(All voice parts welcome to audition!)ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir is holding auditions for our upcoming season. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 and begin on September 6, 2022 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield. Dues are $75 per ‘semester’. Singers also purchase a concert dress which costs approximately $100. Financial assistance is available for singers unable to afford the dues or concert dress. Artistic Director, Christina Lynn-Craig will be holding auditions throughout the Summer. Experienced choral singers ages eighteen through seventy-something are encouraged to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, contact Artistic Director, Christina by e-mail at Tinaregina@aol.com. Experienced Choral Singers are invited to audition for this small (24-32) voice ensemble. All ASTER members sing on a volunteer basis! The audition consists of vocalization to hear the quality and range of a singer’s voice, and learning a short passage of unaccompanied music and then singing it while other parts are played or sung. No sight-reading is involved in the audition, but an ability to learn music quickly and a willingness to memorize music is an important aspect of participating in ASTER. Experienced choral singers ages eighteen through seventy-something are encouraged to audition.
Our Spring concert will be A Girl’s Garden: The Birds & the Bees & the Flowers & the Trees.It will be presented on April 22, 2023 at 2 PM at the Broomfield Auditorium.
Our Fall concert, Sacagawea and her Sisters: Honoring Women and Their Journeys, will be held on Saturday, November 5th at 2 PM at the Broomfield Auditorium.It features Broomfield composer Pete Simpson’s cantata “Sacagawea”, the premiere of “Earth Prayers” by Colorado composer Martha Yordy, a group of Spanish Lullabies with guitar accompaniment and spirituals arranged by Black American Women Composers.
One performance only!
Saturday April 2, 2022, 2:00 P.M. Mountain Time
3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020
Link to the 1st Decade presentation here
Link to the 2nd Decade presentation here.
You can watch the livestream recording on YouTube at this link.
Admission: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students
Advance purchase recommended. Limited tickets at the door.
Available through brownpapertickets.com
A photo retrospective starts at about 1:50, a few minutes before the concert. Livestream is free, but if you wish to make a donation, please send a check to BCAH with “ASTER Donation” in the memo line to address: P.O. Box 681, Broomfield, CO 80030-0681.
ASTER celebrates its 20th season with a concert featuring music which has a special place in the hearts and minds of the singers and our audience members.
We hope that you will join us for this special event. ASTER has stayed true to its mission of “Exploring Women’s Lives and Music,” and this concert is no exception. Sacred selections will include music sung by the Nuns of Chester, gospel favorite “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “O Unico Amore”, a piece which ASTER commissioned to honor Mother Cabrini. The program will also feature a powerful setting of Sojourner Truth’s speech “And Ain’t I a Woman”. Her words still ring true today.
Audiences who remember ASTER’s three different staged productions of “Quilters” will delight in a group of pieces from Barbara Damashek’s wonderful portrayal of the lives of pioneer women who lived on the prairie. We will close the program by paying tribute to Iconic Women of Song. You will hear Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose”, the Andrews Sisters’ “Java Jive” and Mahalia Jackson’s “God Put a Rainbow in the Sky”.
The Broomfield Council on Arts and Humanities presents ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir and the Broomfield Children’s Chorus.
Friday Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 1700 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020
The Saturday concert was livestreamed on Holy Comforter’s Zoom channel.
You can view the program in PDF format by clicking here.
ASTER celebrates the season with selections from their recently released Christmas CD “A Field of White.”
ASTER will sing some of our favorite Scandinavian carols, a 14th century chant, the famous “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, along with pieces which celebrate home and the beauty of snow.
If you wish to take home a CD, the suggested donation is $10.
AND, what could make the season brighter? The beautiful voices of the Broomfield Children’s Chorus!
The young singers in the Broomfield Children’s Chorus are excited to bring you the sounds of the season! From the gentle, melodic lines of “Still, Still, Still,” and familiar “Manger Carols” to waiting for “Seven Feet of Snow” so there will be a snow day or a “Winter Blast” of cold weather, we promise to get you in the holiday spirit with our program of seasonal delights.
The Programme in PDF.
Broomfield Auditorium – 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020
Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (or pay what you can pay)
Instructions for Livestream on YouTube.
Use this link to join the livestream: Click Here.The live-stream is free, though donations are gratefully accepted!
(Send a cheque made out to B.C.A.H. with ASTER Concert in the memo line to Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities, P.O. Box 681, Broomfield, CO 80038-0681 or visit www.artsinbroomfield.org to give online and designate your donation for ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir in the drop down menu.)
About the composers.
At the present time, ASTER does not know what requirements may be in place at the Broomfield Auditorium in November for those who wish to attend in person. Please know that your health and safety comes first, AND that we will find a way to share our music in the best way possible.
ASTER has fallen in love with many new pieces on this concert and we think that our audience members will too!
Tickets available from choir members or at the door. You can also obtain tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.
E. Pauline Johnson (1861 – 1913) was one of Canada’s most popular and successful entertainers at the turn of the 20th century. The daughter of a Mohawk Native-Canadian father and an English mother she adopted the name “Tekahionwake,” at age thirty-one. She created a Mohawk costume, and began touring Canada giving recitals of her poetry, comedy routines and plays. She was the first Native poet to have her work published in Canada, and was one of the few female writers at the time to make a living from what she wrote and performed. ASTER will be singing Sarah Quartel’s setting of Johnson’s poem The Bird’s Lullaby.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Though she was a recluse during her lifetime, today she is one of the best known of all American poets. She wrote nearly 1800 poems. Hope is the thing with feathers is among the most familiar of her works. ASTER will be singing Susan LeBarr’s setting of this famous poem. The solo vocal pieces which will be performed on the concert were composed by Vincent Persichetti including the humorous poem I’m Nobody.
Susan Stewart (b. 1952) is both a poet and a scholar. In an interview at the University of Pennsylvania, Susan Stewart said that her primary goal as a poet is “to get people to read more slowly, and to reread, and to read a whole book and go back to the beginning of the book and see connections.” She is the recipient of a “Genius Award” from the MacArthur Foundation which noted that her poetry makes “strange and disorienting that which we usually take to be familiar and of common sense.” ASTER will perform James Primosch’s setting of her poem Cinder, from his song cycle Holy the Firm. He arranged this song specifically for the choir at the director’s request because they were friends in graduate school.
Christie Dickason (b. 1942) is known as a novelist, poet and teacher. She brings a diverse background to her work including four years as a director and choreographer with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has lived in many countries and ASTER thinks that she has a wonderful sense of humour. The choir will perform Cecilia MacDowell’s setting of Would Like to Meet.