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Mixed Voice Choirs

A good mixed choral ensemble has the strengths of both male voice and female voice groups; and the mixed choral ensembles we carry are very good. With repertoires that run most of the way through the last 10 centuries, performing the works of some of the best choral composers throughout the ages, you'll lose yourself in the sonorous, frequently haunting beauty of these international-caliber mixed-voice choirs from Denmark, the UK, Argentina, Cuba and Armenia and elsewhere, including a number of college-based choirs from right here in the U.S.

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Quink Vocal Ensemble

Since Quink's debut in 1978, this remarkable Dutch vocal ensemble has risen to the top of its field and is invited to perform on prestigious concert series around the world. These five professional singers have developed a unique sound which allows them to illustrate with style and expressiveness the great variety of a cappella music. Quink's repertoire varies widely and consists of a cappella music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as works by Romantic composers. The ensemble often performs folk song and close harmony arrangements and it concludes its performances with lighter arrangements. Quink has introduced many new works both of established and modern masters. A number of contemporary Dutch, German and American compositions have been dedicated to Quink.


RIAS - Kammerchor

Founded in 1948, the RIAS-Kammerchor played an important role in the revival of the musical life of Berlin in the aftermath of the Second World War, notably in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic and RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra). Conductors like Ferenc Fricsay, Karl B?hm, Herbert von Karajan and Lorin Maazel were closely associated with the Choir at that period, and in more recent years special mention may be made of its collaboration with Claudio Abbado, James Levine and Daniel Barenboim. Right from its foundation, the RIAS-Kammerchor has consciously placed contemporary music at the centre of its preoccupations, with the result that such major composers as Hindemith, Blacher, Kagel, Krenek, Boulez, Henze and Reimann have written for the ensemble or chosen it to premiere their works. As its name indicates, the RIAS-Kammerchor has developed essentially as a chamber choir. At the beginning of the 1970s, thanks to the impetus given by its artistic director of the time Uwe Gronostay, the choir affirmed its position as one of the finest on the international scene, going from strength to strength under his successor, Marcus Creed. In 2003 the latter was in turn succeeded by Daniel Reuss; under his leadership the choir continues to broaden its repertory to include performances of early and Baroque music.


Robert Wagner Chorale

The Chorale was founded in 1947 under the name of the Los Angeles Concert Chorale. Its first major appearance was in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium under the direction of its founder, Roger Wagner. Thereafter, the Chorale was engaged for regular performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra until 1964 when the Los Angeles Master Chorale was founded by Roger Wagner to perform as a resident company in the newly built Music Center. He served as its director until 1995 when he was named Music Director Laureate.

In 1949, the Roger Wagner Chorale was signed under contract to Capitol Records and has recorded over twenty long-playing records for this company. The Chorale was awarded the "Grammy" for its album Virtuoso! by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and named Best Performance in the field of Operatic and Choral Music on all labels for the year 1958.


Rockefeller Chapel Choir

Singing sacred masterworks of all periods and styles, this choir of 30-40 voices performs at Sunday morning services in the magnificent acoustics of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Palestrina, Victoria, Bach, and Mozart, the choir also performs music of Africa and South America, modern and forgotten treasures, and even liturgical chant from Hildegard to Anglican. With an infinity to the great academic cathedrals of Europe, the choir strives to provide professional level performances, with a University of Chicago flair for innovation and recreation. The choir also presents three additional concerts per season, such as performances of Bach's St. John Passion with period instruments and world premieres of new music. From within the group, the Decani (formerly the Rockefeller Sixteen) sings 2-3 Sundays each quarter, concentrating on music written before 1700. Thanks to a generous grant from the University of Chicago Women's Board the Rockefeller Chapel Choir will be awarding four $4,000 scholarships to outstanding undergraduate singers of all faith and cultural backgrounds.


Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth is an eight-voice vocal ensemble that embraces the full spectrum of vocal practices and, through an on-going commissioning project, develops new compositions for voices.

Founded in 2008 by singer, conductor and composer Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is built on the premise that the membranes that separate one vocal technique or style from another are permeable, that any singer can learn any "non-native" singing language.

