Downtown Voices

2018-2019 Concerts

St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street

November 30, 2018 at 8pm
Voices over Tallinn: Celebrating 100 Years of Estonian Music

Veljo Tormis Estonian Calendar Songs #5
Tormis Childhood Memory
Tormis Laulud
Arvo Pärt Magnificat
Pärt I am the True Vine
Pärt Annum per annum
Ester Mägi Suitsupääsuke
Pärt Uusberg A Prayer for a Child
Cyrillus Kreek Happy is the Man
Eduard Tubin Ave Maria
Tormis Laulu algus
Gustav Ernesaks Mu isamaa
Downtown Voices; Stephen Sands, conductor

December 22, 2018 at 7:30pm and December 23, 2018, at 3pm
Community Carol Sing

Julian Wachner The Snow Lay on the Ground
Selected Christmas Carols
Downtown Voices; The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Youth Chorus; NOVUS NY
Julian Wachner and Stephen Sands, conductors
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April 28, 2019 at 3pm
Downtown Voices Concert

Antonín Dvořák Mass in D Major
Benjamin Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Benjamin Britten Hymn to St. Cecilia
Downtown Voices; Stephen Sands, conductor

June 16, 2019, at 3pm
Season Finale Concert

Béla Bartók Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion
Carl Orff Carmina Burana
Igor Stravinsky Les Noces
Downtown Voices, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Youth Chorus, and NOVUS NY
Julian Wachner & Stephen Sands, conductors


Downtown Voices

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 Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Directed by Stephen Sands, Downtown Voices has performed works by Anton Webern, Alberto Ginastera, Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and a large-scale commission for the 250th anniversary of St. Paul’s Chapel, Spire and Shadow, by Zachary Wadsworth.


Watch Recent Concerts

June 2, 2018
TOTAL EMBRACE FINALE: Leonard Bernstein at 100
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March 11, 2018
Masterworks for Double Choir
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December 21, 2017
Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing
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November 12, 2017
Rachmaninoff Vespers - November 12
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November 10, 2017
Rachmaninoff Vespers
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May 20, 2017
Philip Glass Symphony No. 5
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April 8, 2017
Handel’s Israel in Egypt
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January 11, 2017
Zachary Wadsworth’s commission, Spire and Shadow, for the 250th Anniversary of St Paul’s Chapel
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October 23, 2016
October Garden by Julian Wachner and Morten Lauridsen’s Midwinter Songs
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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 through May 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


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.”