NEW PIECES IN THE WORKS (07/17)—Eva is currently at work on some new commissions which will premiere in the fall including a new short opera for the Boston Opera Collaborative to premiere in November, a new holiday-themed narrative work which will premiere in December and a piece under wraps which will premiere in Boston in September. More info to come soon on all projects!
NEW ENGLAND NATS REGIONAL ROUND AUDITIONS (04/17)—EKVS students and Eva's students at Dean College did a wonderful job in the New England NATS Regional Round competition. Winners include Faith Samson, Jessica Ayer, Matthew McGrory, Elizabeth Kimball, Ethan Kraus, Abby Spare and Jessica Luhmann. They will all move on to the National Youtube Round of the National Student Auditions. Congratulations to all!
BOSTON NATS STUDENT AUDITIONS—In the Boston NATS Student Auditions, Matthew McGrory won 1st Place in Musical Theatre, Lower High School, 2nd Place in Classical, Lower High School, and received a scholarship to attend the BOCO/Berklee Summer Choral Intensive Program. Ethan Kraus, a Sophomore at Dean College, won 3rd in the Musical Theatre College Division, and 10 year old Paige Martino won 2nd Place in the Musical Theatre Junior Division.
ENSEMBLE LYRAE (3/17)—Ensemble Lyrae will debut Kendrick's piece "My Kingdom" with poem by Louisa May Alcott at their premiere performance on March 24, 2017. Details can be found on the concerts page.
RHODE ISLAND NATS (3/17)—Students from the EKVS did very well at the Rhode Island NATS Classical Student Auditions. Matthew McGrory won 1st Place and Elizabeth Kimball won 2nd Place in the Classical, Lower High School division.
COMMISSIONS IN PROGRESS (1/17)—Kendrick has been commissioned to write a piece for the Green Sanctuary Committee at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield which will premiere at their Earth Day Service on April 23, 2017. Kendrick has also been commissioned by Ensemble Lyrae to write a piece based on a little-known poem by Louisa May Alcott.
AMERICAN FLAG OPERA (11/16)—Kendrick's new short opera American Flag received its world premiere by the Boston Opera Collaborative at the Longy School of Music. Click here to watch a video from the premiere.
RHODE ISLAND NATS MUSICAL THEATRE (10/17)—Students from EKVS did very well in the Rhode Island NATS Student Auditions. Child Division: Madi Shaer, 1st place (tie) & Emily Spalding, 1st place (tie). Junior Division: Elizabeth Crawford, 1st place, Lily Ramras, 2nd Place. Lower High School Division: Matthew McGrory, 1st Place. Upper High School Division: Francesca D'Angelo, 2nd Place. College Division: Ethan Kraus, 1st Place. Adult Division: Mike Myers, 1st Place.
BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE COLLABORATION (5/16)—Eva has been asked to write an opera for the Boston Opera Collaborative 2016 season of Opera Bites, featuring original 10-minute operas, which will be held at the Longy School of Music this fall. Kendrick's opera is American Flag, based on a short play by Sylvia Weissenbach.
SEAN KAISER TO ADVANCE TO NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION (5/16)—Sean Kaiser, one of Eva's students at Dean College, has been selected to compete in the National Semi-Final Round of the NATS National Student Auditions in the Musical Theatre, Upper College Male Division. He will compete against 13 other singers from all over the country at the Annual NATS Conference in Chicago, IL this July.
NEW ENGLAND NSA REGIONAL WINNERS AND DAVID LAPIN COMPETITION (4/16)—Eight EKVS students were recently announced as New England Regional Winners of the NATS National Student Auditions competition and will progress to the national round: Jessica Ayer, Zoe Stewart and Cole Foster (HS Musical Theatre), Marie Kimball (HS Classical), Ethan Kraus and Jackie Carpino (Lower College Musical Theatre), and Jessica Luhmann and Sean Kaiser (Upper College Musical Theatre). Jessica Ayer also placed third in the David Lapin Competition at the Community Music Center of Boston in the Senior Division and Haven Pereira received an Honorable Mention in the Junior Division.
