WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 25, 2013)—The Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) Camerata Singers will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in New York City’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest cathedral and third-largest church.
The premiere choral group at W&J, the Camerata Singers is comprised of 22 students with a wide range of majors. The group has appeared at professional music conferences and by invitation at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In 2010, The Camerata Singers became the first winners of The American Prize in Choral Performance, College/University Division. The group is conducted by Susan Medley, director of choral activities at W&J.
Located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, the Cathedral and its grounds span the area between West 110th Street and West 113th Street. In addition to its staggering beauty, the space is known acoustically for its eight-second reverberation time.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our students, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform in such a spectacular venue. I am excited for the singers, who I know are proud to represent W&J,” Medley said.
The W&J Camerata Singers will be joined in concert by the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, a 100-voice community chorus also conducted by Medley. The Camerata Singers will open the concert with a cappella sacred works by Anton Bruckner and Charles Villiers Stanford. The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale will present Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied, and the evening will conclude with all singers joining together to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.
An orchestra of musicians from the Manhattan School of Music will accompany the singers. Featured in the Beethoven work is Antonio Fermin, a Venezuelan pianist based in New York City. Fermin has performed extensively around the world and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival, among others. Soloists include Pittsburgh artists Katy Williams, soprano; Eva Rainforth, mezzo-soprano; Ryan Keeling, tenor; and Charles Cohen, bass.
The W&J Camerata Singers are: Benjamin Altomari, Garek Anderson, Hannah Baldwin, Erin Barno, Travis Clark, Allyse Corbin, Megan Crawford, Sarah Depew, Samantha Farabee, Tayler Hansen, Michael Kozlowski, Ulysses Laman, Brennen Malia, Amber McGee, Kristin Ogden, Brandon Rauch, Hannah Russell, Noah Salama, Nicholas Stockert, Genevieve VanVoorhis, Kayleigh Verno, and Kyle Weidman.
The concert is free and open to the public.