Sunday, June 25, 2017


Capital Community Voices, Inc.

Julie Panke, Director
Joanna Towse, Accompanist
John Norton, Guest Accompanist

About Us

We are a four-part (SATB) choral ensemble which presents everything from Brahms to Broadway, from classical to contemporary. No auditions required, and we are accepting new members. All voices are welcome, especially tenors and basses. Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays during the Fall (September to December) and Spring (January to May) semesters in East Greenbush.   Contact "" to confirm the rehearsal location.

Membership dues are $25 per semester.

2017-18 Season:  

Capital Community Voices, Inc., directed by Julie Panke, will present two choral concerts in the 2017-18 season. The concerts will be held in December and May, and tickets will be $10 general admission, and $8 students and seniors.

Saturday, December 16, 2017
 "What Sweeter Music: Holiday Songs with CCV"
Traditional and popular holiday selections  
7:30 pm, Genet Elementary School
East Greenbush

Saturday, May 5, 2018
"Sunny, with a Chance of Song
Selections from the American Songbook  
7:30 pm, Columbia High School
962 Luther Road, East Greenbush 

Call for Singers! If you've ever sung with CCV, or never sung with CCV, join us in September for the Fall 2017 semester and/or in January for the Spring 2018 semester.  Rehearsals for the Fall will begin Tuesday, September 12, 2017, and for the Spring on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Contact: P.O. Box 213, East Greenbush, NY 12061;

Saturday, June 3, 2017

About Our Director

Julie Panke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she trained at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is presently director of music at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady and previously served churches in Albany, Burnt Hills, and Glenville. Ms. Panke also directs the Thursday Musical Club, a forty-voice women's chorus based in Schenectady. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and a founding officer and former executive director of the Electronic Music Foundation headquartered in Albany.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Abour Our Accompanists

Joanna Towse earned her B.S. in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose, went on to study at Eastman School of Music, then completed her Master's degree from Crane at SUNY Potsdam.  Upon graduation, Joanna taught classroom music in the public school system.  For 30 years, she was employed by Siena College in the Creative Arts Department where she taught lecture courses in music as well as vocal performance classes.  She is music director at St. Mary's Church in Nassau, N.Y.  Joanna serves on the advisory board for Siena College Opera Club.

John Norton studied piano with Findlay Cockrell of the University at Albany music faculty. At age 16 he won the Albany League of Arts Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sound recording technology from the State University College at Fredonia. He undertakes recording projects locally, as well as composing and arranging music from his studio. Mr. Norton also participates in his church's hand bell and vocal choirs, tours annually with the Cobleskill College Choir, and is the keyboardist with the band "Skippy and the Pistons." He is married and lives in Schenectady.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I'm interested in joining, but I'm nervous about auditioning for a chorus. What can I do?

A. We don't hold auditions, so there's no pressure! Just show up and sing! If you're not sure which part you sing, the director can meet with you privately to help you choose.

Q. How do I join?

A. If possible, please send an e-mail to the CCV webmaster at to let us know you're coming, as well as to confirm the exact location of the rehearsal for the particular night you would like to attend.

Q. How much does it cost to become a member?

A. There is a $25 semester fee.

Q.  Do I have to purchase the music?

A. No, the chorus purchases the music, which is loaned to the members during the semester.

Q. Do I have to read music, or have a strong music background to join?

A. Our members range from those who can't read music to those who are very musically-inclined. All are welcome.

Q. What do I do if I can't make a rehearsal?

A. Please call your section leader or the director to let us know.

Q. What should I wear for performances?

A. The Dress Code is as follows:

Men: Black slacks, long-sleeved (Winter concert) or short-sleeved (Spring concert) white dress shirt, black (or other color) necktie (provided), black dress shoes.

Women: Black skirt (knee length or longer) or black dress pants, long-sleeved (Winter concert) or short-sleeved (Spring concert) white blouse, black hose, black dress shoes.

For all: NO cologne or perfume. Minimal jewelry.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Concert Archives - Spring 2017

Make Mine Music: Songs of Stage and Screen
May 6, 2017
Lullaby of Broadway from Forty-Second Street 
     Al Dubin, Harry Warren | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. 