EKVS STUDENTS WIN NATS AWARDS (3/16)—The NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition season is nearly over, and students from the Eva Kendrick Voice Studio received some wonderful accolades. Rhode Island Chapter, Musical Theatre Student Auditions: Matthew McGrory, 1st Place, Antonio Weissinger, 2nd Place (Youth); Zoe Stewart, 2nd Place (Lower High School); Jessica Ayer, 1st Place (Upper High School); Mike Myers, 2nd Place (Adult). Classical Division: Antonio Weissinger, 1st Place, Matthew McGrory, 2nd Place (Youth); Zoe Stewart, 2nd Place (Lower High School). Connecticut Chapter, Musical Theatre Student Auditions: Zoe Stewart, 1st Place (High School). Classical: Zoe Stewart, 2nd Place (High School). Congratulations to all who participated for their diligent hard work and amazing performances!
EKVS STUDENT ELIZABETH CRAWFORD TO MAKE BROADWAY DEBUT (1/16)—Elizabeth Crawford, who just wrapped her second National Tour in Irving Berlin's White Christmas as Susan Waverly will be making her Broadway debut this spring in the new musical Tuck Everlasting. She is currently the stand-by for Winnie Foster.
THE AMERICAN PRIZE AWARDS KENDRICK'S "THE BREAK-UP" HONORABLE MENTION (11/15)—Kendrick's short comic opera The Break-Up received an Honorable Mention from The American Prize, which awarded three prizes and two honorable mentions this year in the Opera/Theatre/Film Category. Kendrick is thrilled and honored for this special citation from this national organization. View the full list of honorees here.
EKVS STUDENT LILY RAMRAS WINS FIRST PLACE AT BOSTON NATS (11/15)—EKVS student Lily Ramras won First Prize in the Junior Division at Boston NATS in the Musical Theatre Category! Other EKVS awardees in Musical Theatre include Emily Rosecrans (Junior), Zoe Stewart (1A), Jessica Ayer (1B) and Julia Adrian (Contemporary Commercial, 1B). Congratulations to all!
EKVS STUDENT ELIZABETH CRAWFORD ON NATIONAL BROADWAY TOUR (10/15)—EKVS student Elizabeth Crawford is reprising her role as Susan Waverly on the National Broadway Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas! You can find all of the details for this eight-city tour on the official "White Christmas" website.
THE BREAK-UP TO RECEIVE MIDWESTERN PREMIERE IN 2016 (09/15)—Gateway Opera, a young opera company in St. Louis, MO, will be performing Kendrick's short comic opera The Break-Up during their 2015-2016 Season. More details can be found on the Concerts page.
EKVS STUDENT MARCUS D'ANGELO TO PLAY GAVROCHE ON BROADWAY (8/15)—EKVS student and Broadway veteran Marcus D'Angelo, who recently appeared as Nigel/Eric in Matilda (2014-2015), is returning to Broadway to play Gavroche in Les Miserables, reprising the role he played three years ago on the 25th Anniversary National Broadway Tour.
THE AMERICAN PRIZE—(08/15)—Kendrick's chamber piece Juntos, for flute, basoon and viola, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Chamber Music Division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition by clicking on the logo below.
EKVS STUDENT ON HBO'S LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER—(08/15) Elizabeth Crawford appeared on the program as part of a children's chorus who sang about voting rights for Washington D.C. on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. You can watch the official video here (they start singing at 15:30).
THE AMERICAN PRIZE—(07/15)—Kendrick's short opera The Break-Up has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Opera-Theater Division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts.
EKVS STUDENT SHARED A STAGE WITH KELLY CLARKSON—(07/15) Congratulations to EKVS student Shannon Miles who won the Kelly Clarkson Open Mic Night competition and got to perform onstage with Kelly Clarkson at the Xfinity Ceter in front of 19,000 people!
Here is an article Shannon wrote for the college newspaper The Odyssey about this incredible experience.
WEBSITE UPDATES—(05/15) Kendrick's musical Operator received its world premiere on the weekend of May 1-3 to a great amount of enthusiasm and support. Photos from Operator have been added to the Photo Gallery. Kendrick's chamber piece "Juntos" was also recently featured at the 20th annual International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) Congress, and a video of this performance has been added to the Media page.
