Just a few words to let you know how very much I really enjoyed your concert on the Green.
For me, it was the best concert yet; I absolutely loved all of the songs and all the performances.
I especially enjoyed watching you and the pleasure and enjoyment you get from your students. For you it seems to truly be an act of love, the joy of teaching and the satisfaction of the presentation.
I'd like to thank you for supporting the Food Pantry, and to let you know that the collection that was taken on that day to benefit the Pantry added up to over $700. You had quite an audience there, and they certainly were appreciative of all the performing skills and the memories that were brought to them through your wonderful choice of music and songs. Once again I would like to say thank you for a memorable afternoon and for the benefit to the Sandwich Food Pantry.
Wishing you many more of those happy moments,
Gigi Ridgley, Director, Sandwich Food Pantry
I heard the voices of Christmas singing music of the season that reminded me of the meaning of hope, peace and goodwill toward men.
In the darkness of winter solstice, amidst covid and the bleakness that abounds, the voices sang out in a quaint New England village meetinghouse.
The young students of a local voice studio performed gratis for their families and their community. The church, founded in 1717, was the perfect stage for this beautiful performance. With its high-backed wooden pews and massive center pulpit, it provided the stunning backdrop for a lovely display of a Christmas tree surrounded by masses of colorful poinsettias.
The 15 singers, girls and one boy, were decked out in lovely, festive dress. They stood poised as each sang their solo piece. Accompanied by piano and flute, the music selections were both playful and holy. The performance was touching in its beauty and simplicity.
As I sat in the warmth of the soft church lighting, I felt the bond of the audience and musicians sharing a celebration of music and the best in all of us.
A worthy wish for always.
So, yes, there is a Santa Claus. Yes, there is the redemption of Scrooge. Yes, the story from long ago of a child born in a manger is true. The stories that love, kindness and connection can light the winter darkness and give us hope, peace and goodwill toward men.
December 21, 2021
West Barnstable MA
What a wonderful recital! You've done a great job with each student, John! Their confidence, their trust in you, their voices, and their hard work were all evident! I was completely impressed with their no-talking when they were seated, their focus and support of the person who was singing, and their introduction and explanation of the piece that they were about to present! Their voices and their stage presence were both inspiring and delight-filled!
I have to say that glancing over and seeing the JOY on John's face as you were conducting and the singers were giving their all was so endearing.
Thank you for the hours and hours of hard work you are pouring into each student. Our community will benefit from your work and their efforts for years to come as they continue to raise their voices and their love of music.
Congratulations to all!
Bette, June 2023