Looking for a Place to Express your Inner Singing Voice? Ovation’s Crescendo is Seeking New Talent

Crescendo Logo social mediaInterested in trying out your vocal cords, or leaping into a new past time? If you like to sing in the shower, or otherwise, or you have singing experience, you might consider joining Crescendo! for its upcoming spring session. The mostly adult choir performs seasonal songs, Broadway hits, jazz, standards and more, practicing for a 12-week period, before performing at several special events with a season-ending, concert May 6th at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church.

Crescendo 3 image by Kevin DwyerSome members of Crescendo! are accomplished musicians, while others learn by listening, and are less accomplished. “They all share the joy of making music together,” says Connie Bye, a soprano with the group, who, along with husband Dale Bye, helps organize the chorus and work in concert with Director Wendi Olinger and accompanist Catherine Benson.

Crescendo! rehearses from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mondays, at the Ovation! Studio, 600 Ericksen, Suite 103. Rehearsals start Monday Jan. 29th.  The fee is $99.

“Crescendo started in 2012 with a dozen or so singers and has grown to more than 30,” notes Connie Bye. “While some of our singers are seasoned musicians, we all love to sing together and to share the joy of music with our audience.”

The current chorus is made up of about 30 regulars participating in its winter/spring program, with members divided up into alto, bass, soprano and tenner parts.

“The experience level is very wide,” explains Olinger, who is a trained opera singer and has a Master’s Degree in music education and a Bachelor’s in vocal performance. “Some people have sung all their lives, while others are just starting out.”

Crescendo 2023This past holiday season Crescendo sang traditional songs such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Hanukkah Hayom,” “The Christmas Song,” “Once Upon a December,” “Bring Him Home” and many others. Olinger and the Bye’s will determine the line-up of songs for the winter and spring session.

Some partial and full scholarships are available, thanks to sponsors Kat Gilmore and Lori Sinclair at Bainbridge Homes, Thomas Communications, Qualcomm, Onecity, Tom Clothier and Darlene Strobis, and anonymous donors.

Ovation Performing Arts Northwest logoCrescendo is part of Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest, a nonprofit musical theater group based on Bainbridge Island.

For more information, go to ovationmtb.com/crescendo or email crescendo@ovationmtb.com. ​

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