Spring 2018 Concerts
March 11, 3pm
Masterworks for Double Choir
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street - Free
Martin – Mass
Rheinberger – Mass in Eb "Cantus Missae"
Howells – Requiem
Downtown Voices; Stephen Sands, conductor
Saturday, June 2, 8pm
TOTAL EMBRACE FINALE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street - Free
Wachner – Jubilate Deo and Psalm Cycle III
Foss – Psalms
Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Downtown Voices, Trinity Youth Chorus, and NOVUS NY; Julian Wachner, conductor
Downtown Voices first performed at Trinity Church on December 27, 2015, as part of Trinity's annual Twelfth Night Festival.
Praised by the New York Times for its “incisive, agile strength,” Downtown Voices is a semiprofessional choir made up of volunteer singers from the New York metro area and members of the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Directed by Stephen Sands, Downtown Voices’ first two seasons included performances featuring the works of Beethoven, Alberto Ginastera, Benjamin Britten, James MacMillan, Philip Glass, and a large-scale commission for the 250th anniversary of St. Paul’s Chapel, Spire and Shadow, by Zachary Wadsworth.
Downtown Voices' third season promises similarly ambitious programming. In November 2017, the choir will present Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil and in December, a Candlelight Christmas program. In the spring of 2018, Downtown Voices will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Baltic countries by singing a program of their most ambitious and emotional music.
Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing
Rachmaninoff Vespers - November 12
Rachmaninoff Vespers - November 10
October Garden by Julian Wachner and Morten Lauridsen’s Midwinter Songs
Zachary Wadsworth’s commission, Spire and Shadow, for the 250th Anniversary of St Paul’s Chapel
Handel’s Israel in Egypt
Philip Glass Symphony No. 5
Join Downtown Voices
Downtown Voices is always looking for high-level volunteer singers. If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted with further instructions. All applicants are required to submit a video sample of their singing, and after a screening process takes place, successful applicants will be invited back to audition in person. These auditions will include sight-reading from a four-part hymn and singing a prepared choral piece, as well as performing an aria of your choice.
Downtown Voices will rehearse on Wednesday evenings, 6:30–9pm, from September 2017 through May 2018 in Lower Manhattan. Choir members must attend at least 80% of rehearsals, and are required to attend all dress rehearsals and concerts. Please contact the Chorus Manager (see below) if you have questions.
If you would like information about Downtown Voices, please contact Chorus Manager Steven Hrycelak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply Here to Audition
Please fill out this form to receive further instructions about the audition process, which will require you to submit a link to a video of your singing.
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Testimonials from Downtown Voices Singers
“Downtown Voices is the group I've been looking for for years -- one in which I feel challenged without feeling left behind. Every rehearsal with the Trinity professionals is like a master class.”
“The collaboration with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has been an incredibly rewarding and enriching aspect of being in this group. It's amazing to have the opportunity to sing alongside some of the most talented and accomplished choral singers in New York City.”
“The repertoire performed by Downtown Voices has been incredibly fulfilling for me to sing. It is challenging, diverse, exciting, and innovative. The performance quality and collaboration opportunities with Trinity's instrumental ensembles are outstanding. Being able to rehearse in Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel has been inspiring and extremely rewarding, especially having grown up visiting and admiring these two spaces. I could not be more grateful or happy to be a part of Downtown Voices.”
“After graduating from college and joining the rest of corporate America working for a big four accounting firm, I felt a void in my heart where music used to be. I was surrounded by music all growing up and through college where I participated heavily in my college's conservatory programs. Once I graduated, though, I had no outlets to continue my music education and follow my passion of singing… I auditioned for several groups, and nothing seemed quite right. Some programs were too intense for someone who was also a full time working professional, and some programs were too relaxed, where the music wasn't challenging enough and left me wanting more.
Then, I heard about Downtown Voices. Not only did I get to perform in arguably one of the most beautiful places in NYC, but I also get to sing alongside incredibly talented musicians who impress me every day and challenge me to be the best vocalist I can be. I get to experience all of this while having fun and singing music that give me chills every time we perform. What a thrill and honor it is to be a part of such a wonderful music community.”