In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
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Despite notching a series of hits between the early 1950s and early '60s, the Chosen Gospel Singers remain one of the most elusive groups of gospel's golden era -- plagued by constant lineup changes, the ensemble's proper history remains sketchy at best, and even the exact involvement of their most famous alumnus, Lou Rawls, is something of a mystery. It's known that the Chosen Gospel Singers were formed in Houston in 1950, and originally consisted of J.B. Randall, Aaron Wyatt, Willie Rose, and two shadowy figures later recalled by their surnames of "Sheridan" and "Files". On the advice of manager Joe Johnson, himself a founding member of the Pilgrim Travelers, the group soon relocated to Los Angeles; upon arriving on the West Coast, the first of countless roster fluctuations struck, and in seemingly no time, Randall was the only surviving original member.
Although Christ Church Cathedral Choir is 500 years old, it is justly famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. Unique in the world as both Cathedral and College choir, the intimate acoustic of its musical home, Oxford's 12th-century Cathedral, has given it a relationship with early sacred music and the rhythm and vigour of contemporary idioms which is second to none.
Throughout its history, the Choir has attracted many distinguished composers and organists, from its first director, John Taverner, appointed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1526, to William Walton in the 20th century. In recent years, the Choir has commissioned and recorded works by composers such as John Tavener, William Mathias, Robert Saxton and Howard Goodall.
People often ask us how the Chromatics got started. It's a complicated story, but here's a brief summary:
Back in 1993, a group called the OK Chorale was formed at NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center by Anne Raugh and Steve Leete. The OK Chorale was 12 members strong and sang mostly doo-wop tunes, standards, and classics from Sesame Street. None of the current Chromatics were in the group at its inception, but Padi Boyd and Karen Smale joined in 1993, followed by Alan Smale and Deb Nixon in 1994.
After numerous further changes in personnel, including the departure of co-founder Anne Raugh, the group decided to refocus and reinvent itself as The Chromatics. The Chromatics were incorporated in 1995, and have been performing continuously under that name ever since.
Founded in 1965 under the auspices of the Cincinnati Public Schools, the Cincinnati Boychoir has presented approximately thirty-five annual performances in the Greater Cincinnati community and for local television stations, community organizations, churches, clubs, and retirement homes. Boys audition for the choir by recommendation of school music teachers, and come from all areas of southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, and northern Kentucky.
The Boychoir has performed at the invitation of and in collaboration with the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, the Metropolitan Festival Choir and Orchestra of Detroit, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Boys' Choir. The boys have appeared at the Crystal Cathedral, aired internationally on the Hour of Power, and at Carnegie Hall as part of the Field Studies International Honors Children's Choir.
City Lights offers a musical experience to remember. Their wide-ranging repertoire includes sons from traditional barbershop harmony, jazz, Broadway show tunes as well as popular classics.
In 1992 City Lights captured the title of Sweet Adeline International Quartet Champions in Baltimore, MD. Since that time they have traveled to Vezprem, Hungry where they were invited to teach and perform at the Hungarian Choral Festival. They recently toured the United Kingdom from Aberdeen, Scotland to Portsmouth, England teaching the barbershop craft as well as coaching and performing. The group has performed throughout the USA and Canada and have numerous TV and Radio credits. In 1998 City Lights won the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Regional Championship in NYC and competed in the 14th Annual National Finals in San Francisco, CA where they placed third.
The story of the 1982 Int'l Quartet Champion Classic Collection is pretty unique in many respects. It all began in Hastings Nebraska in 1968. Original baritone, and long-time barbershop enthusiast, "Papa Joe" Heltne, and his son Terry invited two aspiring singers, one a natural tenor and the other an operatic vocal major from the Hastings College choir, to join them for an evening of singing. Before it was over, Larry Wilson a lead, and Curt Hutchison, a tenor, agreed that this foursome, originally called "Three Lads and a Dad," should stay together. They worked hard and rose in the ranks of the Central States District. After a short hiatus due to Larry's four year stint in the Navy, they changed their name to "Classic Collection" , and eventually found themselves the winners of the 1975 Central States District Quartet Championship.
