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Yale Choral Artists
The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir recently founded by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale’s strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country and is directed by School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Douma. Current members of the Choral Artists also perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Voices of Ascension, Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in the area of early music.
The Yale Choral Artists made their debut in an all-Handel program led by guest conductor William Christie at Yale and at Carnegie Hall in February of 2012. They have since performed as a featured ensemble at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Yale International Choral Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and have appeared in two productions with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. Recent projects include a collaboration with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in a program of Britten and Pärt, an appearance at the New York Philharmonic Biennial, the East Coast premiere of David Lang’s the national anthems, the premiere of Martin Bresnick’s new concert-length oratorio Whitman, Melville, Dickinson—Passions of Bloom, a program pairing Poulenc’s virtuosic cantata Figure humaine with Josquin’s Missa L’homme armé super voces musicales, and the premiere of Paola Prestini’s The Glass Box with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. The Choral Artists’ 2018 debut recording on the Naxos label of new works by Yale composers Hannah Lash, David Lang, and Ted Hearne with the Yale Philharmonia was reviewed glowingly by Gramophone and Opera News, in which it was hailed as a “Critic’s Choice.”