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Here is our ever-growing list of choral groups from around the world. Each of these choirs listed has at least one CD recording available.

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Salt Lake Children's Choir

The Salt Lake Children's Choir, founded in the fall of 1979 by Ralph B. Woodward, as long regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the nation. The choir consists of boys and girls, generally between the ages of 8 and 15, who hail from the Salt Lake Valley and nearby communities. It emphasizes natural vocal production and works of the immortal masters, as well as oustanding folk and contemporary music from around the world. The children have sung music from the countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Namibia, Zambia, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Korea, China, and Native and African America. A prize winner in international competition, the choir has appeared with many internationally celebrated artists and organizations -- including Grant Johannessen, Frederica von Stade, Marvin Hamlisch, Pete Seeger, Kurt Bestor, and on numerous occasions with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, with whom it has also recorded. The choir has been featured at several conventions of the American Choral Directors' Association, and has been heard on Public Radio International and PBS. Its singers are also regularly requested for major sound-tracks and promotions, including projects for CBS, NBC, and Walt Disney Productions).

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 Boys Chorus

The Grammy award winning San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) was founded by Gaetano Merola and Madi Bacon in 1948 to provide trained boy singers for the San Francisco Opera, and is today led by Artistic Director, Ian Robertson.

Maestro Robertson, who also serves as Chorus Director for the San Francisco Opera, has since 1996 built SFBC to over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael in California.

The SFBC recently performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., and has performed for His Majesty King Gustav of Sweden; HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England; HRH Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the former Soviet Union; the late Pope John Paul II; General Colin Powell; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; Senator Dianne Feinstein; Senator Barbara Boxer; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.\

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

San Francisco Choral Artists (SFCA) are a Bay Area chamber choir with a mission to foster new American choral music and to present eclectic, imaginative programs consisting of both new works and repertoire spanning 600 years in performances of uncompromisingly high quality.

San Francisco Girls Chorus

For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world's most respected vocal ensembles. Its level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas says, "The San Francisco Girls Chorus is a treasure. Their training, musicality, and vibrant spirit are evident whenever they perform. I have enjoyed our long association and look forward to many years of collaboration."

Sandefjord Girls' Choir

The Sandefjord Girls' Choir was founded in 1956 by its conductor Sverre Valen. The choir first made an international name for itself in 1969 when it won the BBC world contest "Let The People Sing". Since then the choir has won many contests such as the "Weltjugenfest fur Musik" in Vienna. The choir tours extensively in Europe and the United States. It has taken part in many international music festivals and sung in famous concert halls and cathedrals such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, St Mark's Cathedral in Venice and St. Peter's in Rome. Their reviews have always been excellent and are truly a youth choir of international standing.

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.

Santa Fe Women's Ensemble

The Santa Fe Women's Ensemble performs choral music from many centuries and cultures in innovative and inspiring concerts. The Ensemble promotes the recognition, appreciation and creation of women's choral repertoire through performance, recording and commissioning new music, and furthers its community involvement through outreach and education. With an ongoing commitment to excellence, singers hone their musical skills with constant self-monitoring and evaluation by the director.

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 Children's Chorus

In 1997, director Kris Mason and the board of Seattle Children's Chorus pursued an opportunity to serve the Puget Sound area children's choir community by hosting a festival for young, newly formed children's choirs The Seattle Children's Chorus hosted the Puget Sound Children's Choral Festival at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington, in June, 1997, which included a grand performance in the McCurdy Performing Arts Pavilion.

In June of 1998, the Chorus fulfilled one of its long time dreams as they embarked on their first overseas tour to England , performing in London and southern England and participating in a week of concerts and events at the MusicMakers Festival in Bournemouth, England . The Chorus (with choristers ages 10-18) received top honors as Senior Youth Choir of the Year, competing against all-high school groups.

Seattle Girls' Choir

Founded in 1982, SGC provides a comprehensive and progressive choral education with an emphasis on classical music and ensemble performance, music theory and composition for girls in the Puget Sound region between the ages of 6 and 18. During their years with the choir, the girls gradually acquire musical and performance skills appropriate for their level of development, from the youngest singers in our Dolcine choir, ages 6-7, to our most accomplished high school aged Prime Voci choir. The choir regularly collaborates with other Seattle area arts organizations and performs at some of the most prestigious national and international choral festivals and competitions.

