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The BIG SING 2023!
Monday, June 12, 7:30 PM
St. Vincent Ferrer - 869 Lexington Ave., at E 66th St.

Join us for an evening of favorite a cappella motets, madrigals, and partsongs. Enjoy a diverse selection of short unaccompanied works by Palestrina, Morley, Brahms, Bruckner, Monteverdi, Fanny Hensel, Dett, Burleigh, and more!


James John - Cerddorion

Clara Longstreth - New Amsterdam Singers

Vince Peterson - Empire City Men's Chorus & 

                            Choral Chameleon

Bryan Zaros - Central City Chorus & Cathedral of St. John

                        the Divine

Matthew Lewis - St. George's Choral Society

Elena Williamson - Park Slope Singers

Jason Asbury - Grace Chorale of Brooklyn

Jonathan DeVries - Canterbury Choral Society


James Wetzel, organ



NYCC’s The BIG SING is an annual free massed singing event inaugurated in 2011 by the New York Choral Consortium as an opportunity for New York choral singers to sing together, and to celebrate the beginning of the summer, a season in which the City is active with choral workshops, festivals and “sing” series.  Typically between 300 and 400 singers participate.  All are welcome!  


To our knowledge, NYCC’s The BIG SING is the first such annual event in the country.  Since 2011, several other choral consortia around the country have inaugurated similar annual events. For contact with other consortia nationwide, click here - Choral Consortia - Promoting the Choral Art Together.




Q. Who can sing?  


Anyone!  No audition.  No background check.  


Q. Don’t I need to be an NYCC member?  


Nope.  All are welcome!


Q. What if I want to just listen?  


Perfectly fine.  You have a treat in store!


Q. What music is sung and where do I get it?  


All music selected for The BIG SING is freely is drawn from the “public domain” - meaning, out of copyright.  We post each year’s repertoire right here for easy download, or for e-reading on site.  Simply register using the form on this page to download the music. NOTE:  Scores are not provided on site (which is part of how it can be a free event!), so each singer does need to come with his/her own e-reader or printed copy.


Q. Why do people come?


As many reasons as individuals, to be sure, but . . . well, it’s a “shared community” thing among people who share a passion for the choral art.  This one day each year, all singers in all choirs are able to come together as One Great Big Apple Choir!  (The NYCC holds to a strict policy for this event as a solicitations-free zone.)  

Q. How do I learn the music?  


If you’ve sung in choirs, you’ll probably know at least some of it already.  What you don’t know already, others will, making singing along a reasonable expectation.  You can sit near others who sing your voice part.

Q. Is there a dress code? 


No dress code--come as you are!

Check out photos from our BIG SING 2017

All photos by Stan Schnier

Register for this free event using this form!
PDF scores will be made available to registrants prior to the event.
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