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ABOUT OUR PERFORMERS

The East Longmeadow High School Chorus and Select Ensembles
2011 marks the eighth year the Chorus has been performing at the Festival. This ensemble, under the direction of Carol Toth, includes students in grades nine through twelve. The ensemble studies a variety of repertoire from madrigals to musicals, doo-wop to pop. The chorus sings several performances throughout the year at the high school, as well as several outside community performances. (Return to top)

Carol Toth has been a choral conductor and public school educator for more than 10 years.  She is currently the high school choral director for East Longmeadow Public Schools. (Return to top)

Meadow Brook Elementary School Chorus
The Meadow Brook Elementary School Chorus consists of eighty-three second grade students. 2011 marks the tenth year the Chorus has been performing at the Festival. The chorus rehearses before school once per week, for forty-five minutes. The children are working hard on how to use their singing voices correctly, perform rhythms correctly, sing in 2-parts, as well as other musical concepts. The children are also having a lot fun singing a variety of songs. Some of the songs that they are learning to sing include: "Put Your Hand in my Hand", "Best Friends", "Winter Fantasy", "Oh, Be Joyful", "O Chanukah", as well as others. This year the chorus is under the direction of Mrs. Jeanne Marker. We are looking forward to our fifth performance at the Festival of Trees. (Return to top)

The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers
The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers is a fiddler’s club dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional fiddle music. The club was formed in 1992 by Chris Keenan. We perform mainly in the northeast fiddle style, including Irish, Scottish, Canadian and other traditional music. We also do an occasional southern, Cajun or Texas style piece. Our members range in age from 4 - 70 years old. All ability levels are represented from beginner to advanced player. Our performance size varies depending on the type of venue. We have played with as few as four players for smaller settings (cocktail hours, weddings, open houses, and 20 players for large stage performances (The Summit House, The Big E, concerts in Western Mass and CT.) We also have musicians that play keyboard, accordion, mandolin, guitar, wash tub, washboard, and spoons. Most of the music we play is associated with early dance music, such as jigs, reels, two-steps, polkas, and waltzes. Someone who heard us described our playing as "happy music." If you don’t feel like jumping out of your chair to start dancing, we are not doing our job! (Return to top)

MaryAnn Studio of Dance
We have supported the Festival of Trees for ten years by providing entertainment and also by sponsoring a tree. Our students range in age from toddler through adult. Through the years. the studio has had the pleasure of offering quality dance education to generations of dancers. Moms who danced as children are now bringing their own children to enjoy the thrill of dance. Students from the Mary Ann Studio of Dance are always eager to share the love and joy of dancing with others. (Return to top)

String City
String City is a new string orchestra of advanced students from the Community Music School of Springfield. They have been sponsored largely through the generosity of Babson Capital Management, LLC, in order to encourage higher standards of string playing and involvement in the arts on the part of students who are residents of the city of Springfield. Although rehearsals for this group began just this past September, they have already performed publicly at WNEC as part of the Daniel Pearl Day international day of peace and music. They have also hosted Matt Haimovitz, internationally known cellist in a Master Class.

Marty Knieriem is the Director of String City.  (Return to top)



Festival runs from November 28th – December 14th, 2014
 

Saturdays 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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