Shaping our Children’s Education

An Opportunity

Music School for Girls on the violin

The recent growth in our community has offered the opportunity to add new subjects to our school curriculum. The School Board and the strategic planning committee are asking for input from the community, whether or not you have children in school, to help shape the new Five Year Plan.

While there are many options for courses our schools could add, the McCall Music Society would like to encourage expanding the music programs.  Presently at the middle school level, band and chorus are required. But missing is a critical segment of music –  Orchestra, which includes violin, viola, cello, and bass.

At this time there are 20 children taking weekly violin lessons sponsored by the Music Society. There are many other strings students in the greater McCall area. These students could move right into an orchestra program.

Between now and December 17th, we invite you to participate in a short survey where you can  make your voice heard. Please consider saying “Orchestra” when asked what additional courses you would like to see.

More music will enrich the lives of our children and bring additional culture to our wonderful community!

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW >>

 

Second Sunday Sounds at Six

McCall’s Free Community Recital Series

As the name reflects, this is a series of free monthly concerts held on the Second Sunday of each month at 6PM at the Congregational Church, located at 901 N. 1st St. in McCall Idaho. These performances are funded by the McCall Community Congregational Church (UCC), McCall Music Society, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as donations from private patrons.

Please click here Second Sunday Sounds at Six for a current schedule.

SummerFest!

SummerFest 2019 – July 14 – 20

Mark your calendar for SummerFest 2019, July 14-20, complete with a new Artistic Director and Conductor. A McCall, Idaho tradition since 2012, this week-long festival of classical and pops orchestra concerts welcomes Boise Philharmonic Music Director, Eric Garcia, as he begins his tenure at the festival helm. Concert dates, times and tickets to be announced.

 

McCall Music Society Names Eric Garcia as
New SummerFest Artistic Director and Conductor Beginning in 2019

McCall Music Society will present SummerFest 2019, July 14-20, with a new Artistic Director and Conductor. We welcome Boise Philharmonic Music Director, Eric Garcia, as he begins his tenure at the festival helm.

Praised for his “elegant and expressive” conducting, Garcia’s Boise Philharmonic season debuts September 7 and 8, 2018, in Nampa and Boise, Idaho. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. He has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Herbie Hancock, Cirque de la Symphonie, Pink Martini, The Chieftains, Assad Brothers and Indigo Girls.

Garcia has served as Associate Conductor of the Eastern Music Festival and cover conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has served as guest conductor with Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Philharmonia Northwest, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Festival Orchestra, Greensboro Ballet, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Boychoir, Pacific Youth Choir, Seattle Chamber Singers and Vocalpoint Seattle. Last season marked Garcia’s debuts with Symphony New Hampshire and Ballet Idaho.

An avid supporter of contemporary music, Garcia has collaborated with such esteemed composers as John Adams, Sergio Assad, George Crumb, Frank Ferko, David Lang, Lowell Lieberman, Nico Muhly, Eric Nathan and Jay Alan Yim. In addition, Garcia has served as principal conductor at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.

Garcia was a member of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was a recipient of the Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He received a Doctorate of Music and Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Austin.

Eric Crop

 

 

 


“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining McCall Music Society SummerFest as Music Director! This vibrant summer festival is a crown jewel, and I cannot wait to collaborate with the incredible musicians, board and staff to build on its already spectacular legacy.”

—Eric Garcia

SummerFest is the area’s only classical and pops orchestra concert series. The fifty-member SummerFest orchestra is comprised of regional and national musicians who travel to McCall for the week and play three or four programs of wide-ranging music. Each concert usually features a soloist who collaborates with the orchestra. Special guests, specific programs and concert dates for 2019 will be announced as they become available.