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Membership Day: February 3, 2024

Thank you to all who joined us for Membership Day this winter at Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church. We enjoyed invigorating and enlightening discussions about how our choruses have been doing with respect to their ADEI goals and shared strategies, successes, and more!

Second Annual Big Sing Jr!: November 4, 2023

Thank you to the dozens of young choral musicians who attended the second annual Big Sing Jr. event, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine! We had a great time making music together, and we look forward to next year!

Programs Day: October 28, 2023

This year's Programs Day event comprised three valuable sessions: 1) An introduction to Alexander Technique and its applications for musicians 2) An exploration of a kinesthetic toolkit for conductors, to get their choruses "plugged in," led by Hannah Nacheman, and 3) a session about social media for arts organizations. 

The Big Sing! June 12, 2023

Hundreds of NYC singers gathered for the Big Sing, at St. Vincent Ferrer. Under the baton of twelve directors of member choruses, we enjoyed some of our favorite a cappella works from a variety of genres and time periods. 

Programs Day: October 22, 2022


Thank you to members who joined us for NYCC's Programs Day on Saturday, October 22, at the Synod House at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We got geared up for promotion and programming in three exciting sessions: 1) Attorney Rob Monath walked us through the permissions process for choral livestreams and online postings 2) Diversity in Action intern Mary Daugherty updated us on our expanding repertoire database 3) And composer Paul Moravec, with special guest Laquita Mitchell, took us inside his oratorio, Sanctuary Road, and lead a lively discussion about its significance. 

First Annual Big Sing Jr!: May 7, 2022

Dozens of singers in the 4th-12th grade, from many of greater New York City's youth choral ensembles joined together for a day of music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Here's a brief clip of some of the action! 


Membership Day: February 5, 2022  "And .... We're Back!"


Members gathered to discuss strategies and situations regarding the resumption of rehearsal and performance activities. Many thanks to all who attended and shared their experiences and ideas!

For notes from the discussion, log in to your Chorus Connection account via the login portal, then click "files" from the main menu and "membership days" on the files page. 

Fall Programs Day: October 23, 2021

NYCC Diversity in Action chair Everett McCorvey organized this wonderful opportunity to meet seven dynamic African-American composers and learn about their work. They included: Cedric Dent, Marques L. A. Garrett, Diane White-Clayton, Rosephanye Powell, Timothy Amukele, and Kathy Bullock.

You can view the presentation and discussion on YouTube, HERE.

10th Anniversary of The BIG SING: September 12, 2021

We commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a special commission by Robert Paterson entitled "Look to the Sky."
This year's BIG SING also featuring choral favorites, including:

Vivaldi - Gloria in excelsis Deo (Gloria)

Tallis - If Ye Love Me

Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine

Brahms - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Requiem)

Mozart - Ave verum corpus

Mendelssohn - Verleih uns Frieden

Rachmaninoff - Bogoroditse Devo (All-Night Vigil)

Verdi - Va, pensiero (Nabucco)

Bach - Dona nobis pacem (B Minor Mass)

Conductors included:

Alex Canovas, Young New Yorkers Chorus

Nicole Becker, Every Voice Choirs

James John, Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble

Liz Geisewite, Accord Treble Choir

Cynthia Powell, Stonewall Chorale, Melodia Women’s Choir

Nicholas Nicassio, Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale

Everett McCorvey, National Chorale

John Maclay, The Choral Society of Grace Church

Kent Tritle, OSNY, Musica Sacra, St. John the Divine

Deborah Simpkin King, Ember Choral Arts

Summer Workshop Series: July 21 - August 4, 2021

NYCC hosted a series of 3 Zoom workshops this summer aimed at addressing key challenges facing the choral world right now.

  • Safely Reopening Your Voice (Clara Rottsolk)

  • Reopening Roundtable

  • An Exploration of Asian Choral Repertoire (Jei Yi)


NYCC Annual Meeting: June 14, 2021


In addition to traditional annual meeting business, we were joined by composer Robert Paterson, who has been commissioned by NYCC to write a piece honoring the 10-year anniversary of The Big Sing and the 20-year anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. He shared background on his process and previewed the piece.


Membership Day: February 20, 2021

The focus of this year's Membership Day was "Lessons Learned - and the Way Forward," which included a series of discussions about COVID and what comes next.

Fall Programs Day: October 24, 2020

This year's (virtual) Fall Programs Day focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Race. The event was facilitated by Everett McCorvey, Chair of Diversity in Action for the NY Choral Consortium and Music Director for the National Chorale and American Spiritual Ensemble, along with acclaimed diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Tami Forte Logan.

Summer Workshop Series: July 22 - August 5, 2020

NYCC hosted a series of 3 Zoom workshops this summer aimed at addressing key challenges facing the choral world right now.

  • From Surviving To Thriving:  Guiding Your Chorus through Crisis into a Changed World (Steve Smith)

  • Diversity in Action:  Taking the Next Step (Dr. Everett McCorvey)

  • Venturing Back to Venues: Building Venue Partnerships Amidst COVID-19 (Tori Cook)

NYCC Annual Meeting + COVID-19 Discussion: June 8, 2020


In light of COVID-related restrictions, we went virtual for our 2020 Annual Meeting. After voting in the new slate of board members, there were some exciting announcements about our plans for the 10th anniversary of the Big Sing next year.​ Then we welcomed Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO of Chorus America, who facilitated a conversation titled “Building a Bright Future in a Post-COVID Age.”

