THE LATEST NEWS FROM CHORAL CHAMELEON
While making the most of home continues to be central to our socially-distanced lives, so is our societal need to foster our inter-connectedness in the months ahead.
Choral Chameleon's 'LUCKY THIRTEEN' Season features two new season-long musical series 'TASTE2' and 'WOVEN' to speak to both of these needs and to combine both physical and digital elements to ground the experience in the real world while our performances must be delivered digitally.
Musical vignettes, recorded and mixed in the socially distanced environment of a recording studio in Brooklyn, will be released every month from October 2020 to May 2021 to subscribers via our page on Patreon, which is launching to the public on Monday October 12th 2020.
THE TASTE CURATORS, our non-musical collaborators for these two series, will inspire us, educate us and build lasting memories of a shared journey of the unknown across the coming months!
TASTE2 / Chef Lish Steiling
WOVEN / Trend Forecaster Abbey Cook
Click HERE to read bios of Lish Steiling and Abbey Cook.
We are sad to be saying goodbye to our beloved TEGAN MILLER, last Season's Assistant Conductor, who has made the decision to relocate from New York City to Savannah, Georgia with her husband.
This Season, to accommodate the complexities of managing virtual rehearsals and socially-distanced studio recording (we can't wait to share our plans with you!), we welcome TWO Assistant Conductors to work alongside Artistic Director Vince Peterson!
ALYSSA VENORA is Brooklyn-based choral and jazz soprano and a graduate of the Neag School of Education of The University of Connecticut. She currently holds an M.A. in Music Education and teaches elementary general music in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Alyssa is honored to be the Assistant Conductor of Choral Chameleon and delighted to work in collaboration with such fine musicians.
Composer/Conductor/Wearer-of-Many-Hats DEREK WEAGLE is a Brooklyn-based artist invested in the disruption of social and academic barriers around classical music, as well as the preservation of music-making as a joyful act of humanness. As Assistant Conductor with Choral Chameleon, he is privileged to work with so many amazing artists and collaborators and is excited to push the boundaries of what is possible in music. Derek holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an M.M. in Composition with a minor in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory; he is currently pursuing a certificate in Sound Healing from the Sage Academic of Sound.
Thanks to the generous support of the Japan Foundation, New York, the World Premiere performance of Eri Yamamoto's 'Goshu Ondo Suite' will be available to stream in full on YouTube for a limited viewing event to coincide with this year's traditional Japanese Obon festival.
There will be two opportunities to watch this event to accommodate time zones:
Thursday August 13th, 2020 I 8PM EASTERN / 5PM PACIFIC
Saturday August 15th, 2020 I 7.30PM JAPAN / 11.30 GMT / 12.30 CET / 6.30AM EST
This online presentation is made possible with kind permission from AUM Fidelity label.
Filmed and Recorded at Studios of The Paul Taylor Company in Nov 2018
"There have been countless jazz masses and gospel-jazz recordings, with some iconic and influential recordings among them including Mary Lou Williams' 'Black Christ of the Andes' (1963), Donald Byrd's 'A New Perspective' from 1964, Duke Ellington's 1965 'Sacred Music Concert', and Dave Brubeck's 'Truth is Fallen' from 1972, to name a few. Add to this prestigious legacy Eri Yamamoto's 'Goshu Ondo Suite' " Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com 4.5/5 Stars
To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Choral Chameleon Summer Institute for composers and conductors, which had to be postponed due to Covid-19, we released 3 hour+ long roundtable interviews about the Institute experience, hosted by Artistic Director Vince Peterson.
This series offers unprecedented access to the life of the Institute, from the point of view of each of its key participants: students, singers and faculty, incorporating a selection of composers' draft scores and music clips.
With 3+ hours of viewing on offer, its officially a binge-watch moment!
Building from this Winter's feature story in Chorus America's magazine 'The Voice' on Composer-in-Residence programs (you can find it on our Press page), which featured an extensive interview with Artistic Director Vince Peterson, the conversation continued this month with an invitation to host a panel at this month's Chorus America virtual conference on 'Building Composer Partnerships'.
Vince was joined by composer Angélica Negrón, for whom we worked as a guest artist this season during her residency at New York Botanical Garden, and have commissioned, alongside three of our Composers-in-Residence: Rex Isenberg, Jeffrey Parola and Dale Trumbore.
The discussion centered around the benefits of being able to work with a choir over an extended period and, in this time of uncertainty, for the opportunity to work with living composers whose work can help a choir and its audience to maintain a dialogue with the present, through thoughtful use of texts.
The panel can be watched by all conference attendees until June 30th.