Top Ten Reasons Why Choral Chameleon Is Awesome

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   Not that you needed them (because you ALREADY love us) but here are 10 things you should know about Choral Chameleon.

 

 

 

10. Concert Receptions.  More often than not, there is a reception with lots of yummy food and wine or other alcohol.  Yum.

9. Did you say Beatles?  Yes, we often sing selections written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.  Who doesn’t like The Beatles?  

8. Tickets Are Super Cheap!  This speaks for itself.  It’s always under $20 if you buy online.

7. Outside Support.  Numerous, talented individuals have pitched in to support Choral Chameleon, from artwork to website development to photography to composition, a diverse group of talent has caught the Chameleon vibe!

6. Tremendous Talent.  Members of the ensemble are opera singers, broadway singers, composers, teachers, conductors, doctors, visual artists, models, actors, directors, instrumentalists, and so on and so forth.  Choral Chameleon‘s singers come from all over the country (Canada, too) and represent some of the most expressive choral singers around.  

5. Chameleons Have Fun.  Pretty much all of the choir members like each other, care about each other, and are sensitive to each other.  This makes them sing incredibly well as a unit.  But more than anything else, they all love what they do, and this comes across to the audience.  Isn’t it fun to see other  people have fun?

4. Emotion.  Rather than trying to sing perfectly, Choral Chameleon strives to pull on the heartstrings.  The result?  A profound experience which is difficult to express with words, and leaves the listener glad they came.

3. The Board. Most people don’t know about the behind-the-scenes activity of an organization’s board of directors, but Choral Chameleon‘s includes many talented musicians, administrators, and other industry professionals who are all passionate about promoting the performing arts.  They are the rock of the group, and boy do they rock!

2. Vince Peterson.  It is rare to work with an artistic director who is as hip, talented, passionate, and emotionally invested in the direction and potential impact of an ensemble as Vince Peterson.  Sometimes he pushes you farther than you want to go, but it’s always a good thing in the end.  Without challenges there will not be growth.

1. We sing outstanding, diverse music.   From Renaissance songs to modern pop music, Choral Chameleon delivers an exciting program at each concert.  I often hear people describe that they enjoyed going to a symphony, for example, but after 2 hours of hearing classical music, they become bored to death.  Choral Chameleon concerts are like taking the coolest person in the world’s iPod and setting it to shuffle.

 

This blog is written by Andrew Cook-Feltz.

Choral Chameleon NEW ARTIST Bio: Evan Crawford

chameleon-blog2Choral Chameleon‘s newest member, soprano Evan Crawford, is today’s blog feature. 

Evan Crawford, soprano, is thrilled to be singing with the talented members of Choral Chameleon. A devotee of new opera and musical theater as well as choral music, Evan’s recent roles include Albert D.J. Cashier in the world-premiere performance of Marie Incontrera’s No Shirts, No Skirts, No Service and Betty in Christian McLeer’s House, both with the Brooklyn-based Remarkable Theater Brigade. As a chorister, Evan has sung with the 2008 Beijing Olympics Festival Chorus; with the Brooklyn College Chorale as the soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; and with RTB in the world premiere of Christian McLeer’s Requiem. A graduate student at Brooklyn College, Evan studies voice with Monica Harte and conducting with Vince Peterson (Artistic Director of Choral Chameleon).

Offstage, Evan enjoys writing and loves stories of all kinds – whether reading or watching them – and in addition to performing, hopes to become a playwright, librettist, and/or the person who gets a gender-neutral pronoun added to dictionaries.

 

There’s something appealing about singing with Choral Chameleon, is there not?

Apart from the obvious – that the whole group is incredibly talented – I love the energy. I attended two rehearsals and a concert before I was asked to sing with Choral Chameleon, and the singers were very friendly and engaging. A number of them struck up conversations with me although they clearly had no idea who I was or why I was hanging around. When I started singing with the group last week, it was more of the same. Everyone has been really welcoming. I also like the seriousness and dedication. I’ve noticed that experienced soloists sometimes have a tendency not to take choral singing seriously, even though singing as a group requires its own level of musicianship. These singers clearly love and respect what they are doing, which makes me happy to be there.

 

What is your performance schedule like outside of Choral Chameleon?

