Burlington, VT, Dec 18, 2009 — Social Band, a mixed chorus of 22 singers based in Burlington, has a new CD that celebrates all things winter -- from outer cold to inner warmth. This is the group's first winter album. The music ranges from medieval carols to works by modern Vermont composers. Todd Moe talks with director Amity Baker about Deep Midwinter. Go to full article
The power of the voice: "shaped note" singers in DeKalb, NY.
Nov 11, 2005 — Each week across the country, thousands of people meet in churches, schools and homes to perform one of the oldest styles of American music. It's called "shaped note" singing. The name comes from the simple musical notation used in the songbooks. The tradition of the shape note singing school dates back to Elizabethan England, and for years, shaped-note music was a southern phenomenon. But it's just as popular in many northern states. Singers sit around a square. There are no instruments -- just the power of voices. Todd Moe recently attended a shaped-note workshop led by "Social Band", a Vermont based singing group, at the Old Meetinghouse Museum in the St. Lawrence county community of East DeKalb. Go to full article
Oct 15, 2003 — Social Band, a Vermont based shape-note singing ensemble, will perform Saturday night (7 pm) at the Old Meeting House Museum in Dekalb. Todd Moe talks with Social Band director Amity Baker about the group's love of traditional and "art" music. Social Band's performances draw from a wide range of repertoires, including American shape-note, medieval and contemporary music. Go to full article