NEW ORIGINAL MUSICAL TO PREMIERE IN MAY (3/15)—Operator, a new musical by Eva Kendrick, will premiere the weekend of May 1-3, 2015, at First Parish Medfield, suppored in part by a Local Cultural Council Grant from the Medfield Chapter of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
EKVS STUDENT APPEARS IN FROZEN FEVER (3/15)—EKVS student Marcus D'Angelo makes his animated movie debut as one of a small chorus of children in the new Disney animated short film Frozen Fever. The short film premiered March 13 before the new Disney feature film Cinderella.
NEXT PRODUCTION—(1/15) Eva's comedic mini-opera The Break-Up will receive its Rhode Island Premiere by the Contemporary Theatre Company in Wakefield, RI on February 6 & 7th, as part of their Springboard Season Festival. This production stars Ben Church and Meg Perry. Tickets are available for purchase here.
THE AMERICAN PRIZE—(07/15)—Kendrick's short opera The Break-Up has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Opera-Theater Division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition by clicking on the logo below.
EKVS STUDENT RETURNS TO BROADWAY—(1/15) Marcus D'Angelo will be appearing on Broadway for the month of February in the roles of Nigel/Eric in Matilda the musical.
CONTEMPORARY THEATER COLLABORATION—(12/14) The Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield, Rhode Island will be presenting Eva's new mini-opera The Break-Up during their Springboard Season festival on February 6 & 7, 2015. This marks Eva's first collaboration with the established theater company, who specialize in presenting contemporary and local writers. Also on the program will be Love, Possibly, an improvised Rom-Com by the improv troupe WilburWliburNeilbur. EVA'S PIECE TO BE PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (11/14)—Eva's chamber piece, Juntos, for flute, bassoon and viola, will be presented during the International Alliance of Women in Music 20th Anniversary Congress, which will be held from April 13-19, 2015. Eva is also a recipient of an IAWM Performance Grant.
EKVS STUDENT STARRING IN BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR (10/14)—Elizabeth Crawford, who studies voice at the Eva Kendrick Voice Studio, is currently performing in the 2014 Broadway National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas in the role of Susan Waverly. Congratulations to the very talented Elizabeth and her family! To read more about this production, and its special six-state, limited-run tour, you can visit the official website.
EKVS STUDENT APPEARS IN THE JUDGE (10/14)—Marcus D'Angelo, fresh off of his one-year run in the Broadway musical Matilda, is in the Hollywood film The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton. He appears as Young Dale in a flashback sequence. Congatulations to Marcus on his first movie role!
EVA RECEIVES ASCAP Award (10/14)—Eva has received her 15th consecutive ASCAPLU$ Award in the Concert Division from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers.
UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS (10/14)—Kendrick has two new theatrical pieces in the works: a 16 minute mini-opera The Break-Up, commissioned by San Francisco Opera Bass-Baritone William O'Neill, which will premiere in 2015. Kendrick's new full-length musical Operator, for which she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, will be performed at First Parish Medfield from May 1-3, 2015.
IAWM AWARD RECIPIENT (08/14)—Eva Kendrick is the 2014 recipient of the Judith Lang Zaimont Award in the New Music Search Competition held annually by the International Alliance of Women in Music. The award was for her piece Juntos, for flute, bassoon and viola, commissioned in 2013 by the Anon Ensemble. Each movement of the chamber work is influenced by a different South American dance. Kendrick has received Honorable Mentions in this category before in 2010 and 2011 for her works Sonata for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Viola and Against the Grain for wind ensemble and string trio.
CMCB AWARD RECIPIENT (06/14)—Eva was one of two recipients of the Marilla McDill Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Community Outreach, granted by the Community Music Center of Boston.
"EMILY" REVIEWS ARE IN (05/14)—Kendrick's chamber opera Emily received its Midwestern premiere by the Thomspon Street Opera Company over Memorial Day Weekend and received rave reviews from Arts Louisville and Louisville's NPR Radio Station WFPL.
UPCOMING COMMISSIONS, PREMIERES AND AWARDS (01/14)—Eva has been commissioned to write a mini-opera by bass-baritone William O'Neill. The opera, titled The Break-Up, will be premiered in January, 2015. Eva has also received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant (Medfield) for the upcoming production of her new, original musical theatre piece, Operator, which will premiere at First Parish Medfield as a fundraiser.
