Newburyport Choral Society Announces its new Spring, 2021 Music Series: Registration Begins January 8th!


The Newburyport Choral Society (NCS) is pleased to announce our Spring semester music series will begin on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 and continue through Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  Each weekly session will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Online registration for the Spring music series is set to begin on January 8th, kicking off the beginning of an exciting new music season.

With the theme of “How Can I Keep from Singing?” the NCS Spring Semester program provides an enriching and educational musical experience that has been informed by the ideas and responses of NCS members. Under the expert direction of NCS Music Director Ryan Turner, the program will offer an interesting mix of choral repertoire, expand our exploration of diversity and social justice in music, and enhance singers’ ability and confidence in singing. 

Because of the pandemic spike in which our nation currently finds itself, each music series session will again take place via Zoom, which means that members will be singing from the privacy and safety of their homes.  All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing if you need to miss a particular session.    

What our Spring Semester music series features: 

♫   Exciting repertoire! 

With an emphasis on providing a wide variety of singing opportunities that include both familiar and new repertoire, the Spring Semester will indeed keep us singing.  We will sing music we have previously learned such as Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, Ryan Murphy’s Lullaby, and Aaron Copland’s Old American SongsWe will return to Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day, Moore’s We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, and Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region from this past semester.

In addition, we will learn new pieces such s Sarah Quartel’s arrangement of How Can I Keep From Singing?Aaron Copland’s Little Horsesand African-American composer Margaret Bonds’ The Negro Speaks of Rivers

♫   Tips to Improve Your Vocal Technique & Singing Confidence!

Each week, Ryan Turner will teach and demonstrate useful tips to help all singers improve our vocal technique, regardless of whether you are brand new to singing or have years of experience.  

♫   Informative Guest Lecture Series!

Several engaging guest lecturers will provide us with interesting musical insights and experiences this semester that reflect themes of diversity, social justice, and access to music for all. Some of the guests will include:

  • G. Phillip Shoultz, III, Associate Director of VocalEssence, a multi-cultural chorus based in Minneapolis will speak to us on the topic of “Youth and Community Engagement: Table for More.”
  • Ahmed Anzaldúa, a Mexican choral conductor, classical pianist, and music educator of Egyptian descent will speak about the “justice Choir Songbook” of which he was a co-editor.
  • Canadian composer/arranger and music educator Sarah Quartel, will lead us in a vocal masterclass!  Described as seeing the world and singers themselves more deeply than most, she is known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music, and creating repertoire that is accessible for all levels of singers.  
  • Brad Dumont, who is a conductor, advocate for equity and justice, and Music Director of Choral Activities at Assumption University in Worcester will speak on the topic of “music in incarceration.” 
Ahmed Anzaldúa
G. Philip Shoultz III
Brad Dumont
Sarah Quartel


About Ryan Turner

NCS Music Director Ryan Turner brings a wealth of experience to lead NCS into the future, and to strengthen our presence throughout the North Shore, the Merrimack Valley, and southern New Hampshire. Widely regarded as a passionate and expressive vocal and orchestral conductor, he is also an accomplished tenor soloist and music educator. A resident of Haverhill, he is also the artistic director of Emmanuel Music in Boston, and is on the voice and early music faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge. 

NCS Music Director, Ryan Turner

Ryan is highly regarded for his masterful and innovative conducting, with a choral repertoire that encompasses the complete masterworks of Bach, and major works by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Handel. As a champion of new music, he has programmed and premiered the works of several contemporary composers, and as an opera conductor recently led acclaimed performances with the Boston Lyric Opera.    

Who should join us for this season?

Everyone is welcome. NCS is a non-auditioned chorus and accepts members based simply on their desire to sing.  The only requirements for membership are a love of singing, commitment to learning the music, and a willingness to participate in the life and well-being of the chorus. 

We sing together, learn together, laugh together, and strive together for excellence in performance. You do not need to know how to read music.  And because Spring sessions will be online, you don’t even have to live within driving distance to Newburyport.  

Steps to Register and Purchase Your Music

Online registration and purchase of your new music* is easy! Just click on the appropriate link below and you will be taken to the registration site. If you experience any problems while registering, please contact or call 978-462-0650.

RETURNING MEMBERS (if you sang with NCS for our Fall 2020 semester, our 2019-2020 season or our 2018-2019 season and have a NEON account) Click Here to Register. If you have forgotten your login name, look it up here.

NEW OR RETURNING MEMBERS WITHOUT A NEON ACCOUNT Click here to create an account and register. Instructions for registering are available here.

*A note on purchasing your music:

1. Unlike last semester, members will purchase 2 of the “new” choral pieces (How Can I Keep From Singing? and The Negro Speaks of Rivers), listed under “New Choral Pieces for 2021 Spring Semester” above, directly from NCS when you sign up to register. Members will be charged a $7 music fee for the two new pieces, which NCS will mail out to you. (Little Horses, although a new choral piece, is part of the Copland book that we sang from before.)

2.  Should you not have some or all of the individual choral pieces listed under “Choral Pieces from our 2020 Fall Semester,”  Previous NCS Choral Pieces” or Little Horses listed under “New Choral Pieces for 2021 Spring Semester” you will need to contact John Moreland directly via email:  John will work individually with you and provide personalized order instructions for the pieces you are missing.


A word about our desire to sing/perform in person . . . 

As NCS singers, we cannot express in words how much we look forward to the day when we can once again join together to rehearse in person and start planning our first post-pandemic performance.  The vocal techniques and music we will be learning in our Spring 2021 online series will prepare us for a time when we can perform for you in person, joyously, and most importantly, safely.  Stay tuned to this website throughout 2021 for updates.  Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during the pandemic.  


Newburyport Choral Society


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