Membership Day: February 8, 2020

At the 2020 Membership Day, NYCC members joined in a rousing discussion about education in our choruses in its many forms: outreach, (singer) skill development, and audience engagement.

Fall Programs Day: October 19, 2019

NYCC members joined us at the Balance Arts Center for our annual Fall Programs Day, a day of learning, networking...and, of course, some singing!

2019 sessions included:

  • The Singer's Missing Link: An introduction to singing and The Alexander Technique (Matthew Cahill)

  • Vocal Fundamentals: Energize, Connect, Release! (Amaranta Viera)

The BIG SING 2019: ​June 10th, 2019

The 2019 BIG SING featured favorite "Sanctus" movements.

Sanctus from Missa O quam gloriosum, Tomas Luis de Victoria (conducted by David Hayes, New York Choral Society)

Sanctus from Harmoniemesse, Joseph Haydn (conducted by Alistair Hamilton, New York Chamber Choirs)

Sanctus from Mass in C, K. 317, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (conducted by Billy Janiszewski, Tapestry)

Sanctus from Mass in C, Ludwig van Beethoven (conducted by Mark Shapiro, Cantori New York & Cecilia Chorus of NY)

Sanctus from Mass in Eb, Franz Schubert (conducted by Malcolm J. Merriweather, The Dessoff Choirs)

Heilig, Felix Mendelssohn (conducted by James Knox Sutterfield, Florilegium Chamber Choir)

Sanctus from MASS (Kadosh excerpt), Leonard Bernstein (conducted by Ronnie Oliver, Jr., EnsembleNYC)

Sanctus from Requiem, Giuseppe Verdi (conducted by Jana Ballard, NYC Labor Chorus)

Sanctus from Requiem, Gabriel Fauré (conducted by Colin Britt, West Village Chorale)

Sanctus from Mass in B Minor, Johann Sebastian Bach (conducted by Deborah Simpkin King, Schola Cantorum on Hudson

NYCC Membership Day: February 9, 2019 

NYCC's annual Membership Day provides programming specifically designed to help New York City-based choirs thrive and succeed. The day touches artistic and administrative topics alike and provides the opportunity to network with other ensembles.


2019 topics covered included:

  • Fundraising

  • Board Development and Governance

  • Marketing

  • NYCC updates

Topics were selected based on those covered at the Chorus America Chorus Management Institute, held earlier in 2019 and hosted by NYCC.

Chorus America Chorus Management Institute: January 18-20, 2019


The New York Choral Consortium was thrilled to host Chorus America's 2019 Chorus Management Institute, January 18-20, 2019 in New York City. 


Jumpstart your chorus with ideas and skills you can put to use right away! The Chorus Management Institute is a three-day "crash course" that gives you tools, strategies, and a professional network that you can put to immediate use. Faculty will cover key fundamentals and best practices in Strategic Thinking & Planning, Governance & Board Development, Marketing & Communications, Fundraising, and more. 


This program provides an invaluable eduction opportunity for leaders of small and mid-level budget choirs, music directors looking for additional grounding in nonprofit management, new board members and board chairs, and administrative leaders looking for additional professional development.

NYCC Fall Programs Day: October 13th, 2018

NYCC's annual Fall Programs Day offered insightful sessions covering everything from vocal mastery to administrative success tips and tricks. The fall 2018 sessions included: 

  • Plenary Session: Getting Thematic (Kent Tritle, OSNY, Musica Sacra, St. John the Divine, and Ronnie Oliver, Jr., EnsembleNYC) 

  • A conductor's favorite things...Pitch, Rhythm and Diction! (Mark Schnaible, bass-baritone)

  • Alexander Technique (Alexis Martin, Brooklyn College)

  • Building Critical IT Infrastructure (Jacob Levine, Founder & CEO of Chorus Connection).

The BIG SING 2018: ​June 11th, 2018

The 2018 BIG SING featured favorite "Gloria" movements.

Palestrina - "Gloria" from Missa Veni Sponsa Christe
Vivaldi - Gloria
Haydn - "Gloria" from Lord Nelson Mass
Mozart - "Gloria" from Mass in C Minor
Schubert - "Gloria" from Mass in G
Bach - "Gloria in excelsis" from B Minor Mass

Ryan Brandau - Amor Artis Chorus
Phillip Cheah - Central City Chorus
Tom Cunningham - Manhattan Choral Ensemble
Susan Glass - The Glass Menagerie, a downtown community chorus
John Daly Goodwin - former director, New York Choral Society
Michael Kerschner - Young New Yorkers' Chorus
John Maclay - The Choral Society
Everett McCorvey - National Chorale
Cynthia Powell - Melodia Women's Choir & The Stonewall Chorale
Stephen Sands - Downtown Voices

Annual Membership Day

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Included topic discussions:

  • Rehearsal and performance space

  • Fundraising and Grantwriting

  • Volunteer Management​

NYCC Fall Workshop 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:30am - 2:00pm

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Cathedral School

Included the following sessions:

  • Plenary Session: "The Best of All Possible Worlds: The Problem with American Music and Leonard Bernstein's Choral Works" with Gwen D'Amico

  • Reading Session: Bernstein's Mass led by Malcolm J. Merriweather

  • "Sing in Tune and being in the rhythmic groove" with Tim Krol

  • "Marketing: Strengthening your Choir's Voice" with Alistair Hamilton

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