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Leading two choruses

By Wendy Killeen
August 28, 2011

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Sean Landers will be a busy man this fall, taking on the directorship of both the Wakefield Choral Society and the Mishawum Choral Society of Winchester and Woburn.

“Several very well-qualified candidates auditioned for the position,’’ said Judi Grogan of Melrose, president of the Wakefield Choral Society. “We chose Sean because we believe he will be a good fit with our chorus. He’s energetic, can teach the group a lot about singing and performing, and has lots of experience.’’

Landers, of Watertown, graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with degrees in vocal performance and music education. He was a recipient of the Ellalou Dimmock Scholarship Award for vocal excellence and was twice a finalist in the Boston chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition for both the classical and musical theater divisions.

He recently completed his master’s degree in music education at Boston University with a vocal performance concentration.

Landers also was selected from a large field of candidates to direct the Mishawum group, which performs at Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church in Winchester, where he is director of music.

The first three rehearsals of the Wakefield Choral Society - Sept. 12, 19, and 26 - are open and provide an opportunity for newcomers to decide if they want to join. There are no auditions, but members are required to be able to carry a tune, attend rehearsals, and practice between rehearsals. Open rehearsals begin at 6:45 p.m. at Wakefield High School.

Call Tom Merchant at 781-246-6440, ext. 6975, or visit www.wakefieldchoralsociety.org.

Rehearsals for the Mishawum Choral Society begin Sept. 6, and are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday in First Baptist Church in Woburn. Call 781-438-4379 or visit www.mishawumchoral.org.

FAMILY MUSIC FEST: The Newburyport Education Foundation Summertime Family Music Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury.

The event features live bands, vintage baseball, children’s activities, and food for sale from local vendors.

“We’re on a mission to make this the premier music festival on the North Shore, and raise money for the Newburyport public schools at the same time,’’ said Jay Iannini, foundation board member and event organizer.

Bands include EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy, Whole Music Artist Revue, Liz Frame and the Kickers, Big Fair, and Das Pintos.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this inaugural event and to showcase the talent of the Whole Music Artist Revue,’’ said EJ Ouellette, whose music school is donating the sound, stage, and performances. “Our mission combines music, education, and community with fun, so it’s a perfect fit for Whole Music.’’

Proceeds support a campaign to provide a new world language lab, enhanced literacy programs, and updated technology in the Newburyport public schools. Tickets are $30 per family. Visit www.newburyportef.org.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: The Salem Athenaeum honors the 100th anniversary of publication of the Edith Wharton novel “Ethan Frome’’ with a course on the author. It begins Sept. 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and runs on seven consecutive Saturdays. The course will be led by Dorothy Dudley, who teaches English and American literature at Tufts University. It is open to the public and takes place at the Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. The fee is $195; $175 for Athenaeum members. Register at 978-744-2540 or www.salemathenaeum.net.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Better Together: Art as a Team Sport,’’ an exhibit including the work of two married couples, is at Time & Tide Fine Art in Ipswich through Oct. 8. The couples are John Redick and Pamela Lang Redick, and Ed and Dorothy Monnelly. The Redicks both work in paint, but with radically different techniques. The Monnellys are photographers, often shooting side by side, but the images they find in any given environment vary greatly in subject and mood. Also in the exhibit are photographs taken by gallery owner Kristina Brendel, her father, Charles Grundmann, and grandfather Arthur Grundmann. . . . A solo show of work by landscape and marine painter Ken Knowles is at the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester through Saturday. Subjects of his paintings and pencil drawings include the waterfront, snow scenes, and street scenes of Cape Ann.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.