Ensemble Companio is now excitedly looking forward to our fifth season. In the spirit of a late-summer â€œThrowback Thursday,â€ we wanted to thank you for all you did to make our fourth season so wonderful.
Thank you for supporting Ensemble Companio through a very successful 2015 concert season!
Megan Lemley (alto, Development Chair), InÃ¨s Thieme (soprano, past President), Christina Wallace (soprano, Communications Chair), and Julia Hillabrant (alto) share a moment before the Ridgewood, NJ concert in April.
One amazing example of that last season was your overwhelming response to our Annual Campaign, which raised more than $12,000 (and blew away our $10,000 goal)! You helped us build a stronger foundation and presented us with new opportunities, including the initiation of a fund to support singersâ€™ travel, childcare, and other seasonal expenses. On behalf of the officers, I would like to express our joy at being able to offer such support to our singers and our optimism in increasing this support yearly. I hope that, in return, you joined us for a concert and allowed us to share our gratitude through song. If you did (and even if you didnâ€™t), weâ€™d love to ask you a few questions about your experience with us. Please keep an eye out for the Ensemble Companio Audience Survey, which will circulate later this year. We couldnâ€™t do what we do without you, and we want to hear your thoughts!
Mikey Steiger (tenor), Evan Crawford (bass, General Manager), Michael Raffaele (bass, Ensemble Advocate), and Greg Pratt (tenor, Secretary) provide a backstage â€œinterludeâ€ between sets.
Iâ€™d also like to announce the appointment of Evan Crawford and Christina Wallace to the positions of General Manager and Communications Chair, respectively. Both just completed their first year of singing with Ensemble Companio and jumped right into leadership positions! We are grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm of these two and are excited to work with them to steer Ensemble Companio into this season and beyond.
Finally, for those of you who attended our Brooklyn or Ridgewood concerts, youâ€™ll remember our encore performance of Il bianco e dolce cigno. At the request of an audience member, at our last concert of the season in Philadelphia, we instead closed with â€œIn My Lifeâ€ and invited the audience to join us. It was such a special encore that we wanted to share it with all of you.
"In My Life" with audience (Saturday, May 16, 2015). The couple toward the front on the right just warms my heart!
Please join us again in song this season, which begins in just a few weeks and includes concerts planned in April and May 2016. The theme will be â€œWarnings, Widsom, and Witâ€, and we canâ€™t wait to see you in the audience! In the meantime (and as always), I look forward to hearing from you at email@example.com.