Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Seeking New Members!

The Jane Austen Singing School is seeking members age 13 and up for its second annual session in Lexington, KY. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Joanna Manring at joannamsoprano@gmail.com. Our session will run for 4 weeks with 2 rehearsals per week and culminate in a costumed concert. Schedule will depend upon the availability of new members, and will either run in June or July. Join the fun! (Instrumentalists and dancers welcome too!)

Monday, February 17, 2014

JASS Spring 2014- Join us!

We will be holding a meeting for ladies of all ages (13+) who are interested in being part of our Spring Programme Thurs. Feb 27th at 5:30pm at Woodland Christian Church. Tentatively, we will start rehearsals in mid-May, which will continue through until mid-June. Our concert will likely be in the afternoon the third weekend of June. Solos will be given to young ladies age 13-22. If you are interested in a solo, please bring a classical song to sing, or just come warmed up and ready to sing "America" or the national anthem. Any questions: please contact Joanna at joannamsoprano@gmail.com or (315) 373-4926. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Our Young Ladies acquitted themselves beautifully in our performance of the 10th. Their director is so pleased to have worked with them and to have inaugurated the Jane Austen Singing School in Lexington, KY. Here is Elizabeth Massie singing "The Dreame" and Katherine Wright singing "Weep You No More Sad Fountains," by Patrick Doyle from the film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. 

Here is The Duke of Kent's Waltz, published in 1802. Danced with the assistance of the English Country Dancers of Lexington.


"Sailor's Adieu" by Charles Dibdin, arranged by Joanna Manring. First verse. (Note: in the Jane Austen manuscript collection, this song is titled "The Soldier's Adieu"- I changed it to "Sailor" because I wanted to include a reading in the program about Jane Austen's sailor brothers.)


 And here we are dancing Rufty Tufty, an older dance for which the music was published in 1651.


Monday, August 5, 2013


Join us-

Saturday August 10th at 3pm
Woodland Christian Church, 
530 E. High St in Lexington
Admission by donation

-for the Kentucky chapter of the Jane Austen Singing School's inaugural performance!

We will be performing music Jane Austen knew and loved, readings from her novels, "juvenilia," and family letters, and presenting two English Country Dances with assistance from the English Country Dancers of Lexington. 

Beth Ellen Rosenbaum will be accompanying on piano, Nancy McKenny on cello, & Mimi Behar on violin. 

Sewing Workshop

Our sewing workshop has convened three times this session and the Young Ladies learned about laying out, pinning, and cutting patterns, and using the machines. Mrs. June Salyer of Woodland Christian Church instructed. Here, Katherine and Elizabeth are sewing their skirts from the Simplicity pattern 3055.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rehearsals have begun in Lexington!

Our rehearsals have gotten off to a lovely start this season with our four talented Young Ladies: Aurora, Eliana, Elizabeth & Katherine! This week we will delve into the choral music, solos, the first set of readings, and "Rufty Tufty," one of the dances we will be performing. A fabric field trip is in the works to procure supplies needed for Sewing Workshop, where several of the girls will be learning to make their own costumes.

Monday, July 1, 2013


We have four slots left for those interested in becoming involved in our truly unique historical performance experience! Contact joannamsoprano@gmail.com for an informal interview. Our rehearsals begin July 22nd and our performance will be August 10, 2013. We will be rehearsing 3 afternoons a week, potentially with extra dance rehearsals scheduled. 

Our sewing workshop will take place during Week One outside of regular rehearsals and will include a "field trip" to JoAnn fabrics as well as two workshop days of sewing instruction and work on gowns. 

For photos and videos, please visit www.joannamanring.com and select "The Jane Austen Singing School" on the menu.