Youth chorus joins Cecilia Chorus of New York onstage at Carnegie Hall
Posted 12/5/2014

Mark ShapiroOn December 13 at 8:00 PM, under the baton of Music Director Mark Shapiro, the Cecilia Chorus of New York and orchestra will welcome the young singers from the Every Voice Concert Choir (Dr. Nicole Becker, Director) to sing together Vaughan Williams’s Hodie, A Christmas Cantata at Carnegie Hall. The soloists will be soprano Liv Redpath, tenor Daniel T. Curran and baritone Takaoki Onishi. Also on the evening’s program will be Poulenc’s Gloria.

The Every Voice Concert Choir is one of three Every Voice Choirs, ensembles in residence at Columbia University Teachers College. More...

Melodia Women's Choir presents a holiday concert, a new recording and a gift bazaar
Posted 11/20/2014

Melodia--WindsongI will lie down in autumn
let birds be flying
Swept in a hollow by the wind
-- In Autumn, music by Gwyneth Walker, poetry by May Swenson

As the birds fly and grass and leaves turn, it is once again time for the Melodia Women’s Choir holiday concert -- an autumn tradition since 2004, when New York City’s premier choir for female voices first debuted on the choral scene. A hallmark of any Melodia concert from the past decade is the choir’s emphasis on searching out rare and unique pieces, taking programmatic risks, and featuring women composers, lyricists, musicians and performers from across the musical spectrum. This season’s concert “Windsong” is no different, as the choir highlights the music of composer Gwyneth Walker, performing her setting of May Swenson’s poem In Autumn. More...

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  • Read "Is Faith Required to Perform Sacred Classical Music," an article by Brian Wise and Naomi Lewin, at www.wqxr.org/#!/story/faith-required-perform-sacred-classical-music/. (2014-11-30)
  • Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, has released a new CD entitled Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit. The recording, featuring soloists Ron Raines, Bruce Ruben and Michael Slattery, introduces exciting arrangements of traditional songs that represent the Jewish holidays and life-cycle events. For more information, visit www.judithclurman.com. (2014-11-5)
  • Ryan Brandau is the new artistic director of Amor Artis. (2014-7-3)
  • Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke direct the Early Music Festival NYC, running June 13-19, 2014. For details, visit www.emfnyc.org. (2014-5-7)
  • C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. The Adventurous Programming awards recognize choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the last 25 years.Read more about the award at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-5-7)

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  • August 31, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Young Voyces, a treble youth choir in Staten Island.
  • August 26, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for NJWOMENSONG, a women's choir based in Hunterdon County, NJ.
  • August 25, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The College of Saint Rose Women's Chorale, based in Albany, NY.
  • August 19, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Glen Ridge Congregational Church Chancel Choir in Glen Ridge, NJ.
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