Concert Calendar
The Vocal Area Network Concert Calendar focuses solely on vocal ensemble and choir performances around the New York area. We strive to make it as accurate as possible, but it's always a good idea to make a confirming phone call or web site visit.

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Download this event to your calendar Thursday, December 3, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
TENET Vocal Artists (Vocal chamber music)
"TONight Series: The Self-Accompanied Singer"
Songs of the early Baroque.
Online at www.tenet.nyc/tnight.
Admission: $60 at-cost; $20 virtual family; or by donation.
For more info: 414- 687-7517 or Elisa@tenetnyc.com
A weekly series of virtual concerts highlighting TENET’s exceptional artists. The programs represent passion projects by the group's artist roster, and they have been created especially for TENET’s loyal, music-loving audience. Concerts are released weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM and all programs will remain on demand for the remainder of the season.
Download this event to your calendar Friday, December 4, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
New Choral Society (Choir with orchestra)
"Virtual Messiah
Handel: Messiah (Part 1)
The chorus will present our traditional season opener, but this year in a virtual fashion so that all may safely participate. As always, we will conclude with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Online
Admission: $25; seniors / students $20.
For more info: info@newchoralsociety.org
John T. King, conductor. Kathryn Lewek, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Zach Borichevsky, tenor; Christopher Job, bass. With special guest hosts Anita Johnson, Lisette Oropesa and Morris Robinson.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Sunday, December 6, 2020, 3:00 PM       (Online)   
Alkemie (Medieval chamber ensemble )
"Mirroring the Other: Reflecting Jewish Experience in Medieval Germany"
Who is the Other? What parts of ourselves come from the Other? What does it mean to live life labeled as Other? Who gets the power to apply these labels? Jews have been embodying these questions for as long as there have been Jews. Even through changing times and worlds, these questions remain just as relevant now as a thousand years ago. "Mirroring the Other" is all about relationships—between Ashkenazi (German and Eastern European) Jewish cultures and the dominant cultures they lived within, between rich and poor, between men and women, between Middle High German, Medieval Yiddish, and Biblical Hebrew, between past and present.

Alkemie looks at this experience through newly-composed musical settings of Jewish texts and transcriptions of extant chant, monophonic (one voice) and polyphonic (multiple-voice) works. Stories are drawn from Yiddish epic tales and the Codex Manesse, as well as secular songs, religious poems, liturgical texts and contemporary chronicles. Delight in the antics of an early Purimshpil and the onomatopoeic sounds of medieval life as well as the sheer beauty of the earliest Jewish chants that survive in Western notation.
Online
Admission: $15-$100
For more info: info@alkemie.org
Tracy Cowart, voice, harps, percussion; David McCormick, vielle, percussion; Elena Mullins, voice, percussion; Sian Ricketts, voice, douçaines, recorders; Niccolo Seligmann, composer; vielles, scheitholt, percussion.
Download this event to your calendar Sunday, December 6, 2020, 4:00 PM       (Online)   
Ars Choralis (Choir)
"Welcome Yule: Imagining Peace"
Join Ars Choralis through the power of technology for our annual holiday message of joy, goodwill and peace in a way unimagined in the past.

The concert remains the December celebration you have enjoyed for years. You will hear some of your favorite holiday songs interwoven through Maya Angelou's poetry read by musician, actor and veteran of the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival Gilles Malkine. You will feel right at home hearing the sweet sounds of Greg Dinger's guitar and Erica Pickhardt's cello while Hudson Valley images of photographers Anne Brueckner and Mary Leonard create a visual backdrop, enhancing the words and music. You will see the yearning for peace in the familiar faces of Ars Choralis members and soloist Matt Ulrich as they sing Johanna Hall's poignant words “...with open hearts we hear the call to live in peace, to hate no more." We hope that “Welcome Yule: Imagining Peace” will give all of us respite from the ill will of recent months and fill us with renewed confidence in the power of love and the promise of peace.
Online at www.arschoralis.org
Admission: Free
For more info: barbara.schamest@arschoralis.org
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Sunday, December 6, 2020, 4:00 PM       (Online)   
Capital Singers of Trenton (Choir and orchestra)
"Virtual Winter Songs XIV: Lessons & Carols"
A virtual experience of classic songs. Special guests: Trenton Children's Chorus Training Choir with guest soloist Rev. William N. Heard.
Online
Admission: $10; tickets at www.capitalsingers.org/events/winter-songs-xiv-lessons-and-carols.
For more info: 609-434-2781
Gail H. Lee, conductor. With Rev. William N. Heard and the Trenton Children's Chorus.
Download this event to your calendar Sunday, December 6, 2020, 4:00 PM       (Online)   
The Dessoff Choirs (Dialogue)
"Dessoff Dialogue: Messiah Then and Now!" Online
Admission: Free; register at www.dessoff.org.
