Bel Canto Chorale performs in Carnegie Hall

1625 copyThe St. John the Baptist Bel Canto Chorale was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall as part of the Performing Arts Educators’ 10th Anniversary Celebration at Carnegie Hall.  The school’s Dance Company was also selected to perform in a showcase of various dance and choral programs from across the United States.


Sail Away – Malcolm Dalglish
Under the Willow – Susan LaBarr
Las Amarillas – Stephen Hatfield

“Patience” awarded International Champions

The 22nd International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival awards and nominations were released.  Blue Hill Troupe’s Patience walked away with several awards and nominations:

International Champions 
– Blue Hill Troupe – PATIENCE
Best Supporting Actor – Brian Wagner – The Colonel
Female Voice – Sheena Ramirez – Patience
Best Director – Gary Slavin
Animated Chorus – Soldiers of our Queen – Men’s Chorus

Supporting Actress – Eva Giorgi – Lady Angela (1st Runner-up)
Best Male Performer – Chazmond Peacock – Duke (2nd Runner-up)
Female Performer – Sheena Ramirez – Patience (1st Runner-up)
Best Chorus (1st Runner-up)

SJB Festival Singers perform in “PARADE”

paradeOn Monday, February 16, 2015, the SJB Festival Singers along with director Jared Berry performed in Manhattan Concert Productions PARADE by Jason Robert Brown, under the baton of the composer.  The performance featured Laura Benanti (Lucille Frank), Jeremy Jordan (Leo Frank)

With a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, a score by Jason Robert Brown, and co-conceived by Tony Award winner Harold Prince, Parade tells a controversial story of the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in Atlanta, GA. Paradewas Brown’s first Broadway production.


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SJB Bel Canto Chorale performs at NYACDA

sjb at vassarThe St. John the Baptist Bel Canto Chorale was invited to perform at the annual Fall state conference.  The conference took place at Vassar College.  Choirs selected to perform on the Friday evening concert along with the Bel Canto Chorale included Highbridge Voices and St. Rose College Madrigal Choir.


Sesere eeye – Mark O’Leary
Bring Me Little Water Silvy – Huddie Ledbetter, arr. Moira Smiley
Gaudete – Michael Engelhardt
Ergen deda – Peter Lyondev, arr. Henry Leck
No Time – Susan Brumfield

Music Director for SavoyNet

Recently, Jared traveled to Harrogate, England to conduct SavoyNet’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Thespis, along with stage director Gary Slavin. The performance was the premiere of Anthony Baker & Tim Henty’s edition of the show at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

The show received a record number of awards:
Overall 2nd Place – SavoyNet – THESPIS
Best Female Performer – Rachel Gianesse Middle
Best Concerted Item – Railway Song
Best Supporting Actress – Elizabeth Anne Biddle
Best Supporting Actor – William Remmers

We were also nominated for:
Best Chorus
Best Director/Choreographer – Gary Slavin
Best Male Performer – Ron Pidcock
Best Duet – Ron Pidcock & Rachel Middle