Simple Gifts - American and British Art Songs of the 20th Century
Teaching children to sing exceptionally well, teaching children to read music, teaching children to harness their range of emotions to give immediacy to their performances, teaching children that depending on and cooperating with others can often give a greater result than working alone -- these are the things that singing in a children s chorus can do. This is what the New York City Children's Chorus strives to do every day. We are pleased to offer this, our first recording, as we give back some of our favorite music to you. [Mary Wannamaker Huff]
The New York City Children's Chorus at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church is a graded choral program for children in the metropolitan New York City area who wish to receive training in the art of singing in a rigorous and rewarding choral environment. Founded in 2012, the NYCCC is comprised of nine choral ensembles for 165 children ages four through eighteen, steeped in the bel canto tradition, exploring a range of Western music from Bach to Broadway. Recent performances for the choristers in the advanced performing choirs heard in this recording, Concert Choir and In Harmony, include J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas, appearances on Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live and the Today Show, as well as tour appearances in Vienna, Salzburg, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Choristers learn, through hard work and dedication, to develop a passionate commitment to excellence through studying the choral art, to develop discipline and self-confidence, and to give back to their community through the gift of music.
Conductor Mary Wannamaker Huff is the Artistic Director of the New York City Children's Chorus and Associate Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. She founded the NYCCC at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2012, having conducted her first children's choir in 1999. Ms. Huff has coached her choirs and soloists for a remarkably diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall, to major television networks, to outreach concerts in our local homeless shelter and nursing homes. Her noted work as a pedagogue began with training at Furman University and Yale University, followed by teaching in independent, inner city and catholic schools.
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- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: MSR Classics
- ASIN: B0189D63LO