The Manhattan Choral Ensemble proudly announces its 15th season of concerts celebrating the inspiring city of New York and its people.

In December, our unique Readings and Carols tradition will culminate in a celebration featuring favorite works from five years of concerts spanning the subjects of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love. Readings penned by leading New York authors and poets will punctuate a program of classic choral music and familiar carols performed in one of Manhattan’s beautiful historic churches.

The MCE’s singular choral music competition, New Music for New York, will return in February, as we premiere the three winning compositions in a program capped off with beloved folksongs, well-known madrigals, and a new work by music director Thomas Cunningham.

In May, our season will conclude with M0NT3V3D1 Reconstructed, a musical exploration of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Madrigals of Love and War,” showcasing six dynamic settings of passionate Italian poetry mixed with new works by leading New York composers reflecting on Monteverdi’s masterwork. This performance will feature historical instrumental accompaniment creatively merged with modern electronic percussion.

Throughout the year, the MCE will also be singing its newly launched Subway Series, a dynamic program bringing choral music to unexpected places through informal concerts across New York City. This concert series is part of the choir’s core mission of expanding the appreciation of choral music and reimagining the contexts in which it can be heard by a diverse and far-reaching audience.

JOIN US!
The MCE is looking for experienced singers to join a dynamic musical organization for its 15th season.

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble is an exciting, 40-voice independent choir dedicated to the passionate performance of an international and historically varied repertoire. In celebration of New York City’s rich and diverse heritage, the MCE performs in historic New York spaces and creates concert events in partnership with the city’s cultural organizations. The MCE also fosters the musical life of the city through its innovative commissioning project – New Music for New York – focused on New York City composers.

MCE’s 2014-15 Season

• December 12 & 14, 2014 – Readings and Carols: Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love
• February 21, 2015 – New Music For New York Composer Competition Concert
• May 9, 2015 – M0NT3V3RD1 Reconstructed: Songs of Love and War

Audition dates are:

Thursday, September 4
• 7:30-9pm – Open Rehearsal – All are welcome.
• 9:00-10pm – Auditions

Thursday, September 11

• 7:00-7:30 – Auditions
• 7:30-9pm – Open Rehearsal – All are welcome.
• 9:00-10pm – Auditions

Auditions will take place at the Church for All Nations, located at 417 West 57th Street. Auditions will consist of sight-reading, vocal exercises and an optional prepared piece. Auditioners will be expected to have some sight-reading ability, and prior choral experience is preferred. Please write to Auditions@ManhattanChoralEnsemble.org with “Auditions” in the subject line for more information or to schedule an audition, and explore our website at www.ManhattanChoralEnsemble.org for more information about the choir.

We look forward to singing with you!

IMPORTANT: Please indicate your voice part and prior choral singing experience when requesting an audition slot. The MCE rehearses regularly on Thursday nights from 7:30pm to 10pm at the Church for All Nations (although we are not a religiously affiliated choir) on West 57th Street. Those auditioning must be able to commit to the rehearsal schedule.

Listen to The Manhattan Choral Ensemble

Slava V Vyshnikh Bogu (Vespers, Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Libera Me (Requiem, Gabriel Fauré
Loch Lomond (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
O Magnum Myseterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria)
Ye Shall Have a Song (The Peaceable Kingdom, Randall Thompson)
Ubi Caritas (Maurice Duruflé)