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Not-For-Profit and Volunteer Organizations

** NYVocals: An e-mail Discussion List for those interested in the greater NY area vocal/choral scene
** HFES - The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
** Christmas Tree Fire Alert
** Finding the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department website

Other Pages

** Jeff's Presidential Address: Quo Vadis Ergonomia - Redux
** Mahopac Man Invents Better Ice Cubes
** Jeff Kelley's Personal Web Page
** Jeff Kelley's Professional Bio
** Graduate student invents Wizard of Oz methdodology for usability testing/iterative design
** "Psychic" brain-teaser from the internet
** "Fun Factoids"
** Sample model release form
** Contact me
** Handy HTML Font Testing Page
** Cool arial shot of a place I lived in Mono Lake, CA
** And the site, across the lake where they filmed the Clint Eastwood movie, High Plains Drifter

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Here are a few sites that have no affiliation with this site, but you may find them interesting.

  • If you know guitars, then you know the Music Man (R) brand made by the Ernie Ball Company! Check them out at www.ernieball.com.
  • Check out www.musicman.com, an unrelated site that is dedicated to the sale of classic movie posters, books and poster preservation services (not to mention a gallery of fine photographs by John Green).
  • There is also a website for "The Music Mann", who apparently sells electric guitars and associated gear: www.musicmann.net (notice the two n's in musicmann).
  • The Music Man is a famous musical, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacy.

Other interesting sites I have run across

  • http://www.aspectexhibitions.co.uk - years of experience as the UK's exhibition contractor & exhibition stand contractor

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    Here are some books you might like for your own bookshelf (click to see more about the book and, if you like, purchase ;-)

    Book TitleAuthorComments
    Human Factors in Systems Engineering (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering)Alphonse ChapanisThis is by my dissertation advisor who arguably knows more about this field than anyone. BookNews, Inc 6/1/96 review: Shows how to integrate human factors into the design of tools, machines, and systems, concentrating on translating general guidelines into project specific design requirements and emphasizing the methods used to generate the human factors inputs for engineering work products
    The Structure of Singing : System and Art in Vocal TechniqueRichard MillerOne of the pre-eminent international vocal pedagogs; speaks from a technical and practical viewpoint; a must for teachers and serious singers
    Training the Tenor VoiceRichard MillerTenors are obviously special people; we get our own book!
    Singing the Mechanism and the TechnicalWilliam VennardA classic vocal pedagogy text
    Lieder Line by Line : And Word for WordLois PhillipsTranslations of the most frequently performed German Lieder, for the art song singer whose German is a tad rusty
    Observations on the Florid SongPier Francesco TosisA treatise from the early 1700's about the singing style of the period
    The Inner Game of MusicBarry Green, W. Timothy GallweyMethods for improving concentration and reducing nervousness in performance
    Lexicon of Musical Invective : Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's TimeNicolas SlonimskyA collection of writings by music critics since Beethoven's time; gives a great perspective on how composers were thought of by their contemporaries
    The Road Less TraveledM. Scott PeckNothing to do with music, I just liked it a lot

    About Charis:

    "Charis is the finest chamber choir in Westchester, with singing worthy of a fully professional chorus; they have a blend, a virtuosity, a clarity and command of pitch found in very few choruses."
    (Dr. Dennis Keene, Director, Ascension Choir, NYC)


    History:
    Drawn from the same root as the word "charisma", Charis ("grace") is an apt name for this unique vocal ensemble founded by well-known New York soprano Susanne Peck. Charis is unusual in its emphasis on the beauty of the unaccompanied human voice and in its search for musical settings of fine poetry by contemporary American composers. Charis, in fact, commissions composers throughout the United States to arrange music for its chamber voices. James Carr, one such composer, commented that Charis's concerts feature challenging modern American music by a group of uniquely committed people with a talent and deep passion for serious new music making.

    A dynamic conductor, an accomplished musician, and an experienced teacher, Ms. Peck's reputation for selecting interesting, harmonically rich music and for creating captivating performances has helped Charis gain a devoted following among concert-goers throughout the tri-state region and in Italy, where the group toured in the summer of 1995 to perform a program of early and contemporary Italian madrigals.

    Charis's reputation continues to grow, enabling the group to attract some of the finest amateur voices in Westchester County.

    Charis was invited to appear several times with Philharmonia Virtuosi, a Westchester-based orchestra directed by Richard Kapp. The group was featured in Philharmonia Virtuosi's 1993 and 1994 Holiday Festivals at SUNY Purchase, where Charis performed the complete Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes as well as selected holiday music. Charis also participated by invitation in:

    Current:
    Founded in 1994 by Susanne Peck and cited as the "finest chamber choir in Westchester," Charis Chamber Voices is a select group of singers dedicated to providing the highest quality vocal performance. The group, under the artistic direction of the Vince Peterson, is known for its diverse repertoire, unique blend of voices and captivating performances.