1998 International Championship Quartet Sweet Adelines International Classic Edition's journey to the championship began seven years before their win, in the same city. The foursome organized just nine months prior to the 1990 Sweet Adelines competition in Salt Lake City, winning their regional competition and making them eligible to compete on the international stage in Salt Lake that same year. Although each member had extensive experience singing with other quartets as well as one another, their performance at the 1990 international contest was disappointing. Gaining confidence with each succeeding contest, and following their coach's advice, the quartet qualified again for international competition. They placed ninth in 1991 and sixth at each international contest from 1992 through 1995. Perceived as restrained by many judges, the foursome learned to let their hair down at the 1996 contest and earned second place medals. And after finally attaining the top prize in 1998, the quartet says that preparation and learning to take a risk was the key to success. Personal and family reasons made it impossible to keep up their busy show schedule, and Susan Ives left the quartet in 2000.
If you close your eyes and think back to Murray the K, the Brooklyn Paramount, the street lights on Belmont Avenue, the boulevards of Bensonhurst, straphanging from a leather strap on your way to see "Dem Bums", Frankie, Dion, WMCA Good Guys, cruising the streets in a '56 Chevy with the windows cranked down, singing to the tunes on your portable AM radio, and a host of other good times, you'll know why "The Classic Sounds" sing DooWop. That's why a surgeon, a plumber, 2 teachers, and a musician can lean in close to each other, sing those back-up sounds that are second nature to us all, give you a little hand jive and a smile, and make you remember what "feel good" acappella music is all about.
The Clef Divers put a fresh, hip spin on contemporary a cappella. Based in San Francisco, our members are an eclectic mix of classically-trained divas, soulful jazz crooners, rock gods, musical theatre nerds, bluegrass fiends, prodigious songwriters, and karaoke queens. We sing everything from popular rock, pop, jazz, and country hits to original songs that showcase our unique talents.
Founded in 2006, Clerestory is the Bay Area's acclaimed 9-man vocal ensemble. Clerestory's singers, from countertenor to bass, are veterans of San Francisco's finest professional vocal groups, including Chanticleer, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and others. The ensemble has been featured on National Public Radio and on San Francisco's KDFC.
Clockwork is a vocal quartet who sing mostly close-harmony jazz but also our own twists on pop and rock tunes.
Clockwork, an award-winning San Francisco based vocal ensemble with a signature sound and style, performs a banquet of music from funk to gospel and R&B to standards. Rooted in the tradition of great vocal jazz groups such as the Hi-Lo's and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Clockwork "sound" draws inspiration from all styles. As the great Duke Ellington said, "If it sounds good, it is good."
Experienced in both accompanied and a cappella performing, the group has arrangements for duos, trios and an 18-piece big band. Members of Clockwork have performed live with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, The Hi-Lo's , Meredith Monk, Don Shelton, Gene Puerling, Barbara Lewis, Sufjan Stevens, John Zorn, Barbara Morrison, Kent Nagano with the Deutches Symphonie Orchester and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The PM Singers, Heatwave, GQ, Barbara Lynn, Richie Cole, M-Pact!, the House Jacks, Boyz Nite Out, InFusion, Vocal Flight, and on Ward Swingle's Instructional video "Swingle Singing."
Cabaret began when Pam, Holly and Donna performed together as part of two special public relations tours to China in 2002 and 2003. Both tours were organized to help spread the love of barbershop singing to yet another part of the world. These three thoroughly enjoyed each other's company and had some pretty special performances. In fact, the geographic differences suddenly didn't seem nearly so impossible. All they had to do was find someone 'crazy enough' to be the fourth part of this special quartet - so they contacted Patty, a world renowned Sweet Adeline tenor - and Cabaret was born!
Club For Five challenges conventional wisdom about the capability of the human voice. Their unique arrangements and original compositions combine jazz, pop, rock, and even classical music in such a chic and unique way, that they create a musical genre all their own.
During its relatively short career as a group, the band has performed with such distinguished ensembles as the legendary American vocal group "Manhattan Transfer" and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Club For Five performs mainly in Finland but has also held concerts around Europe and in Asia. In the near future, the band will perform in such places as Germany, France, Ireland, Peoples Republic of China, and in various venues in North America (to name but a few).