For more info: www.dessoff.org.
Malcolm J. Merriweather, music director and conductor.
Download this event to your calendar Monday, December 7, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
The Dessoff Choirs (Dialogue)
"Dessoff Dialogue: Welcome Yule! And Carol Sing" Online
Admission: Free; register at www.dessoff.org.
For more info: www.dessoff.org.
Malcolm J. Merriweather, music director and conductor.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Monday, December 7, 2020, 7:30 PM       (Online)   
West Village Chorale (Open sing)
"Annual Messiah Sing (Virtual)"
This year the WVC's open sing of Georg Frederic Handel's holiday classic -- held annually since 1974 and featured everywhere from the CBS Evening News to the Wall Street Journal -- will be convened via Zoom. Download of the public-domain score is provided (or use your own Novello edition), but sadly no snacks
Online
Admission: $10; register at www.eventbrite.com
For more info: westvillagechorale@gmail.com
Conductor: Colin Britt. Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Justin Beck, bass-baritone.
Download this event to your calendar Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
TENET Vocal Artists (Vocal chamber music)
"TONight Series: Along the River"
Gems from the emergence of the violin sonata, from Novara to Venice.
Online at www.tenet.nyc/tnight.
Admission: $60 at-cost; $20 virtual family; or by donation.
For more info: 414-687-7517 or Elisa@tenetnyc.com
A weekly series of virtual concerts highlighting TENET’s exceptional artists. The programs represent passion projects by the group's artist roster, and they have been created especially for TENET’s loyal, music-loving audience. Concerts are released weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM and all programs will remain on demand for the remainder of the season.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Thursday, December 10, 2020, 8:00 PM       (Online)   
Choir of Saint Luke in the Fields (Choir)
"A Sixteenth-Century Roman Christmas"
Featuring Palestrina's Missa Hodie Christus natus est along with motets by Palestrina, Tomás Luis de Victoria (including O magnum mysterium) and Peter Philips.
Online
Admission: Free; donations welcome. Register at www.eventbrite.com.
For more info: 212-414-7440
David Shuler, director.
Download this event to your calendar Sunday, December 13, 2020, 3:00 PM       (Online)   
Choirs of St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford (Choir with organ)
"Livestreamed: A Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols"
In the tradition of King's College, Cambridge, this livestream-only presentation of "A Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols" features choral music by Robles, Joubert, Luboff, Conte, Berlioz, Friedell, Edwards and West Hartford composer Rob Hugh, plus organ music by Baker and Vierne.
Streamed from youtu.be/np2NhwJRBIM at St. John's Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT
Admission: Free; donations accepted online.
For more info: 860-523-5201 x324 or concerts@reddoormusic.org
The St. John's Adult and Youth Choirs, and the St. John's Schola, with organist and choirmaster Scott Lamlein; Ted Babbitt, assisting organist.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Sunday, December 13, 2020, 3:00 PM       (Online)   
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street (Choir and orchestra)
Handel: Messiah
A complete concert performane captured live last year in high definition.
Via Facebook at www.facebook.com/TrinityWallSt/
Admission: Free
For more info: 212-602-0800
Julian Wachner, conductor. Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Sunday, December 13, 2020, 4:00 PM       (Online)   
Music Worcester (Choir and orchestra)
Handel: Messiah
Featuring a socially distanced professional vocal quartet with a chamber ensemble, recorded live at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.
Online
Admission: $10; buyers may enjoy this concert from home and sing along with their favorite movements of Handel’s masterpiece.
For more info: ethan@musicworcester.org
Chris Shepard, conductor. Louise Fauteux, soprano; Agnes Vojtko, mezzo-soprano; Kirk Bobkowski, tenor; Alexander Patrie, bass. Worcester Festival Chamber Ensemble. Available to conductors as a virtual Messiah sing December 15-24 at www.musicworcester.org/event/handelsmessiahconductors/.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Sunday, December 13, 2020, 5:00 PM       (Online)   
West Village Chorale (Choir with piano and percussion)
"2020 Holiday Concert: Zooming Through the Holidays"
The WVC goes virtual, with vocal treats served by Chorale members from their homes. Works include carols from around the world (and, yes, singalongs!), some greatest hits from years past, and moving new pieces. Among the composers are Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the Rock), Emile Desamours, David Hurd, Elliot Z. Levine, Mark Miller, Andre Thomas, Christina Whitten Thomas and Wendall Whalum.
Online
Admission: $20; "pod" pricing (multiple viewers in one location) $30. Available at www.eventbrite.com
For more info: westvillagechorale@gmail.com
Colin Britt, artistic director and conductor. Elena Belli, assistant conductor and piano.