    About: Archdiocesan Festival Choir of Atlanta:

    The concept of a "festival choir" was discussed among a small number of Catholic musicians in the Atlanta area for many years without any organization being formed. Then, in about 2001, several music directors and an enthusiatic physician with a great love for choral singing began to meet and make concrete plans to launch a Catholic chorus with singers from throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta. In May of 2003, the Archdiocesan Festival Choir of Atlanta presented Robert and Eileen Twynham's Magnificat in performances at Holy Trinity Church in Peachtree City and Holy Family Church in Marietta. Attendees at both venues expressed their overwhelming approval and the Festival Choir was off to a great start.

    Since that first abbreviated season, the Festival Choir has presented additional major works including Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and the Missa Brevis in F by Mozart. The Choir repertoire also includes many motets, anthems and hymn arrangements which have been performed for a special Festival Mass honoring pastoral musicians, a deaconate ordination, and the Eucharistic Congress closing liturgical celebration.

    Our musical focus is centered in exploring the rich choral tradition of the Catholic Church through a variety of excellent performance experiences. The Festival Choir membership includes auditioned singers from more than thirty parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

    About Vocal Area Network:

    Vocal Area Network is dedicated to the advancement of vocal ensemble music in the New York City area. Our goal is to establish Vocal Area Network as the center for vocal ensemble activities and information in New York by providing a home for the growing community of professional and avocational ensemble singers and their audiences. We offer services and produce events to meet the needs of that community. Your participation and support are most welcome.

    The advancement of vocal ensemble music

    There's a lot of ensemble singing going on in the tri-state area. But you'd be hard-pressed to know that by looking at the general media. Opera and pop singing get decent coverage, but ensemble singing--professional and avocational--gets short shrift. Yet, thousands of people in and around New York are involved in singing, for money or for pleasure (and in many cases, both). Vocal Area Network aims to provide a focus for all this activity--a home for vocal ensemble music, where singers and singing groups can find each other, free of the clutter of other cultural and avocational diversions.

    The New York City area

    Vocal Area Network focuses on vocal ensemble activities in and around New York City, including the five boroughs; Long Island; Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley; northern and central New Jersey; and southern and western Connecticut. We welcome visitors from around the city and around the world.

    About the vocal ensemble community

    A "vocal ensemble," in our view, is a group of musicians whose primary instrument is the human voice. Although voice is the primary instrument of the vocal ensemble, it need not be the exclusive instrument. Today, the term a cappella has been stretched, sometimes ambiguously, beyond its original meaning of "without instrumental accompaniment." The "vocal ensemble" label, however, applies comfortably whether a group performs unaccompanied (in the traditional sense of a cappella) or with instruments. Vocal Area Network prefers the term "vocal ensemble" because it is both inclusive and flexible. If a group has a least one singer, it probably qualifies as a vocal ensemble for our purposes.

    The "vocal ensemble community" includes professional and avocational singers (individually and in groups of all sorts), along with the audiences and organizations that support them. Though this community is clearly large and active, its visibility is often overwhelmed by the maelstrom that is the New York music and culture scene. Vocal Area Network aims to remedy that situation, in the near term through its menu of information and service offerings and in the long term by creating a physical home for vocal ensemble music.

    About VAN services

    Today, we deliver focused information services for the vocal ensemble community in and around New York City via our web site at www.van.org. These information services include:

    The web site is hosted and managed by Steve Friedman, Founder and President of Vocal Area Network. A lifelong resident of New York City, Steve managed to escape for four years to get a BA in Music from Yale in 1982. Since graduation, he has gamely resisted the temptation to make music his full-time focus, instead opting for a tenuous balance amongst technology, ensemble singing and Vocal Area Network. He currently sings with the St. Michael's Choir, a ten-voice professional ensemble on the Upper West Side, and the 92nd Street Y High Holidays Choir. Steve was a founding member of the Douglas Frank Chorale, a ten-voice professional ensemble, and sang on the group's well-received recording of The A Cappella Singer; He has also sung with the male sextet Angelus, The Dessoff Choirs, The 92nd Street Y Chorale (and its successor groups, The Mannes Chamber Singers and Cantabile), Cerddorion, The Yiddish Chorale, and The Concord Symphonic Choir. He was a founding member of the vocal ensembles Pieces of Eight and The Usual Suspects, for whom many of his vocal arrangements were written. Hes been a frequent participant in The Western Winds vocal ensemble workshops, where more than a few of his works have received their debut performances. He founded Vocal Area Network in 1995. VAN made its web debut in March, 1996. PANIX graciously provides web-hosting services for Vocal Area Network.


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