International experts in a wide range of vocal techniques - throat singers Ayan-ool Sam and Sean Quirk of Alash, belting coach Gayle Lockwood, and master yodeler Kerry Christensen - trained the singers in their respective styles. Next, composers Judd Greenstein of NOW Ensemble and New Amsterdam Records, Rinde Eckert, finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and Brian Simalchik of Williams College wrote music tailored specifically to the singers and their now wider range of vocal techniques. The collective performed these works, as well as compositions by members of the ensemble, (all music written in the space of eight days) to a sell out audience on Friday, June 26 at Mass MoCA.


San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble

SAVAE (San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble) is a unique ancient world music ensemble that accompanies ancient vocal music on a diverse collection of early and traditional instruments from the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.


San Francisco Chamber Singers

Established in 1989, the San Francisco Choral Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of beautiful, inspiring choral music. To date, we have shared our joy and enthusiasm for choral music with more than 60,000 concertgoers.


San Francisco Choral Artists

Since 1984, nationally-recognized San Francisco Choral Artists has inspired and delighted audiences with innovative, eclectic programming and stunning performances. Specializing in new music and the works of living composers, we present both vibrant premieres and choral masterpieces of the last 600 years

>To fulfill our mission to inspire a love of choral music among young people, we engage with local high schools and colleges. In the past five years the Choral Artists have partnered with the SF School of the Arts, UC Berkeley New Music Project, SF Conservatory of Music, St. Mary's College of California, and San Joaquin Office of Education Tenth Annual Fine Arts Day. And we touched over 1000 students as invited guests at the American Choral Directors Association convention in Anaheim, CA. Other musical partnerships have included performances with ensembles such as Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra, The Whole Noyse, Sonos, and Ateneo Chamber Singers of the Philippines.


Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Founded in 1982 by Lawrence Bandfield, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale is one of the longest-running professional music organizations in New Mexico, as well as one of the most distinguished.

The ensemble performs at historical sites in Santa Fe such as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Cristo Rey Catholic Church, as well as other venues throughout the Southwest and across the nation. The Desert Chorale prides itself on its strong relationships within the community of Northern New Mexico, and enjoys collaborations with the Center for Contemporary Arts, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, The Jewish Film Festival, Museum of International Folk Art, and galleries throughout Santa Fe, among others.


Schola Cantorum of Oxford

Schola Cantorum is Oxford University's longest-running chamber choir, and one of the most long-established and widely known chamber choirs in the UK. It was founded in 1960 by the Hungarian dissident Laszlo Heltay as the Collegium Musicum Oxoniense. Over the last four decades many of the choir's former members have become involved in professional music at the highest levels. Former singers include Emma Kirkby and Jane Glover, while Andrew Parrott, Stephen Cleobury, and Ivor Bolton are among the choir's former conductors. Schola Cantorum's patrons have been Sir Michael Tippett and Lord Yehudi Menuhin, and for specific projects the choir has worked under Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Leonhardt, Sir Colin Davis, and Sir Neville Marriner as well as Benjamin Britten, Tippett, and Igor Stravinsky in performances of their own music. Current distinguished patrons of the choir include Emma Kirkby (a former member), John Mark Ainsley and the choir's former conductor Andrew Parrott. Schola Cantorum is comprised of around thirty singers, most of whom sing with the choir while they are students at Oxford University. Studying a wide range of academic subjects including music, the choir members rehearse during university term-times, perform regularly in Oxford and give concerts all over the UK.


Seattle Pro Musica

This distinguished ensemble consists of 80 talented singers from diverse backgrounds with a shared passion for beautiful and precise expressions of classical music. Seattle Pro Musica also has three smaller ensembles: Vox (our mixed voices chamber ensemble), Chroma (our select SSAA ensemble), and Orpheon (our select TTBB ensemble). They perform under the direction of award-winning conductor and artistic director, Karen P. Thomas.


Singing Sergeants

The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force, is one of the world's most versatile and traveled choral organizations. It is also one of a select few singing groups internationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in vocal performance. Originally formed in 1945 from within the ranks of The United States Air Force Band, the chorus is now composed entirely of professional vocalists who have come from leading colleges, universities and music conservatories throughout the world; and who are all sergeants in the United States Air Force. Available positions are filled by audition only and are reserved for those singers who demonstrate the finest qualities of musicianship and vocal production..

