Choirs

Nassau Choirs

Nassau Treble Choir

Full Description and Schedule

The Nassau Treble Choir, led by Director Craig B. Knapp, is a vocal ensemble comprised of students in grades 4-6. Rehearsals focus on healthy vocal production and technique, solfège, sight-singing, and musicianship skills while exploring quality choral literature, authentic singing games, and creative activities. The choir performs unison to 3-part treble repertoire. MYO Children’s Treble Choirs are for unchanged children’s voices.

2018-2019 Nassau Treble Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Nassau Treble Choir in the 2017-2018 season included:

  • Un moto di gioia from Le Nozze di Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Emily Ellsworth
  • The Jumblies – Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock
  • If – Mary Goetze
  • Bim Bam – Hassidic Song, arr. Shirley W. McRae
  • John Henry – Traditional Railroad Work Song, arr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Four White Horses – Caribbean Folk Song, arr. Cristi Cary Miller
  • Old Joe Clark – American Folk Song, arr. Mary Goetze
  • Éamonn an Chnoic (Ned of the Hill) – Traditional Irish Folk Song, arr. Lori-Anne Dolloff
  • J’entend le Moulin – Traditional French Folk Song, arr. Ruth E. Dwyer and Martin L. Ellis
  • Pete, Pete! – Ghanaian Folk Song, arr. Victor C. Johnson
  • Metsa Telegramm (The Woodpecker’s Warning) – Uno Naissoo
  • The Unsuitable Suitor – Margaret King
  • The Tailor of Gloucester – English Folk Song, arr. Cyndee Giebler
  • Ferry Me Across the Water – Lyn Williams, arr. Doreen Rao
  • From Where Is Light – Jim Papoulis
  • I Let Her Go-Go – Traditional Circle Game from Trinidad and Tobago, arr. Douglas Beam
  • One Song – Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock – MYO Commission

Nassau Concert Choir

Full Description and Schedule

The Nassau Concert Choir, led by Director Doreen Fryling, was formed in the 2006-2007 season. The ensemble is open to students in grades 7 and 8 with unchanged voices and performs music in two to four part harmony. Repertoire is chosen on its musical merit while exposing students to a variety of genres. Rehearsals emphasize proper vocal production and technique, as well as the development of the musical ear.

2018-2019 Nassau Concert Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Nassau Concert Choir in the 2017-2018 season included:

  • I Am In Need of Music – David L. Brunner
  • Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive – Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, arr. Joy Hirokawa
  • Durme, Durme (Sleep, Sleep) – Ladino (Sephardic) Folk Song, arr. Alice Parker
  • Go Where I Send Thee – Gospel Spritual, arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory
  • The Nightingale – Thomas Weelkes
  • Away from the Roll of the Sea – Allister MacGillivray, arr. Stuart Calvert
  • Hotaru Koi (Ho, Firefly) – Japanese Children’s Song, arr. Rō Ogura
  • Swingin’ with the Saints – Traditional African American Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes
  • Will there really be a “Morning”? – Craig Hella Johnson
  • Two Lullabies – Jocelyn Hagan
  • The Spark of Creation from Children of Eden – Stephen Schwartz

Nassau Men’s Choir

Full Description

The Nassau Men’s Choir, led by Director James Ludwig, has its inaugural year in the 2019-20 season. The ensemble is open to boys with changing voices in grades 7-12. A major goal of this ensemble is to help adolescent boys develop literacy, musicianship, and technique throughout their voice change. This choir performs repertoire from myriad styles, chosen specifically to fit the developing voices of the young men in the ensemble.

Nassau Symphonic Choir

Full Description and Schedule

The Nassau Symphonic Choir, led by Director Louise O’Hanlon, is a four-part women’s ensemble for high school vocalists. Members are exposed to classical, contemporary, and multicultural music with the goal of fostering an understanding of world cultures. Singing is an intensely personal experience and it is our hope that by making a deep connection with the music, members will, in turn, learn something about themselves and the world at large. As Symphonic Choir comes together to form a community of singers, we can, in turn, form a community of young people who care about each other and who spread joy through their music-making.

2018-2019 Nassau Symphonic Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Nassau Symphonic Choir in the 2017-2018 season included:

  • Tambur – based on Hungarian folk tune “Ungaresca” from J. Paix’ Organ Book, arr. Lajos Bárdos
  • Rocks on the Mountain – African-American Worksong, arr. Carol Barnett
  • Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia – David L. Brunner
  • The Awakening – Joseph M. Martin
  • Kyrie from Saint Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass – Glenn McClure
  • Parting Friends – Appalachian Folk Song, arr. Moira Smiley
  • Ave Verum Corpus – Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Gartan Mother’s Lullaby – Traditional Irish Folk Song, arr. Neil Ginsburg
  • Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo
  • All Too Soon – Stephen Hatfield
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon, arr. Kirby Shaw
  • Circus Band – Charles Ives, arr. Alexander Dashnaw
  • I Dream a World – Resephanye Powell
  • Ritmo – Dan Davison
  • Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down – Traditional Spiritual, arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory

Nassau Chamber Chorale

Full Description and Schedule

The Nassau Chamber Chorale, led by Edward P. Norris III, is an ensemble comprising of Nassau County’s finest high school vocal musicians. Members of the Chorale have also performed with the All-County Choirs, All-State Choirs, All Eastern Choir and the ACDA National Choir. This is a select group of approximately 40 singers that perform some of the world’s finest choral literature; from the classics to contemporary (NYSSMA level 6 and beyond). The musicians in this group are advanced performers and have mastered the vocal skills necessary to be outstanding choral singers. Many of our members go on to study music in college.

