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SPECTRUM 28 - 2017

Spectrum 28

Welcome to our 28th Spectrum. Our venue will be The Falls Church Episcopal, a block from our store!

This year Foxes' all-day reading session of music will be for Adult Choirs, High School & Beyond, and Conducting. The Adult Choirs session will be varied with some selections appropriate for sacred or secular use but will focus on serving our customers interested in sacred music. The High School & Beyond session will include some selections appropriate for secular or sacred use but will focus on serving our customers interested in more secular repertoire for advanced middle school, high school, and beyond. Many Foxes' customers from Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, and other parts of Virginia come just for this event. 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, SSA, and TTBB. 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 May 6, will also receive special discounts.

Spectrum Date

Spectrum 28 will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Register by Friday, June 23.

  • Register by Monday, June 12 for $70 per person.
  • Register after Monday, June 12 for $75 per person.

Spectrum Hours

8:30 AM Registration -- Coffee available, and the display area will be open.

9:30 AM Session One -- Three sessions: Adult, High School & Beyond, and Conducting.

11:30 AM -- "Bach's lunch" served at The Falls Church Episcopal. Meet our clinicians, and browse the displays.

1:00 PM Session Two -- Three sessions: Adult, High School & Beyond, and Conducting.

3:00 PM -- You may continue to browse and shop in our display area until 4:00 PM.

Attendees who register for the Conducting Session will receive an invitation (first-come, first-served with limit of five per session) to participate in a one-on-one, master-class style coaching session as part of this offering. Other enrollees will be observers and the choir. A choice of selections to conduct will also be provided. Richard Giarusso would like to be in touch with the registered conductors prior to the event to find out a bit about them and to determine if there are particular issues (i.e. podium presence/technique, vocal issues, rehearsal strategies, etc.) that they would like to focus on in the class.

Spectrum Location

Spectrum 28 will be held at The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046.

Parking is available across the street from the E Fairfax St lower narthex entrance. This lot is accessed from Douglas Ave.

There is a lot off E Broad St (Route 7) with an entrance to the upper narthex. There will be signs directing you to registration in the lower narthex.

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 23.

Your registration fee includes packets of choral music for you to keep, as well as a "Bach's lunch" at The Falls Church Episcopal.

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).

Please indicate your session preferences and the voice part(s) you sing.

Purchasing Music at Spectrum

For each session attended participants will receive an order form with all the information needed to place an order. There will be extra order forms for all the sessions available in the browsing area. Choral titles presented at Spectrum will be available for purchase that day at a 25% discount. Our regular discount on choral music is 20%; less from smaller 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

Jeffrey Benson--Adult Choirs BENSON is currently Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship, and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles.”

Dr. Benson recently made his international conducting debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the SJSU Choraliers in Limerick, Ireland, and he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2015 with the San José State University Choirs and the New York Festival Orchestra. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform with the Rolling Stones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra, and the Skywalker Orchestra. He is also the Artistic Director of Peninsula Cantare, a community chorus based in Palo Alto.

Benson has served as cover conductor for the Grammy award winning Washington Chorus, where he helped to prepare the ensemble for Maestros Julian Wachner, Leonard Slatkin, and Marvin Hamlisch. In 2006, Benson was invited to La Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua to assist the university in forming the first a cappella choir at the institution.

Choirs under his direction have performed on multiple state and regional conferences of ACDA and NAfME and have toured throughout the United States and Europe, including invited performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the White House, and the Washington National Cathedral. Recently Dr. Benson’s choirs have been invited to perform with the Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra and the Skywalker Orchestra. In 2006, H-B Woodlawn's Chamber Singers under Dr. Benson’s direction was the only high school choir invited to sing on the National Conference of Chorus America in Washington, DC.

Dr. Benson is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, where he currently serves as California National Board Representative. In 2002, ACDA recognized Benson with the first annual Colleen Kirk Award for his outstanding achievement as a young conductor. Dr. Benson is also a published composer and arranger with Colla Voce Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series.

Benson received his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting/Music Education from Florida State University and his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from New York University.

Melvin Goodwyn--High School & Beyond

MELVIN GOODWYN served as choral director for 24 years in the Prince William County, Virginia schools at Gar-Field, Potomac, and C. D. Hylton High Schools. In 2002, Mr. Goodwyn was appointed to the position of administrator of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Woodbridge Senior High School. As such, he coordinated a specialty program for students in creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual arts, until his retirement in September of 2009. Choirs under his direction received superior ratings at district, state, and national festivals and performed in most major cities throughout the United States.

Goodwyn has served as guest conductor for numerous county and district honors choirs and has accompanied both the Virginia All-State Choir and the Virginia Senior Honors Choir for over 15 years. He has worked with such notable conductors as Weston Noble, Jerry Blackstone, Eph Ely, and Jo-Michael Scheibe. For over 13 years Mr. Goodwyn has served as the staff accompanist for the ACDA Voices United summer conference. He has presented sessions on the high school male voice at both the VMEA conference and the Virginia ACDA summer conference.

Mr. Goodwyn has served as President of both the Virginia Choral Directors Association and the Virginia Chapter of ACDA, and currently he serves as President of the Board for the Youth Orchestras of Prince William. Goodwyn holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, where he studied piano with Walter Brennan and Harold Zabrack, and a Master of Music in choral conducting from Catholic University, Washington DC. He presently serves as organist at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Lake Ridge, Virginia.

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. He returns to the Washington Bach Consort as guest conductor during the 2017-18 season.

Praised by The Washington Post for his “expressive and perfectly controlled voice,” he is in high demand as a solo and ensemble singer. Recent and upcoming solo engagements include performances with the Washington Bach Consort, the Manassas Ballet Theatre, and the Choirs of Washington National Cathedral, in addition to solo recitals in Washington, Boston, and the Berkshires.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Giarusso holds degrees in music and English from Williams College and the Ph.D. in historical musicology from Harvard University. An award-winning teacher, he is Chair of the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. 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 Concerts, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has also served as a music panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Giarusso resides in Silver Spring, with his wife, Allison, his son, Adrian, and three cats.

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