The Singing Sergeants have appeared before every chief executive of the United States since President Truman, as well as with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston and National Symphony Orchestras, and both the Boston and Cincinnati Pops. The group has performed at White House, State Department, Supreme Court, Congressional, Department of Defense and high-level civilian functions. The Singing Sergeants have performed at the New York World's Fair, in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts..


Sixteen

The Sixteen is one of the jewels in the musical crown of Britain. Internationally recognised as one of the finest choirs of our time, it is admired for performances combining clarity and precision with beauty and dramatic intensity. It concentrates on the heritage of early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque, and a diversity of twentieth century choral work. The choir is complimented for larger scale works by its orchestra, The Symphony of harmony and Invention, and through it Harry Christophers brings fresh insights to the music of Purcell, Monteverdi, JS Bach and Handel. Many prize-winning recordings reflect the quality and inspiration of the group's work. Recent years have seen the group's debuts at the Vienna Musikverein, the Brisbane, Covent Garden, Halle, Istanbul and Lucerne festivals, and at the Lisbon Opera in a new production of Monmteverdi's "Il Ritorno d'Ulisse". In 2000 The Sixteen made a Choral Pilgrimage to the finest English cathedrals, returning pre-reformation music written for these buildings to its home. This met with a huge public response. In coming months the group makes major tours of Japan and the USA, returns to the Covent Garden Festival, New York's Lincoln Center, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and London's Barbican Centre, and makes debuts at the Scarlatti Festival, Italy, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, and the Belfast, Brighton, Chicester, Norwich and Three Choirs festivals.


St Charles Singers

Conductor and Artistic Director Jeffrey Hunt founded the St. Charles Singers (SCS) in St. Charles, Illinois in 1984. This thirty-two voice, internationally-recognized, professional choir performs throughout the Chicagoland area and appears as guest performers with other arts organizations in concert including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. St. Charles Singers has toured France and the U.K. and has performed under the direction of Timothy Brown, James Conlon and John Rutter (six times). SCS engages in educational and community outreach through its outreach ensembles and educational scholarship programs. The SCS discography includes three commercial CDs on the Naxos and Proteus labels and three self-produced CDs. In order to add to the choral music repertoire, the ensemble has commissioned new works from respected composers including Charles Forsberg, George Shearing, Robert Boyd and Gyula Fekete.


St John's College Choir, Cambridge

The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world - known and loved by millions from its recordings, broadcasts and concert tours. The Choir is directed by Mr Andrew Nethsingha, who has previously been Director of Music at Gloucester and Truro Cathedrals. The services follow the Cathedral tradition of the Church of England, Evensong being sung during Term six days a week and Sung Eucharist in addition on Sunday mornings. It has fulfilled this role in the life of the College since the 1670s.

The consistency and particular quality of the Choir has led to many invitations to perform throughout the world; recent tours have taken the Choir to France, Austria, Holland, Estonia, Hungary and America. Its renowned "continental sound" sets it apart from most other English cathedral choirs - there is brilliance and vigour as well as control and discipline.


St Martin's Chamber Choir

Founded in 1994 as Colorado's only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin's has delighted Colorado audiences for more than 20 years with its exhilarating sound, its exquisite blend, and its fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music.


St. Olaf Choir

The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is the pioneer a cappella choir in the United States. For nearly a century, the choir has set a standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry. Conducted since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir continues to develop the tradition that originated with its founder, F. Melius Christiansen.

Since its founding in 1912, the St. Olaf Choir has set a standard in the choral art, serving as a model for choirs of all levels. The ensemble's annual tour brings its artistry and message to thousands of people across the nation and around the world. The St. Olaf Choir has taken 13 international tours and performed for capacity audiences in the major concert halls of Norway, France, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and the Twin Cities.


