Friday, August 28, 2015

Like to sing? #FLCC-based Finger Lakes Chorale welcoming new members

The Finger Lakes Chorale, a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College, has openings for singers for its holiday concerts. 

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 8 at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, in room B355 on the third floor.

The holiday concert dates are Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium on the main campus.

Prior choral singing experience is preferred but not required. A $5 non-credit registration fee is payable at the first rehearsal. Singers should arrive early to complete the registration process. Singers can also get college credit for participation. Registration and tuition information for college credit is available at the FLCC One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000.

The Chorale is comprised of singers from throughout the Finger Lakes area.

For more information about the Chorale, contact director Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Congresswoman Slaughter appears on Finger Lakes TV at #FLCC

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, who represents New York’s 25th Congressional District, joined Canandaigua veteran Ralph Calabrese for an Aug. 11 recording of his public access show on Finger Lakes Television.

The “VA and Veteran Update” show featuring Congresswoman Slaughter will run Saturday, Aug. 22, from 2:30 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; and repeat the same times the following three weeks.  The Finger Lakes TV schedule is posted online at

Finger Lakes TV is an independent public access station at Channel 12 or digital cable 2.4 on the Time Warner system in the Finger Lakes. It is housed on the first floor of the Finger Lakes Community College main campus through an in-kind donation of space.

Calabrese, a Korean War veteran, has hosted a show on and off for the last dozen years to share his concerns about the care of military veterans.  Cable access exists to provide an avenue of free expression to the general public; opinions expressed in cable access shows represent those of the guests and hosts. For more information about Finger Lakes TV, call (585) 785-1623.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Help for long-term unemployed available at #FLCC

A grant program to help the long-term unemployed retrain for new jobs is up and running at Finger Lakes Community College.

The Finger Lakes Hired grant, announced in March, will provide tuition for those who have previously worked but have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks. Participants must be willing to enroll in a program for high-demand jobs such as advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology.

Lynn Freid
“Unemployment rates are down, and that’s great, but there is still a population that has been left out of the recovery. This program is for them,” said Lynn Freid, FLCC’s director of workforce development. Today’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department shows the labor participation rate unchanged at 62.6 percent.

An orientation session for an advanced manufacturing program is coming up on Tuesday, Aug, 18, at 9 a.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251 in the town of Victor. Those who attend can learn more about the 12-week mechatronic technology program, which teaches student electronic and mechanical fundamentals common to many local employers. Graduates of this program are in high demand and all have had jobs or job offers by the end of the course.

More information on mechatronic technology and other programs covered by Finger Lakes Hired is available by calling (585) 785-1906 or emailing to

Finger Lakes Hired is a $5.2 million, four-year federally funded initiative of the community colleges and workforce development offices in a nine-county region. The counties are Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming  and Yates.

The program will cover tuition for both short-term training programs and two-year degree programs at FLCC, Monroe Community College and Genesee Community College.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Still time to apply, register for class, file for financial aid at #FLCC

Friday, Aug. 21 is the final day for new degree-seeking students to file an application to attend Finger Lakes Community College, which offers 54 degree and certificate programs that prepare students for employment or transfer to a four-year school.

Applications can be filed online at  Assistance is available at the following FLCC sites:
  •         FLCC One Stop Center, main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, off Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua, (585) 785-1000, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
  •         Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251 in Victor, (585) 785-1100, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  •         Wayne County Campus Center, 1100 Technology Parkway, off Route 88 in Newark, (315) 331-9098, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  •         Geneva Campus Center, 90 Pulteney St., Geneva, (315) 789-6701, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Full-time tuition and basic fees for the fall semester is just $2,352. Students still have time to apply for financial aid for fall classes at

The deadline for new and current students to register for classes is Friday, Aug. 28, with the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 31. Classes start before Labor Day this year because the holiday falls too late to allow for the required number of days in the semester.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Speakers announced for fifth George M. Ewing series at FLCC

Two advocates for the global advancement of women will join a longtime Boston Globe political columnist and a New York Times bestselling author and activist for the fifth season of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum. 

