In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
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Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble, a chamber choir of professional singers, was founded in 1979 and enters its 31st season in 2010-2011. Led by Elmer Thomas, Founding Director, from 1979-1988, Earl Rivers, Director Emeritus, from 1988-2008, and beginning his tenure in 2009, Donald Nally, VAE offers an annual subscription series of distinguished choral programs in notable architectural and acoustic venues throughout Greater Cincinnati. In addition, VAE produces outreach programs for children, youth and seniors, as well as recordings for local and national broadcasts. Our achievements over 30 seasons include two ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Awards for "Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music," broadcasts on 220 National Public Radio stations through "The First Art," performances before conventions of the American Choral Directors Association in San Antonio and Chicago, and appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival.
Officially, The Vocal Majority Chorus is the Dallas Metropolitan Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Not one of the 12 men who gathered on that first cold night of December 2, 1971, could have imagined the success of the VM. They wanted to form a chapter that would become the finest singing ensemble in the world. So, under the guidance of founder, first president, and marketing director Bob Arnold, the Chorus was born, and Ray Anthony consented to be the first director in April of 1972.
Vocal Point was founded in the tradition of college glee-clubs, but the group propels a cappella music far beyond its traditional bounds. Chosen through an extensive audition process, the nine members of Vocal Point combine rich vocal talent with clever arrangements and staging in an electrifying concert program. As one of BYU's newest musical ensembles, Vocal Point has established itself as one of the most popular singing groups on campus. It has also won a strong following from its performances and workshops throughout the western United States.
Vocal Spectrum has been singing together since 2003. The members of the quartet come from various musical backgrounds, from classical vocal training to jammin' in rock-n-roll bands. These 4 young men, who graduated from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, all majored in different fields of study. V.S was originally formed as a one-time educational quartet to sing for a local high school and has never stopped singing since! V.S. has traveled to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Russia, England, Japan, New Zealand and throughout the United States singing for various shows and conventions as well as teaching high school students about barbershop harmony. Vocal Spectrum has had the privilege of singing the National Anthem at the St. Louis Ram's Monday Night Football Game, to Russian National Television. Jim Henry and David Wright assist with coaching and arrangements for the quartet. All members of the quartet sing with the Ambassadors of Harmony (2004 International Chorus Champions). In July of 2004, Vocal Spectrum won the 2004 International Collegiate Quartet Contest held in Louisville, KY. And on July 8th, 2006 won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Contest - becoming the first quartet to win all 3 possible medals (Collegiate Quartet, Men's Quartet, and Chorus Medal)
Utilizing close harmonies and traditional "old-time" gospel treatment of songs, The Vocal Union has brought audiences to their feet in Tulsa, Nashville, Cincinnati, many other cities from Texas to Ohio to Alabama -and points in between. Family Bookstore managers expressed enthusiasm for the power of The Vocal Union's singing when VU performed at their annual convention in Grand Rapids, MI, along with Bryan Duncan, Cindy Morgan, Amy Morris, John Elefante, and others. In fact, The Vocal Union received three standing ovations and were asked to perform an encore at the end of the entire show! VU has more recently appeared on stage with the Kingsmen Quartet, 'Nharmony, and The Cumberland Boys. Calling on years of singing and recording experience as well as a rich heritage of Southern Gospel roots, The Vocal Union's members bring a cappella musical expertise, enthusiasm, and deep feeling to their performances.
Founded in 1969 under the name Plymouth Music Series, VocalEssence is recognized internationally for innovative exploration of music for voices and instruments. Each year the organization presents an engaging collection of concerts featuring the 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus and its core group, the 32-voice professional mixed chorus called the Ensemble Singers, along with soloists and instrumentalists. There is no organization quite like VocalEssence in its range, variety and quality of performance.
The Plymouth Music Series was founded by Philip Brunelle, now one of Minnesota's most recognized musical entrepreneurs, as an arts outreach program of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The Series immediately established the marks of its future success: world, United States, and Midwest premieres; famous guest artists; commissions of new works (over 115 to date); and a reputation for surprise.
Vocalogy is a vocal jazz quintet which brings an exciting and distinctive sound to the world of vocal music. Vocalogy has delighted audiences internationally in festivals, concerts, clinics and clubs since the groups formation in 1998.
Christine Guter (Helferich) is the group's dynamic lead singer; tenors David Thorne Scott and John Knutson, baritone Gerhard Guter, and bass Chris Morey provide rock-solid harmonies and take outstanding solo features. The group utilizes its range of five-and-a-half octaves to execute intricate and vocally demanding material in a way that seems effortless. They thrill audiences with their improvised solos, tight ensemble work, and dazzling harmonies.