Stile Antico

Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field. Much in demand in concert, the group performs regularly throughout Europe and North America. Their recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have enjoyed great success, receiving the Diapason d'Or de l'annee, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and twice attracting GRAMMY nominations. Their recent release Song of Songs won the 2009 Gramophone Award for Early Music and reached the top of the US Classical Chart.


Swedish Radio Choir

Since the 1950s the Swedish Radio Choir has been one of the world's finest a cappella ensembles. It is also unique in its mastery of the entire choral repertoire in all its breadth and depth, from Bach and Palestrina, through the Romantics like Schumann and Brahms, to Strauss, Ligeti and other contemporary composers.

The choir was founded in 1925, but it was only in 1952 that the newly appointed Musical Director Eric Ericson set about moulding it into the flexible choral instrument that it still remains today. Ericson made the choir into an instrument capable of performing advanced choral repertoire that had been gathering dust until then - works by such composers as Richard Strauss and Max Reger as well as music of own day. Arthur Honegger came to Sweden and heard his own choral music sung for the first time the way he had imagined it. On returning home he began spreading the word about this choir that could sing practically anything.


SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble

Founded in 1946 as a special ensemble for the particular needs of the radio station, the SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble has devoted itself to the propagation of new, less familiar or virtuoso choir music for more than fifty years in concerts and radio productions, setting new standards in the process.

As one of five choirs of the ARD (group of public radio and television stations in Germany) and part of a choir landscape probably unparalleled in quality and intensity in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, the 36 singers have developed a very specific artistic profile under their chief conductor Rupert Huber. And for this reason the Ensemble is the first choice of many promoters at home and abroad for the performance of modern classical music, however above all when the most difficult works of contemporary music are to be performed - and for many composers, conductors and orchestras it is an invaluable partner. As a result, the choir has a reputation as one of the best ensembles of its kind anywhere in the world.


Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which the Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned.

The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2009-2010 the group will tour the USA twice and appear at festivals and venues across the UK and Europe including in their own Choral Series at Cadogan Hall. In 2011 the group will be returning to Japan and plans include a return visit to Australia. The Tallis Scholars team up with the National Centre for Early Music and the BBC in a now annual nation-wide composition competition, designed to encourage young people to write for unaccompanied voices. The winning entry will be part of the concert which will open the 2010 Chester Festival, alongside Palestrina's spectacular Missa Papae Marcelli.


Tapiola Chamber Choir

The Tapiola Chamber Choir was founded in 1984 by former members of the world-famous Unesco Prize winning Tapiola Choir who wished to continue singing together. The independent 36-member Choir, dedicated to achieving a professional standard of excellence, soon established itself as a major representative of its generation in Finnish music. The Choir's adventurous programming, diverse repertoire and ambitious recording schedule have found recognition in the form of audience response, critical acclaim and awards both in Finland and abroad.

The Choir's clients and partners include Finland's leading professional orchestras (like the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Lahti, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Sixth Floor Orchestra), conductors (like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste), music festivals, concert agencies, record companies and composers.


Taylor Festival Choir

The Taylor Festival Choir is a semi-professional chamber choir based in Charleston, SC. Founded and conducted by Robert Taylor, the choir is inspired by the life and career of Bob Taylor, the conductor's late father and a noted choral musician and pedagogue. Since its inception in 2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the US, and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. Their second compact disc recording, This is Thy Hour, O Soul, was recently released on the Centaur label, and has been hailed by critic Lindsay Koob as "Fabulous...Tremendous." Last season, the Taylor Festival Choir was one of only two American adult chamber choirs featured at the prestigious 2009 American Choral Directors Association National Convention and 50th anniversary celebration.


The Musica Choir

The Musica choir was founded under the aegis of the Jyvaskyla University Department of Musicology in 1977 and has been conducted throughout its history by Pekka Kostiainen. Over the years it has aimed at combining different styles and thereby expanding its range of expression. This also allows the singers to enhance their knowledge and experience of choral music. The friendly mood within the choir and its regular rehearsals have been rewarded in a number of international choral competitions. In the 31 years since it began Musica has travelled as far afield as South Africa and nearer home to Germany, Ireland, Estonia and numerous other European countries. At home in Finland this band of former and present students from the University of Jyvaskyla has likewise won the recognition it deserves. In addition to its frequent concerts it has released many discs, and its album Mull' on heila ihana was voted Choral Record of the Year in 2000.


