Messa Di Voce and its history

Listen to "Java Jive" from 2013 by clicking the title.
NOTE: "Jave Jive" is a slow down load, because it is from NAfME Eastern Division Conference 2013. The complete album can be found on iTunes by searching:
NAfME Eastern Division Conference 2013 Richard E. Strayer Middle School Messa Di Voce.
Listen to Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree from 2011

View video performances below (scroll down).

Messa Di Voce Audition dates
for grade 7 & 8--- TBA

FEES: $17.00 for tux shirt, $80.00 for bus/fees for Dorney Choral Competition, $50.00 Pay-to-Play.


Choral Director, Miss Cynthia Teprovich

Brief Outline:
December through May is the normal season, but sometimes we start earlier in the year when there are special events.
Auditioned a cappella chorus for grades 7 and 8.
Morning Rehearsals from 7:00 - 7:50 a.m. (start singing promptly at 7:00 a.m.)
A.M. Rehearsals are twice per week
You will receive a rehearsal calendar as a member.
Performances: All school concerts, and other performances TBA.

Specific Information:

This auditioned a cappella chorus is designed for the advanced choral students in grades 7 and 8 who desires more challenging repertoire and further vocal training of the highest level, a cappella. This type of choral music demands that the vocalist have control of pitch and intonation at all times, because a cappella means singing without instrumental accompaniment for support of pitch. Messa Di Voce performs in local festivals, concerts, fund-raisers, and will compete in the Music in the Parks Festival, Dorney Park. There is a fee for a tux shirt, and a fee for Music in the Parks Festival, transportation fee, and the school district Pay-to-Play fee.

Messa Di Voce (Meh-sah Dee Voh-chay)- in Italian means "to place the voice."
Messa di Voce defined in you tube video:

Messa Di Voce
is the advanced choir at Richard E. Strayer Middle School in the Quakertown Community School District under the direction of Cynthia Teprovich. It is comprised of students from grade levels seven and eight. All of the Messa Di Vocemembers belong to the school's grade-level concert choruses that rehearse during the school day learning to read and perform vocal music while achieving proficiency in the learning targets. The growth and development of these young vocalists are assessed for vocal achievement and musicianship for all learning targets. This chorus is offered to students who have developed a well-placed voice with an advanced level of pitch, intonation, and note reading. This is an auditioned chorus that rehearses before the school day begins, twice per week January through May as well as small group sectional rehearsals. Messa Di Voce performs primarily a cappella repertoire of various styles.

Messa Di Voce performs in local choral festivals, fund raiser events, and other local and school functions. They performed with the renowned children's choir known as thePennsylvania Youth Chorale in 2001. In November 2005, this chorus had the honor and privilege of performing four madrigals with the world renowned Baltimore Consort, a Renaissance instrumental group. In 2002 and 2005 the group performed at the State Capitol Rotunda for "Music in Our Schools Month", and they performed for the "Arts in Education Day" in Harrisburg in April, 2006. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 Messa Di Voceshared the stage in concert with the award winning women's a cappella choir, The Valley Forge Chorus. In 2014 and 2017 Messa Di Voce performed three vocal selections by J.S. Bach as they welcomed The Bach Choir of Bethlehem to Strayer Middle School for the "Bach to School" Assembly.

Since the ensemble's formation in 2000, this select chorus earned a superior rating at thePennsylvania Music Educators Adjudication Festival in 2000 and at the Pennsbury SSA Choral Festival in 2001. They have achieved numerous first place awards in their division with a ranking of superior (high 90th percentile) in the Music in the Parks Festival. In the last eighteen consecutive years, Messa Di Voce was also awarded theOverall Chorus Award for the highest scores of the day by the Music in the Parks Festival.

An honor of special mention is that Messa Di Voce was selected to perform forPennsylvania Music Educators Conference in 2007, and selected again to perform at the Lancaster County Convention Center on April 20th, 2012, and selected for a third time March 31st, 2016 at the Hershey Convention Center, and again in 2018 at the Lancaster County Covention Center. To add to their accolades, Messa Di Voce was theonly middle school choir selected from 11 states to perform at the NAfME Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference on April 6, 2013 t held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. They were selected from 40 other middle/junior high school choirs that entered the adjudication process. You can purchase this performance on iTunes by searching: R.E. Strayer Middle School Messa Di Voce -- on -- iTunes.

View Performances from various years: Twelve Day of Christmas Medley Ain't-a That Good News No Mirrors in My Nana's House Je le vous diray! Mouse Madrigal Carol of the Bells I'll Be Home for Christmas

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