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.

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir

In the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir great music of all styles and historic periods is performed. The repertoire includes classical music, contemporary music, folk songs of many cultures, newly-composed works and sacred and secular songs with emphasis on love, peace, and friendship. Concerts are given both locally and in major centers of the United States and the world. Rehearsals are conducted with strict discipline with emphasis on regular attendance, preparation, punctuality, and excellence. Technical knowledge is imparted through practice and performance. Solfege-inspired teaching is at the heart of the rehearsals. Because learning to read music is an important part of SVCC participation, choristers receive weekly solfege instruction and will complete solfege memorization, practice sight-singing, and homework based on these lessons. Children with treble voices in grades 3-12 who have passed an audition may participate. Financial assistance is provided to qualified, interested children who would not otherwise be able to participate.

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..

Sistine Chapel Choir

Athough it is known that the Church, from her earliest days, employed music in her cult, it was not until the time of her emergence from the catacombs that she began freely to display her beauty and splendor in sacred song. As early as in the pontificate of Sylvester I (314-35) we find a regularly-constituted company of singers, under the name of schola cantorum, living together in a building devoted to their exclusive use. The word schola was in those days the legal designation of an association of equals in any calling or profession and did not primarily denote, as in our time, a school. It had more the nature of a guild, a characteristic which clung to the papal choir for many centuries. Hilary II (461-8) ordained that the pontifical singers live in community, while Gregory the Great (590-604) not only made permanent the existing institution attached to St. John Lateran and including at that time in its membership monks, secular clergy, and boys, but established a second and similar one in connection with the Basilica of St. Peter. The latter is supposed to have served as a sort of preparatory school for the former. For several centuries the papal schola cantorum retained the same general character. Its head, archicantor or primicerius, was always a clergyman of high rank and often a bishop. While it was his duty to intone the various chants to be followed by the rest of the singers, he was by no means their master in the modern technical sense.


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.


Slavyanka is a mixed voice a cappella chorus based in San Francisco, California, and made up of amateur musicians from varied professions, including computer programmers, scientists, lawyers, and businessmen. The musical demands placed on the Chorus are quite high both because of technical content of the music and the nearly four octave range often required to sing it. We perform most of our music in Russian, though most of us do not speak Russian. Our chorus consists of 25 singers united by a common interest in the choral music of the peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe. Over the years we have compiled an enviable record of achievement.

Sofia Boys' Choir

The Sofia Boys Choir is the first boys choir founded in Bulgaria in 1968. The performers, aged 8-15, are selected from different schools in Sofia. The conductor of the choir from 1968 to 1989 was Lilyana Todorova. Since 1989 Adriana Blagoeva has been the conductor of the choir. She graduated from the National Musical Academy in Sofia as a choir conductor. Besides of her active conducting practice, Adriana Blagoeva is an associate professor in choral conducting at the National Music Academy in Sofia. Under her direction the Sofia Boys Choir considerably extended its musical repertoire, activated its concert and recording activities, perfected its artistic qualities. In 1997 she founded the Youth Formation with the Sofia Boys Choir, consisting of former members of the boys choir. Now the choir is presented by three formations - boys, youth and mixed.

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir

Founded in 1966 the Sofia Chamber choir is one of the brightest phenomena in the modern Bulgarian choir-performing art. The choir is a laureate of many special awards including 18 first place prizes from international music competitions. It has toured in Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Spain, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary, France, Czech Republic and Japan. The choir has realized records and concerts for Bulgarian and foreign radio and television companies, gramophone records for "Harmonia Mundi", "Pate Markoni", "Melodia", and "Balkan-ton". The repertoire of the choir includes works from the Renaissance period to the most prominent representatives of the music from the 20th century. The Bulgarian composers and their works, some of which were written especially for the choir, take a great place in its programs.

Sound Circle

Sound Circle, an 18-voice women's a cappella ensemble based in Boulder, Colorado, was founded in 1994 and has performed with many local artists and in support of numerous local organizations. Sound Circle has released four CDs. Committed to the creation of new music that is relevant to our lives, musically innovative, and of the highest quality, Sound Circle has commissioned many new works, developed percussion/improvisation/movement pieces, performed original music by members of the ensemble, and created new arrangements of many works. Sound Circle is proud to be part of the fabric of organizations and artists working to create and support positive social change in Boulder County, Colorado.