Theatre of Voices

Theatre of Voices was founded by Paul Hillier in 1990 and is widely recognized as one of Europe's foremost vocal groups. Current projects include music ranging from Perotin to Dowland, and many of today's most eminent composers such as Berio, Part, Reich, Cage, and Stockhausen.

During 2007 members of the group performed John Adams's Grand Pianola Music in Los Angeles, conducted by the composer; they also premiered a new John Cage event - John Cage and the Music of Always - at the Stimmen Festival in Germany; and in Australia performed the premiere of Part's Passio with special film by Paolo Cherchi-Usai (European premiere in Copenhagen in September with Ars Nova). In August the group gave two concerts at the Edinburgh Festival, and in October they premiered a new work by David Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion, at NewYork's Carnegie Hal - the program also included Berio's A-Ronne.


Trapp Family Singers

The Sound Of Music is one of the most popular musical films ever made. It is the story of the von Trapps- seven motherless children, their stern sea-captain father, and most of all, their feisty, but sweet governess. Yet, the von Trapps Family is not just a Hollywood creation. They are an actual family-and the story of the real von Trapps could not be more different from the musical version. Georg von Trapp, a widowed Austrian aristocrat did marry the governess, Maria Kutschera. When the von Trapps lost their considerable fortune in a bank crash, Maria took over. With the help of a local priest, she took the family hobby-singing-and turned it into the family profession. Before long, the von Trapp Family was performing all over Europe.


Treble Chorus of New England

Over its thirty four year history, TCNE has performed a rich diversity of choral music with programming that includes opera and professional collaborations. Serving young people from over 35 diverse communities, TCNE has achieved many significant artistic milestones.

Weekly rehearsals prepare our students by teaching and building teamwork, encouraging confidence and fostering creativity.

Our choirs have performed and have shared Boston's Symphony Hall stage with many Boston area choruses. TCNE has commissioned many works and has participated in domestic and international exchanges. Recent tours have included destinations such as New York, England, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Austria.


Tudor Choir

Hailed as "a superb choir" (Gramophone), as well as "a choir to watch" (Fanfare), the Tudor Choir and its director Doug Fullington have received national and international attention as interpreters of Renaissance polyphony and early American music. Founded by Fullington in 1993, the Tudor Choir is a Seattle-based professional vocal chamber ensemble of 12 core singers; the group can expand to up to 40 members for works such as Thomas Tallis's monumental Spem in alium. The Tudor Choir is a resident ensemble at historic Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle.

Doug Fullington and the Tudor Choir have established themselves as leading interpreters of early American music. Their Shapenote Album (Loft) is widely regarded as the definitive professional recording of the shapenote genre and has been regularly broadcast on National Public Radio. Other recordings-Gentle Words: Shaker Songs arranged by Kevin Siegfried and An American Christmas, shapenote carols from New England and Appalachia (both Loft)-have reinforced this reputation. The choir recorded another CD of Americana, Simple Gifts, in April 2006.


University of Louisville Cardinal Singers

The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, a select chamber choir in the School of Music, were founded in 1970 under the name "University Singers" by the late William C. Lathon, former University of Louisville professor, as an outreach organization for the University. In 1980 they were appointed by then Governor Brown as Commonwealth of Kentucky "ambassadors of good will." Mr. Lathon conducted the University Singers until 1991, when Shirley Wilkinson took over leadership of the ensemble. Dr. Hatteberg became conductor of the Singers in 1997, and changed the name in 1998 to "Cardinal Singers."

The outreach mission of the Cardinal Singers continues as a focus today, and the Singers have made numerous appearances locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, performing at community functions, official University gatherings, choral conventions, serving as a demonstration choir, and competing on the international stage. Through performances at events such as the 7 th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan, the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition in Germany, and the International Choir Olympics, the Cardinal Singers have developed a remarkable international reputation.


