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Cecilia Chorus of New York premieres new Cipullo work
Posted 4/17/2014

Tom CipulloOn Friday evening, April 25, the Cecilia Chorus of New York, under the baton of conductor Mark Shapiro, will present the world premiere of a newly commissioned work from composer Tom Cipullo. Entitled Credo for a Secular City, Mr. Cipullo’s new piece will be part of a program that also includes Brahms’s Nänie, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region. The featured soloists will be soprano Kristina Bachrach, mezzo Virginie Verrez, tenor Noah Baetge and baritone Michael Anthony McGee. More...

St. George's Choral Society presents works by Mozart and Manuel Sosa
Posted 3/28/2014

Matthew LewisSt. George’s Choral Society, founded in 1817, will perform Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and a commissioned work by Venezuelan-American composer Manuel Sosa for its spring concert. Matthew Lewis, the group’s Artistic Director, shares his insights on both composers and how two works, separated by centuries, share common bonds. More...

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  • Cantabile Chamber Chorale artistic director Rebecca Scott and others were interviewed by correspondent Bill Nutt for an article in the New Jersey Courier News and Home News Tribune. Read about Cantabile's April 26 concert celebrating New Jersey's 350th anniversary. (2014-4-10)
  • Harold Rosenbaum, distinguished teacher and choral conductor, is the recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor's Award for the advancement of American music. See the New York Times article at artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/harold-rosenbaum-wins-conductors-award for details. (2014-3-31)
  • View Stacy Horn's TEDx Montclair talk about the benefits of choral singing at bit.ly/1alfPcT. (2014-2-7)
  • Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Emerging Composers Competition: Steven Serpa (Coventry, RI), was awarded first prize; Joshua Fishbein (Los Angeles, CA) and Theo Popov (New York, NY) shared second prize. The premieres of all three works will take place in performances at 8:00 PM on March 1, 2014, at St. Paul's Church in Brooklyn (199 Carroll Street) and at 8:00 PM on March 8, 2014, at St. Michael's Church in Manhattan (225 West 99th Street). For more information, please see www.cerddorion.org. (2014-1-20)
  • Choral composer Steven Sametz, artistic director of The Princeton Singers, has been named the recipient of the 10th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize presented by the University of Connecticut, a $25,000 award to compose a new work for a specific area of musical arts that will be performed and recorded. (2013-10-15)

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  • April 22, 2014: A tasty new link for Cooking A Cappella, featuring cooking classes with a musical twist, hosted by tenor-composer-chef Lawrence Rush.
  • March 28, 2014: New link for Forte music notation software.
  • March 19, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Long Island Children's Choir.
  • March 11, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Giving Voice, a women's a cappella ensemble in Lincroft, NJ.
  • March 10, 2014: New links for Sing Human Rights, a site devoted to settings of the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and for EarMaster, software for ear training and sight-singing practice for music students and music teachers.
  • February 25, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Rainbow Chorus, a four-part chorus in Kingston, NY open to LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly men and women. New Choir Directory listing for Tapestry, a new volunteer choir based in Lower Manhattan. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Connection Community Chorale in Long Island City.
  • February 14, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Connecticut-based Greater Middletown Chorale.
  • February 11, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Saint Joseph Parish Choir in Spring Valley, NY.
  • January 25, 2014: New link for The Center for Vocal Health, part of the Voice and Swallowing Institute at the New York Ear and Eye Infirmary. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir in the East Village.
  • January 20, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for the St. John's Lutheran Church Adult Choir in Summit, NJ.

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  • Need some exquisite beaded jewelry to complement your concert attire? Or perhaps a distinctive gift for that special singer in your life? Or maybe you'd like to host a jewelry show to benefit your favorite non-profit organization? Try Carnelian Knoll, where you'll find necklaces, bracelets and earrings of vintage beads and silver handcrafted by Julie Siegmund.
  • Looking for rehearsal space or performance venues? Try NYC Music Spaces, New York City's free database of available rehearsal and performance spaces for instrumental and vocal musicians. You'll find places to rent, from studios to large venues, for classical, jazz, rock--whatever you need to rehearse or perform in NYC.
  • Looking for an outstanding vocal ensemble coach? Mark Johnson, possessor of an amazing ear and terrific interpretive insights in a variety of styles, is available to coach your group. To arrange for Mark's services, e-mail Colette Thompson.
  • Liz Fleischer's Sight-Singing Program is offered each season at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street). Classes include ear-training, rhythm and pitch reading, music theory, basic notation and terminology, with emphasis on learning to hold a part with confidence. For more info, visit www.kaufman-center.org/lucyadults_mus_sight.htm, e-mail fleischerliz@aol.com or adultdivision@kaufman-center.org or call (212) 501-3362. The sight-singing program is just one of the classes offered by the Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses School.