Download this event to your calendar Sunday, December 13, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
Westchester Chordsmen Chorus (Chorus, quartets and solos)
"Home for the Holidays--Winter Holiday Concert"
A virtual winter holiday concert including a wide variety of holiday favorites sung by our over 45-member chorus and a few member quartets. The Chordsmen have not met in person since last March. However, we have had a virtual rehearsal every Monday night since. Our tech crew has assembled our individual uploaded videos into one, wonderful performance video.
Online: link to be provided later on our website chordsmen.org.
Admission: Free; donations welcome.
For more info: sjbartell@msn.com
After the December 13 premiere, the concert will be available until December 31 via the link available on our website.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 5:00 PM       (Online)   
The Kaleidoscope Ensemble (Vocal ensemble)
"Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance and Modern Oblivion"
Featuring Salamone Rossi's Al Naharot Bavel and Cor Mio and Brandon Waddles's Singin' Wid a Sword In My Han'.
Online at www.youtube.com/c/SalonSanctuaryConcerts.
Admission: Free; donations welcome.
For more info: salonsanctuary@salonsanctuaryconcerts.org
Arianne Abela, conductor and artistic director. With Sherezade Panthaki, Michele Kennedy, Reggie Mobley, Cecilia Duarte, Noah Horn, Haitham Haidar, Dashon Burton, Enrico Lagasca and Jonathan Woody. Presented by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts.
Download this event to your calendar Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 8:00 PM       (Online)   
New York Choral Society (Choir with film)
"Digital Concert -- Carol for All Children"
Adolphus Hailstork's Carol for All Children. Working alongside visual artist and dancemaker Brendan Fernandes, members of the choir will be juxtaposed against a backdrop of ballet-inspired movements in a celebration of peace, faith and hope—-the true reason for the season.
Online at www.youtube.com/user/NYChoralSociety
Admission: Free
For more info: info@nychoral.org
Download this event to your calendar Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 12:01 PM       (Online)   
Angelica Women's Chamber Choir (Women's chamber choir)
"Annual December Concert"
Featuring the 13th-century conductus Exultemus et letemur; Dufay’s Ave Regina caelorum; the Spanish villancico Dadme albricias; and a premiere by Erik-Peter Mortensen, 'All Hail!' The Bells of Christmas Rang.
Online at dtmusic.org/
Admission: Donations welcome
For more info: mc2564@tc.columbia.edu
Marie Caruso, artistic director. Presented by Downtown Music at Grace.
Download this event to your calendar Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
TENET Vocal Artists (Vocal chamber music)
"TONight Series: Bist du bei mir"
An intimate German Advent.
Online at www.tenet.nyc/tnight.
Admission: $60 at-cost; $20 virtual family; or by donation.
For more info: 414-687-7517 or Elisa@tenetnyc.com
A weekly series of virtual concerts highlighting TENET’s exceptional artists. The programs represent passion projects by the group's artist roster, and they have been created especially for TENET’s loyal, music-loving audience. Concerts are released weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM and all programs will remain on demand for the remainder of the season.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
Encore Chorale & Encore Rocks (Choir and rock & roll choir)
"Joy! A Virtual Holiday Choral Concert"
An uplifting multimedia production featuring string, brass, woodwind and percussion. The event will also highlight the power of music to promote brain health and mental well-being, and feature insights from the recent report by AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health.
Online at encorecreativity.org/.
Admission: Free
For more info: info@encorecreativity.org or 301-261-5747
Jeanne Kelly, artistic director. Produced in collaboration with AARP.
Download this event to your calendar New listing  Saturday, December 19, 2020, 3:00 PM       (Online)   
West Village Chorale (Choir)
"Greenwich Village Caroling Walk (Virtual!)"
Get out your Christmas sweaters (ugly or otherwise) and BYO cocoa and cookies (or hot toddies!). The WVC's 46th annual Caroling Walk will be an online tour of the historic, Dickens-like West Village and other spots in our beloved city -- with plenty of chances to sing along with seasonal carols and songs! Downloadable songbooks provided.
Online
Admission: Free; donations accepted. Register at www.eventbrite.com.
For more info: westvillagechorale@gmail.com
Download this event to your calendar Sunday, December 20, 2020, 4:00 PM       (Online)   
The Monmouth Civic Chorus (Choir and orchestra)
"Joy to the World: From Our Homes to Yours"
Featuring Ryan James Brandau’s Christmas Suite, intertwining his stirring original settings of holiday favorites with traditional carols, poetry and more.
Online; register at marketing@monmouthcivicchorus.org with the subject line “Joy to the World.”
Admission: Free
For more info: 732-933-9333
Ryan Brandau, artistic director and conductor. Kenneth Wasser, baritone.
Download this event to your calendar Monday, December 21, 2020, 8:00 PM       (Online)   
Oratorio Society of New York (Choir)
"Virtual Messiah"
The Oratorio Society of New York has performed Handel's Messiah every December since 1874 and this year is no different. Tune in to hear an abbreviated version.
