Needham Summer Singers

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by

music-spring-clipart-1Opportunities to learn and perform outstanding choral music all in the span of one week don’t come along very often, but they will this summer in Needham. What better way to end an enjoyable summer than by spending time with other children who also enjoy making music? That’s what the newly formed Needham Summer Singers is all about. The group, which will hold rehearsals and a performance at the Congregational Church of Needham on Great Plain Avenue, is a community program offered by the church. Needham Summer Singers is open to children ages 7 – 14 from Needham and communities in the Boston area and will run from 9am – 2pm from August 21 – 25. The program will include choral singing, music literacy, movement and percussion.

Directing the program is Valerie J. Becker, Music Director of the Congregational Church of Needham. A lifelong musician, Ms. Becker has worked closely with some of the world’s finest singers and instrumentalists, including singer Kathleen Battle, cellist Yo Yo Ma and violinist Midori. She is also a recording artist. Most recently Ms. Becker directed the North East District Treble Choir, a group of 98 young women, in rehearsal and a performance at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.Staff-VBecker-website

Ms. Becker is looking forward to this week of music making because it will bring children together who have a common goal and foster new friendships. “I want children to love singing and know that they can accomplish anything they want to,” Becker says, “The bar is always going to be high because the more that they can do, the better they’re going to feel about what they can accomplish.”

The deadline for registration is June 2, 2017. The cost is $300 and registration forms are available from the church office or on To learn more about this program please contact the office of the Needham Congregational Church, 1180 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, 02492, 781-444-5210.

If you have children ages 3-6, check out our Superheros Central VBS program running the same days and times as Needham Summer Singers

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I hereby certify that I am aware of, approve of, and take full responsibility for the participation of the above named participant in The Congregational Church of Needham’s 2017 Needham Summer Singers program. Furthermore, I assume all risk of and financial responsibility for any loss or injury to the participant or others that may occur as a result of negligence or misconduct by the participant, and I release the Church, and its employees, volunteers, and other agents, from any and all responsibility and legal liability for loss, damage, or injury to the person or property of the participant which may be sustained during or as a result of participation in the Needham Summer Singers program.

In the event of an emergency, including illness, injury, or incapacity suffered by the participant during the course of the programming, I hereby authorize the Program Director, a chaperone, or any other adult leader to act as agent for me in consenting to any reasonably necessary X-Ray examination, medical, dental, surgical, or psychological diagnosis, treatment, and/or care, advised and supervised by a physician, dentist, surgeon, psychologist, or social worker licensed to practice under the laws of the state in which the services are rendered. I understand that I, or the applicable insurance carrier(s), will be financially responsible for any such emergency services. I expect that attempts will be made to contact me in the event of any such emergency.

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