The FTC Chamber Singers: Making Choral Performances Creative
The FTC Chamber Singers are a sixteen-voice auditioned ensemble led by Professor Marc Silverberg. The ensemble’s innovative approach to music making, combining classical choral literature and contemporary a cappella literature, has earned it a unique and highly-respected reputation on Long Island. Since the ensemble’s inception in 2015, the Chamber Singers have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and most recently, at the 2019 Association for Popular Music Education’s National Convention.
On February 20, 2020, the Five Towns College Chamber Singers traveled to the New Jersey Music Educators’ Association state conference to perform its newest set of repertoire for the convention audience. The set, entitled “Technology Through the Ages,” explored the development of several types of technology through choral repertoire and even incorporated technology in the live performance. Their performance included “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor, which was composed to combat national gun violence; “O Bella Fusa” by Orlando di Lasso, which represented the development of the spinning wheel; and “Ave Maria” by Rachel Bearer, which utilized live looping software in the performance.
The FTC Chamber Singers 2019-2020 season includes a tour in Pennsylvania, hosting the Second Annual Choral Invitation Festival for local high school choirs, and in Spring 2020, they will premiere a brand-new choral work slated for publication with GIA.
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