Vocalogy arose from an artist-in-residency program under Grammy-Award nominee Phil Mattson. Now self-directed, Vocalogy performs a collection of their own innovative arrangements.
Vocolot takes its name from the English word "vocal" and the Hebrew word "kolot" meaning voices. Since 1988, they have been performing for audiences across the United States in English and Hebrew, with a sprinkling of Yiddish, Latino, Arabic and American Sign Languages. Vocolot draws upon ancient and contemporary sources that evoke the power of centuries of women's repertoire, primarily composed by Linda Hirschhorn, and mixes traditional modes with Folk, Jazz and Classical idioms to create an innovative sound. They are a California Arts Council Touring Artist and perform internationally, uplifting and enthralling audiences of all ages with songs of celebration, community and Jewish heritage.
Voena (Voices of Eve 'N Angels), founded in 1994, has performed for Presidents Clinton and Bush in Washington D.C. and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. As goodwill ambassadors, they have toured with their message of celebrating global diversity to China, Mexico, Italy, Greece, and Japan - from the White House, Mondavi Music Festival, Davies Hall to Carnegie Hall. With 100 + voices ranging in age from 6 to 18, VOENA achieves rich and inventive a cappella vocal arrangements by using multiple percussion instruments, dance, and theatrical elements, performing in a splash of color, and embracing our many cultural differences.
Voice Male has been made up of six very different individuals who somehow found each other over 16 years ago. With the passing of Phil Kesler, they have decided to honor his wish that Voice Male continue on. John Luthy came up with the Voice Male concept while singing with some of the guys in the Logan LDS Institute Choir. Soon nine guys set out to sing at every event they could get their hands on. You might have recognized them from such events as Timmy's 3rd birthday party or the 4th ward Relief Society social. A year later, they lost three members and unfortunately, none of them were ever found. Over the years, they expanded their reach further and further, traveling to several states and to Mexico, performing over 120 songs for thousands of fans. They have been blessed to have many enriching opportunities to perform in great locations for great people. Considering this is not their day job, they are lucky to pull together and accomplish anything at this point. They all graduated into careers ranging from Computer Networking to Real Estate to Law. When they are not working or singing, they are enjoying time with their supportive wives and children. The latest tally: 20 children who like to call each other Voice Male Cousins. Who knows what is in store for the future of Voice Male. It doesn't really matter, because the past has been pretty great.
Voices of Praise is an a cappella male quartet from Gladys, Virginia. Founded by David Gingerich, we began singing together in 1987. Dave had a vision for forming a group that loved the Lord and loved singing, and would be willing to donate time and energy in a part-time music ministry. He began working on this vision in 1985 by inviting several young men to sing with him a quartet. Not all the initial members shared the vision for intensive ministry, but by the fall of 1987 three men, Kelvin Good, Jon Zehr, and Bruce Ramer joined Dave to form Voice of Praise.
At first we gave a few local programs, singing at revival meetings and church homecomings. But before long we felt a call to share through song on a wider scale, and began going on occasional tours. Because we are a part-time ministry and all of us hold "normal" jobs, our tours have been limited primarily to a week long annual tour in addition to several weekend tours and local programs.
Voice Trek has been thrilling listeners with their impeccable vocal skills since 1987. Their astonishing adaptability and inventive arrangements have defined this vocal quintet as one of the topmost in their genre. Based in Minnesota, the all-original members of Voice Trek are Shelley, Vicki, and Rae Plaster - three sisters who are known for their dazzling vocal mix; the group's tenor, Denis Allaire, specialist in vocal percussion and vocal instrumental sounds; and bringing up the bass is the dynamic Kevin Smith - the irreplaceable bottom line.
A multitalented and prolific group with numerous CD's in their catalog, Voice Trek has appeared in performance venues around the globe. Voice Trek's newly released CD "An A cappella Trek" is already receiving enthusiastic reviews from fans and critics alike.
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Though the name has changed, the sound remains ever as magical. Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay (formerly 42Five) performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation.
VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.
VIH's repertoire is diverse and encompasses music from the classics to jazz, contemporary to patriotic, pop and traditional choral selections.
