#WhySingWithUs - Featuring Erika

Erika Renae Keith, Soprano

Erika Renae Keith, Soprano

"I joined the chorus when I moved to NYC in 2014. Being a part of The Cecilia Chorus of New York has offered me the opportunity to improve my vocal skills, as the chorus tackles new classical pieces by up and coming composers, as well as the timeless masterworks - from Beethoven to Brahms to Handel. Joining the Board in 2015 allowed me to get more involved with the chorus. I treasure the relationships I have built with fellow Board and Chorus members. The chorus is full of fascinating and talented people. What better way to spend your Monday nights? And did I mention we sing in Carnegie Hall? The first time I walked onto that stage and the chorus started singing, I teared up. There is nothing in the world like hearing the gorgeous, collective sound of voices echoing throughout the hall."

#WhySingWithUs - Featuring Claude

"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."

Claude Levy, Bass

Claude Levy, Bass

#WhySingWithUs - Featuring Elizabeth

"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."

Elizabeth Mazes, Soprano

Elizabeth Mazes, Soprano

#WhySingWithUs - Featuring Silvia

Silvia, Soprano

Silvia, Soprano

"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."