Queens College Vocal Ensemble

James John, conductor

The Queens College Vocal Ensemble is a select chamber choir of 18-24 graduate students, faculty, and advanced undergraduate students, specializing in a cappella music from the Renaissance to the 21st-century. Programs from the past few years have included Bach's Jesu, meine Freude, Britten's Five Flower Songs, Frank Martinís Songs of Ariel, the American premiere of Mondendinge (a set of three pieces by contemporary Swiss composer Rudolf Jaggi), Monteverdiís Sestina, Brahmsís Drei Gesänge, Op. 42, Barberís Reincarnations, Poulencís Un Soir de Neige, an evening of Scandinavian choral music, as well as world premieres of works written for the group by Leo Kraft and Sidney Boquiren. In 2006 the Vocal Ensemble appeared at the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Convention in New York City as part of a conducting master class with Jerry Blackstone of the University of Michigan, and was one of four featured collegiate choirs in "An Evening of Choral Artistry" at Alice Tully Hall. In March 2009 the Vocal Ensemble released a CD featuring the partsongs of Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn, funded through a PSC-CUNY grant. For more details visit the following website: http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Music_Library/maccunn.php .

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