South Bay Children's Choir

The South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC) is a select group of talented young singers sponsored by El Camino College (ECC) in Torrance, California. Comprised of over 125 boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17, these young singers come from over 25 communities in the Los Angeles and South Bay areas, from Long Beach to the south and Santa Monica to the north.

Co-founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Diane Simons and the late Dr. Jane Hardester, the choir performs annually in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, and has appeared at many other venues throughout the southland, including Royce Hall at UCLA, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center, Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, and the Armstrong Theater in Torrance.

Southern California Children's Chorus

In response to requests for a child-focused organization, the Southern California Children's Chorus was founded in 1996 as an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to "enriching children's lives through distinguished choral music education and world-class performance."

Over 300 children are enrolled in a sequential choral program consisting of seven choirs: Ensemble, Concert, Advanced, Intermediate, Apprentice, Primary and Kinder levels. Guided by a talented and diverse Board of Directors and a highly-skilled musical and administrative staff, choral members perform locally throughout the year at special events and venues like the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Auditions are held in May, August, and early September.

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. Ephraim Male Choir

The choir was founded in 2002 by Tamas Bubno, a Hungarian church musician and conductor. When he was collecting religious melodies in the Subcarpathian area in the Ukraine for his DLA thesis, entitled: Origin and Variants of Greek Catholic Liturgical Chants in Hungary and the Subcarpathian Area, one day he discovered an unknown manuscript of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for male choir, composed by Janos Boksay; a Greek Catholic priest and composer at the turn of the century (1874-1940).

He decided to gather some of his friends, all professional singers working with the best choirs in Budapest (the Male Choir of the Defence Ministry, Choir of the Hungarian Radio, the National Choir, the Tomkins Vocal Ensemble, etc.) and some of his former students (from the Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis), to perform this work.

St. John's Boys' Choir

The St. John's Boys' Choir was founded in 1981 by the monks of Saint John's Abbey. The St. John's Boys' Choir has been delighting audiences for more than a decade with their performances throughout the Midwest, East Coast, The Caribbean, Europe, Japan and Canada. The St. John's Boys' Choir was established to provide Central Minnesota boys the opportunity to develop self-discipline, strong motivation, self-confidence and an appreciation of excellence through a well structured music program. Br. Paul Richards has been the music director since the choir began in 1981. He was replaced as conductor for two years by James Cacciatore while away for graduate work in choral conducting at the University of Iowa. Since his return, the program has grown to include a strong Training and Junior Varsity program to complement the established Concert Choir. Each choir has its own concert and touring schedule. Initially 120 boys auditioned for the 35 member choir. Since then, auditions have been held every January to replace boys who have graduated from the program. There are currently 70 boys participating in the choir program.

St. Louis Children's Choir

The Children's Choirs includes about 500 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from more than 230 schools in Missouri and Illinois who bring their artistry and love of classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music to the concert stage for everyone to enjoy.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Berner, an outstanding music faculty trains young singers through a challenging and diverse curriculum with six ensemble levels that match the children's musical abilities. Now entering its 33rd season, The St. Louis Children's Choirs offers young artists world-class performance opportunities and a choral music experience that emphasizes musical excellence and character education.

St. Marys Children's Choir

St. Marys Children's Choir and Festival Youth Singers was founded in 1981. Over its history, more than seven hundred young people have participated in its training programs. Because of their involvement with the choir, many choristers have made and continue to make a contribution to the cultural life of Canada through their participation in church choirs, school and community bands, professional and community orchestras and some have chosen a professional singing career.

The choir has three divisions. Piccolo is a preparatory choir for children as young as six. Presto is the senior treble choir, which performs advanced-level repertoire and tours widely. Festival Youth Singers is a choir for boys with changed or changing voices and girls sixteen years of age and older. Individual coaching , by professional vocal coaches, and theory instruction is offered to choristers in the three treble divisions.

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.

St. Olaf Viking Chorus

The Viking Chorus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is a group of more than 80 first-year student men who have been organized to sing the highest quality literature. They perform a program of music that includes motets, cantata movements, and anthems, as well as contemporary choral pieces, spirituals, folksongs, and music traditionally associated with men's singing groups.

The Viking Chorus was founded in 1935 by Luther Onerheim '37, when a number of students gathered informally, flourishing for more than 30 years under student direction.

