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Welcome New FCS Director of Operations, Dalton Lamberth

Our new Director of Operations, Dalton Lamberth, is a candidate for a Masters of Arts Management degree at George Mason University, with an expected graduation date of December 2016.  He has a Bachelor of Music: Vocal Performance degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University (Cum Laude).  Dalton has worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series as well as the Administrative/Marketing Assistant with Jane Franklin Dance. He has interned with the Washington Concert Opera as a Special Events and Communications intern where he planned and managed a 200 person gala as well as many small events throughout the season. He also worked as a Marketing Intern for the Hylton Performing Arts Center and while there created playbills, helped with conventions, and revised their marketing database. Dalton was raised on a small ranch in rural Oklahoma. Though his community did not have a vibrant choral music scene, he developed a love for the arts. Since his early days, he has been involved in many choral organizations. He has traveled with groups across the United States as well as an international tour to China. Outside of music, Dalton enjoys reading, visiting museums, attending plays and musicals, and visiting...

Meet the Interns: A Millennial Perspective

Introduce yourself. What you are studying in school, where you are from, and why you wanted to intern with FCS. Juliana: My name is Juliana Stewart, and I am studying Arts Management through George Mason’s graduate program. I am from Fairfax, but I lived in many other states and countries in my childhood due to my dad’s military career. I am really happy to have this opportunity to intern with FCS because of the experience and knowledge I am gaining in the field I am studying to enter and the respect I have for FCS’s mission. Although I only began singing in a choir during my undergraduate studies (being a violinist from an early age, orchestra was my extracurricular activity), the experiences I had in choir quickly caused my affections to lean more towards favoring the ensemble created by human voices. I especially appreciate FCS’s wide range of opportunities. Now that I realize the beauty of participating in choirs, I wish I had a) joined a choir from the first opportunity I had as many students have done by joining the Da Capo and Lyric Choirs and b) taken advantage of the privilege the Northern Virginia community has to listen to a highly skilled choir, the Symphonic Chorus. Ben: My name is Ben Parsell and I am one of the interns here at The Fairfax Choral Society this summer. I am an alum of the Masters Singers and simply could not stay away from the organization. I am a Vocal Music Education and Computer Science dual major at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. I was born in New Jersey...

A Few Minutes with FCS Managing Director, Patty Laing

FCS is excited to welcome Patty Laing as the new Managing Director! Read on to learn more about our new staff member! What type of work have you done in the past? I have been a press representative in the DC metro area for arts and education, specializing in live entertainment for the past 30 years.  For 10 of those years I served as the Education press representative for Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra.  I am the Contemporary Choir and Children’s Choir director at my church as well as a wedding soloist.  I homeschooled my six children and taught numerous classes including high school literature. What made you want to work with FCS? The education program – hands down, after reading about everything the FCS is doing I was hooked. What do you hope to accomplish in working with us? I hope to help the FCS garner greater recognition – for the choirs but also the education program and develop relationships with new supporters. Do you or your family have a background in music? I was a vocal major and guitar minor in college.  My grandfather was a church soloist.  My grandmother was  a drummer in a old-fashioned kitchen band – the drums were the pots and pans. My father’s family are all singers – growing up my father sang around the house all the time and when ever we were at a family gathering the six siblings would sing together in harmony and I loved it. What is your favorite style of music? Tough question – I love listening to all types of music but I...

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“The Fairfax Choral Society gave its patrons a once-in-a-lifetime experience Saturday night…Douglas Mears conducted this elaborate array of singers…in one of the season’s most powerful and engrossing music events…” Washington Post, Voices of Light concert review June 2004
“The opening song was one of the most amazing ‘in-person’ performances I’ve heard at any level. Happily and coincidentally, I had a seat near the center and was surrounded by voices from all directions. It was awesome.” Paul Bergeron, talking about our Let There Be Peace on Earth concert, December 2010

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