Voices in Harmony was founded in 2006 is based in San Jose, California, under the masterful musical direction of Dr. Greg Lyne. Under his leadership, VIH has rapidly become one of the finest a cappella choruses in the world. In July 2008, it traveled to Nashville, TN, to compete in the annual International Choral Competition of the Barbershop Harmony Society, its professional organization, and achieved a 3rd Place Bronze Medal. The competition pits the top 30 choruses of more than 800 choruses around the world.
Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, founded and directed by conductor Dennis Keene, is one of the world's premier professional choral ensembles. The ensemble's annual series of concerts in New York City, now in their 20th season, and recordings on Delos International have received unalloyed critical acclaim. The singers of Voices of Ascension are among the finest ensemble singers in the United States. Most are active as soloists as well. Artistic Director Dennis Keene has blended this group of New York's finest professional singers into a richly satisfying ensemble, unique in its flexibility and artistic command of choral music of every period and style. The number of singers in the ensemble varies according to the works performed, usually ranging from 20 to 40.
Excellence in harmony, spirit, and performance depicts Lee University's newest choral troupe. Since their debut in September '94, their intense musical focus has captivated audiences worldwide. Directed by Danny Murray, this sixteen-member group is characterized by their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, as well as heart-felt gospel favorites. The Voices of Lee have appeared on "Good Morning America", Bill Gaither's "Familyfest", and in some of America's most noted churches and conferences such as Christ Church of Nashville, Tennessee. Their convention appearances have taken them from Israel to Ontario and numerous U.S. cities.
The Liberty Voices is a world famous, eight part a cappella group that sings Americana, Folk and Patriotic Songs. Be inspired by this 8-part a capella group that harmonizes under the acoustically pure dome in the glorious rotunda of the American Adventure Pavilion. Enjoy such classics as "Ol' Man River," "Yankee Doodle" and "Amazing Grace."
Hear the perfect harmony of "the United States vocal ambassadors to the world" for yourself! Voices of Liberty performs at different times throughout the day, so be sure to check the Times Guide at Epcot to know exactly when you can catch it.
They have performed for five United States Presidents... and looking forward to more! They have toured the country, been featured on national television and various parades.We perform at national as well as international conventions.
Volti's professional vocalists, under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Robert Geary, are dedicated to the discovery, creation, and performance of new vocal music. The ensemble's mission is to encourage, foster and showcase contemporary American music and composers, and to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences.
In the fall of 1979, Robert Geary established The San Francisco Chamber Singers, opening that first season with an all-Bach program. Quickly favoring the music of Benjamin Britten, the choir soon began to sharpen its focus on today's music, and by the 1990s was focusing almost exclusively on premieres and commissions by living composers from the U.S. and abroad.
The organization was founded in January 1997 by Dr. Iris S. Levine and Stacey L. Poston. When the 21 founding members of Vox Femina Los Angeles (VFLA) first appeared on stage as guest artists with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) in April 1997, their much-heralded debut added a sparkling new dimension to the cultural life of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region.
Since that time, VFLA has quickly established itself as one of the premier women's choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its mission through an aggressive schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach . VFLA has demonstrated its support and encouragement of living composers through commissioning new works.
Vox Musica was founded in 2006 in a niche of untapped potential in Sacramento's budding classical music scene. This twelve-voiced women's ensemble enjoys the privileged position of nurturing the choral arts by combining oustanding vocal artistry with innovative programming. Vox Musica is committed to excellence in performance of diverse and challenging choral literature for women's voices and is dedicated to promoting new works, including many premiers and commissioned works. Through collaborations with composers, conductors, choirs and musicians from around the world, Vox Musica's featured concert projects have included collected works from the eighteenth-century Venitian Ospedali, eastern music from India, Persia, and Georgia, and a concert of music for Taiko Drums and Women's Voices. Vox Musica has released one compact disc, has presented dual concert seasons in both Sacramento and Napa, and has been a featured artist on the prestigious Old First Concert Series in San Francisco.
Vox One is an award-winning a cappella jazz quintet that combines elements of blues, funk, gospel, and folk into their own brand of vocal music, which is "most adventurous and distinctive." - San Francisco Examiner. The group, formed in 1988, has since developed a unique style considered to be the cutting edge of a cappella. "This jazz quintet puts all kinds of throat sounds to such funky good use that listeners break into applause and - better - feel like dancing." - Boston Magazine.
