Please join Ars Musica for our
Friday, April 21st at 7:00 pm
The Clinton Inn
145 Dean Drive, Tenafly, NJ 07670
– Welcome with Complimentary Glass of Wine –
– Three-course Dinner with Cash Bar –
– Charity Silent Auction –
– Entertainment featuring Samina Aslam, Soprano –
Attendee $75 Sponsor $125
Honoring Paul Donohoe and Marjorie Vandervoort
The first time Paul sang a concert with Ars Musica was in April, 1997 in Carnegie Hall and then sang there six more times! In the twenty years since that first performance, Paul has been an active member of the chorus as both a singer and member of the Board of Directors. He has been the Treasurer twice, helped found the Endowment Fund and was a key driver of the initiative to found the NJ State Children’s Chorus. He has performed in many Songs Under Starlight and has designed and built many of the sets.
Paul was a resident of Ridgewood when he started to sing with Ars Musica but retired and moved to Point Pleasant about six years ago. He commutes 156 miles round trip each week to rehearsal because he can’t imagine singing with any other chorus. Paul has been married to Rose Ann for almost fifty years. They have two children who often come to concerts and help paint sets. He says that the friends he has made over these years in the chorus have enriched his life immensely.
Marjorie Vandervoort will receive the Ars Musica Member of the Year Award.
Marjorie began her long association with Ars Musica in the early 1980s. She has served as soprano soloist and Associate/ Assistant Conductor under founder Joyce Keschner, Italo Marchini (who called her “Die Feldmarschallin”), Robert Long, Kelly Crandell and now Dusty Francis. She was present on all the concert trips to Europe, conducting and soloing in Belgium in 1983 and in subsequent years in other places. A high point was singing Gershwin’s “Summertime” at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 2006.
Vandervoort is now in her 24th year as Music Director of the Ridgewood Choral, a women’s chorus established by Frank Kasschau in 1929. Growing up in Ridgewood, NJ, she studied piano with Howard Kasschau and Florence Monell Marble. Her conducting experience includes work as assistant conductor of the Rockland Camerata, conductor of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood’s chorus, guest conductor of Harmony Basket Chorus (a choir of Japanese women) and church choirs.
A resident of Closter for over 60 years, she has her own art and custom-framing business, The Mirage Portfolio. She and her late husband Robert have three daughters, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren completing the family.
Linda Glasgal will receive the Outstanding Service to the Board Award.
Linda Glasgal writes, “When I was four years old, I told my mother she had played a wrong note in the Clementi Sonatina she was practicing. I then told her which note she should have been playing. Piano lessons for me began the following week.
A couple of years later, I was taken to the Juilliard Preparatory Division, where I had lessons and classes three times a week, until I graduated from Hunter College High School. Early experiences accompanying choral and instrumental ensembles and soloists (including schoolmate Martina Arroyo, the future Met Opera star) encouraged my inclination to collaborative performance, as it is now known.
After receiving a Master’s from the Yale School of Music, I worked for a few years as assistant to the music editor of Saturday Review. I married Ralph Glasgal, despite his admiration for Wagner’s music; we had two daughters, and eventually moved to Bergen County. A new friend was a member of Ars Musica, and that’s how that part of my story began.
I’ve played for other choruses, including the Rockland Camerata, led by William Reese and Sheila Schonbrun; The Ridgewood Choral, led by Marge Vandervoort, and for Cynthia Powell’s Opera Amadeo at Christ Church in Ridgewood. My experience as a board member of Ars Musica and Rockland Camerata helped me advise Margaret White when she was founding the Teaneck Community Chorus, and I played for that group also. But Ars Musica has always been my true home, for the making of beautiful music with others, and more…”