This spring Patti Newman, co-coordinator of MVA’s Membership Program, envisioned an outreach program for young women singers with the intent to share our love of barbershop and a cappella music, while fostering ongoing music education during the summer. The program attracted about 12 young women...more
This year Merrimack Valley A Cappella’s contest package was Somewhere Over the Rainbow (ballad) and Smile (uptune); two arrangements about encouragement and hope. There were hundreds of instances when we talked about manifesting dreams, and encouraging loved ones with our...more
Hey You GUUUUUUUUUYS!
I have a confession: as a child, I watched a lot of TV. I mean, A LOT. God bless the 1970’s – a time when we had a color TV in the family room, and “screen time” was still decades away from entering our vernacular. My sister and I would argue over a beanbag chair...more
I have enjoyed singing with MVC for 4 years now and am still engaged with this fabulous group of gals! There have been numerous opportunities to get acquainted with new friends and communities outside my own. Recently we reached out to the community of Lowell at the...more
Looking back at my choice, I've asked myself, "Why didn’t I look for more mixed groups?
Why did I insist on only looking at women’s groups? What was so alluring about MVC?"
Having grown up...more
Growing up, music was always around in my house. My parents had their record player and we would throw on a record on Saturdays- Bernstein’s Mass, Yes, or something else. It depended on whose turn it was to choose. Other days, we would rifle through the CD collection and blast stuff- Queen,...more
One MVC Member Reflects...
Seven short years ago, gathering up a small measure of courage, I made one of the best decisions of my life. It was one of those game-changing decisions that helped to define the person I am today. I took a chance on an ad that had been running fairly regularly...more
Patch.com posted news about our very own Associate Director Carol Smolenski's 8-week singing course, which is running via Andover's recreation department, DCS, and the Merrimack Valley Community Music School.