Vox One has performed internationally, and has opened for Ray Charles, Chicago, the Persuasions, the Bobs, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The group earns wide acclaim for their performances and CDs. Their awards include "Best A cappella Group, Jazz" - Boston Magazine. Vox One's eponymous debut CD was named "Best Album" and awarded "Best Song" by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA): "Creative arrangements and soulful spark... fabulous lead vocalists, and exquisite blend, a great vocal percussion sound, and lots of class." Their second US release "Out There," won "Album of the Year," "Best Jazz Song," and "Best R&B song" by CASA. "...as defining an album for vocal jazz as Singers Unlimited "A Capella" and Take 6's debut album...it's that good." - Primarily A Cappella. With their 1998 album "Chameleon," Vox One was named "Artist of the Year," and once again it earned "Best Jazz Album" and "Best Jazz Song."
Vybration was formed in 2001 to perform at Disney's California Adventure under the name "Groove 66". The band quickly became the park's most popular atmosphere group. Its members are some of the most powerful, versatile, and in demand vocalists in all of Southern California with resume credits spanning from broadway, television, and film, to orignial rock bands, and pioneering modern music projects. Vybration is unlike many acapella sextets out there, covering a variety of music that includes traditional jazz tunes like Blue Skies and Fly Me to the Moon, rock n roll songs like Lenny Kravitz's Fly Away, pop hits such as Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin Something and many many more. All that have witnessed the magic in music that Vybration creates can tell you that, "Vybration is a force to be reckoned with!"
The Washington Men's Camerata was founded by its members in 1984 to perform, promote and preserve the rich legacy of men's choral music. In support of its mission, the Camerata seeks to: 1) present concerts of the highest artistic quality to the widest possible audience; 2) educate young people and generate interest on their part in choral music; 3) collaborate with orchestras, other ensembles and recording companies in performances and recordings of the men's choral repertoire; 4) through the Demetrius Project, our National Repository Library of Men's Choral Music, preserve and share worthy collections of music that are no longer in use; and 5) encourage composers to write music for male chorus by promoting and performing newly composed men's chorus works.
West Side 5, an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble based in New York City, is known for its refined sound and sophisticated approach to jazz. Inspired by greats like Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and The Real Group, WS5 has crafted its own unique sound, characterized by highly original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship.
The group formed in the summer of 2009, bringing together five old college friends on the west side of Manhattan. They immediately garnered acclaim, winning the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes while being voted Audience Favorite and winning Best Arrangement for "Pure Imagination". They went on to be featured artists at the SingStrong A Cappella Festival, and have performed alongside groups including Blue Jupiter, Streetcorner Symphony, and The Bobs, as well as for Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in New York.
A funny thing happened to the Western Continentals on their way to the 1968 International championship. In 1965, only a year after they first got together, Dr. Curt Kimball, Ted Bradshaw, Paul Graham and Terry Diedrich placed eighth in the International competition.v
Then Curt, the tenor, was called to service in Vietnam and was replaced by Al Mau. They dropped to 21st in '66. They went to Los Angeles in '67, not only with Al but with a new bass, Phil Foote, replacing Terry. They won the silver medals. The next year, in Cincinnati, they captured the gold.
If a native Arizonan still lived in Phoenix in the 1960s, he wasn't with the Continentals. Al was from Wisconsin, Ted (the lead) from Ohio, Paul (bari) from Michigan, and Phil from Detroit (by way of El Paso, thanks to the Air Force). Curt had come from Oklahoma.
Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet, The Western Wind, has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble's repertoire reveals its diverse background - from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock 'n' roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies.
In addition to maintaining a demanding performance schedule, which has included such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, ArtPark, The Ordway Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, The Frick Museum, The Jewish Museum, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Western Wind regularly conducts Workshops in Ensemble Singing. The workshops, attended by vocalists ranging from novice to professional, address the particular challenges of singing in small, largely un-conducted ensembles.
Setting the standard for choral excellence for 90 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts, in Princeton, N.J. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The ensemble's 2010-2011 season includes a concert tour of Florida, performances at its home in Princeton, a broadcast of Westminster's annual An Evening of Readings and Carols holiday concert and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA.
Its second recording with Maestro Miller, Noel, was released in September. A collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, the recording also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo-soprano of our era, and organist Ken Cowan, a member of Westminster's faculty. The recording is also the centerpiece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noel - A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin.
Under the direction of Justin Miller, The Westminster Chorus is the 2009 'Choir of the World' Pavarotti Trophy winner and the International Chorus Gold Medalist of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 2010 & 2007. Uniquely composed of young and committed singers, the chorus in its current formation has been in existence for seven years. Motivated by the joy of joining with other young brothers in harmonious song, the chorus is truly grateful for the recent recognition it has earned and thrilled for the new performances and competitions to soon come.
