This guest post comes to us from Michael Kerschner, YNYC’s Artistic Director and Conductor.
Created to complement the 2012–2013 Season of Women, the Women’s Ensemble is a vibrant member of the YNYC family. The story of the creation of this new ensemble reveals a great deal about our commitment to our singers, our audience, and to the art form we love.
We are proud of what we have developed over our 12-year history, and our efforts as champions of new music and producers of innovative choral concerts has been an exciting addition to the classical music scene of New York City. The past several seasons has seen a growth in the size of our core ensemble, The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and every year there is an increase in talent competing for the opportunity to join our group of vocal artists. It is clear that the YNYC institution is ready to grow beyond what we are, and the biggest challenge is that we do not grow beyond who we are.
We are protective of the YNYC vibe because it is so wonderfully unique. Despite performing a challenging repertoire, we have a casual atmosphere and enjoy a grassroots organizational structure, utilizing the skills of our volunteers to do the difficult work of managing our growth and our rising visibility in the choral scene. The audience is the beneficiary of this approach. Our concerts, no matter how innovative and ambitious, feel like family gatherings. We know that our expansion needs to honor our mission and values, and our new Women’s Ensemble is the perfect complement to what YNYC already does so well: bringing new music to life and providing an artistic home for singers in their twenties and thirties.
The new 40-voice Women’s Ensemble has already performed at the Treble in Brooklyn Festival in October, and in addition to performing at YNYC’s March concert they will present concerts this December and June. They already sound fantastic, and have a spirit and energy that indicates a lasting future. Come see for yourself, as they will perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and other Christmas music at their inaugural concert on December 8 at St. Malachy, the Actor’s Chapel.