Online at oratoriosocietyofny.org
Admission: Free
For more info: 212-400-7255
Kent Tritle, conductor.
Download this event to your calendar Thursday, December 24, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
TENET Vocal Artists (Vocal chamber music)
"TONight Series: TENET Christmas" Online at www.tenet.nyc/tnight.
Admission: $60 at-cost; $20 virtual family; or by donation.
For more info: 414-687-7517 or Elisa@tenetnyc.com
A weekly series of virtual concerts highlighting TENET’s exceptional artists. The programs represent passion projects by the group's artist roster, and they have been created especially for TENET’s loyal, music-loving audience. Concerts are released weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM and all programs will remain on demand for the remainder of the season.
Download this event to your calendar Thursday, December 31, 2020, 6:00 PM       (Online)   
Ars Choralis (Choir)
"New Day Dawning: Awakening the Promise of America"
For this New Year's Eve concert, we add our voice to the growing number of people who call for equality and justice in this country. Inspired by Langston Hughes's poem "Let America Be America Again", this concert of hope and courage showcases quotes from everyday American citizens as well as prominent civil rights leaders. Three newly-recorded virtual songs: I Am Willing, Beautiful City and Song of Gratitude will be featured. "New Day Dawning" will premiere on New Year's Eve at 6:00 PM and will continue to be available for viewing through March 31, 2021.
Online at www.arschoralis.org
Admission: Free
For more info: barbara.schamest@arschoralis.org
Download this event to your calendar Thursday, December 31, 2020, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
TENET Vocal Artists (Vocal chamber music)
"TONight Series: Fydlestyks"
Music from medieval England.
Online at www.tenet.nyc/tnight.
Admission: $60 at-cost; $20 virtual family; or by donation.
For more info: 414-687-7517 or Elisa@tenetnyc.com
A weekly series of virtual concerts highlighting TENET’s exceptional artists. The programs represent passion projects by the group's artist roster, and they have been created especially for TENET’s loyal, music-loving audience. Concerts are released weekly on Thursdays at 7 PM and all programs will remain on demand for the remainder of the season.
Download this event to your calendar Saturday, February 13, 2021, 7:30 PM       (Online)   
EnsembleNYC (Choir)
"Canzone d'Amore: An Evening of Operatic Love"
A livestream concert featuring songs of love from the operatic repertoire. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to West Side Campaign Against Hunger
Online
Admission: $10-$100, but contribute what you can. Tickets at www.musae.me/ensemblenyc/experiences/889/canzone-damore.
For more info: 917-992-3743
Ronnie Oliver, conductor.
Note revised program.
Download this event to your calendar Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 8:00 PM       (Online)   
New York Choral Society (Choir with ballet)
"Digital Concert -- Alice Parker's God is Seen"
A performance in collaboration with choreographer Claudia Schreier. Written during a period of optimism in America, Parker's piece, with its balletic movement vocabulary, offers an insight into the quest for a life of common good, simple beauty and the hope of a flourishing society.
Online at www.youtube.com/user/NYChoralSociety
Admission: Free
For more info: info@nychoral.org
David Hayes, music director. Claudia Schreier, choreographer.
This event is repeating, and available forever once posted on YouTube.
Download this event to your calendar Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 8:00 PM       (Online)   
New York Choral Society (Choir with dance )
"Digital Concert -- Mother to Son"
Langston Hughes's Mother to Son poem arranged by American composer Undine Eliza Anna Smith Moore. This collaboration shines a light on history, storytelling and activism in the context of the Black narrative of yesterday and today.
Online at www.youtube.com/user/NYChoralSociety
Admission: Free
For more info: info@nychoral.org
David Hayes, music director. Gabriella Reyes, soprano; Danielle Russo, choreographer.
This event will be available online forever once posted on YouTube.
Download this event to your calendar Monday, March 22, 2021, 7:00 PM       (Online)   
The Dessoff Choirs (Dialogue)
"Dessoff Dialogue: Dessoff Through the Ages, from Madame Dessoff to Maestro Merriweather" Online
Admission: Free; register at www.dessoff.org.
For more info: www.dessoff.org.
Malcolm J. Merriweather, music director and conductor.
Download this event to your calendar Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 8:00 PM       (Online)   
New York Choral Society (Choir with film)
"Digital Concert -- Invitation to Love"
Jennifer Higdon's choral setting of a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Paired with sculptor, performance-maker and writer Gordon Hall, the artists leave patrons and viewers with an unwavering sentiment of acceptance and inclusion, marching into a season of renewal for a city still healing from crisis.
Online at www.youtube.com/user/NYChoralSociety
Admission: Free
For more info: info@nychoral.org
David Hayes, music director. Gordon Hall, sculptor, performance-maker and writer.
Once posted on YouTube this will be available forever.