Wheelhouse officially formed in January 2002 and consist of four die-hard barbershoppers. Yes, these are the men you've seen wandering aimlessly about, in search of three other willing souls to help ring just one precious barbershop chord. We are the "tag hogs", "lobby rats", and "chord worshippers" your parents warned you about. One thing is for sure, and that's our love and dedication to creating the most beautiful, vocal music possible.
Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale's most celebrated traditions.
More than 100 years ago, on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club's best singers convened at Mory's Temple Bar to escape the cold. Louis Linder, the tavern's barkeep and a music aficionado, welcomed them in, beginning an institution that survives to this day.
Of those original five singers, four were members of the Glee Club's prestigious Varsity Quartet, a group that sang together regularly at various alumni events. Unwilling to restrict themselves to performances at public functions, the group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory's, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved so well. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers.
"Who's Your Daddy!": A Playlist For Today's Rock & Roll Fathers
For better or worse, we've come a long way from the days when rock & roll was an entirely pure form of generational rebellion. Even in my lifetime, I've seen fathers go from older dudes who yelled, "Turn that racket down!" to roving bands of aging dads in jeans and t-shirts who are more likely to ask the kids if they can sit in and jam with their emo bands. Where I live, when a dad tells you that he's taking his kid hunting, he generally means record hunting at Amoeba Music.
On 9 Jan. 1938 the group adopted the (Image)(Image) name Wings Over Jordan Choir and The Wings Over Jordan national broadcasting began. WOJC Choir, ca. 1940s. WRHS. performed a decade long series of weekly, sometimes daily, programs for CBS and WGAR exclusively. WOJC was the first full-time professional black choir in America. At its height, the choir performed before sold-out, non-segregated audiences in over 40 states, 5 European countries, Canada, and Mexico. During WORLD WAR II, under USO sponsorship, WOJC toured Army camps in Europe. WOJC's fame resulted in the publication of a songbook and record album, a movie contract, performances with major symphony orchestras, and an invitation to sing at the White House. The choir received numerous honors, including radio's prestigious Peabody Award.
African American Sacred Harp singing conventions in southeastern Alabama began near the last third of the 19th century. While singing, for the most part, the same repertory of Sacred Harp music as their Anglo American counterparts, a vocal stylistic difference is clearly apparent.
During a typical convention singing the participants arrange themselves in a square according to voice part, the basses facing the trebles, and the tenors facing the altos. A song leader stands in the middle of the square leading the singers first through the notes to the songs and then through the lyrics, a practice emanating from the traditional singing school classes, where singers are taught to sing the notes and then the words.
The original members of Wise Guys met in 1995. From the beginning, the biggest obstacle was getting together for rehearsals. You see, the quartet members have never lived in the same city. Over the history of the quartet, the guys have lived in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Orlando and Gainesville, Florida as well as in Atlanta GA, Raleigh NC, and Columbia SC. Whew! In the fall of 1998, they became Sunshine District (State of Florida) Champions. Wise Guys have continued to compete with the best quartets in the world and are currently ranked 27th internationally. Today, the quartet consists of four experienced performers with a variety of musical backgrounds. As you will read, a couple of the guys are professional musicians. Their comedic flair continues to delight audiences around the globe. As if their music wasn't big enough, with a minimum height of six foot three inches tall, the fingertip-to-fingertip span of this svelte foursome resembles that of Boeing 747. The common thread between them is the love of entertaining audiences, thus these gentle giants have begun carving their own niche in the Barbershop Harmony Society as well as in the hearts of many.
The Women's Chorus of Dallas promotes the strength, diversity and joy of women by performing high quality music to entertain, inspire and serve the community.
The vision of The Women's Chorus of Dallas is to be a recognized choral group providing musical excellence and contributing to the community in a positive manner through entertainment and the support of women's causes. Through this commitment, we will be united in our mission to embrace diversity, empower women, increase in number and continue to be an integral part of the community in order to inspire the soul, touch the heart and impact the lives of all who come to hear us.
Since 1965 WomenSing has engaged and delighted audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Their reputation for excellence draws members from the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Singing with a vibrant and beautifully blended sound, WomenSing programs include both the traditional and the unexpected, featuring great landmarks of the treble repertoire, seldom-performed works, new music, commissions from nationally recognized composers, and familiar music from all eras. Performances include rewarding collaborations with major performing groups such as San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Jubilate Orchestra, California Shakespeare Theatre, Dimensions Dance Theater of Oakland, Piedmont East Bay Children's Choirs, and Contra Costa Children's Chorus and the finest Bay Area musicians.
