It’s a family affair for some Tapestry Singers

Afternoon concert at 4 p.m. on Dec. 16

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This fall, as vocalists signed up to perform in the Tapestry Singers 2018 holiday concert, “Woven in Song,” music director Beth Preston noticed something: almost one third of the singers were part of a couple or family group singing together. In fact, Preston herself is joined by her husband, tenor John Strong. Tapestry Singers board president JaJa Martin’s husband, David, often performs on guitar in the instrumental ensemble accompanying the singers.

In the Dec. 15 and 16 concerts this year, David will play guitar to accompany the Spanish and Catalán “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest” by Conrad Susa. Three mother/daughter pairings grace the group: April Burke and her daughter, Samantha, in the alto section; Susan Borg and Kelley Duffy, both sopranos; and Kerrith and Callie Stapp, alto and soprano respectively. Ian Stapp, a baritone, joins his sister and mother as well.

Rehearsing and performing in a concert choir like the Tapestry Singers often leads to lasting friendships and occasionally even romantic pairings, but it’s unusual that such a large proportion of the group is related to other members by marriage or family ties. If you attend the holiday concert, some of the voices you’ll hear are woven together by more than just song. See if you can pick them out.

“Woven in Song” will be presented at St. Patrick’s Church on Academy Hill in Newcastle at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets can be purchased online at, or directly from chorus members, or at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults, free for students.

The Tapestry Singers of Maine is a group of approximately 60 auditioned singers ranging in age from high school to retirement. They rehearse on Monday evenings throughout the school year at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, where Beth Preston is the choral conductor and music teacher.






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Sat, 12/15/2018 - 7:30pm