"EMILY" RECEIVES MIDWESTERN PREMIERE (10/13)—Eva's chamber opera Emily will be performed by the Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY in their third season, from May 23-25, 2014. The fledging opera company, led by Artistic Director and opera singer Claire DiVizio, promotes the performances of new one-act operas. The performances will be held at the newly restored performance venue Vault1031. LE BISTRO CAFE EAST COAST PREMIERE (08/13)—Eva Kendrick's original musical comedy Le Bistro Cafe, will be presented as a Dinner Theatre at First Parish UU Medfield on September 27 & 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. The musical is about a couple on a blind date in a French restaurant in Los Angeles, and how a scheming waitress place a bet on the outcome of the date and do everything they can to win the bet!
WEBSITE UPDATES (07/13)—New updates to the website: photos from General Assembly, recordings of new live performances by Anon Ensemble and Soprano Anney Barrett added to the Media Player, new fall concert listings, and new scores added to the sheet music store including chamber and choral music scores. New videos have also been added to Eva's YouTube Channel. Older news and concert information have been added to the new Archives Page.
VIDEOS FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY—Eva recently performed at services and plenaries during the annual Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. Performing in front of approximatey 3,000 people, Eva was featured in a quartet which performed in the Sunday worship service and Closing Ceremonies. Videos of these services can be found at the General Assembly Website.
ANON ENSEMBLE (04/13)—"The Atlanta-based Anon Ensemble is a trio dedicated to expanding the horizons of chamber music. The unique instrumentation (flute, viola, bassoon) lends itself to many different styles of music. With only one existing work for this combination prior to the group's formation, Anon has created imaginative new arrangements which are both exciting and accessible. The group commissioned composer Eva Kendrick to write their signature piece, Juntos, which means "together" in Spanish." (From the Anon Ensemble website). For a list of upcoming concerts featuring Juntos, you can visit the Anon Ensemble Website or Eva Kendrick's Concert Page.
NEWS BITES (04/13)—There are several exciting upcoming performances this summer in places my music has never been performed! I am also pleased to announce I have been accepted into the UUMN Musical Leadership Certification Program which will begin this summer. I have been selected to perform as a vocalist for the Unitarian-Universalist General Assembly in 2013, and one of my original choral pieces, "Awake, Arise!" has also been selected to be read at the UU Musicians Network Conference in Dallas, TX this summer.
UPCOMING CHORAL PREMIERE (01/13)—Kendrick's piece "Those Lips That Love's Own Hand Did Make" (Sonnet 145), commissioned by the Milford High School Chamber Choir, will be performed under the direction of conductor Josh Nannestad on March 6. Details can be found on the Concert Page.
EMILY VIDEOS ADDED (11/12)—Three scenes from the 2012 performance of Kendrick's chamber opera Emily have been added to the Music & Video Page, featuring soloists Becca Kornet, John Kornet and Anney Barrett. Watch them here.
EMILY SONGS UPLOADED (11/12)—Two recordings from the recent live performance of "Emily," and a performance of Kendrick's fantasy for Flute & Piano, "Nine Years, Two Miles," by flutist Pamela Schuett have been added to the Audio Player.
EMILY DVDs & CDs AVAILABLE (10/12)—DVDs and CDs from the recent production of "Emily" are now available for sale, $15 apiece. To make an order, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to order online, visit the Store Page.
NEW PHOTOS ADDED!—(09/12) Photos from the "Emily" performances and press photos have been added to the Photos Page and pictures from this summer's Eva Kendrick Voice Studio Broadway Scenes Recital on the Lessons Page. Thanks to the Medfield Press for the wonderful pictures and coverage of the successful event!
NEW SONG ON MUSIC PAGE—(09/12) A video of Kendrick's song "Be On Your Own Side," which was performed at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu in August this year, has been uploaded to the Music & Video page. Click here to watch!
EMILY IN CONCERT—(08/12) Kendrick's chamber opera Emily, based on the life of and including poems by the Amherst poet Emily Dickinson, will be performed at First Parish Medfield in concert on September 21 & 22, 2012 at 8 p.m. This is the first full performance of Emily in several years, since the Longfellow House Summer Concert Series in Cambridge. Performers will include Boston opera singer Noell Dorsey, as well as Becca and John Kornet and many more.