CUYAHOGA FALLS – A local conductor adds another choir to his musical direction.
The Board of Directors of the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio has appointed Edward Arthur "Ted" Shure as its new artistic director, succeeding the retiring Founder and Artistic Director of 17 years, Dr. J.D. Goddard.
"I have known J.D. for many years," Shure said. "I sang the Brahms Requiem under his direction close to a dozen years ago. We try and attend each other’s concerts and we see each other at concerts and events in the community. I’ve always considered J.D. to be a great colleague."
Now entering his 15th year as director of the Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus, Shure is a 24-year resident of the city. He has assisted as a rehearsal conductor for the Akron Symphony Chorus, was music director for the Chagrin Valley Choral Union and the Stow Chamber Orchestra Chorus, served as bass section leader for the Akron Symphony Chorus for eight years, and for Summit Choral Society’s Masterworks Chorale for three years.
"Master Singers chose Ted Shure because he embodies our commitment to excellence and will continue our mission of performing classical choral literature sung by an all-inclusive community chorale," MSI Board President, Maryanne Buchanan said. "Master Singers Chorale of NEO looks forward to working with Ted."
Shure said it was an honor and privilege to succeed Goddard and take over the Master Singers Chorale.
"I am humbled to be in a position to continue the great legacy that J.D. has earned over the decades." Shure said, "I am also anxiously awaiting my first rehearsal with the Chorale. I have sung with the group, heard them in concert, and led them from the podium. These are committed singers who clearly love what they do. I can’t wait to make music with them."
Shure’s debut performance with the Masters Singers will be on at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls.
"I have chosen, for my first performance as artistic director, to perform in Cuyahoga Falls, a place where I have lived and worked for the past 24 years," Shure said. "I love the church itself, and I admire and appreciate the work of my friend and colleague, Dean Wagner, who is their minister of music."
Featured works on the program will include a major portion of Part One and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s "Messiah." The second half will feature Vaughan Williams "Fantasia On Christmas Carols" and Daniel Pinkham’s "Christmas Cantata."
"There is no question that I will continue to focus on the great choral literature from the romantic era (J.D.’s go-to musical period), but I will also include baroque and classical literature, as well," Shure said.
Rehearsals for the 2018-19 season begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Church of New Hope on Darrow Road in Stow. Those interested in singing with a vibrant group that performs the masterworks of the choral repertoire should email Shure at MasterSingersDirector@gmail.com. There are no formal auditions for acceptance in the group.
For more information on Master Singers, email Shure at the address above, visit www.mastersingersinc.org or visit their Facebook page and select "Like" to stay up to date on concerts and other important announcements.
Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus
The Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus begins its holiday program rehearsals at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Summit Christian School, 3313 Northampton Road at the corner of Chart Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Rehearsals have been changed from Mondays to Tuesdays to accommodate Shure's new post.
"I am looking forward to giving ‘downbeats’ to both Master Singers on Monday the 10th, and Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday the 11th," Shure said. "Master Singers will complement my work with the Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus in many ways."
The two choirs share members, he said.
The repertoire for Master Singers is classical in nature, whereas Cuyahoga Falls performs a wide variety of music from classical to gospel and Broadway to patriotic.
"With the exception of the literature we prepare, both groups are amazingly similar," Shure said. "We come together at the first rehearsal as a room full of individuals with hugely diverse backgrounds and abilities. Through the process of preparing the music we grow into an ensemble with the goal of inspiring and bringing beauty into the lives of our audiences and singers alike. The task isn’t always easy but the expressions on the faces of the singers after singing through a difficult piece that finally comes together is priceless. They all look around at each other with the same thought, ‘Wow! Did we just do that?’"
The Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus programs begin with the Holiday Tree Festival the week before Thanksgiving and include performances at the Ice Rink in Falls River Square, the Cuyahoga Falls Library, St. Luke's Church, retirement homes and other venues leading up to Christmas.
Those interested in joining can contact the chorus at email@example.com or visit the website www.cfchorus.com and "Like" their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CuyahogaFallsCommunityChorus/
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.