The Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club are pleased to announce the organization of a new professional choral ensemble, the Yale Choral Artists. The Yale Choral Artists will be a project-based ensemble comprised of leading professional singers from around the country and will be directed by School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Douma. Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, said that “the Yale Choral Artists will enhance and enrich the School’s commitment to the choral arts. Gifted singers from throughout the nation will not only bring a new artistic voice to our concert programs but also mentor Yale undergraduate and graduate students.”
Since 2003, Jeffrey Douma has directed the undergraduate Yale Glee Club, which last season received rave reviews in the national press. The New York Times called it “One of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous,” and the Washington Post praised, “Under the direction of Jeffrey Douma, the sopranos – indeed, all the voices – sang as one voice, with flawless intonation.” Douma, who is also the musical director of the Yale Alumni Chorus and the choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, has previously served on the conducting faculties of Carroll College, Smith College, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Blocker commented, “I am delighted that Jeffrey Douma, Yale’s distinguished young choral conductor, will conduct and give artistic direction to the Yale Choral Artists. Jeff’s artistic presence is receiving international acclaim, and the professional activities of the Yale Choral Artists will further the international partnerships of both the School and the University.” The ensemble’s first two projects, both in 2012, include a February program with guest conductor and renowned early music specialist William Christie in New York (Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall), and a June program of contemporary American music at the Yale International Choral Festival.
Outstanding singers with a commitment to ensemble singing are encouraged to audition – no Yale affiliation, past or present, is necessary. Singers will receive fees for all rehearsals and performances, as well as reimbursement for food, travel, and lodging.
Live auditions for the 2012 season will take place in New York City on September 18, or in New Haven by individual appointment prior to September 24. Singers may also audition by submitting a CD or mp3; the deadline for submission is September 24.
All singers should submit a current resume or CV, a publicity photo, and the names of two references including phone number and email. All will be asked to perform two contrasting works (one baroque) that demonstrate vocal flexibility and color. Singers submitting recorded auditions should also include scales and arpeggios that demonstrate vocal range.
For press photos and interviews: Dana Astmann 203 436-1556
To schedule a live audition: Sean Maher
Send recorded auditions to: Sean Maher or Yale Choral Artists, P.O. Box 201929, New Haven, CT