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The SongCatchers: Folk traditions in song

We’re getting really excited about our May 9th concert “The SongCatchers: Folk traditions in song” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany NY. This is the welcome letter that will appear in the concert program, from our artistic director, Derek W. Stannard. We think it sums up why we love this repertoire so much, and why we sing together as a choral family!

For a complete rep list and to purchase tickets online, visit our concert page at “The SongCatchers: Folk traditions in song”.

Catching up!

Ack! Was July really our last post? We’ve been so busy we’ve been neglecting the blog!

So, in the spirit of “what I did last summer (and fall)”, here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • we listened to a lot of really wonderful singers at our September auditions and took on two fabulously talented singers! Welcome soprano Carla Fisk and bass Tyler Thomas!
  • We welcomed our Auriel Scholar, Class of 2015! Caleb Eick is a senior at the College of Saint Rose, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, where he studies with Dr. Susan Harwood. Caleb brings so much enthusiasm, passion and talent to our group! We’re very happy to have him aboard. First on Caleb’s agenda was assisting in the preparation of program notes for our first concert, and he did a great job!
  • we prepared and rehearsed and presented our first concert of the season, “This Other Eden: Music of The English Masters”, and it was glorious! We’re so grateful to the large, appreciative audience and the wonderful folks at Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville, NY, who made us feel so very welcome.

Here are a few pics from rehearsals for that concert:

Auriel Camerata rehearses for “This Other Eden: Music of the English Masters” at Immaculate Conception Church, Glenville, NY

Interior shot of Immaculate Conception Church as Auriel Camerata rehearses for “This Other Eden: Music of the English Masters.”

And here’s a bit of video from rehearsal:

From now on, we promise we won’t get so far behind on the blog!

Welcome to Auriel Camerata!

Auriel Camerata
Hello there! Allow us to introduce ourselves!

Who are we?
We started off as a group of singers who had performed together in various choral incarnations in the Capital District. Because we kept running into each other – and because we knew we blended well, had the same rehearsal ethic, and same rigorous choral standards – the question, “why don’t we we form a small group?” kept coming up. So we decided to make the group a reality!

Auriel Camerata is a flexible, versatile group of musicians who seek to bring excellence, passion and artistry in choral music to the Capital Region and beyond. Through our concert programming and our educational programs, we seek to expand the musical reach of our community. We are inquisitive and inclusive, supporting new music and living composers; and also seeking to honor ageless musical traditions.

Auriel Camerata’s repertoire is far-ranging and diverse; from Medieval chant, to Renaissance polyphony, to Baroque masterpieces, to lush Romantic works of the 19th century and to contemporary works of the modern age.

We are professional musicians and music educators. We believe that music is a language that transcends geographical borders and, as such, is a universal expression of the human soul. We believe in the power of music to unite, to soothe, to stir the spirit, and to express the inexpressible.
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