Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and a toast to a healthy and prosperous 2013

Our regular programming will resume in 2013 after we are done eating and drinking.  
Look forward to articles on the history of the MET, interviews with our District Winners, interviews with judges, bios on our Region Finals judges and much more.  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Upcoming Events

As the end of 2012 nears, it ones again becomes obvious how fast time flies.  Yesterday, the Met announced the sale of tickets to the Grand Finals Concert to be held on Sunday March 10th at 3pm.  They will go on sale Wednesday December 19th, so get yours early so you can hopefully watch many Eastern Region winners perform.

Of course, before it is March 3rd we as the Eastern Region have many more upcoming events.  The first one is the Region Finals to be held on January 24th at Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street).  The exact time is yet to be determined, but the singing will commence somewhere in the afternoon between 1pm and 2pm.  As the judges deliberate you will be able to enjoy some drinks and snacks while you get to know all the singers up close and personal.

Just a reminder, our judges for the Region Finals are Gayletha Nichols, Marilyn Horne and Matthew Epstein.  Keep an eye out for the bios of all our judges in the next coming weeks, as well as snippets to get to know the singers better.

If you would like to attend the Region Finals, you can sign up on our website.  We have a suggested donation of $15 (which you can pay at the door) which will enable us to award our singers some amazing prices so they can further their careers.

Then on February 7th we will have our annual Benefit Gala, to be held at the wonderful Kosciuszko Foundation (15 East 65th Street).  We are in the process of planning the evening, so more details to follow, but mark your calendar so you won't miss this great event filled with music and great food.  You can check out last year's gala here.  If you are interested in attending, single price tickets will be announced soon (starting at just $125 and $50 for students and Young Associates), but if you are interested in supporting our organization on a higher level, check out our recent fundraising letter which went out to all our donors.

If you wish to receive our correspondence, you can sign up for our mailing list here.  If you rather receive a hard copy of our gala invitations and fundraising letters, you can email your info to

I hope to see you all very soon.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Divertissement: Holiday Cheers from the Met

Every year, the Met invites New York City to attend the lighting of their Christmas Tree. This year I attended the lighting myself for the first time; a festive event with carols, hot chocolate and a Grand ol' Time.

I am actually writing this in almost freezing temperatures on the Plaza right now, but the tree is just so fascinating and some hot apple cider is keeping me warm. The tree brings out the kid in everyone. Who does not like a train and an airplane?

After the lighting of the tree by Peter Gelb with the help of a nine-year old girl, Ryan Speedo Green and some colleagues come on stage to sing some carols, followed by the Met's Brass Band. What a great tradition, one which many National Council Winners share in.

Stay tuned for some pictures tomorrow, but now I am of to see Mozart's Clemenza di Tito.