Considered among the best vocal groups in Italy, the clusters were established in 2004 with the idea of 5 students of the Conservatorio Niccolo Paganini. In recent years the group has performed throughout Italy and abroad, distinguished by its unique style that combines elements of jazz, pop and fusion.
Their 2008/09 tour dates and counted over seventy brought the group to perform on stage some of the most important musical events in the country, including: Umbria Jazz Festival, The Blue Note Milan, Feronia Festival, Bordighera Jazz & Blues Festival Lavagnino, Alpe Adria Cantat, Musicomic For Children, Palazzo Ducale Genoa, Veneto Jazz Festival, Sing Sing Festival Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
From 1956 to 1961, the Coasters released a string of classic singles that reflected the life of the American teenager with keen wit and hot, rocking harmonies. Invariably those songs were written, produced and arranged by the duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The union of a black vocal group with two Jewish songwriters was one of the most propitious in rock history. Leiber and Stoller's witty, street-smart "playlets" were sung with sly, clowning humor by the Coasters and accompanied by the hot, honking "yakety sax" of King Curtis. The Coasters' parlayed their R&B roots into rock and roll hits by delivering Leiber and Stoller's serio-comic tunes in an uptempo doo-wop style. Beneath the humor the songs often made incisive points about American culture for those willing to dig a little deeper.
The Coastline Show Chorus offers New England a unique form of entertainment, blending four-part a cappella harmony with energetic choreography. Under the direction of Gail Jencik, Coastline presents a range of music from treasured American classics to Broadway hits and modern jazz.
Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Coastline Show Chorus is one of more than 600 chapters of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of more than 26,000 women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.
The Coats vocal band started on the street corners of Seattle, Washington's famous Pike Place Market. Singing for tourists, locals, fish vendors, and fellow buskers, their humble ambitions of earning a few clams to fight off the tuition bills quickly evolved into a full-time international performance career. They've since won national vocal competitions, sang for the President of the United States, and have been fortunate enough to share the stage with such talented fellow entertainers as Ronnie Milsap, Trisha Yearwood, Montgomery Gentry, The Beach Boys, Tanya Tucker, Billy Dean, Crystal Gayle, and Colin Ray, just to name a few, all while continuing their tradition of outreach performances and workshops supporting music in schools throughout the northwest.
For many years Cockersdale have been one of the leading unacompanied groups in the UK. Originally formed by Keith Marsden to perform his songs, the group's reputation soon grew making them a major force in folk music. Following Keith's death in 1991 Cockersdale reformed and re-established themselves as one of the most popular groups on the UK folk scene.
Renowned for their extraordinary song-writing, skin-tight vocal harmonies and stunning live performances, Coco's Lunch have long been recognised as award-winning pioneers in the composition of innovative Australian vocal music. Featuring Melbourne singer/percussionists Gabrielle MacGregor, Lisa Young, Sue Johnson, Nicola Eveleigh and Jacqueline Gawler, Coco's Lunch has spent over 15 years winning the hearts of audiences across Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Laos, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, France, New Zealand & Canada. Coco's Lunch perform worldwide for both adults and children, and in 2007 released their 6th album Blueprint to critical acclaim and an Australian Recording Industry Award (ARIA) nomination for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM. In the same year they received an ARIA NOMINATION for BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM for their CD Rat Trap Snap!
Colla Voce of the Sierra-a non-profit arts organization in Auburn, California-started in 2005 as an adult group of chamber singers under Founding Artistic Director, Janine Dexter. The goal was to bring professional standards of performance of choral music to the foothills. The group developed a large following and has received glowing reviews.
Collegium Regale (Latin for 'King's College') is the close harmony group made up of the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. As Choral Scholars we sing the daily routine of chapel services throughout term as well as undertaking a busy concert and recording schedule in the vacations, often working with leading orchestras notably the Academy of Ancient Music. The Choir is of course most famous for the broadcasts of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on BBC TV and Radio each Christmas, which reach an estimated 120 million people worldwide.
Collegium Regale however functions as a separate entity from the main choir and is run entirely by the members of the group itself. It performs regularly around Britain, touring each Easter in two groups, North and South, and in the past has performed as far afield as Canada, the United States and Hong Kong.
Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe. It was one of the first ensembles to use the then-new ideas about baroque practice in vocal music performances. Musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt immediately took an interest in the Flemish ensemble's fresh, new approach, which led to intensive collaboration. In the mid-1980s the ensemble acquired international fame and was invited to all the major concert halls and music festivals of Europe, Israel, the United States, Russian, South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
The repertoire of Collegium Vocale Ghent is not limited to one particular stylistic period. The ensemble's greatest strength is that it can put together the ideal combination of voices for performing Renaissance polyphony, Classical and Romantic oratorios or contemporary music. Since 2009 a collaboration has been set up with the Accademia Chigiana in Siena for the performance of the major symphonic repertoire and recruitment of singers at the European level. Baroque music, and in particular the works of J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, is the mainstay of the ensemble's concert schedule.
For more than three decades, the Colorado Children's Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit. In recognition of its artistic excellence, the Chorale was awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the prestigious El Pomar Award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities.
In some ways Comedian Harmonists might be called the first German boy group. Inspired by the American group 'The Revelers', Harry Frommermann published an ad in a local newspaper, auditioned and finally founded an ensemble consisting of 3 tenors, a baritone, a bass and a pianist.
After considerable training they met with initial success and rose to immense popularity. Sold out shows, records and movie appearances crowned their success.
However, the advent of Hitler's regime smashed their plans, as three group members were Jewish. They split and both parts tried to repeat the success with replacements - the Jewish members in the United States and the other three in Germany. Neither of them succeeded.
Committed is an a cappella singing group comprised of six educated, young, men who love creativity, music, and God. The group began in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy and solidified their sound while at school at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. Committed has grown to be a very sought after a cappella group for many events around the United States, and also overseas.
Committed has been compared to many a cappella groups like Take 6 and Boyz II Men. However, what sets Committed apart is their versatility. Four out of six of the members are instrumentalists and all of them are able to sing various styles of music from gospel, pop, R&B, contemporary worship, and jazz. Their versatility and goal to inspire all they encounter has kept them creative and has placed them on major stages such as NBC's "The Sing Off."
Common Voice is the Community Choir of West Marin, singing uplifting group harmony songs and chants from around the world. All voices are welcome, and absolutely no music or singing experience is required. Common Voice is a nonprofit program of Sound Orchard.
If you're looking for a nationally and internationally recognized music program, with performance organizations to match, you've come to the right place. Concordia's seven majors, nationally broadcast Concordia Christmas Concerts, 17 music ensembles and more than 700 private lessons taught each week by Concordia's 45 music faculty members, are an integral part of life here.
A Concordia music major will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, from professional musician, to music teacher, conductor, composer and more. Many students choose to minor in music, to complement their other studies. Even more choose to play in one of our music ensembles, making music an important part of their life at Concordia, even though it is not their major area of study.
"Save Your Confederate money, boys, the South shall rise again!" That song by The Confederates, 1956 International Champions, was to go down in history, and the quartet went on to become a true legend within the Society over the next 13 years. Organized at a Memphis Chapter party in September 1953. The Confederates were a popular quartet even before they won the championship. Composed of George Evans, tenor; Dave LeBonte, lead; Bill "Buz" Busby, bari; and Wally Singelton, bass; the foursome appeared in authentic looking Confederate officer uniforms, complete with dress swords, or as white-haired, frock-coated Southern "Colonels." But it was the songs they sang, the arrangements they introduced, and the way they sang them that contributed even more to their fame. Chloe, Read Head, Down Where the South Begins, and A Nightingale Sang in Barkeley Square are only a few of the songs still identified with The Confederates. In their first International Contest in 1954 they finished 31st. But the next year, in Miami, they leaped to second place, and in 1956, in Minneapolis, The Confederates won the gold.
Consort Chorale, founded in 1994 and directed by Allan Robert Petker, is an audition-only group of select singers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are dedicated to the chorale art form. Consort singers are committed to achieveing choral excellence across a broad spectrum of musical eras and styles. Every summer for the past ten years, the group has gathered for a solid week of rehearsals, culminating in a standing-room-only concert of choral classics from the Baroque age to the modern era. This unique "intensive" format provides an opportunity for singers to fine tune their skills while sharing their love of choral music through the ages.
Conspirare was founded in 1991 as the New Texas Festival to present a summer classical music festival in Austin, Texas. Since then, the organization has grown rapidly to become an internationally recognized, professional choral organization that combines outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming. Led by founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is comprised of two performing ensembles and an educational program.
