American University Chamber Singers

American University Chamber Singers Chamber Singers is American University's select choral ensemble open to current undergraduate and graduate students.

05/30/2019

Having taken a day to recover and attend to home stuff, it seems a final wrap up post feels necessary (kinda like hanging on a dominant chord at the moment).

Our flights home were largely uneventful expect the initial 2-hour delay that cause one singer to miss a connecting flight and forced an overnight stay in Istanbul. The final evening wrapped up with an extraordinary farewell dinner in Thessaloniki that was among the best meals any of us enjoyed during our travels. Into the early morning, we said our goodbye to those extending their travels and not returning directly to DC and slowly (most of us) grabbed a couple hours of sleep. The departure, while generally unceremonious, was nothing like the final musical conclusion earlier that evening.

On Monday evening in Thessaloniki at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, the AU Chamber Singers gave an absolutely stunning final performance. One that I will not soon forget. The place was filled to capacity! Probably 600+ including many who stood at the back as the seating was completely full. The only thing better than the audience and their appreciative reactions to every work, was the stellar performance given by the group at every moment of the concert. It was clear from the outset that the ensemble wanted to make this a very special last concert and the performing was spot on throughout. I am hard pressed to recall a more satisfying performance end to end in my recent memory. The fine performing was certainly elevated by the fact that every piece was met with a wave of applause and appreciation that exceeded that given the last number. The concert simply flowed and while the members (and me) held it together emotionally for most of the program, as we arrived at the last 3 or 4 numbers, it was clear that each of us was feeling the elation of being part of this inspiring ensemble, the profound nature our travels and discoveries throughout the tour, and the bonds and connections that continued to develop between each other. Also palpable was the impending sadness slowly being realized as we arrived at the coda of our journey. Holding hands for the final numbers, the group sang both intelligently and with their hearts. It is an experience only touring can bring forward in such a full and rich way.

We will post more photos and some videos as things become available. Thank you all for the experiences and rewards of being part of this journey.

05/27/2019

Short video attached.

Last night was our concert in the Archaeological Museum in Kavala. Kavala was a stunning seaside town with beautiful vie...
05/27/2019

Last night was our concert in the Archaeological Museum in Kavala. Kavala was a stunning seaside town with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. We were privileged to have a tour of the historic and stunning Imaret Hotel. We did a brief informal sing in the old prayer room (see last picture) and gave a performance of the piece Kondalilla by the Australian composer Stephen Leek that was utterly inspirational. Bravo to all.

Thanks to Daniel Sohn for recording this and for managing audio throughout the tour and to Alison Kraus for work on video along with everyone else who assisted. We hope to prepare some things after the tour and post.

The architectural Museum was a very interesting space with a robust but challenging acoustic. It was navigated well by the AU Chamber Singers. A bit of exhaustion and the intense heat (their A/C broke down two days before - argh) got the better of us so it was a relatively short show. The wonderful Kavala Music School Choir of about 60 middle-school age singers began the program with an inspiring set and we were grateful to have heard them make such magical sounds in the space. Some pics are attached below and a short video clip of the end of our performance of Son de la loma attached (thank you Allison Van Hoose!)

Tonight is our final concert in the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception here in Thessaloniki and our traditional farewell dinner. We have all been so inspired by this tour, the terrific music making, getting to know Greece and its people more intimately, and building incredible bonds with one another. We will all miss Greece but are also looking forward to returning home and being with our loved ones.

I’ll try to post something after tonight’s concert but if I am unable, let me extend—on behalf of everyone—our sincere thanks to Tassos Strikos, our incredible courier and concert coodinator as well as Meletis, our unwavering and fearless driver. They have both been amazing caretakers of this journey and we appreciate their heroic efforts at every turn.

