A Brief History
Bringing Music to the World...
Internationally-acclaimed, Seaglass traveled to Italy in 1997 with venues at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (the Vatican), Il Duomo in Perugia, St. John's Square near Pisa and Sts. John and Paul Church in Venice.
In 2000, the chorale embarked on another European tour, this time performing by invitation at the 2000 Innsbruck Festival. Added venues were San Marco Cathedral in Venice, Duomo dei Filippini in Chioggia, and St. Mathias Church in Budapest.
In September of 2004, choristers proudly led the musical prelude at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
The uniqueness of Seaglass events stems not only from the quality of its performances and the generous response of the community, but from its demonstrated connectivity to the community through its benefit concerts. Organizations benefiting include Habitat for Humanity; St. Thomas School in Sanford; the Sanford/Springvale Food Pantry; York County Shelters; Wells Historical Society; Noble High School; Child Abuse Prevention Council and many others.
The chorale is often called upon in celebration of such diverse, community events as the Nasson College Community Center dedication, Franciscan Monastery Anniversary, Laudholm Farms Building Inaugural, Holy Family Church (Sanford) Jubilee, and the Sanford Mainers baseball team playoffs.
Several concerts have been invitational ones in response to world events: Concert for Kosovo Refugees (1999), Songs for Healing (9/11- 2001), The Kennebunks' Tributes to Heroes of 9/11 (2002), Concert for Tsunami Survivors and Songs for Healing (2005), and Music for Winter Warmth (2008).
In short, no other regional group integrates more fully in its diversity of intended audiences, music, events, and venues - always with its mission focus of performance opportunities through community service.
Two CDs have been produced: Voices in 2002 and Many Voices in Spirit in 2003.
Concerts have featured these demanding works:
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Bernstein's Chichester Psalms
Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat
Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass
Orff's Carmina Burana
Pinkham's Christmas Cantata
Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass
Charpentier's Messe de Minuit
Brahms' Requiem was sung in English locally, and in German collaboratively with the Paul Madore Choir and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra at Salem (Massachuetts) State College
Other Seaglass Groups...
Seaglass Performing Arts has at times encompassed other performing groups, including the Seaglass Kids youth chorale, the Overtones select singing group, and the Seaglass Players theatrical troupe. Click here for a brief history of Seaglass Players.