A chamber choir ("Conspirare") of extraordinarily talented singers from around the country is presented in an annual concert series in Austin, other Texas communities, and locations in the U.S. and abroad. The Conspirare Symphonic Choir of both professional and volunteer singers performs at least one large choral/orchestral work annually. The Conspirare Youth Choirs is an education and performance program for singers ages 8-16, who learn and perform in two separate ensembles, Kantorei and the Conspirare Children's Choir.
A delightfully anachronistic vocal quartet, Constellation sings an eclectic bundle of quirky custom arrangements and classic barbershop tunes. These four dapper gents reach for the stars and travel far -- sometimes literally, often metaphorically -- in search of musical adventure, and revel in sharing the treasures they've unearthed in their three years of singing together. Constellation: A stellar combination.
Since 1984 the Contra Costa Children's Chorus (CCCC) has been providing high quality choral music education to children in the San Francisco East Bay. Co-founded by Iris Lamanna and Sandy Warner, and now under the artistic direction of Andrew Brown, the chorus continues to enrich the musical life of its members, their families, and the community at large. Over the years the chorus has grown to include 4 choir levels, 2 Honors ensembles, a Summer Music Institute, and its own summer musical theatre program Theatre Arts for Kids.
We perform concerts in the fall and spring in East Bay venues, singing two concerts for each set. Occasionally, we have been asked to sing at various events in the area such as appearances in 2014 at the Home Front Festival and the California Alliance for Retired Americans. During December the singers also perform in smaller groups singing carols at Rossmoor, Mechanics Bank, National Park Service functions and other businesses and events. These appearances are great fundraisers and lots of fun!
Cool & Jazzy, vocal a cappella group, the Winner of Ward Swingle Award, laureate and winner of international contests and festivals, promotes the live, dynamic and energetic music ranging from classic to house, including jazz, jazz-rock, fusion, latino, pop, rock, folk and buff with show elements. We sing in main world languages like English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ukrainian and Georgian. We create our own arrangements that possess the label "made by Cool & Jazzy".
The Copenhagen Boys Choir, also known as The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is one of Scandinavia's oldest choral foundations and one which is richly steeped in tradition.
The high artistic standard which has characterized the choir for 75 years has been achieved by means of the unique vocal training the choristers receive at Sankt Annae Gymnasium, The Copenhagen Municipal Choir School, and from the choir's duties at Copenhagen Cathedral.
The choir has gained an international reputation through its interpretation of the works of the major composers of the renaissance and baroque eras in particular and of 20th century choral music for boys' and men's voices. COPENHAGEN ROYAL CHAPEL CHOIR gives a considerable number of concerts in Denmark and all over the world.
The Copenhagen Girls' Choir rates among the best of its kind in Denmark and has its home at the Sankt Annae Gymnasium, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School. The Choir has a broad repertoire with special focus on new music and popular music. Many composers of stature have felt persuaded to write for the choir, among them Knut Nystedt, Ib Norholm, Svend S. Schultz, Thomas Clausen, Leif Kayser and Michael Bojesen. This music is often taken up by other girls' choirs. The choir also performs older music by composers such as Gabriel Faure and Johs. Brahms.
The Copenhagen Girls' Choir is characterized by its homogenous sound, partly resulting from the fact that the girls are of the same age, partly a result of the careful voice-training that all the pupils of the Sankt Annae Gymnasium go through.
The Copley Cats began in 1985 by a group of Mount Holyoke graduates who missed the close harmony singing they had in college as members of the V-8s, the oldest collegiate women's a cappella group in the country. Through auditions, the Copley Cats have expanded to encompass many women of different backgrounds and experiences. The current Copley Cats include professionals, graduate students, and stay-at-home moms.
Copper Wimmin are three obstreperous young women who set audiences on fire with their brilliant lyrics, haunting voices and fierce harmonies. They create a sacred hurricane of sound which leaves their audiences spellbound and often, in tears. Creating a buzz wherever they go, these vocal amazons have been singing together since they were twelve years old. They have evolved a sound so moving, so pure, that upon hearing them many recall a collective memory in which women sang together in caves and cathedrals before time began.
