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Mosaic Harmony: Together in Song

Mosaic Harmony, WMA's yearlong honors choir in which students learn about different musical traditions from around the world, made it into WGBY's Together In Song competition!

Last season, Together in Song, a "community-minded competition that celebrates the choral tradition of western New England" boasted record website hits and was one of WGBY's highest rated shows of 2011.

The competition heats up as each category perfoms and is judged by a panel. The public participates by voting online.

Performances will be taped in WGBY’s Springfield studios during January and February. “Together in Song: A celebration of Choral Music in Western New England” will premiere Saturday, March 10, and will air on Saturday evenings through April 7. Each episode will feature choral groups from all categories. As the season unfolds, judges and viewers will vote for finalists – who will perform in a two-day festival which will be broadcast live April 21 and 22.

Mosaic Harmony to air Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on WGBY Channel 57.

Be sure to tune in Saturday, March 24 to see Mosaic Harmony perform a custom piece created for them by their music director.

WMA Music Director Thad Wheeler said he is having a great time working with the students of Mosaic Harmony and is thrilled about taking part in the Together in Song choral competition sponsored by WGBY.

"My first thought was to have the 'Mosaics' perform two pieces from our winter concert, but they were very excited about a new arrangement of Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne that I created just for them," Wheeler said. "They learned the piece way ahead of schedule and did a fantastic job on the recording."

Thad Wheeler arrived at WMA in September of 2011 after many years as a freelance musician in New York City. This summer he will be temporarily heading back to NYC to perform in the orchestra of the Central Park production of Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods.

The first filming was Monday, January 30.

Mosaic Harmony was created to reflect the diversity on campus as members of the choir come from such diverse nations as Korea, Angola, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and the United States. The course begins the year with more focus on traditional music and gradually shifts into modern pop music in order for students to understand how traditional music has changed over the years, how aspects of it are still present in today's music, and how globalization has affected the exchange of musical ideas from one country to another in the modern music industry.


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