I am currently in rehearsals for a February production of a contemporary opera: “The Veil of Forgetfulness” by Susan Stoderl, in which I will be singing the role of Brigid.

 

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What else do you have going on?

I am also in my first semester of the graduate voice program at Brooklyn College, where I am working as the choral graduate assistant and singing with both choirs.

 

Do you have a favorite, inspirational quote?

I have a lot, but I’ll share this one from the movie Mulan: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

 

What’s your favorite Choral Chameleon selection that you’ve either sung or heard the group perform?

I heard the choir sing “There Will Be Rest” by Frank Ticheli at the last concert, and in rehearsal a few weeks before. I was already enjoying listening to the rehearsal, but when the choir began to sing that piece I was riveted. It’s simply beautiful.

 

The choir is always reaching out to new fans to attend concerts.  What do you want people to know about Choral Chameleon?

They are one of the most talented choral groups I’ve heard – certainly the most talented I’ve sung with – and it’s FUN. The music is fun, the people are fun, and the whole experience is unique.

 

This blog is written by Andrew Cook-Feltz, baritone & Singer Representative to the board (ex-officio)

Music That Transforms and Inspires

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Choral Chameleon‘s Day of the Dead concert on Nov. 1st, 2009 continues to receive rave reviews from concert-goers, as they find the time in their busy schedules to reflect on how the concert experience touched their minds, souls, and hearts.

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Alto Leigh Trifari had mentioned, post-concert, that one of her friends and colleagues from SUNY Potsdam had thoroughly enjoyed the concert, remembering that Dale had said something like, “THIS is what choral music is supposed to be today, and all the other New York choral groups are SO yesterday!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intrigued, we wanted to know what else Dale had to say, and this is what we received.

 

“I attended the Choral Chameleon concert on Sunday in the midst of NYC Marathon Madness: hundreds and hundreds of runners and their families meeting up after the conclusion of the race and taking over CPW. After dodging a veritable sea of silver-wrapped exhausted international athletes, I entered the church and was transfigured by the glorious sounds of this marvelous choral ensemble. This is the way we want our 21st-century singing! Variety-nuanced-well-prepared singing in a setting to enhance the experience. I think this was my third Choral Chameleon concert and I was so impressed after last season’s finale that I sent a small donation to help support them. Vince is an inspired conductor who has assembled a stunning group of young people who combine their talents and showcase many. One of the singers is a fellow alum of The Crane School of Music. I sat there, enjoying the selections, thinking about how proud all of our mentors would be to know that they DID instill in us the love of singing, and moreso, the ability to create art that transforms and inspires.”

Dale Alan Zurbrick
Past-President
SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association

 


When all is said and done, it is music that can touch the soul and awaken the spirit to “transform and inspire” just as Dale says.  All choral music has its place in the world, but Choral Chameleon is the cutting-edge, modern scene of vocal ensembles.  Chameleons adapt to fit their environment.  Choral Chameleon is the voice of now.

So what’s the goal of Choral Chameleon, anyway?

Choral Chameleon is an innovative vocal ensemble that thinks outside the box about choral music.  The mission of Choral Chameleon is to create a new paradigm in choral music and reshape the listener’s experience. Defying convention and expectation, the group brings together the old and the new, the spiritual and the secular, the popular and the obscure. Choral Chameleon recognizes that all music is made of the same elements, and sings in the musical language of the new generation of listeners.

The CC blog is written by Andrew Cook-Feltz, baritone and Singer Representative to the board (ex-officio)

Last Weekend’s Concert In Review

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Choral Chameleon sang a Day of the Dead concert on Sunday, Nov. 1st.  Here are just some of the comments baritone Andrew Cook-Feltz received post-concert from his aunt, some friends and some co-workers:

 

“The tickets were very cheap, considering the quality of the concert.”

“You guys are good.”

“Such a variety of talent.”

“That composer who writes music for you is really talented.”

“Jeremy Pasha’s solo was amazing.”


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That’s what my audience members told me.  What about yours?


 

 

Don’t miss the next Choral Chameleon concert, just in time for some awesome Christmas & Holiday music:

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Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 8:00pm

The Choral Chameleon blog was started, is written, and diligently maintained by Andrew Cook-Feltz, baritone and Singer Representative to the board (ex-officio).