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Schola Cantorum on Hudson ensemble becomes “Ember”
Posted 6/21/2017

Deborah Simpkin King conducts EmberSchola Cantorum on Hudson, the pro/am choral ensemble that performs its full season in both Manhattan and in Montclair, New Jersey, is changing its name to “Ember.” The rebranding reflects the ensemble’s focus on performing music almost exclusively by living composers, programmed as full-season explorations of socially pertinent topics.

Schola Cantorum on Hudson (Schola) will remain the name of the overall choral arts organization, which is comprised of three equally robust “pillars” of activity: performance, education/engagement and new music advocacy. The renowned PROJECT : ENCORE™ is the most visible element of the new music initiative. Only the name of the performance element will be changed to Ember, and it will continue to be a part of Schola Choral Arts. More...


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  • The Ember Ensemble, which will be presenting the East Coast premiere of John Muehleisen’s oratorio, But Who Shall Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion, in November, is opening its read-through of the work on Monday evening, July 31, to the public, free of charge. For details, see the Concert Calendar. (2017-7-28)
  • Musical America has an article by Kent Tritle on what it takes to be a professional choral singer. (2017-7-15)
  • Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, running from October 18 through November 15, will feature performances of settings of all 150 biblical psalms, by 150 composers, in "The Psalms Experience." See the article in The New York Times. (2017-6-21)
  • Sad to report that In Transit, the a cappella musical, will have its final performances on Sunday, April 16. Worth seeing, if you have the opportunity. It's well-sung, with an appealing, energetic cast and a lot of in-the-know commentary about life in New York. (2017-4-15)
  • The New York Times has a profile of Deke Sharon, one of the forces behird the new a cappella musical In Transit. (2016-11-24)

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  • July 19, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Inspire, a Manhattan-based chamber choir that seeks to promote unity through the choral arts.
  • June 21, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Ember, the new name for the Schola Cantorum on Hudson ensemble. New link for Singerhood, offering a platform for mobile devices that guides students and amateurs to develop their choir singing skills through high-quality part recordings of the choral repertoire.
  • June 8, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Long Island Harmonizers, a barbershop chorus based in Westbury, NY.
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  • March 31, 2017: New Choir Directory listing for Key of Q, an LGBTQ a cappella chorus in Kingston, NY.
  • March 21, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Sonaré, Continuo Arts Foundation's year-long Young Artist Program, based in Summit, NJ.
  • February 27, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Stamford Chorale.
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