It’s difficult to keep up with postings but here are the recent tour happenings:Friday evening we gave a lovely second...
05/25/2019

It’s difficult to keep up with postings but here are the recent tour happenings:

Friday evening we gave a lovely second performance in Katerini in the splendid acoustic of the Greek Evangelical Church of the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Te Deum. It was a second collaboration with the musicians of the Volos Conservatory. I know I speak for all of the choir in saying that it was a special collaboration. The night was filled with superior musicianship, gutsy performing, and absolutely stunning performing from start to finish. We are already miss our new Volos friends and hope to come back sometime for another whirlwind series of performances (did I hear the mention of touring together for a Mass in B Minor from several involved?). It was an inspiring evening and a truly world class performance. I hope to see you again soon.

Lovely also to sing some Mendelssohn as our first encore last night at the request of the Church’s music director. Thank you to Katerini for being our host and for coming our to hear the performance.

Today (Saturday) we were given a tour of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. It is a worm and very interesting city. It was a joy to get a look around at all of the important sites. After, Chamber Singers had the day off — very deserved and needed after two back to back Mozart/Haydn performances (Thursday and Friday evenings), an impromptu demo program at the Volos Conservatory (Friday mid-day), a lengthy travel and rehearsal day (Wednesday) and an a cappella concert in Nafplio (Tuesday evening). Tonight everyone in the ensemble, our managers (Erika and Lauren), accompanist/keyboard artist Matt Van Hoose and Allison Van Hoose plus myself all found a place willing to accommodate the 30 of us on short notice for dinner. It was a lovely meal together to celebrate not only our triumphs but in particular two birthdays among the singers (Loie Faulkner and Ben Rader) alongside the other handful of bdays that have occurred while we were in Greece or in rehearsals getting ready to depart. It was a lovely time and Ian Ian Urriola reminded us that this has not happened for a longtime apart from the final dinner that is always part of each tour. The last time I recall this happening was a dinner in a wine cellar basement after a magnificent concert at the Black Church in Brasov, Romania and that might have been only 3/4 of the group (someone correct me if I am wrong). It is a testament to the clear bonds this current group has for one another and how much they continue to grow together. (Oh my - I love touring!!)

We are heading into the final programs of this incredible journey over the next couple of days. Tomorrow we sing a brief demo program at the stunning Imaret Hotel in a room that was once a mosque and then head to Kavala for a joint a cappella concert with the Kavala Music School Choir in the Archaeological Museum. I think we are all looking forward to the intensity and intimacy of these remaining a cappella programs. I’ll try to provide more details as they unfold.

Unfortunately, I have few pics to share as the conducting duties were about all I could manage during the orchestral collaborations. A pic of the exterior of the Evangelical Church in a Katerini attached and perhaps others to follow when we can make some additional posts.

A news article about our appearance in Nafplio a few days ago. Many thanks again to Nikos Floros, our kind host, artist,...
05/24/2019
Μάγεψε η Χορωδία του Αμερικάνικου Πανεπιστημίου στο βουλευτικό Ναυπλίου

A news article about our appearance in Nafplio a few days ago. Many thanks again to Nikos Floros, our kind host, artist, and avid supporter of arts and culture. Without his dedication meaningful exchanges like this would not be possible.

Μάγεψε η Χορωδία του Αμερικάνικου Πανεπιστημίου στο βουλευτικό Ναυπλίου 23 Μάιος 2019 Εικόνα στην

05/23/2019
J. Haydn - "Te deum" no. 2 in C- Major (for choir and orchestra)

AU Chamber Singers with Georgios Galanis conducting the Haydn Te Deum last Friday night in Athens.

George — love to see the Mozart too if you have it. Lovely work on the Haydn. Great to have collaborated with you and your brilliant orchestra!!

American University Chamber Singers Piraeus Symphony Orchestra (Ensemble Generabilis) Conductor: Georgios Galanis Live recording: 17 May 2019, Piraeus Societ...