University of Miami Chorale

We are home to the nearly 200 voice students pursuing one of the diverse undergraduate and graduate degree options in the Frost School of Music. Many additional student singers from throughout the University of Miami participate in our esteemed choral and opera programs, or they study voice as a music minor or as an elective.


University of Texas Chamber Singers

The UT Dallas Chamber Singers (MUSI 3385/4347) is a performing ensemble of 20-24 singers. The repertoire for the ensemble is selected from a broad range of chamber vocal literature, including both sacred and secular music spanning the Renaissance to the contemporary periods of music history and modern jazz arrangements. The ensemble performs regularly on campus, including performances at Best of Broadway, the Renaissance Faire, the Annual Holiday Sing during the fall semester, and in concert as a Jazz Singers Ensemble in the spring semester. The UT Dallas Chamber Singers collaborate with many other ensembles on campus, including the Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Dance Ensemble. They also perform on the Fall and Spring Arts Festivals every semester. In the spring, the Chamber Singers join the UT Dallas Community Chorale for a choral concert of large works with orchestra.


University of Utah Singers

The internationally acclaimed University of Utah Singers recently returned from a triumphant concert tour of France and Spain where they were the Winners of the European Grand Prix Conspirare is a dynamic ensemble of professional singers from around the country. Led by renowned conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare brings together outstanding vocal artistry and great music to inspire passion, sensitivity and playfulness. Conspirare combines the classics with contemporary works taking the audience on a journey of innovative sound, colorful images and thought- provoking literature. Formed in 1991 as The New Texas Festival, Conspirare began as an annual spring festival, and moved to a year round concert season in 1999.


US Navy Sea Chanters

The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy's official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Georgina L. Todd, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, D.C., they perform for the President, Vice President and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band's assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. An immediate success, Admiral Arleigh Burke, then Chief of Naval Operations, transferred them to the Navy Band, named them the Sea Chanters and tasked this all-male chorus with perpetuating the songs of the sea. In 1980, the group added women to their ranks and expanded their repertoire to include everything from Brahms to Broadway.


Vasari Singers

Vasari Singers, under Jeremy Backhouse, is one of the UK's leading chamber choirs. Now in its 31st year, the choir performs a wide range of repertoire with passion and sensitivity to exacting standards and considerable press acclaim.

Recent reviews of the choir's commission and premiere CD of the oratorio The Cloud of Unknowing by Francis Pott, included "a top flight choir and, moreover, one that is at the top of its form, a performance that goes way beyond the printed page of the score" - MusicWeb International, "passionate and precise" - The Times, and "The Mighty Vasari Singers give it everything they can muster" - The Gramophone.

MusicWeb International's review of recording of Will Todd's Mass in Blue described Vasari as "one of the world's finest choirs". In Gramophone Magazine's November 2005 review of Anthems for the 21st Century, Vasari was described as "a consistently outstanding choir" and "one of the most accomplished small choral groups of our time".


Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati

Founded in 1979, for over 40 years VAE has brought the power of spectacular, powerful and thrilling choral performances to audiences of all generations.


Vocalconsort Berlin

The Vocalconsort Berlin was founded in 2003 and, in the same year, had its successful debut at the Innsbruck Festival Week in Claudio Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" under the direction of Rene Jacobs.

The Berlin based ensemble, whose ambitious members have also been able to gather experience in other internationally active chamber choirs is particularly specialized in early Baroque and Baroque. In addition, the Vocalconsort Berlin presents new interpretations of romantic and contemporary music.

The variability and flexibility of the Vocalconsort's composition, which can range from double quartet to multi-choir performance while at the same time allowing for the inclusion of solo performances, gives the Vocalconsort Berlin the ability to perform both in concert format as well as on the opera and theatrical stage.


VocalEssence

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.


Voces Nordicae

The vocal ensemble Voces Nordicae comes from the scenery of Swedish choral tradition. In 1999 the ensemble was founded by the Danish conductor Lone Larsen and it consists of 16 professional singers. The repertoire of Voces Nordicae is varied, including works from essentially all periods of music history, with special attention to Nordic, contemporary and improvisatory music.