Copper Wimmin are a sonic epiphany. They weave their voices together so expertly that it is hard to know where one voice ends and the other begins. The combined impact of the arrangements, lyrical content and outrageous stage presence is that of a sublime sledgehammer effortlessly crashing through the door that separates the soulless from the sacred. Also appearing on the Bay Area Regionals stage in 1999, they were also finalists in the Lilith Fair talent search.
Coro Cervantes is a unique professional chamber choir. Through its performances and recordings it aims to bring the music of Iberia and Latin America to audiences everywhere.
Founded by its director Carlos Fernandez Aransay under the auspices of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Coro Cervantes made its first public appearance at the Spanish Embassy in 1996. It has since performed at London venues including St. James Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and gave its sold-out 10th anniversary concert at the Wigmore Hall. In 2009 we performed the inaugural concert of the National Gallery exhibition The Sacred made Real, and we have started 2010 with a concert in Madrid, part of the Sacred Art Festival.
Founded in 1950, with the name of 'The Classical Singers' was directed by Roberto Pla until 1952, when he becomes a' National Radio Choir, "directed by Odon Alonso until 1958, when it happened to be directed by Alberto Blancafort. Posteriormente han sido titulares: Pedro Pirfano , Pascual Ortega , Jordi Casas , Miguel Amantegui y Laszlo Heltay , Mariano Alfonso y en la actualidad Josep Vil a. Subsequently have held: Pedro Pirfano, Pascual Ortega, Jordi Casas, Miguel Amantegui and Laszlo Heltay, Mariano Alfonso and now Vil Josep a.
Esta considerado como uno de los mejores conjuntos corales de Espana , y su labor en el campo de nuestra polifonia profana y religiosa no tiene parangon; asimismo en su repertorio figuran numerosas obras contemporaneas de compositores nacionales y extranjeros. He is considered one of the best choral ensembles from Spain, and its work in the field of our religious and secular polyphony is unparalleled, also in his repertoire includes many contemporary works of local and foreign composers.
More so, perhaps, than any other music ensemble in the State, Coro Hispano de San Francisco draws its listeners off the beaten path of standard repertoire, crossing over into new sounds, finding new delight in old sounds, exploring traditions still alive and vibrant, but unknown to mainstream ears.
Founded in 1975 to celebrate the bicentenary of Mission San Francisco, Coro's first members were largely from the City's Mission District; 92% Spanish-speaking, more than half without prior music-making experience. Educational outreach to the community has always been an integral part of Coro's mission. Its first concert drew an audience of more than 500, who stood in applause for ten minutes. Today, though totally professional in its performance standards, Coro holds true to its original identity: a community chorus of the Spanish-speaking of the Bay Area, open to all with requisite skills and a love of its defining repertory.
We are one of the most active companies in the region when it comes to local A&R and we are constantly adding new signings to our diverse roster. The Cosmos Music Group catalogue covers most music genres and today consists of nearly one thousand album masters.
The digital division is called IODA Nordic and through IODA Nordic, Cosmos Music Group's artists and labels will have access to comprehensive digital distribution and targeted, automated marketing services in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland as well as the rest of the world. IODA's worldwide network, which spans every major music market, will provide Cosmos Music Group's labels with the ability to more actively build their international fan bases.
Robert De Cormier acted as music director of the New York Choral Society for seventeen years and under his leadership the group became renowned for its high standard of excellence in choral singing and unique variety of programming. As Music Director Emeritus he guest conducted a performance of the Verdi Requiem in 1990, the Berlioz Requiem at St. Paul's Cathedral, New York City in 1992 and the premiere of a commissioned work, the Missa Iona in 1993 at St. Bartholomew's in New York City. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. De Cormier's other conducting engagements have taken him from Broadway and opera to the Berkshire Choral Institute, the Zimriya World Assembly of Choirs in Israel and numerous concert tours throughout the United States and Canada with his own professional group, the Robert De Cormier Singers. He spent many years as conductor and arranger for Harry Belafonte and has been music director for the popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary for the past twenty years.
Considered one of the best examples of a barbershop quartet ever produced by Sweet Adelines, The Cracker Jills brought to the stage a distinctive sound, credited in large part to Renee Limburg Craig's experience as a professional pop singer and to the sheer musicality of the foursome. They continued to thrill audiences until their retirement in 1967, marked by a one-quartet show at the Philadelphia Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA.
