IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOGETHER IN SONG SEASON III TV series to feature regional Choral Groups
You and your choral group are invited to be a part of the excitement of fun of the third season of WGBY’s TOGTHER IN SONG. The first season festival finale of TOGETHER IN SONG was nominated for a New England Emmy for Outstanding Special Event Coverage. Our second season built on early success, and now we are planning an even bigger and better third season.
Last year’s season, hosted by Kevin Rhodes, Music Director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Rus Peotter, General Manager of WGBY, showcased the talents of over 1,300 singers of 43 choirs throughout the WGBY viewing area. The TOGETHER IN SONG website had nearly one-hundred-thousand page views on wgby.org and YOUR choir segments were loaded 77,131 times. The live broadcast finale programs alone were downloaded 2,086 times! (Believe it or not, we had many viewers from outside the United States watching your online videos!!!)
We want this year’s season to be as exciting and as representative of the wealth of choral music tradition in western New England as last year’s. We also have some very exciting plans to make next season’s festival bigger, better and much more accommodating for all of your groups – and we are planning on streaming the festival LIVE!
If you have participated in the past, WE THANK YOU for making this such a great success for WGBY and for the choral community in western New England. If you have not participated in season one or two, please consider taking part in this exciting celebration. Your group will have great visibility both online and on the air on three of WGBY’s channels, as well as on Comcast Video On Demand.
In late summer we will be seeking entries for TOGETHER IN SONG’s third season. More details will follow as we approach mid-summer. The festival weekend will take place during the weekend of April 27 and 28, 2013. Studio tapings will take place in January and February of 2013.
WGBY’s GOAL for TOGETHER IN SONG To again celebrate the living choral tradition in western New England by showcasing non-professional choral ensembles in a 10-week television series entitled “Together in Song: A Celebration of Choral Music in Western New England.” The series will culminate in a two-day festival that will be broadcast live on WGBY. ELIGIBILITY Musical Groups dedicated to the enjoyment of choral music, and who are based in western New England (the WGBY service area of western MA, northern Connecticut, and southern Vermont and New Hampshire) are eligible for consideration. In order to participate in the TV series, choirs must be available for taping in the WGBY studios between January and February 2013. All participants must also be prepared to be available on April 27 & 28, 2013, in the event that they are selected to perform in the semi-finals and/or finale. Choirs that participated in season one and/or two may submit entries for season three. REVIEW PROCESS AND CRITERIA Participation is determined by a Jury.
TV SERIES Once selected, ensembles will be responsible for preparing a set of approximately 4 minutes duration. This may be one selection or up to three, as long as the total duration is approximately 4 minutes. Instrumental accompaniment will be limited to piano, or small acoustic instruments held by singers.
Performances will be taped in WGBY’s Springfield studios throughout the months of January and February, 2013 (Monday through Wednesday evenings, or Saturday day-time if needed). There will be enough time for several “takes” of your performance.
“Together in Song: A Celebration of Choral Music in Western New England” will premier in the spring of 2013, and will air on Saturday evenings. Each episode will feature choral groups from all categories. As the season unfolds, judges and viewers will vote for finalists – who will perform in a spectacular festival that will be broadcast live the weekend of April 27 & 28, 2013.
SEMI-FINALS AND FINALE All participating groups must be ready to perform in the semi-finals and finale in the event that they are selected by the judges.