Open minded towards new timbres, Voces Nordicae combines a pleasant light blend with surprising and ventured sounds. Repertoire and programs are selected with great care, and encompass a wide span of musical and human expression. This interesting variation together with the desire to transmit the music through a scenic presence brings attention and curiosity to the audience.

In 2008 Voces Nordicae was selected Choir of the Year in Sweden by Concerts Sweden.


Voces8

VOCES8's career has developed both in the classical choral scene and the world of a cappella. In 2009, the group's first commercial album, EVENSONG, was nominated for a CARA. The group's most recent release, ACES HIGH, is a scintillating collection of VOCES8's unique interpretations of jazz and pop favourites and theme tunes from the legendary James Bond movies and is on general release on the Signum Classics label. The group's latest release on the Signum label is a collection of motets by J. S. Bach.

Notable London appearances include the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Alexandra Palace, Kings Place, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. VOCES8 broadcasts regularly on international television and radio, including live recordings for Deutschlandradio Kultur and Radio France Musique.


Voices of Ascension

Voices of Ascension seeks to enthrall its audiences through outstanding performances and exemplary interpretations of choral music. It sustains a vibrant artistic community of professional vocal and instrumental musicians in New York City through a broad repertory, dynamic programming, and strategic collaborations across the tri-state area.


Voices of Liberty

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

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.


Voz en Punto

This exceptional ensemble, founded by its director Jose Galvan in 1990, has focused its artistic energy on the highly colorful arena of Mexican culture; nevertheless, it is capable of interpreting with equal success a wide variety of music, from pieces of Mexican colonial polyphony from the 16th and 17th centuries, songs in native tongues and/or with African influences, up to folklore and music of living Mexican concert composers. As if this repertoire weren't versatile enough, the group has also presented programs consisting of European composers, including motets and madrigals; Latin-American music, from tangos to Cuban music and Brazilian bossa-nova; negro spirituals, etc., etc.

It is within the context of this great talent, vocal aplomb, charisma, and interpretative flair, in which each member of Voz en Punto places his or her own seal. The end result is an audience which becomes-to quote the group's press notes-"Ecstatic", "On Fire", or "Delirious". Such adjectives would hardly seem to describe a vocal group which achieves its effects without the aid of microphones or other paraphernalia. Voz en Punto is, indeed, the irrefutable proof that the voice is the most glorious instrument which humankind has always had at its disposition.


Wells Cathedral Choir

Wells Cathedral Choir has recently been hailed by Gramophone Magazine as 'probably the finest English cathedral choir at the moment' in 'world-class form'.

In December 2010 it was named by an international jury, again of Gramophone Magazine, as the sixth greatest choir in the world and the highest ranking choir with children in the world.

The choir celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 2009: boys first sang at Wells Cathedral in 909 and the full choral tradition dates back over 800 years. In 1994 the choral foundation at Wells was enriched by the addition of girl choristers. Today the choir consists of eighteen boy choristers, eighteen girl choristers and twelve Vicars Choral (the men of the choir). The boys and girls usually sing separately with the Vicars Choral but occasionally come together for larger events and tours.


Western Wind

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.


Westminster Cathedral Choir

Westminster Cathedral Choir is acclaimed as one of the world's great choirs. Since its foundation in 1903 it has occupied a unique and enviable position at the forefront of English church music, not least because of the ground-breaking work of its first Master of Music, Richard Terry, who revived the great works of the English and continental Renaissance composers. The choir's fame grew under Terry as it presented this forgotten music, revolutionising attitudes to the repertoire. Innovation continued under George Malcolm who pioneered the development of the choir's sound along continental lines, resulting in a choir that was truly revolutionary in both what and how it sang. The choir continues these traditions under its present Master of Music, Martin Baker, and it remains the only Catholic Cathedral choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers. More recent holders of the post have included Colin Mawby, Stephen Cleobury, David Hill and James O'Donnell.


Westminster Choir

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.


William Ferris Chorale

A Chicago musical landmark since 1971, the William Ferris Chorale is known for its "warm yet full-bodied choral tone and articulate, unaffected expressive gestures" (ClassicsToday.com) and its "knack for unearthing interesting, seldom-heard music"


Young People's Chorus of New York City

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.


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