Mar. 02, 2011

Chamber Singers start New York tour

Floriano conducting

Professor Gerard Floriano conducts the Chamber Singers at a rehearsal. The choir will perform on a New York state tour March 10-13. /FILE PHOTO BY KRIS DREESSEN














For 53 years, the award-winning Geneseo Chamber Singers have showcased the college's talents on campus, throughout the United States and abroad. On March 10-13, the highly selective mixed chorus embarks on a performance tour of New York state, with a finale in the Big Apple.

Throughout its history, the choir has been invited to perform at national and regional conventions of the American Choral Director's Association, Music Educator's National Conference and New York State School Music Association. The 40 members perform a variety of sacred and secular choral repertoire, as well as American and European folk music and American Spirituals.

Under the direction of Professor Gerard Floriano, the choir kicks off performances on Thursday, March 10 in Buffalo at the Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church (7:30 p.m. ). On Friday, March 11, the students perform at Grace Episcopal Church in Utica (7:30p.m.). On Sunday, March 13, they will sing at the historic St. George's Church in New York City at 3 p.m.

Repertoire will include pieces from the great choral tradition by composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Johannes Brahms as well as contemporary works by American composers and a series of American spirituals.