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We are thrilled to announce the winners of the
2019 Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition!

First Place: Susan Kane, "Ring the Bells"

Kane’s song has been arranged for chorus by Artistic Director Chris Eastburn and will be performed by the Family Folk Chorale on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Arlington Town Hall in Arlington, MA. The song is a perfect fit for the concert ‘A Reason to Believe’ featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen, whose rich and poignant decades-long stream of songs honor our human yearnings, authenticity and struggles.

From Artistic Director Chris Eastburn:
“Ring the Bells by Susan Kane is a hope filled song about overcoming adversity. That message, so perfect for these times, is supported by experienced song writing craft and a memorable melody. The song has resonated with the Family Folk Chorale in rehearsal and we look forward to sharing it with a live audience on March 24th!”

Susan Kane is a singer songwriter from the New York area. Her sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams. Listen to her winning song: Ring the Bells.

Second Place: Clint Alphin, "Plowshares"
Third Place: Michael Rutberg, "Gardens in the Rain"

Honorable Mention:
Rupert Wates, "After the Rains"
Mike Ryan, "These Two Hands"
Heather Pierson, "With This Life"

Now in its seventh year, the FFC Songwriting Competition has created a unique opportunity for collaboration between songwriter, arranger, conductor and chorus. Most songwriters rarely get to hear their songs performed by other singers. Yet in this competition, the winning song is professionally arranged and performed with a 70-voice, multi-generational ensemble. It is no wonder why the competition has attracted the attention of songwriters throughout the United States.

Chris Eastburn, Family Folk Chorale Artistic Director, noted: “The large field of songs that came in this year from across the country, ranging from professional musician/songwriters to inspired amateurs, was truly impressive. Congratulations to everyone - putting songs into the world is an act of heart, courage and creativity and we greatly valued hearing each of your contributions. Thank you for submitting your songs to the FFC Songwriting Competition and we hope you will consider entering again next year. In the meantime, best wishes with your creative endeavors.”

Family Folk Chorale is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2019!
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