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Amateur Choruses in New York City

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New York is home to many wonderful amateur and semi-professional choral groups whose enthusiasm and accomplishment are part of the city’s lifeblood yet whose work goes largely unheralded. Here are a few of the best.

1. Named for the patron saint of music, the St. Cecilia Chorus sings an array of musically challenging and inspiring works. This year is all about masses: Mozart, Hummel, Schubert and Bach are all on the docket.

2. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City offers children and teens from 7 to 18 years old an extraordinary musical education and performance opportunities in the city and around the world.

3. New York City may seem far from the Appalachians, but down-home singing is never closer than at the Lower East Side Shape Note Sing. The group meets monthly to explore this uniquely American a cappella style that dates from the 18th century.

4. The Collegiate Chorale  was founded by the late dean of American choral conductors, Robert Shaw. The group carries on his extraordinary legacy. Upcoming performances range from Handel’s Israel in Egypt to Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera The Grapes of Wrath.

5. The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus  celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Its incredible work includes world premieres of music by John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, and William Bolcom.