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President's Concert

University of Connecticut Chamber Singers

Dr. Jamie Spillane, conductor

The UConn Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jamie Spillane, is the premier auditioned choir at the University of Connecticut. The choir consists of primarily music majors and is relatively new having begun in 2012. The ensemble is open to all UConn students and currently includes singers whose majors include music, business, math, pre-med, and speech therapy. The ensemble has performed throughout the Northeast with noted collaborations with the Manhattan Chorale for a performance of Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass in Carnegie Hall and performances with VOCE, one of Connecticut’s outstanding professional choirs.  Audiences of the Chamber Singers have come to expect a diverse repertoire of music from the motets of Byrd and Brahms, to contemporary choral compositions of Eric Whitacre and Jake Runestad to vocal jazz arrangements of New York Voices and Vox One, world music, and music arranged by its own members. UConn Chamber Singers are well known for their expressive and high-energy performances and a shimmering blend and wide range of vocal color. The choir will traveled to Europe in spring 2016 with performances that included Trinity Cathedral in Dublin and joint concerts with the University College Dublin Choral Scholars and with the Kammerchör of the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim, Germany.  Singers from the Chamber Singers are also active in the UConn Wind Ensemble, Opera Theatre, and a cappella ensembles.

Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir

James Davis, Jr., Director of Music Ministries & Fine Arts

This choir, an integral part of Abyssinian’s life since the church’s founding in 1808, is comprised of mixed voices. Its repertoire encompasses a wide range of sacred music including oratorios, cantatas, anthems, Negro spirituals, hymns, gospel music, and other sacred selections. The Cathedral Choir ministers in song at the 9:00AM and 11:30AM Worship Services on Sundays as scheduled by the Director, on Christmas, Easter, and for special occasions and events in the life of Abyssinian.

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