"A retired music teacher and choral director in France, I have tried several choruses since I settled in New York a few years ago. Cecilia is the best one I have found. Music director Mark Shapiro is just great: every rehearsal is a masterclass for me: time-management, ability to have everyone involved when other parts than theirs are being practiced, the combination of great repertoire pieces and fascinating premieres, an impressive vocal technique, a tremendous academic knowledge. His group emails, giving both his technical instructions and supportive coaching style, are a very useful tool. Accompanist Marijo is fantastic, and there are a lot of volunteers who run the group in an effective way. And of course, there is also the prestige of singing at Carnegie Hall."
"I sing with CCNY because in the crazy rush of work and life and changing times and caring for others, it is one of the few times I make a stand to take care of "me". I love the feeling. I love the sound around me and through me. I do it because while it takes my individual skill and work, I am part of a team - creating a force stronger and larger than I could possibly be alone. I have sung in chorus since I was 10 years old - it doesn't get boring; I can always learn something new and get better than I was. It is comfortable slippers and, simultaneously, 5-inch spike heels.
I found CCNY at a residential sing weekend run by David Randolph in 1993. For 4 years, I joined with the chorus only for the Singing Christmas Tree at the Seaport - I sang with another Monday night group and felt a responsibility to stay with it. Finally, I couldn't resist any longer - I wanted to challenge myself and sing with the stronger voices and stronger musicians of CCNY. The stunning jolt of being on Carnegie's stage was also a huge plus. I am blessed; I am welcomed; I am home."
Zaid Jabri, the Syrian-Polish composer who will be writing a companion work for our Brahms Requiem in May 2017, was awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship for 2016-17. Congratulations to Zaid!
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"Besides singing famous choral masterworks from the past, we premiere newly commissioned pieces. Meeting incredibly gifted composers and giving a voice to their talents is something that has touched me at a very deep level."
Don't miss this month’s issue of Opera News, which features a stellar article about André Courville.
André will perform as the bass soloist in our upcoming performance of Missa Solemnis at Carnegie Hall.
South Korean native Siman Chung is the extraordinary countertenor who will be singing the alto solos with us in Messiah. For the past few years Mr. Chung has been winning awards in singing competitions all over the world, and this month he won the prestigious $7500 Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award at the Opera Index, Inc. competition. Bravo, Siman! We can't wait to sing with you!
Chorus America has announced the recipients of its 2015 awards program. The awards recognize a broad range of achievements in choral music, including artistic excellence, adventurous programming, innovative education programs, and lifetime service to the choral field. Per their press release, The Cecilia Chorus of New York was among the awardees this year!
"The Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award honors composer Alice Parker, whose career has spanned six decades and has been devoted to the creation of works for the human voice. The award was established in 2003 to recognize a chorus for programming recently composed music that expands the mission of the chorus and challenges the chorus’s audience in new ways. The 2015 award goes to The Cecilia Chorus of New York, an adult volunteer chorus led by music director Mark Shapiro. The ensemble’s April 2014 concert in Carnegie Hall featured the world premiere of Credo for a Secular City composed by Tom Cipullo for chorus, baritone, and orchestra."