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Ms. Margaret T. Bossi

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Choir Director and Organist

Local Address: Massachusetts, United States
Dennis Union Church
 
Background

Employment History

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Education

  • master's degree , music
    Smith College
  • Brandeis University
  • bachelor's Degree , music
    Smith College
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Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School: Bossi, Margaret
cclighthouseschool.org, 4 July 2014 [cached]
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MAGGIE BOSSI (Chorus) is a graduate of Smith College. Ms. Bossi retired after her 25th season as conductor of the Chatham Chorale. Before moving to Cape Cod she taught for many years at the high school and college level. She is choir director and organist at the Dennis Union Church. She also plays the trumpet.
The Living Arts Institute - The Arts Build the Community as the Community Builds the Art
www.thelivingartsinstitute.org, 7 Feb 2013 [cached]
Maggie Bossi - Director of the Chatham Chorale
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www.meetinghousemusic.org, 6 July 2009 [cached]
Margaret Bossi
Margaret Bossi, Music Director of the Chatham Chorale for twenty-one years, is widely respected for her innovative musical programming and the electric performances generated by her rapport with the chorus. Ms. Bossi has appeared as guest conductor with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, most notably as part of the Symphony's annual A Very Merry Pops holiday concert. In addition to her work with the Chorale and its thirty-voice Chamber Singers, she teaches at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School and recently became Choir Director and Organist of the Dennis Union Church.
Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School: Bossi ends career with Chatham Chorale
cclighthouseschool.org, 29 May 2010 [cached]
After 25 years, director Margaret Bossi has decided to retire from the Chatham Chorale to spend more time with her family.
"For a long time I thought, 'Well, maybe I'll just do it until I drop dead,' but then, on reflection, I thought, 'I want to stop while I'm feeling really like I've still got a lot of juice,'" Bossi says. "My children are all having children, and I want to be able to spend more time with them."
Bossi has had a lifelong love affair with music and says she has found conducting choruses to be fun since ninth grade and has never really wanted to do anything else. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Smith College and then attended Brandeis University to work on her doctorate, but found the scholarly life wasn't for her.
IN CONCERT What: "Skylark: The Music of Johnny Mercer" Presented by: Larry Marsland, Margaret Bossi and the Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers
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The two then shared the job for a couple of years, and Bossi became the full-time director in 1987.
She says her early goals were to have a long tenure, which she certainly has, and to ensure that the chorale was financially and artistically healthy. With the chorale in extremely good shape, with financial stability and a strong membership, the timing to step down couldn't be better.
Bossi has always loved "quirky programming," and her musical choices for the group have reflected that passion.
"I made it my job in terms of what kind of programs we presented that the singers in the group got exposed to a lot of different kinds of music which don't necessarily fit the traditional mold of a big chorus like ours," she says.
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Bossi considers the "Missa Gaia" one of the highlights of her career with the chorale. She's had a long association with the Paul Winter Consort and was thrilled to present "Missa Gaia" to Cape audiences twice.
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"Both of those pieces, 'The Outermost House' and 'Why I Wake Early,' have had multiple performances by other groups, other than ourselves, so you feel you caused the piece to be written and then it's of sufficient quality and interest that other groups pick it up," Bossi says. "So I'm proud of that."
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Bossi is also extremely proud that the chorale has had a long and friendly relationship with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, first under the baton of Royston Nash and currently with artistic director and conductor Jung-Ho Pak.
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Nash says it was a pleasure to work with Bossi on several major undertakings through the years and adds he has the utmost respect for her talent and energy.
"A few years ago when I was unable to conduct the performances of the wonderful choral work 'A Sea Symphony' of Ralph Vaughan Williams, I had no hesitation in handing over the baton to Maggie to conduct the chorale, soloist and full symphony orchestra for this great weekend of music," Nash says. "We worked together on many seasonal December concerts over the years, and she always brought merriment as well as musicianship to the festive nature of the concerts."
Clare Coughlan, president of the Chatham Chorale and a chorale singer for 27 years, says Bossi will be sorely missed.
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"Maggie is an absolute musical genius. She's a hard worker and she's been just a pleasure. Audiences love her, and we're an organization that always likes to meet and greet our audience."
For her last hurrah, Bossi will conduct the Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers in four joint concerts with Larry Marsland, executive director of the Lower Cape Outreach Council.
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Bossi will end her formal tenure with the Chatham Chorale with two annual patriotic concerts titled "Salute to America" accompanied by a Dixieland band. The concerts will be presented June 28 at the Eastham Windmill and July 1 at Christ Chapel in Centerville.
Even though Bossi is retiring from the Chatham Chorale, she will continue to serve as choir director and organist at Dennis Union Church and teach at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans.
"I love my middle-school kids with a passion that rivals my love for the chorale, so I will keep doing that," she says.
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"It was such an honor, I can't even describe it," Bossi says.
COVER AND THIS PAGE - Maggie ...
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COVER AND THIS PAGE - Maggie Bossi's spirited leadership of the Chatham Chorale is in its final season.
Maggie Bossi's season-long farewell to the Chatham Chorale
Maggie Bossi has spent so much time with the Chatham Chorale that there have been days when she has "felt like a bigamist."
But Bossi and the Chorale, who began their relationship in 1985, are going to part ways when the concert season ends in the spring of 2010. Bossi has announced her plans to retire from the Chorale at that time.
"I'm not sick, I'm not mad, and I'm not bored," she said. But she added that "everything is just ideal for another person" to lead the Chorale. "The group is in great shape, solvent," she said of the 100-member choir founded in 1970. "Everything is just ideal for another person" to be chosen as director. "I feel pretty strongly that a musical group shouldn't be centered around a person."
Although Bossi said that it will be "very bittersweet" to leave the Chorale, she does not plan to retire either from her work as a music teacher at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans or as organist and choir director at the Dennis Union Church. The native of Westchester, N.Y., who said that she got interested in music under the guidance of a "benevolent and interested teacher in a tiny private school," said that she had no plans to stop teaching or "cultivating several more generations of choral singers."
Cindy Fiscus of Centerville, who directs the children's and youth programs at the Dennis church, said of Bossi, "She loves the kids.
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Fiscus said that Bossi started a "family band" at the church.
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Bossi turned "a good choir into something excellent," said Fiscus.
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One son, who coincidentally decided to move back to Massachusetts from California just as Bossi made up her mind to retire, is going to help her double the size of her organic garden.
"I'm not that good yet" at gardening, she said, "but I'm going to get better."
Bossi said that she will leave the Chorale, just before their 40th anniversary, with "undiminished energy. I'm really sure they will find somebody great" as a director.
She plans to leave the Chorale "in a positive, energetic frame of mind" next spring, Bossi said, "focusing on the fun parts. Maybe I'll come up with some new musical idea, without poaching" on the chorale she'll be leaving behind.
Until then, Bossi, who has led every kind of concert from Duke Ellington's sacred music to Paul Winter's Missa Gaia, will be conducting the Chatham Chorale through its present season.
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The Chatham Chorale has been "a perfect fit for myself and for my life on the Cape," said Bossi, but after 25 years "I looked at different scenarios: to die in my traces or to think I should be long gone by now" were not the options she wanted.
Bossi's website is This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Information about future Chatham Chorale concerts is available at www.chathamchorale.org.
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