Amazing concert on Sunday night at Ano Syros in St. George’s Cathedral on the top of the island. Father Josef and Babi...
05/21/2019

Amazing concert on Sunday night at Ano Syros in St. George’s Cathedral on the top of the island. Father Josef and Babis Koulouras were lovely hosts and we had a full house of attentive patrons. We were treated to not just a great reception for our music making but also a patio reception with amazing homemade treats that were incredible. Such a beautiful experience — the people of Syros were so warm, inviting, and great to get to know.

A pic of us in concert attached.

Yesterday (Monday) was a travel day with 4 hours on the ferry and two more on a bus to Nafplio. We spent the morning today exploring the 4th century BCE, 14,000 seat, well preserved theater at Epidauros. What an experience. Pics and a video of us singing there in the unbelievable acoustic to follow later. Tonight a concert in the Vouleutikon here in Nafplio.

What an amazing journey thus far!

Day 2 1/2 in Greece! After an uneventful travel day, we landed late Wednesday night in Athens, an amazing cosmopolitan M...
05/17/2019

Day 2 1/2 in Greece! After an uneventful travel day, we landed late Wednesday night in Athens, an amazing cosmopolitan Mediterranean city.

Thursday morning we spent many hours touring the Acropolis and the stunning new Acropolis museum. What an amazing cultural site and an incredible museum. Some of my pics from Acropolis and Parthenon are attached.

On Thursday evening we had an intense but very productive rehearsal with our collaborators, Ensemble Generabilis and the Youth Chorus of the University of Athens, Department of Musicology. After a somewhat slow start, things settled in quickly and the rehearsal produced some very finely detailed work on the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Te Deum. We’re looking forward to a very exciting performance this evening at 8:30 PM in the Piraeus Society Hall.

Like all collaborations while touring, this has been a rich enterprise. Tonight‘s program should be quite outstanding. If you’re in the Athens area, please be sure to come out! We will try to send some excerpts in the next day or two.

Tomorrow we leave very early in the morning to catch a ferry to the island of Syros for our first a cappella concert. Nothing more exciting than touring with two separate programs to keep us on our toes!

05/14/2019

A quick pre-departure post:

AU Chamber Singers gave a lovely pre-tour concert last Friday night at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (thank you Julie Evans). Lovely to see so many families and to have a good group of alums there -- awesome to have them join for the last number. The two evening's premieres -- Sean Doyle's Arche and Matthew Horanzy's arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon -- were sung beautifully and we look forward to enjoying both of these new additions to the choral oeuvre throughout the tour and bringing them to new audiences.

Over the weekend, six of our members officially graduated -- congratulations to Allison Kraus (BA Film and Media), Casey Marquez (BA Justice and Law), Sarah Jane Bookter (BA History), Karyn Castro (MA Arts Management), Daniel Sohn (BA Music), and Andrew Watring (BA Theatre Arts). We are all thrilled to see them complete their degrees and know there are amazing things ahead for all of them. And we are all so happy and privileged to have the next two weeks to share some meaningful time with them before they depart on the next steps of their individual journeys.

We are working diligently on last minute details and the bus departs for Dulles Airport at 7 PM tonight for our late night flight to Istanbul and then to Athens. We look forward to the adventure of group travel, making music with new friends and before new audiences, and gaining new cultural insights. More posts after arrival.

We leave tomorrow on our tour of Greece! Follow along on this page as well as our updated blog site!https://americanuniv...
05/13/2019
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We leave tomorrow on our tour of Greece! Follow along on this page as well as our updated blog site!

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The American University Chamber Singers is a select student ensemble open to music majors as well as other students studying music within American University's tradition of outstanding liberal arts education. The organization was rekindled by the current director, Daniel Abraham, in spring 2000 as a...

05/10/2019

Come to our FREE concert this evening at Chevy Chase Presbyterian!! Here’s a tidbit to peak your interest!!

