The first thing our artistic director, Mike Horanski did when he came on board – before figuring out the season, ordering music, getting to know key players, any of that – was to get Melvin Goodwyn as our new accompanist. Naturally, we’ve been curious to find out more about the man, ever since!
We got him to answer a few questions, and are now ever more convinced that Mike was right in describing him as an old school gent with courtly manners and amazing skill at the piano.
VCS: Why did you say yes to VCS?
Melvin: I am always looking for opportunities that challenge and inspire me musically. Anytime I can share my skills and love of music with others, is time well-spent.
VCS: What’s it like to work with Mike? And with us?
Melvin: It is always a pleasure to work with someone like Mike, who shares the same philosophy about the technique choral singing. I am very excited about joining the VCS family. Although I don’t know most of the singers personally, I do know that this is a very welcoming group of people who care very much about achieving a high level of musical performance and gathering each Tuesday evening for the pure joy of singing together.
For his part, Mike – who can move very fast through a piece of music – has this to say about Melvin: “He never misses where I am!”
VCS: Three things we don’t know about you. Go!
1- I grew up on a farm in Dinwiddie County, VA
2- I am allergic to hay and horses.
3- I have a beautiful daughter who is a middle school counselor in the Arlington County school system.
VCS: What goes through your mind when Mike gets hilariously over-caffeinated and starts dropping Monty Pythonisms?
Melvin: He is so young.
Melvin, meanwhile, looks like some calm Yoda master sage at the piano while Mike does his thing.
VCS: You’ve taught music for some thirty years. You must have funny stories. Care to share one?
Melvin: I traveled to Boston with one of my high-school choirs one year. After lights out one night, the adult chaperones decided to place a piece of scotch tape on the crack of the doors of all the student rooms in the hotel. Their plan was to check all doors later to see if the “seal” had been broken, alerting us that a student was somewhere he or she shouldn’t be. The next morning, all the chaperones, including myself, found large balls of tape on each of our doors! You gotta love it.
We look forward to Melvin accompanying us at our first concert under Mike’s direction. We hope you’ll join us!
We sing The Call Of Music, 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180). We will be joined by some of Mike’s students from The Robinson Women’s Select Ensemble of Robinson Secondary School.
The box office opens at 6:30 pm, and we always have a few tickets at the door.
General Admission – Adults: $25
General Admission – Senior(65+) or Student (15-18): $20
Season Ticket – Adults: $85
Season Ticket – Seniors/Students: $75
Youth (14 and younger) attend free accompanied by a paying ticket holder.
We do expect a great turnout, and you are encouraged to get your tickets early! Tickets – including season tickets – are available online or through the choir.