In 1968, Dr. Robert Scholz '61 returned to St. Olaf, and was given leadership of this ensemble. Several years later, the Viking Chorus changed from a four-year ensemble to an ensemble open only to first-year men.

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.

Svanholm Singers

Svanholm Singers is an extraordinary male voice chamber choir. Since its formation in 1998, the ensemble has established itself as one of the brightest shining stars on the Swedish choral scene. The twenty talented singers constantly strive to develop and refine their artistic and musical expression, through vocal music for male voices. The core of the repertoire is the male choir tradition of Scandinavia and the Baltic. Through numerous tours and awards in Europe and Japan the ensemble has gained a reputation for performances characterized by spirit, joy and youth while making unique interpretations of classical music. The light voices of the singers in combination with an exact intonation create a unique sound that has become the trademark for Svanholm Singers.

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.

Swingle Singers

There are few music lovers who haven't heard the name the Swingle Singers. Since the release of that ground-breaking debut album in 1963, this virtuosic eight-voice a cappella group (complete with their own vocal rhythm section) has performed on the world's most famous stages, sustaining over four decades a level of international popularity beyond the dreams of its founder, American-born Ward Swingle. The current London-based line-up of young and talented singers is, of course, several incarnations of "Swingles" older than the original team (Ward Swingle affectionately refers to them as his "grandchildren"). They represent a modern incarnation of an ensemble whose music has evolved and expanded to encompass styles far and beyond the swung Baroque and infamous "ba va da" of the 1960s, although audiences will usually hear a tribute to the original French group. Along with the repertoire, the stage show has also grown into a full-blown lights-and-choreography spectacle. The beauty is that however the group has changed, the sound remains unmistakeably that of the Swingle Singers, the same sound which caught the world's attention all those years ago.

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.

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.

Tapiola Children's Choir

This Finnish childrens choir is considered one of the best in the world with an emphasis on both individuality and the singer's ability to blend with the other voices. The basic element is the young singer's own voice, moulded by the vernacular. The ideal sound is that of a stringed instrument: it is warm, light and translucent, the phrasing is musical and the singing gives the impression of being easy and effortless. But the ideal sound of the Choir is not just one closely-defined concept; it is a combination of different choral timbres and is always adapted to the music being performed.

Ever since the 1960s the Choir has been associating with many of Finland's leading composers. The result has been new repertoire of a high standard, free of all the mannerism of "songs for children". This collaboration has not been confined merely to premiering new works but has involved active participation in the process of composition.

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.

Toronto Children's Chorus

Founded in 1978, the Toronto Children's Chorus is Canada's premier treble choir. Having performed around the world and having won numerous choral competitions, the Chorus's musical education model is copied around the world.

The Toronto Children's Chorus consists of six choirs: five Training Choirs and the Main Choir. Within the Main Choir are the Cantare, Chorale, Chamber, and Choral Scholars. As choristers become more and more accomplished, they graduate to higher levels within the choir structure. The highest level a chorister can achieve is to be a member of the Choral Scholars.

The Chorus is a world class treble choir. The Toronto Children's Chorus has performed on numerous professional classical recordings and has been invited as guest artist in acclaimed concerts around the world.

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.

Trio Mediaeval

The mesmerizing voices of Oslo's Trio Mediaeval have captivated the concert world with their breathtaking performances and recordings of a diverse polyphonic repertoire that features medieval music from England and France, contemporary works written for the ensemble, and traditional Norwegian ballads and songs. Founded in 1997, the Grammy nominated Trio Mediaeval developed its unique repertory during intense periods of work at the Hilliard Summer Festivals in England and Germany between 1998 and 2000, and subsequently with Linda Hirst and John Potter. "Singing doesn't get more unnervingly beautiful," wrote Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who declared their San Francisco debut "among the musical highlights of the year." He added, "To hear the group's note-perfect counterpoint - as pristine and inviting as clean, white linens - is to be astonished at what the human voice is capable of."

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus

The strong traditions of the past and exciting opportunities of our modern society have paved the way for the Tucson Boys Chorus' continued success as a world-renowned professional touring group and an organization benefiting Tucson youth.

Tucson Girl's Choir

The mission of the Tucson Girls Chorus is to prepare a diverse group of young women to be confident leaders through participation in a well-constructed educational program that emphasizes music, performance, leadership training and community service.

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.

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