I Got the Sun in the Morning  from Annie Get Your Gun
     Irving Berlin | Universal Music Publishing Group 
Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast
     Howard Ashman , Alan Menken | Walt Disney Music Company 

With You from Pippin  
     Stephen Schwartz | Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC 

All Good Gifts from Godspell 
     Stephen Schwartz | Carlin America Inc., BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
     Jule Styne, Leo Robin | Music Sales Corporation  

Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins 
     Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman | Universal Music Publishing Group 

Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid 
     Howard Ashman, Alan Menken | Walt Disney Music Company 

Medley from Les Miserables 
     Ed Lojeski | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. 

Everything's Comin' Up Roses from Gypsy 
     Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. 

When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchi 
     Leigh Harline, Ned Washington |Bourne Co. 

The Phantom of the Opera
     Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles A. Hart, Richard Stilgoe | Universal Music Publishing Group 

Heimr Arnadair and Vuelie from Frozen 
     Jean Christophe Beck, Frode Fjellheim | Universal Music Publishing Group 

Love is an Open Door from Frozen 
     Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez | Walt Disney Music Company 

The Lion Sleeps Tonight from The Lion King 
     Hugo E Peretti, George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore | Imagem Music Inc. 

Circle of Life from The Lion King 
    Elton John, Tim Rice | Walt Disney Music Company

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Concert Archives - Winter 2016

All is Calm, All is Bright
December 17, 2016

Auld Lang Syne
     Arr. Lee R. Kesselman | Imagem Music Inc.

Child in a Manger
     John Rutter, Matthew Thomas Hickey, Kim Kirkman |
     BMG Rights Management (US)

Ding dong! Merrily on High
     Peter Stevens, Mack Wilberg, G.R. Woodward | CopyCat
     Music Licensing, LLC

Dona Nobis Pacem
     James A. Moore | Alliance Music Publications, Inc. 

The Face of Peace
     Paul Eluard, Gilbert Bowen | CopyCat Music Licensing,

The Gift
     Jack Stevens | Side Music Inc. 

I'll Be Home for Christmas
     Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent | Gannon and Kent
     Music Co., Carlin America Inc.

In the Bleak Midwinter
      Public Domain, Brandon Heath, Ben Shive | Razor and
      Tie Direct LLC

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
     Irving Berlin | Universal Music Publishing Group

Keep the Home Fires Burning
     Lena Guilbert Ford, Ivor Novello | Warner/Chappell
     Music, Inc.

Little Drummer Boy
     Katherine K. Davis, Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati |
     Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
     Theodore Baker, Michael Pratorius, Oscar R. Overby | EC
     Schirmer Music Co.

O Du Froehliche (Barock)
     Thomas Kern Kiklaus, Erich Becht, Johannes Daniel Falk |
     Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

O Holy Night
     Marty Paich, Adolphe Adam | Spirit Music Group

O Tannenbaum
     Vince Guaraldi, Ernst Anshutz | Lee Mendelson Film 
     Productions, Inc.

Sing, Mary Sing!
     Heather Lynn Sorenson, John Parker | Peermusic Ltd.

Snoopy's Christmas
     Hugo E. Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss |
     Spirit Music Group

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
     Nick Munro, Joseph Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber |
     Universal Music Publishing Group

Sure On This Shining Night
     James Agee, Morten Lauridsen | Peermusic Ltd.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Concert Archives - Spring 2016

Songs and Sensibility
May 7, 2016

Ashokan Farewell
     Jay A. Unger | Songwriters Guild of America

Days of Wine and Roses
     Henry Mancini | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
     George Michael, Bernie Taupin | Universal Music Publishing Group

Eleanor Rigby
     John Lennon, Paul McCartney | Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Feelin' Groovy
     Paul Simon | Paul Simon Music

Get Happy
     Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

If I Were a Bell
     Frank Loesser | Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.

In the Heart of the World
     Brian Andreas, Bob Chilcott | CopyCat Music Licensing, LLC

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
     George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin | SONGS Music Publishing, LLC

Man of Constant Sorrow
     Dp, James Edward Haley | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Maybe I'm Amazed
     Paul McCartney | Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Melancholy Baby
     George A. Norton, Ernie Burnett | Jerry Vogel Music Co. Inc.

My Special Angel
     Jimmy (Usa Duncan) | Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Put a Little Love In Your Heart
     Jackie DeShannon, Randy Myers, Jimmy Holiday | Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Singin' In the Rain
     Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Some Days You Gotta Dance
     Troy M. Johnson, Marshall Morgan | Song Auction Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 
     Words & Music, a division of Big Deal Music, LLC 

You Made Me Love You
     James V. Jimmy Monaco | Universal Music Publishing Group

What Is This Feeling?
     Stephen Schwartz | Stephen Schwartz DBA Grey Dog Music