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Our Semi-Annual Newsletter - May 2012


“Another opening, another show!” We hope that this will be a record-breaking summer. There has already been a record-breaking low snowfall, record-breaking warm spring, and record-breaking low heat energy used. Now, it is your turn to help make record-breaking matinee crowds, record-breaking Gala crowds and a record-breaking year for the number of new audience members at Seagle Music Colony shows. The Gala theme this year is “Music Makes the World Go ‘Round” and you and the wonderful singers selected for the Colony this summer can make all this happen!

A Wowing Winner!

Following up on his extrordinary success as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, tenor Matt Grills, a 2011 Colony artist, also won First Prize in the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition. This is the first time that the top prize in both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Lenya was won by the same contestant. See News Notes about Matt. The Lenya competition is unique since equal emphasis is given on singing and acting. One of Matt’s winning arias has nine high C’s!

2012 Season

Old Friends and New launches the season on Saturday, June 23, in the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater. A reception will follow. You are invited to meet the 32 singers who come from a record-breaking number of colleges, universities and conservatories-24! In addition, there are several new staff members whom you will want to welcome as well as the regular outstanding staff. The concert is always a sell-out, so be sure to get your tickets early.


The first ever production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate to take place at the Colony will wow you on July 5, 7 & 8, and on July 6 it will be performed both at 2 PM and 8 PM. The Tony award winning musical comedy includes a play within a play and unforgettable songs.


(left - 2011 Artist Matt Grills waves during the 2011 4th of July Parade)


The continually popular Concert in the Park by Seagle Colony Singers takes place on Monday, July 4 in the town park. Be sure to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chairs). The famous Schroon Lake “Fourth of July” parade will follow and the evening will conclude with magnificent fireworks.


Before touring the North Country the children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood will be held at the Schroon Lake Boathouse Theater on Saturday, July 14 at 10 and 11:30 AM. Admission is FREE. Afterwards the show will travel widely in the North Country. The opera by Seymour Barab provides useful lessons about life for people of all ages. Barab, a prolific composer of operas, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Opera Association.


The 18th Annual Patrice Munsel Gala will be in a giant tent by the theater on Saturday, July 14. Plan to attend the best party in the North Country. The honorary chairperson is Broadway and Metropolitan Opera star Patrice Munsel, who resides in Schroon Lake. Tom and Nadine Magee are co-chairs of the gala. The Seagle Music Colony young artists will perform and members of the Schroon Lions Club will provide valet parking.


The silent auction will have beautiful and carefully selected items, followed by a brief exciting live auction. The Lily and the Rose will cater the event. Dancing to the very popular Frank Conti Band will conclude the memorable evening.


This year the Colony alumnus honoree is Ryan Bowie (picutured on right) a memorable singer at the Colony for several years. His versatile career includes singing, acting, choreography, dancing, and arts administration. The other honorees are Ann Durney and her brother, Peter Oberdorf. Ann is an active member of the Seagle Colony Guild and Peter is an active member of the Seagle Music Colony board of directors. Both honorees make significant and continuing financial contributions to Seagle Music Colony.


Pre Show Talks: These popular and informative talks with question and answer sessions will be held in the Rehearsal Hall before Little Women and Don Giovanni performances


Little Women by Mark Adamo will be held on July 18, 19, 21, at 8 PM and at 2 PM only on July 20. Louisa May Alcott’s book is about change and letting go of the past. Adamo’s opera is described as a “charming and moving family tale,” “an opera for everyone,” and is “destined to be a classic in American opera.”


This summer’s musical review, entitled Hooray for Hollywood, will be held at the Schroon Lake Central School on July 26 at 8 PM and July 27 at 2 PM. The movie musicals are back again in popularity and are stronger than ever. You are invited to celebrate the greatest songs sung on the silver screen from the beginning of the first “talkies” to today. The production will also go on tour throughout the North County.


