The Vocal Chamber Ensemble of the GMChorale
Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, is a company of musicians comprised of music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. Alchemy’s mission is to advance and support the GMChorale's vision of “Singing for a Lifetime” through concert tours, collaborations, musical leadership, education, and community engagement. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble, known for its ability to adapt its sound to a broad variety of repertoire, took the name “Alchemy” in recognition of the ancient, mystical art of creating gold through a process of transformation and refinement. Established in 2016 and already recognized for its vocal beauty, richness, and subtlety, this ensemble brings a touch of gold to concerts and collaborations of the highest musical quality. The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice Chorale, which performs a wide range of choral music from several centuries, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces.
Joseph D’Eugenio is beginning his twenty-first season as GMChorale’s Artistic Director and Conductor. Under his leadership, the GMChorale celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016-2017 with performances of Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford premiere of Letter from Italy, 1944 with the Hartford Chorale and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Under Maestro D’Eugenio’s leadership, the GMChorale in 2016 established Alchemy, a new vocal chamber ensemble that performs several times each year in venues around the state. Under his leadership, the GMChorale has commissioned and premiered new choral works by leading composers including Gwyneth Walker, Eugenie Rocherolle, Peter Niedmann, Colin Britt, Ellen Gilson Voth, Lee McQuillan, and Henry Mollicone. The GMChorale’s most important commission, Letter from Italy, 1944, was premiered to great acclaim in 2013. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he has led performances of the great choral masterworks with orchestra, has led various workshops and festivals, including the CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) Summer Festival in 2015, and has worked with choral groups at schools, colleges, and universities across Connecticut An accomplished pianist and organist, he has been Director of Music at First Congregational Church in Cheshire since 2003, where he oversees the church’s music program. A collaborative pianist of the first rank, D’Eugenio frequently accompanies song recitals and professional choral organizations, including CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and VOCE. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from The Hartt School and the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut, he maintains a private piano studio. In 2009, D’Eugenio was named Conductor of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.