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GOLD: The Dessoff Choirs, Grace Church Choral Society, The West Village Chorale

SILVER: Big Apple Chorus, The Brooklyn Community Chorus, The Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus, The Canby Singers, The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Dalton Chorale, Florilegium Chamber Choir, Greenwich Village Chamber Singers, Riverside Choral Society, St. George's Choral Society, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, The Stonewall Chorale

Americas Vocal Ensemble, AmorArtis, The Babylon Chorale, C4: The World's First Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Cantabile Chamber Chorale, Cerddorion, Chorus 802, Christ Church Choir, Douglas Frank Chorale, Down Town Glee Club, Lehman College and Community Chorus, New Amsterdam Singers, The New Choral Society, New York Choral Society, Renaissance Street Singers, Renaissance Vocal Ensemble, Riverdale Choral Society, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Sacrum Convivium, St. James' Compostela Choir, St. Paul's Englewood, Sing We Enchanted, Uncommon Chord, Voices of New York, Women Singing

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Green dates indicate open sings.

April 23: Manhattan Sacred Harp Sing (Open sing / Manhattan)
April 23: Huun-Huur-Tu and TENET (Vocal ensembles / Manhattan)
April 25: New York City Master Chorale (Choir / Manhattan)
April 25: The Cecilia Chorus of New York (Chorus with orchestra / Manhattan)
April 26: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano / Manhattan)
April 26: Cantabile Chamber Chorale (Chamber choir / New Jersey)
April 26: Opera, Organ and More (Vocal and instrumental ensemble / Suffolk)
April 26: Huntington Choral Society (Choir / Suffolk)
April 27: Southern Connecticut Camerata (Chamber choir with instrumental ensemble / Connecticut)
April 27: Westminster Kantorei (Early music choir with period instruments / New Jersey)
April 28: Masterworks Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra (Choir with orchestra / Manhattan)
April 29: New York Choral Society (Choir with orchestra / Manhattan)
April 30: Manhattan Sacred Harp Sing (Open sing / Manhattan)
May 2: Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn (Choir with instrumental ensemble / Brooklyn)
May 2: Yale Schola Cantorum (Choir / Manhattan)
More events in the Concert Calendar.
Twin County Chorus
Last updated: 4/17/2014
St. George's Choral Society
Last updated: 4/9/2014
The Lance Hayward Singers
Last updated: 4/3/2014
New York Bulgarian Women's Choir
Last updated: 3/22/2014
Long Island Children's Choir
Last updated: 3/19/2014
Giving Voice
Last updated: 3/14/2014
Last updated: 3/11/2014
Long Island Choral Society
Last updated: 3/11/2014
Ars Musica Chorale
Last updated: 3/11/2014
Uncommon Chord
Last updated: 3/10/2014
For details, visit the Choir Auditions page.
Harmonium Spring Choral Musicianship Workshop Series April 27--May 4
Date posted: 4/22/2014
Seeking rehearsal space in March 2015 for touring Japanese gospel choir
Date posted: 4/19/2014
The Cecilia Chorus of New York -- Master Class in Choral Conducting
Date posted: 4/17/2014
Auditions for St. George's Choral Society Summer Festival
Date posted: 4/9/2014
World of Harmony seeks composers and singers
Date posted: 4/7/2014
Choral festivals in Preveza, Greece July 3-6, 2014
Date posted: 3/28/2014
Brooklyn Chorus of Sweet Adelines seeks new director
Date posted: 3/25/2014
The Tuscany Project: VOICE - BODY - SOUL, June 29-July 7, 2014
Date posted: 3/25/2014
For details, visit the Info Exchange.
Content Contact: Steve Friedman.
Revision Date: April 22, 2014.
Technical Contact: Steve Friedman.
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