(left - Tony Kostecki & Darren Woods hearing auditions at Boston Conservatory in January)


Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart takes place on August 1, 2, & 4 at 8 PM and August 3 only at 2 PM. This comic-dramatic opera is considered to be Mozart’s greatest opera. Listen carefully to the distinctive music for the characters of the three women in the opera. And, who can forget the “Catalogue aria” sung by Leporello, Giovanni’s servant?


Rounding out the season is Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. This work is considered Sondheim’s “towering masterpiece” and is a tale of love and revenge. The magna cum laude graduate of Williams College and winner of 8 Tony awards, Sondheim is the only living composer with a quarterly journal published in his name. Performances will be August 15-18 with a 2 PM matinee only on August 17.


Sunday Vespers at 5 PM will be held on July 29, August 12 & 19. Be sure to mark your calendar for these beautiful concerts of solo and choral music. Come early to get a seat for these inspiring afternoon concerts. The annual meeting of Seagle Music Colony, Inc. (for many years known as the Oscar Seagle Association), led by SMC President Joe Kelly, will be held on August 12 immediately following Vespers. This brief meeting is an opportunity to hear about season highlights and to learn about future activities at the Colony.

Scholarship Winners

Thanks to those who have contributed to the named scholarships listed below, which make the Colony experience possible for talented singers who might not otherwise be able to attend. Consider creating your own scholarships as a lasting tribute to honor or commemorate a loved one.


Moe & Janet Friedman Scholar: Matt Moeller

Phyllis & Marty Korn Scholar: Stephen Clark

Patrice Munsel Scholar: Kerriann Otano

Ruth Pelmas Scholar: Virginia Barney

Phyrne & Ron Pitkin Scholar: Kerry Gotschall

Lisa Reid Scholars: Erica Schoelkopf, Eric Ferring,

Jonas Hacker & Wesley Gentle

John & Helen Seagle Scholar: Michael Hewitt

SMC Guild Scholars: Vanessa Becerra & Zac Engle

Dorothy Shames Scholar: Kristen Lasitter

George J. & Frances Weinstock Scholar: Annalize Sussman

Darren K. Woods Scholar: Michael Adams


Seagle Music Colony's 100th Anniversary will take place in only three years!  Isn't it amazing to think that our founder, the renowned baritone Oscar Seagle, first began bringing his students to the Adirondacks that long ago?


From that moment on, and to this day, Seagle Music Colony is one of the most special places any aspiring singer can be in to train and grow as an artist.  A great part of what makes this place so special is YOU!  Our supporters have helped us grow now for almost 100 years, and we're primed to take the first steps into our second century!


An important part of any successful long-term organization is constant innovation.  I'm very proud to say that this year, thanks to your support, we are beginning a brand new program that will extend our mission of training, and bring quality opera to all-new North Country audiences. 


After our regular season this year, three young artists will remain in Schroon Lake through early October and continue their training by taking a children's opera directly into the schools of the region.  The selected artists will also sing concerts here in Schroon Lake and in other venues in the region to help increase awareness and appreciation for Seagle Music Colony. 


Your continued generous support makes this kind of innovation possible, and helps us to be the kind of excellent program that has had a part in training three Metropolitan Opera competition winners! (see News Notes below).


THANK YOU for being part of the Seagle Music Colony family!  I can't wait to see you this summer!


Tony Kostecki, General Director

Other Summer News & Happenings

(left - 2011 young artists Steven Eddy, Katie Abraham and Zac Engle in the White House)


Staff changes: There are two new voice teachers this summer, Jennifer Aylmer is replacing Julia Broxholm, and Byron Jones is replacing Craig Maddox as he takes a one year sabbatical. Both Julia and Craig continue to be dedicated and devoted voice teachers. We also have a new vocal coach, Jody Schum who is taking the spot of Chris Devlin who got a position at Glimmerglass Opera. On the production side, we’ll have two new stage directors this summer, Heidi Lauren Duke will be stage director and choreographer for Kiss Me Kate, and Johnathon Pape will be stage director for Don Giovanni. We also have a new assistant director Jeff McEvoy, a new stage manager Vanessa Gabriele, a new stage technician Margaret Peebles, a new wig and makeup director Albee Alvarado and a tour manager for part of the summer, Hannah Smith. Information on Jennifer Aylmer, Byron Jones, Heidi Lauren Duke, Johnathon Pape and Jeff McEvoy is on the SMC website.


