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Ensembles-in-Residence

David from the St Cecilia windowSaint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church is pleased to be home (or home-away-from-home) to several distinguished vocal ensembles. These ensembles-in-residence rehearse and perform in the church and, as part of their relationship with the parish, each year usually offer their vocal talents and perform the liturgical music at Solemn Mass on a week-day feast. We are pleased that they all participate in our arts ministry.

 

Accord is a 8-voice treble ensemble best known for its diverse repertoire ranging from medieval chant and Renaissance madrigals to the vast array of 20th and 21st century compositions specifically written for upper voice a cappella ensembles. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor, Accord is one of few ensembles that interprets and performs the rich repetoire of Finno-Ugric composers.

Amor Artis, a 40-voice chorus and chamber orchestra under its music director, Stephen Somary, presents great classics from all eras, in fresh and vibrant interpretations, as well as promotes music by living U.S. composers. It has achieved considerable international recognition through its many concerts and extensive discography, encompassing more than forty recordings.

Amuse is an ensemble of 8 to 12 voices founded by Lee Ryder in the fall of 2002 to bring music for women’s voices to New York audiences. Our programs feature repertory ranging from chant to new commissions. Writing in the New York Times, Allan Kozinn said, “This choir’s real magic is in its delicate balance of serenity and intensity...a pure transparent tone and solid ensemble.” 

Canticum Novum Singers is now in its 38th season under the direction of its founder, Harold Rosenbaum. This chamber choir has achieved both national and international recognition for its stylistic versatility, vocal blend, and expressive range. The group has performed in all of New York’s major concert halls and has collaborated with prominent New York area orchestras.

Central City Chorus

Cerddorion is a mixed chamber choir dedicated to outstanding performances of adventurous programs that span the breadth of the choral repertoire from medieval polyphony to new compositions. As befits its name (cerddorion is Welsh for “musicians”), the ensemble aspires to musicianship in the fullest sense, using the human voice to explore and fulfill the expressive potential of the art.

Lionheart is one of America’s leading ensembles in vocal chamber music, best known for its interpretation of medieval and Renaissance a cappella music, with Gregorian Chant as the keystone of its repertoire. The ensemble also collaborates with instrumental ensembles, dance companies, and contemporary composers.

New York Bach Artists

New York Virtuoso Singers. Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, the group has become this country’s leading exponent of contemporary choral music with an emphasis is on commissioning, performing and recording the music of American composers. NYVS has twice received the prestigious ASCAP-Chorus America “Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music,” and has been given Chorus America’s “American Choral Works Performance Award.”

Polyhymnia is a small select ensemble of singers who present historically informed performances of sacred music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. The ensemble has been in residence at The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch since 2003.  Polyhymnia’s mission is to preserve and reintroduce early choral masterworks both in traditional concerts as well as historical liturgical reconstructions combining plainchant from local sources and polyphonic works. Over the years, director John Bradley has reconstructed liturgies from Seville, Imperial Germany, Ireland and Tudor England and the ensemble has performed works by both well known composers like Lassus and Palestrina, and a wide array of unjustly neglected composers including Aston, Clemens non Papa, Crecquillon, de Rore, Fayrfax, Gombert, Porta, Vaet and Willaert.

TENET celebrates its Fifth Anniversary as one of New York’s preeminent vocal ensembles. Under artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, TENET has won acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuosic singing and command of repertoire that spans the Middle Ages to the present. TENET features distinguished soloists who shine in one-voice-to-a-part singing and as joined voices in small ensembles.  


The image above depicts King David playing his harp and is a detail from the Saint Cecilia window in the former choir loft.

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