2018-2019 Nassau Chamber Chorale Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Nassau Chamber Chorale in the 2017-2018 season included:

  • Indodana– Traditional South African Song, arr. Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt
  • Cantate Domino – Claudio Monteverdi
  • The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee– Jean Berger
  • Glow – Eric Whitacre
  • Stille Nacht, Heilig Nacht (Silent Night) – Franz Xaver Gruber
  • Across the Vast, Eternal Sky – Ola Gjeilo
  • Unclouded Day from Heavenly Home: Three American Songs – Rev. J.K. Alwood, arr. Shawn Kirchner
  • There Will Be Rest – Frank Ticheli
  • Stars – Ēriks Ešenvalds
  • Frè O (B Brother)– Sten Källman
  • Where Your Bare Foot Walks – David N. Childs
  • All My Trials – Bohemian Spiritual, arr. Stavey V. Gibbs
  • Daemon Irrepit Callidus – György Orbán
  • The Runner– Joshua Rist
  • Horizons– Péter Louis van Dijk
  • Elijah Rock– Traditional Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
Suffolk Choirs

Suffolk Treble Choir

Full Description and Schedule

The Suffolk Treble Choir, led by Director Craig B. Knapp, debuted in 2008 as a 4th-8th grade vocal ensemble and it is now comprised of students in grades 4-6. Rehearsals focus on healthy vocal production and technique, solfège, sight-singing, and musicianship skills while exploring quality choral literature, authentic singing games, and creative activities. The choir performs unison to 3-part treble repertoire.  MYO Children’s Treble Choirs are for unchanged children’s voices.

2018-2019 Suffolk Treble Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Suffolk Treble Choir in the 2017-2018 season included:

  • Chatter With the Angels – African American Folk Song, arr. Betty Bertaux
  • I Ask For One Day – Jim Papoulis
  • The Dream Keeper – Rollo A. Dilworth
  • Shake the Papaya Down – Calypso Song, arr. Ruth E. Dwyer and Judith M. Waller
  • Kenyan Welcome Songs – East African Folk Songs, transcribed by Dan LeJeune, arr. Tim Gregory
  • Git Along, Little Dogies from Cowboy Songs – Cowboy Song, arr. Mark Hierholzer
  • Bist du bei mir – Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Doreen Rao
  • Kookaburra – Australian Folk Song, arr. Melissa Keylock and Jill Friedersdorf
  • Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around – African American Spiritual, arr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Metsa Telegramm (The Woodpecker’s Warning) – Uno Naissoo
  • The Unsuitable Suitor – Margaret King
  • The Tailor of Gloucester – English Folk Song, arr. Cyndee Giebler
  • Ferry Me Across the Water – Lyn Williams, arr. Doreen Rao
  • From Where Is Light – Jim Papoulis
  • I Let Her Go-Go – Traditional Circle Game from Trinidad and Tobago, arr. Douglas Beam
  • One Song – Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock – MYO Commission

Suffolk Concert Choir

Full Description and Schedule

The Suffolk Concert Choir, led by Director Melanie Dominick, was formed in the 2012-13 season. The ensemble is open to students in grades 7 and 8 with unchanged voices and performs music in two to four part harmony. Repertoire is chosen on its musical merit while exposing students to a variety of genres. Rehearsals emphasize proper vocal production and technique, as well as the development of the musical ear.

2018-2019 Suffolk Concert Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Suffolk Concert Choir in the 2017-2018 season included:

  • The Seven Wonders – Welsh Folk Song, arr. Nick Page
  • For the Beauty of the Earth – John Rutter
  • Can You Hear – Jim Papoulis, arr. Francisco J. Núñez
  • Climbin’ Up the Mountain, Children! – Traditional Spiritual, arr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Wade in the Water – Traditional Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes
  • The Snow, Op. 26, No. 1 – Edward Elgar
  • Kuna Njia (There Is A Way) – Jim Papoulis
  • You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, arr. Mac Huff
  • Salmo 150 – Ernani Aguiar
  • Quiet Sea – Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock
  • Joshua – Traditional Spiritual, arr. Rollo Dilworth

Suffolk Women’s Choir

Full Description

The Suffolk Women’s Choir, led by Director Brad Drinkwater, is a four-part SSAA ensemble for singers in grades 9-10. Newly formed for the 2019-2020 season, the Choir performs advanced classical and contemporary choral music written for women’s voices. Through inspired and joyful singing, it is our goal for both singers and audience members to experience the full transformative power of choral music. Singers in this group should have experience singing in choirs and be able to demonstrate appropriate vocal technique and tone quality.

Suffolk Symphonic Choir

Full Description and Schedule

The Suffolk Symphonic Choir (formerly the Suffolk Youth Chorale), led by Director Shoshana Hershkowitz, is a mixed choir that debuted in the 2013-2014 season. The ensemble performs a wide variety of choral literature that spans many cultures, styles, and time periods. Singers in the ensemble should be of high school age and have experience singing in school choirs and at NYSSMA solo festivals.

2018-2019 Suffolk Symphonic Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Repertoire performed by the Suffolk Symphonic Choir in the 2017-2018 season includes:

  • Hamisha Asar – Flory Jagoda, arr. Nick Page
  • Away from the Roll of the Sea – Allister MacGillivray
  • O occhi, manza mia – Orlando di Lasso
  • The Storm Is Passing Over Us – Charles Albert Tindley, arr. Barbara W. Baker
  • Famine Song – VIDA, arr. Matthew Culloton
  • My Name is Lamiya, Don’t Call Me “Refugee” from the This Is My Name choral series – Michael Bussewitz-Quarm – MYO Choral Consortium Commission
  • Zion’s Walls – Aaron Copland, arr. Glenn Koponen
  • Flight Song – Kim André Arnesen
  • In Remembrance from Requiem – Eleanor Daley
  • Ritmo – Dan Davison

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