You are invited to a Musical Tea and Historic Tour of the Seagle Music Colony on Thursday, August 23 at 1 PM. You will have the opportunity to tour the historic Theatre, Costume & Scenery Departments, the Tea House, Diva Den and the Round House.


A limited number of tickets will go on sale later in the year for $30 for an Adirondack Tea and tour with entertainment by staff and singers of Seagle Music Colony. Then guests may join Tony Kostecki, General Director, Darren Woods, Artistic Director and Richard Kagey, Director of Productions as they lead groups around the grounds.


Following the regular season, Seagle Music Colony will play host to a brand-new 3-day vocal jazz festival, August 22-24, headed by well known jazz singer Amy London (  The festival will culminate with a vocal jazz concert on August 24 at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre.


NEW FALL IN-SCHOOL TOUR: This fall three Colony singers will stay in Schroon Lake and tour a production of Little Red Riding Hood to regional schools. The program will include teaching materials that will allow teachers to integrate their students’ opera experience into their daily curriculum.


We rejoice in the many accomplishments of Seagle Colonyites and always welcome your news. Rene Burkett sang in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the LA Philharmonic with 1097 people on stage at the Shrine Auditorium. She was also soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. We are excited that Matthew Grills is one of the winners of the prestigious 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He competed against hundreds of other singers from throughout the country. He joins two previous SMC alumni winners, tenor Jesus Garcia (2001) and soprano Holli Harrison (2006) Holli will be a cover for Dritte Nom in Gotterdammenung at the Met this spring. There were also several Met district winners this year who are Colony alumni: David Blalock, Andrea Carroll, Hailey Clark, Steven Eddy,  David Margulis, Anthony Reed and Nicholas Ward. Several Colony singers have been chosen for other highly selective musical programs this summer: Jessica Cates and Seth Carico at the San Francisco Opera Merola program, Jonathan Blalock, David Blalock, Matt Grills, and David Margulis at Santa Fe Opera, Anthony Reed and Andrea Carroll at Wolf Trap, Kevin Newell at Chautauqua Opera; Hailey Clark, Nick Ward and Meaghan Deiter will be at Opera Saratoga and Leah Bobby will be at Central City Opera. Andrea Carroll won the Houston Grand Opera competition and will be a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio next year.


Fort Worth Opera has included many Colonyites this season: Corey Trahan, Andrea Carroll, Kevin Newell, John Cabrali, Ian McEuen, Hailey Clark, Ashley Kerr, Seth Carico, Alissa Anderson, Amanda Robie, Meaghan Deiter, Joel Herold, Logan Rucker, Corrie Donovan, and Ava Pine. Next year’s members of the Fort Worth Opera Studio are Corrie Donovan, Amanda Robie, Ian McEuen, and Steven Eddy.


We celebrate the news that Richard and Betsy Kagey are new grandparents to Forrest Patrick Kagey, son of Colonyite Jacob Kagey and his wife Emily. JoAnn Kulesza continues as Director of Opera Programs at Peabody Conservatory. Jennifer Lien’s vocal concert in Albany at Westminster Presbyterian Church drew enthusiastic comments and a standing room only crowd at Union College in Schenectady. Seagle Colony board members came to the concert. Mutsumi Moteki is head of the musical staff at Colorado University Opera and continues as a coach and teacher.


