Southern New Hampshire
Director: Maria Belva
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs–The Choristers Official Website
“Winter’s Waking” by Amy F. Bernon
“Windy Nights” by Kirk Aamot
Maria Belva, Conductor
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs was founded by Maria Belva and David Vernier in the summer of 1997. The purpose was to create an opportunity for young singers to develop their voices while learning fundamentals of musicianship, music reading, performance, and the joyful rewards of singing the highest quality music.
We have a strongly supportive parent group and a steadily growing community and regional audience. Our concerts feature the highest quality music for young voices, much of it specially composed for children’s choir.
We offer our own concerts each winter and spring, and have presented programs with the Conval High School Chorus and at Children in the Arts Day, Hancock’s Old Home Days, Rivermead, and for two benefit concerts in Antrim. We have traveled to Toronto to hear the internationally acclaimed Toronto Children’s Chorus and to perform with the Toronto Waldorf School choir. Our ensembles have performed in an original Peterborough Players musical and as the chorus of gingerbread children in Raylynmor Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel. In 2004 we performed with the Monadnock Chorus, and in 2005, with Judy Collins at the Colonial Theater in Keene, NH. In December of 2009, the Trebles and Keene Youth Chorus sang with the Keene Chorale, and the Cecilia Ensemble and Choristers performed with the Monadnock Chorus. In January of 2013, the Cecilia Ensemble was invited to sing at the Inauguration of our Governor, Maggie Hassan. we also sang for Steven Sonheim at the MacDowell Colony celebration in August.
The Cecilia Ensemble made a concert tour of Italy in February, 2003. We stayed in Lucca, Florence, and Como, with a day excursion to Pisa. Our public concerts were performed in local churches and cathedrals. The girls became ambassadors of peace and goodwill by bringing their beautiful voices to another country, and experiencing some of the incomparable artistic treasures of one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures.
In 2005 the Cecilia Ensemble traveled to Germany and The Czech Republic where they performed for the public in Leipzig, Dresden, and Prague. In Usti nad Labem the Cecilia Ensemble performed with the Ustecki Detski Sbor, a children’s choir near Prague. In 2007 we traveled to Spain and performed a concert with Els Virolets of Palafrugell in Catalonia. We toured Sicily in February, 2010, singing with four different Sicilian Choirs. We just came back from a tour of Austria and Hungary in April, 2012. Sorrento and Rome, Italy are next!
In the Fall of 2011 we decided to make a name change in order to reflect the regional nature of the various choirs. We are now known as the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs. We still offer the same excellent music education.
The GMYC is a non-profit organization.