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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:35 AM

Carol Morse
Winner of the Arts and Culture Award at
United Way Volunteer Center’s 2013 Volunteer Spirit Awards

The Hudson Valley Singers congratulate Carol Morse, President Emeritus of The Hudson Valley Singers, for being awarded the Arts and Culture Award at the United Way Volunteer Center’s 2013 Volunteer Spirit Awards. The Volunteer Center of United Way honors outstanding service and gives special recognition to volunteers for their efforts in the community. This year’s Volunteer Spirit Awards took place on April 26, 2013 at the Hilton Westchester.

Carol Morse served as the President of The Hudson Valley Singers from 1999 to 2005, after joining as an alto in 1991. She also "commandeered" her husband David, a non-singer to serve as Treasurer. During her tenure Carol spearheaded many fundraising events and campaigns, wrote a policy handbook, searched for venues, and in 2008 conducted an executive search for a new Artistic Director, eventually hiring Eugene Sirotkine, the current "maestro". According to Carol: "After a few years I had to resign as President because David and I were spending 20 hours a day on HVS. The work never ended!" However, in her current role as President Emeritus, and inasmuch as Carol has taken on the additional responsibility of singing with the Hudson Valley Chamber Singers and she and David still serve on both the fundraising and venue committees, they probably put in just as much -- if not more---time and effort into the group. Carol is a retired physical therapist. She and David moved to Dobbs Ferry after spending 3 years in Belgium, where David was working. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

The chorus is currently composed of 70 singers and is a truly intergenerational group. No auditions are required, but all singers are expected to learn the music, attend weekly rehearsals and perform with the group.

The Hudson Valley Singers are a Westchester-based community chorus under the professional direction of Eugene Sirotkine. The Singers gave their debut concert on March 15, 1951, at the Graham School in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York and have been in existence continuously since that time, performing choral music of the 17th through 20th centuries. The HVS is a non-auditioned chorus with a high standard of excellence. The group’s objectives have always been to contribute to the cultural life of the community through public performances and outreach to those who are unable to attend. For more information visit

Eugene Sirotkine is the director and conductor of the Hudson Valley Singers and the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra. Maestro Sirotkine was born in St. Petersburg and made his conducting debut with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg in 1989. He was an assistant conductor and assistant chorus master with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1999 through 2008. Over the past two decades he has conducted orchestras and choruses across the globe including the Hong Kong Philharmonic; the Symphony Orchestra UN Cuyo in Argentina; the National Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Cape Philharmonic and the Cape Town Opera in South Africa; Cali Philharmonic in Columbia; the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra in collaboration with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at New York City Center; and the Kennedy Center Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Under his leadership The Hudson Valley Singers have performed in Costa Rica, Budapest, and at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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