Events take place on Sunday afternoons over the next several months in the auditorium at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

Chouchou Namegabe
Chouchou Namegabe and Alyse Nelson open the 2015-2016 season with a talk Sept. 20 titled “Women’s Rights Worldwide: Progress, Backlash & Prospects.” Namegabe lobbies for women and fights human rights violations as a radio journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nelson, meanwhile, is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international non-profit that supports women leaders – including Namegabe – on economic empowerment, political participation and human rights. 

On Oct. 18, the Ewing forum welcomes its second speaker, political journalist Tom Oliphant, for “The Long March to Camelot: How JFK’s Presidential Campaign
Alyse Nelson
Revolutionized American Politics.” In his decades-long career at the Boston Globe, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Oliphant covered 10 presidential elections. He has served as a frequent commentator on shows such as “Nightline,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and “Face the Nation.”

The third and final Ewing forum speaker, scheduled for Jan. 24, 2016, is author, activist and filmmaker Naomi Klein, who will discuss “Capitalism vs. The Climate: Reflections on the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.” Among her five books is “Shock Doctrine,” a critical analysis of the history of neoliberal economics, and the 2014 New York Times non-fiction bestseller, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brahms and Beethoven featured in final LakeMusic concerts at FLCC

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Monday, July 20, 2015

All your patriotic favorites in 'A Salute to America' Aug. 8 and 9 at #FLCC

The Finger Lakes Chorale performs a wide selection of patriotic songs in two concerts, Aug. 8 and 9, at FLCC.
The Finger Lakes Chorale will give concerts of patriotic songs on Aug. 8 and 9 in the Finger Lakes Community College main campus auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr.

The concert, titled “A Salute to America,” starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Entry is free but donations are accepted for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students.

Selections include the choral suite “The Blue and the Gray,” which features Civil War-era songs “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” “Johnny has Gone for a Soldier,” “O Shenandoah,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and several others. 

The Chorale will also perform “Chester,” a Revolutionary War song by William Billings in a new arrangement by chorale director Dennis Maxfield, and “A Tribute to the Armed Services,” arranged by Lloyd Larson. See the full program below.

The Finger Lakes Chorale is a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College. Anthony D'Agostino, music director at Dansville Central School, will be the accompanist. He will be joined by instrumentalists FLCC adjunct instructor Craig Snyder on guitar, Ron Broida on bass guitar, Anthony Calabrese on drums, Heather Whiting on trumpet and Sara Alling on piccolo.

The chorale performs three times per year. New members are welcome to join when Tuesday evening rehearsals begin on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in room B355 at the main campus. Fall rehearsals are preparation for the holiday concerts on Dec. 12 and 13. Registration fee is $5. For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.


THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER (1812) Francis Scott Key

AMERICA Samuel A Ward/arr. Mary McDonald

CHESTER William Billings/arr. Dennis Maxfield


THE BLUE AND THE GRAY/ arr. Roger Emerson and John Jacobsen                                                                
  1. The Battle Cry of Freedom
  2. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
  3. Suppertime  -  Mark Darling, baritone
  4. The Cruel War Suite
                  Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
                  The Cruel War Is Raging
                  Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
  1. Bidin’ Our Time
                  The Blue Tail Fly
                  Pop Goes The Weasel
                  Oh! Susanna
  1. Good News                                    
  2. Finale
                  O Shenandoah
                  When Johnny Comes Marching Home
                  Battle Hymn Of The Republic


THE VACANT CHAIR George F. Root/ arr. Ben Allaway


WWII MEDLEY arr. Dennis Maxfield

REQUIEM FOR A SOLDIER Michael Kamen and Frank Muskr

GOD BLESS THE U.SA.  Lee Greenwood/Arr. Roger Emerson


GOD BLESS AMERICA Irving Berlin/arr. Roy Ringwald