World Voices was formed in 1996 by Dr. Karle Erickson, Artistic Director & Conductor. An experience in New York City one summer in the late 1950's was the influence that steered him into beginning a musical ensemble that exclusively performs global music. He spent 6 weeks in the Bronx with young people of all races, colors and creeds. He wanted to use music as a means to bring people together, to help get rid of the stereotypes and prejudices, to think outside our own comfortable boxes, and to further open our minds and souls to the fascinating differences and similarities that arise from varying cultural backgrounds. Thus began the choral ensemble identified as "Karle Erickson's Metropolitan Chorale. "
The original version of Yesteryear was formed in February 1984. Over the years, 5 personnel changes lead to the present foursome. We placed in the top twenty at our first international contest in July 1992 in New Orleans. In 1993, we broke into the top ten, placing 8t in Calgary, Canada. We then took our Johnny Appleseed District crown that October. our first medal came in July 1994, receiving a bronze for third place in Pittsburg, PA. July 1995, saw us win the silver medal in Miami Beach, FL, and again the silver in Salt Lake City, UT in 1996. Then on July 5th, 1997, we were named "International Champions."
For more than two decades, the Young People's Chorus of New York City has provided children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance, while maintaining a model of artistic excellence and harmony that enriches the community.
YPC was founded by YPC Artistic Director Francisco J. Nunez in 1988 and has become one of the most celebrated and influential children's choruses in the world, performing around the globe, releasing acclaimed recordings from across the musical spectrum, and collaborating with many of the most highly regarded composers, performers, and organizations of our time. Through its celebrated Transient Glory series of concerts, publications, and CDs, the chorus has commissioned well over 50 new works from composers that include Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, and MacArthur "genius" grant winners and regularly collaborates with such major artists and institutions as Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops, the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, the Kronos Quartet, and American Ballet Theatre, among many others.
Yumiko Matsuoka was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up there as well as in London, UK. She started studying piano at an early age, and was quickly drawn to the magic of chords. Yumiko's passion for great harmony was developed further in the high school choir, band for musical "Godspell," encounter with the music of the Singers Unlimited as well as many other composers/arrangers in a wide range of genres. Yumiko came to the US in 1986 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She founded a cappella ensemble Vox One in 1988 to realize her dream of writing for and singing in such a group. Vox One released five albums, won numerous awards, and established themselves as one of the pioneers in the world of a cappella music. Her arrangements are available through the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press. Yumiko's arrangements are unique - she takes a song and reveals a layer of emotions that may not have been apparent in the original. Fans and performers of her music span the globe from Australia, Europe to the Americas and Japan. Yumiko is a professor in ear training at her alma mater Berklee, and keeps herself busy with workshops/coaching including the Western Wind's summer sessions at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
Zing! is an a cappella quartet affiliated with Sweet Adelines International. We live in two different states---Kansas and Oklahoma. Our quartet is dedicated to the art of barbershop harmony and has won every regional contest we've entered and placed as high as fifth at the International level!
Zing! quartet enjoys ZING-ing songs. The tenor, Michelle Hunget, has a long family history of singing barbershop. She is the most decorated tenor in Region #7 quartet history and has been on the International stage many times with quartets and the Kansas City Chorus. Susan, the lead in the group, started singing barbershop in the early 1980's. She is part of the International Champion quartet Classic Edition. She is a chorus director and coaches many groups. The Okie in Zing is Mary Rhea. The well-traveled Navy wife has many claims to fame. Her list of membership in fantastic choruses is long and now she's directing a fantastic chorus - OK City. She has sung baritone in many quartets and is a great addition to Zing!. The bass part is ablely handled by Melynnie Williams. This is Mel's second quartet. She has been in several choruses and has enjoyed getting to know the international ropes.
In Armenian, "Zulal" means "clear water." Zulal, the a cappella trio, aims to create music that is like clear water-fluid, clean, and unconfined. The group takes Armenia's village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing a sophisticated lyricism and energy. Zulal's music connects listeners to a simpler past, evoking the colors and characters of Armenia's village life where the celebration of nature, love, and tradition are dominant themes.
Zulal's singers, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian and Anais Tekerian have been singing together since 2002. The trio has performed in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Natural Museum of History in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, the Alex Theatre, and the Longy School of Music along with performances for Cirque du Soleil, The Near East Foundation, The Silk Road Project, and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia.
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