Patrice Munsel was featured in a special Metropolitan Opera broadcast on Saturday, December 31st, at 1:00PM. This was a re-broadcast of the exciting 1951 production of Die Fledermaus, starring Patrice Munsel as Adele and Richard Tucker as Alfred. Paige Myrick sang in a concert in the Albany area with graduate students from Boston Music Conservatory. Sean Panikkar will be singing Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This summer he will sing the role of Leader in Lost in the Stars at Glimmerglass Opera. Patricia Thannisch (McLaughlin) is a costumer/supervisor for the movie/TV industry in the Los Angeles area. Joanne Treffs’ book From Charley Hill to Wallstreet has international circulation! Through mutual acquaintances, her book was shipped to Vincent Perry who is serving in Afghanistan and is a member of an old Charley Hollow Road family.


Christopher Temporelli sang the role of the Judge in Philip Glass’s opera Orphee with Virginia Opera. This spring he rejoins New York City Opera in singing in George Philipp Telemann’s Orpheus.


We offer our deep sympathy to the family of Lee Paglia who died this April. She was a long-time dedicated member of the Seagle Colony Guild. Her husband, Arnold has requested that any donations should be addressed to the Seagle Music Colony Guild Scholarship Fund. We also offer our deep sympathy to the family of Betty Allison Uhlig, the mother of Jim Allison (Judy). She had attended the Gala and performances at the Colony over the years. We are sorry to report the recent death of Barbara Cathcart. She was the aunt of Dodie Cathcart Seagle. Her husband, the late Robert S. Cathcart, assisted the SMC in gaining some financial support.



A Wowing Winner!

2012 Season

Scholarship Winners


Other Summer News & Happenings



Seagle Colony Guild

Parting Thoughts

Become a Member of Seagle Music Colony



We sincerely hope that you will join or rejoin the Seagle Music Colony soon so that you will be listed in the 2012 program booklet.


You may make your contribution through the secure web site by clicking the icon above, or mail to Seagle Music Colony, PO Box 366, Schroon Lake NY 12870.


Thanks so much for keeping Seagle Music Colony as part of your lives. Thank you in advance for your greatly appreciated support.

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Seagle Colony Guild

The Seagle Colony Guild is a group of men and women who enjoy giving support at the Seagle performances. Being a member is fun and rewarding. If you are interested in joining the Guild, please call: 973-699-0299 (cell) Guild President Amelia Taglieri. She will send out the 2012 schedule of events. We want you and we need you.


Plans are underway for another lovely luncheon at the Sagamore Resort to benefit the Seagle Colony Guild Scholarship Fund. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 8th and make plans with your friends to join us for a beautiful luncheon and spectacular entertainment. Tickets are $50 per person. It's never too early to reserve your ticket. Please call Camille Burbidge at 215-262-9851 for information or reservations. Last year's luncheon was an overwhelming success; this year promises to be as spectacular. You won't want to miss it.

Buildings & Grounds


Volunteer Work Parties will be held on May 12, 19, and June 2. Contact the Seagle Music Colony office at 518-532-7875 for details. Your help is vital in helping get the buildings and grounds ready for the upcoming season.

Parting Thoughts

You are all vital to the continuing success of Seagle Music Colony. Your help is always welcomed and appreciated. We encourage you to order season tickets, enjoy the Gala, promote the matinees and all Colony performances, thank and patronize area businesses, and help however you can to keep this vital and amazing musical Colony for another 97 years!


Warm greeting to you all,


Dodie Seagle

Editor of the Seagle Colony Chronicle


Dodie & Pete Seagle

193 Westchester Drive

Delmar, NY 12054



Tony Kostecki

Seagle Music Colony

PO Box 366

Schroon Lake, NY 12870



Joseph Kelly, President

PO Box 62

Olmstedville, NY 12857


Darren K. Woods

14 Windward Rd.

Fort Worth, TX 76132


Change of address?

If your email or address should change, please notify Tony Kostecki, General Director at or 518-532-7875. 


Dodie Seagle, editor of the Seagle Colony Chronicle welcomes your news for News Notes for the Seagle Colony Chronicle. Please send or email her at the address listed above. Thank you.



A Wowing Winner!

2012 Season

Scholarship Winners


Other Summer News & Happenings



Seagle Colony Guild

Parting Thoughts

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