA) and the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA). She currently serves as the ACDA Southern Division Senior High School Repertoire and Resources Chair. Mrs. Lazarevich has received several recognitions throughout her career. In 2012, she received the Colleen Kirk Memorial Award for excellence in the first three years of teaching. Additionally, Mrs. Lazarevich was presented with the Outstanding Early Career Music Educator Alumni Award from James Madison University in 2013.

Mrs. Lazarevich received her Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and her Masters of Music Education from Florida State University where she studied with Kevin Fenton, Judy Bowers, and Andre Thomas. Mrs. Lazarevich is currently a member of Voce Chamber Singers, a chamber choir based out of Vienna. Mrs. Lazarevich currently resides in Chantilly with her husband, Pete, and son, Carson.

Annabelle Luebke

ANNABELLE LUEBKE is the choral director and music department lead teacher at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia. This summer, she will serve as the Assistant Conductor for the Susquehanna University High School Choral Institute in Selinsgrove, PA. In 2016, she was awarded the Colleen Kirk Award by ACDA for outstanding achievement and commitment to choral music education. She has worked to develop curriculum, assessments, and standards for both Loudoun County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education. She is an active member of both NAfME and ACDA, and recently completed her third season of singing with Voce Chamber Singers.

Katie Pierce

Katie Hidalgo Pierce is finishing her sixth year as the Choral Director at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, where she directs four traditional choirs, and directs and choreographs Westfield’s Show Choir. Mrs. Pierce also teaches AP Music Theory and serves as the sponsor of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Prior to coming to Westfield, Mrs. Pierce taught at several schools in Arlington County, teaching elementary band, Pre-K music with an emphasis on teaching music to children with special needs, choral music, and music appreciation.

Mrs. Pierce hold a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. During her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Pierce sang with the William and Mary Choir, The Botetourt Chamber Singers, The Early Music Ensemble, and served as director of Common Ground a cappella.

Mrs. Pierce is a member of Voce Chamber Singers, and in her spare time, she enjoys dancing with and teaching at the Russell School of Ballet, home of the Fairfax Ballet. Mrs. Pierce is a member of the Virginia Music Educators, The National Association for Music Educators, and American Choral Director’s Association. She resides in Oakton with her husband, young son, and their cat.

Keri Staley

KERI STALEY has over 10 years of experience as a high school and middle school choir director in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. Her highly acclaimed choirs have performed with the City Choir of Washington and for the Fairfax County Honors Gala. With her BFA in musical theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, Keri works as musical director and pit conductor within her community. She has choreographed for show choir over 15 years and played the oboe with Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra and Fairfax Wind Symphony. Keri is a sought-after guest artist focusing on healthy vocal production within a choir setting. She currently sings with Voce Chamber Choir as an alto section leader and a featured soloist.

New York's Cabaret Exchange describes Keri's voice as "a lovely and clear sound drenched with real feeling." Her past performances include her cabaret performances in 2014 & 2015 at NextStop Theatre, the Spirit of Washington, The Cosmopolitan Sisters (an Andrews Sisters tribute), guest performer with the George Gee Swing Orchestra, solo artist with Blue Sky 5 swing band, and vocalist with Jim Van Slyke's Open Road tour. Keri had the honor of performing for the opening of DC's World War II Memorial. Other performance venues include Union Station, Glen Echo Park, Don't Tell Mama, and NYC's Barnes & Noble of 66th & Broadway. Her voice can be heard on the Grammy-nominated CD, Open Road.

Keri Staley lives in Ashburn, VA with her husband, 8-year-old twin sons, 2-year-old daughter, and 10-year-old dog.

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