Join us for our AU Chamber Singers International Tour Preview Concert, one week from today—May 10 at 7:30pm at Chevy C...
05/03/2019

Join us for our AU Chamber Singers International Tour Preview Concert, one week from today—May 10 at 7:30pm at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church! Concert includes Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre, and quite possibly everything in between! 🎶

04/20/2019
American University Symphony Orchestra

‼️ CONCERT ALERT ‼️

We're one week away from our spring concert! The program features Mozart's Requiem, including works by Haydn, Faure, and Debussy. Soloists include Chamber Singers very own soprano Emily Sherman, mezzo soprano Karyn Castro, tenor Ian Urriola, and bass Gabriel Rhys Simerson.

You have two chances to the the AU Symphony Orchestra, AU Chorus, and AU Chamber Singers: next Friday and Saturday, both at 7:30pm. We'll be there, will you?

Get your tickets here! http://auartstix.universitytickets.com/user_pages/category.asp?id=73

SNEAK PEAK from rehearsal of Mozart's Requiem with the AU Symphony Orchestra, AU Chorus, and AU Chamber Singers! How beautiful do they sound?? Don't miss the whole piece plus Haydn, Debussy, and Faure on Friday, 4/26 & Saturday, 4/27 at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall at Katzen Arts Center. Get your tickets now! http://auartstix.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp

American University Chamber Singers's cover photo
01/06/2019

American University Chamber Singers's cover photo

Don't miss your chance to audition for AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers! Get your voice up on this stage with the rest o...
08/29/2018

Don't miss your chance to audition for AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers! Get your voice up on this stage with the rest of us! Auditions end on Friday, so make sure you sign up before it's too late: https://goo.gl/z7dmUC

This year, the AU Chamber Singers are going on TOUR to GREECE, and we want YOU to come with. Sign up for an audition thi...
08/27/2018

This year, the AU Chamber Singers are going on TOUR to GREECE, and we want YOU to come with. Sign up for an audition this week: https://goo.gl/z7dmUC

Do you like singing? Were you in high school chorus? Sing in the shower? Well we're looking at you!Come out and audition...
08/24/2018

Do you like singing? Were you in high school chorus? Sing in the shower? Well we're looking at you!

Come out and audition for the AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers! We have a really big year planned, and you'll want to be a part of it.

Auditions are during the first week of classes. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/z7dmUC

Just like that -- one month from today marks the start of classes for the Fall Semester!! We're looking forward to seein...
07/27/2018

Just like that -- one month from today marks the start of classes for the Fall Semester!! We're looking forward to seeing some friendly faces in this hallway!

Today, we had the opportunity to work with the student conductor and composer in our ensemble! Keep up the great work Da...
03/05/2018

Today, we had the opportunity to work with the student conductor and composer in our ensemble! Keep up the great work Daniel Sohn and Gabriel Simerson!

Come audition for AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers this semester!
01/12/2018

Come audition for AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers this semester!

Join an AU Choir this Spring! Auditions for AU Chorus and Chamber Singers will be held January 16-19.

Auditions are open to all AU students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members, and no advance preparation is required. Sign-up sheets are located outside the choral office, Katzen 146. For more information about AU Choirs and auditions, visit http://bit.ly/2D3e8El or email [email protected]

We're sad to see them go!
12/05/2017

We're sad to see them go!

A tetraptych of AU Chamber Singers who will be abroad in spring 2018 (Allison Kraus & Casey Marquez) and graduating this December (Ariana Frascatore & Lily McCausland). Congrats all! We wish you the best!

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10/31/2017

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One of our concluding events of our #AUReformation500 series: an interfaith chapel service of reconciliation with music by the AU Chamber Singers

10/30/2017
J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 79 - Opening Chorus

Prepping for our big weekend! Join us Saturday at 7:30pm or Sunday at 3pm as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther and the Reformation!

Saturday 11/4 --> Bach, Luther, and the Reformation in Theology and Sound
Sunday 11/5 --> Bach, Luther, and the Reformation in Theology and Sound

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