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St. George’s Choral Society hosts annual Summer Choral Festival
Posted 5/21/2019

Matthew LewisWith many choirs on hiatus during the summer months, some singers are left searching for opportunities to flex their vocal cords until their regular rehearsal schedules resume in the fall. St. George’s Choral Society, a stalwart of the New York City choral community, offers a solution. Beginning Tuesday, June 4, the group will host its annual Summer Choral Festival, a two-week choral intensive that culminates in a performance of Durante’s Magnificat and Handel’s Laudate pueri, HWV 237 on Saturday, June 15. St. George’s Choral Society president and soprano Rachel Ruoff sat down with the choir's artistic director, Matthew Lewis, to discuss this exciting opportunity that’s open to all singers looking for a creative way to spend their summer evenings.

Rachel Ruoff: What influenced your decision to perform Handel's Laudate pueri and Durante's Magnificat for the Summer Choral Festival?

Matthew Lewis: I try to find pieces that are fun to sing, challenging and yet manageable for the rehearsal parameters we have. Some of the big choral pieces would be fun, but we would have trouble learning them in four rehearsals. Having said that, we've definitely done some difficult works in past festivals! Like the year we did the Poulenc Gloria along with the Bernstein Chichester Psalms. These pieces are, to some degree, standard choral repertoire, but it was tough getting them learned and finessed in four rehearsals. The Durante and Handel we are doing this year are delightful and fun pieces, both in a similar style. The orchestration is strings only for the Durante, and strings plus oboes for the Handel. More...


Anderson to lead chant and polyphony workshop in June
Posted 5/15/2019

Chant workshop--AndersonThis June, early music guru Michael Alan Anderson convenes his fourth annual institute “Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony” through the Eastman School of Music. This is the first year the workshop will take place in New York City. Michael spoke with Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator.

Andrea Schuler: How did you come to early music, specifically Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony?

Michael Alan Anderson: As an undergraduate at Notre Dame, I was exposed to some Renaissance polyphony in men’s glee club. And, as a music student, I was—like many—transported by the sound when I first heard the Hilliard Ensemble’s iconic Perotin recording. I had to have more! After graduating, I reconnected with a teacher of mine from Notre Dame, Calvin Bower, who lived in Chicago. He proposed starting an ensemble as a kind of laboratory for his work on liturgical sequences. We founded Schola Antiqua of Chicago in 2000. The experience of singing for Calvin was one of discovery and inquiry. Soon I was in graduate school studying this stuff, and I haven’t looked back or been lured to other periods of music history. There is too much richness sitting in medieval and Renaissance sources! More...


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  • Read the New York Times obituary of Joseph Flummerfelt, who died last week at the age of 82. (2019-3-6)
  • The GMChorale, a 90-voice choir based in Middletown, CT, has announced the appointment of Melissa Rooklidge as Assistant Conductor and Director of Operations, the first person to fill these newly-created roles. For more details, visit www.gmchorale.org. (2019-2-28)
  • Ember has moved its Tuesday-evening rehearsal location to the Opera America building, 330 7th Avenue (2-1/2 blocks south of Penn Station) effective as of March 5. As Ember draws its membership from New York and New Jersey, the new location, near Penn Station, was selected for its accessibility to singers from both states. For more details, see Ember's audition ad on the Choir Auditions page. (2019-2-26)
  • Interkultur's American International Choral Festival runs February 14-18, 2019 in Princeton, NJ. For details, visit www.interkultur.com/events/2019/princeton/. (2018-12-30)
  • Florilegium Chamber Choir has appointed James Knox Sutterfield as its music director, the fourth in its forty-three year history. (2018-12-20)

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