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The New York Virtuoso Singers Presents Its Choral Composition Competition Winners and More on April 13 at Manhattan’s Advent Lutheran Church

April 12, 2019

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor and Artistic Director, will present Choral Composition Competition Winners and More, the second event of their 2018-19 concert season on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 PM at Advent Lutheran Church, Broadway at 93rd St. New York, NY.

After contacting every high school choral teacher in New York State, NYVS commissioned five gifted student composers to write choral works for them. Yusei Hata, Peter Mainetti, Paige Pearson, Justin Taveras, and Alex Whittington will all have their new works performed.

In addition, NYVS has had an ongoing competition of its own for more than ten years. In this concert, the most recent winners will be presented: Guy Barash: Stimmen (World Premiere), Elizabeth Skola Davis: In Memory (World Premiere), Russell Horton: Evening Waterfall (World Premiere), Louis Karchin: Hymns from the Dark (American Premiere) and Thomas Stumpf: season of sorrow.

The choir will also perform the American Premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Missa Brevis. Ninety-year old Musgrave was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2017 by Queen Elizabeth, which was presented to her in Buckingham Palace.

Maestro Rosenbaum will host a pre-concert discussion with the commissioned composers at 7:30 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. However, contributions are requested. More information at

Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, The New York Virtuoso Singers has become the country's leading exponent of contemporary choral music. Although the chorus performs music of all periods, its emphasis is on commissioning, performing and recording the music of American composers. The choir appears on 45 commercial CDs, including releases on Bridge, Albany and Kasp. Their latest release is Virtuoso Choral Works, Volume 1: Works by Hoover, Davies and Lipten on the 4Tay label. More about New York Virtuoso Singers at Join their Facebook page at

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Irving Caesar Fund of the ASCAP Foundation.





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