The quartet members distinguished themselves in other ways as well: Judy Rowell served as Sweet Adelines' international president, 1964-66; Renee Craig (who began singing on the radio at the age of 3) was named to Sweet Adelines' original musical arrangements committee, which secured publication of the first women's barbershop arrangements and developed a program of arranger education.
Crossroads is the new "superquartet" on the Barbershop Block, formed of four singers who are former BHS International Gold medalists in their own right, tenor Fred Farrell, lead Mike Slamka, bass Jim Henry and baritone Brandon Guyton. Henry won Gold in 1993 as a founding member and arranger of the legendary Gas House Gang, and is currently musical and artistic director of the 160-voice Ambassadors of Harmony. Guyton pocketed Gold in 2002 with Four Voices, Slamka sang his way to Gold with 2003 champs Power Play, and Farrell wore Gold with 1989 Quartet champs Second Edition. With this much vocal and arranging talent and experience, it came as no great surprise that newly-formed Crossroads struck Gold again in Anaheim, CA in 2009!
In just over 25 years Crouch End Festival Chorus has established itself as one Britain's major choruses, and has gained both national and international recognition. Based in north London, the choir grew from a small start: enthusiasts handing out leaflets outside a local supermarket in summer 1984 asking for singers for Verdi's Requiem. In 2008 the choir returned to this work - this time in its fifth BBC Proms appearance at the Royal Albert Hall - and after singing Berlioz at the world's greatest classical music festival in 2009, we were invited back to sing Mahler's 8th Symphony at the First Night of the Proms in 2010. It's a measure of how far the chorus has come in a relatively short time.
Crystal Children's Choir was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994. Since then, it has grown into a 1,000 member organization. The choir's mission is to strive for choral music excellence by providing choral music education to children and blending the best of Eastern and Western musical traditions.
>Crystal Children's Choir has toured Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America, and has performed at prestigious venues including St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican, Taipei National Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Beijing Concert Hall. Crystal Children's Choir also received numerous invitations to perform in the CMEA Convention and the 2004 National Kodaly Educators Conventions. In 2006, the choir was selected to perform at the MENC 60th National Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Crystal Children's Choir also made two appearances at the ACDA Western Division Convention in 2002 and 2006 and was honored to p
Crystal Clear brings over 90 years of barbershop singing experience to the stage. Melissa, Chris, Susie, and Tabby joined together as Crystal Clear in December of 1997, and won their first Regional competition in late spring of 1998, when Chris was nine months pregnant with her daughter, Christal! Over the following years, Crystal Clear won their regional competition twice, were crowned the first ever female Grand Champions at the Buckeye Invitational competion, and have competed at the international level eight times. We are proudly ranked fifteenth in the world by Sweet Adelines International for 2005-2006.
Voce is the premier vocal jazz ensemble at Cuesta Community College in California. Since it's inception in 1981, the ensemble has toured extensively through the West Coast and has toured Europe eight times. Voce has received numerous awards including an Outstanding Performance Award from Downbeat Magazine, First Place at the 1998 Reno Jazz Festival, Second Place at the 2003 Reno Jazz Festival, and invitations to perform at the 26th and 30th Annual Conferences of the International Association of Jazz Educators in 1998 and 2003. In 2005 Voce was one of three vocal jazz ensembles from the nation that performed, by special invitation, at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Voce also traveled to Europe in 2005 with the Cuesta Chamber Singers. The tour included two performances at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Voce returned to Europe in summer 2008 to perform at the Festival en Provence in France. Voce has recently released two CDs, "Just One of Those Things," in April 2007 and "Timepieces" in January 2008.
For the past four years, the accapella quartet Curious Blend has been delighting audiences with its eclectic mix of original compositions, pop songs, world music, show tunes, and jazz. What's the recipe for our success? Take four talented singers: Randi, Jen, Craig, and Mike. Stir in rich harmonies from a wide range of musical styles. Blend and blend until the sound is silky and smooth. Beat in syncopated rhythms and off-beat comedy. Whip until lively and fun. The result: a blendiferous combination of harmony and humor. Serve hot all over the Bay Area.
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