Vox Philia Chamber Choir performed its first concert in December 2012. Made up of an intergenerational mix of professional musicians and gifted amateurs, the choir intends its music making to build community: among the singers as they prepare for a concert, between the choir and its audience, and through interaction with the greater community. Vox Philia performances seek to touch the body, mind and spirit of our audience, nurturing a sense of connection, appreciation and friendship in every performance. Dr. David A. McConnell is Founder and Artistic Director of Vox Philia Chamber Choir and Artistic Director of Berks Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, both based in Reading, PA. He teaches and conducts at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus, Alvernia University, and Lehigh Carbon Community College. Additionally he serves as Music Minister of Immanuel UCC, where he conducts the Senior Choir and Bell Choir, and oversees the training of four other choirs. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Temple University, and Westminster Choir College and has conducted choirs in Latvia, Holland, Portugal, the Caribbean, and throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Link To Vox Philia Website
Les Canards Chantants
Les Canards Chantants is a solo-voice ensemble specializing in Renaissance polyphony. Praised for their "perfectly balanced voices" and for their "reverent and playful" performances, the "singing ducks" have quickly built a reputation for their creative approach to making early music relevant and accessible to modern audiences. They have performed to high acclaim throughout the UK and in Germany, in venues as diverse as York Minster, Soest Cathedral, The National Centre for Early Music, Salters Hall, and Poole's Cavern. Now based in Philadelphia, their 2015-2016 season includes concerts at the Cathedral Basilica and the Bowerbird series in Philadelphia, the Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City, collaborations with Piffaro, ACRONYM and the Diderot String Quartet, and Ensemble in Residence at the Glencairn Museum of Sacred Art Link To Les Canards Chantants Website
Essence Of Joy Alumni Singers
Founded in 2005 and comprised of alumni from Pennsylvania State University's Essence of Joy Choir, the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers perform sacred and secular music from the African and African-American choral tradition in an effort to entertain, inspire, affirm and unify the worldwide community. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Anthony T. Leach, the group has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. The choir released their first CD, “Joy,” in 2011. Essence of Joy Alumni Singers is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation and a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization Link To Essence of Joy Website
Fowl Play is an experimental vocal ensemble with no defining genre. Comprised of professional consort singers, the Players bring their formal training and experience to bear in creative ways, with a particular focus on close harmony vocal jazz, extended vocal techniques, and improvisation.
Vocal Standard Barbershop Quartet
The “Vocal Standard” Barbershop Quartet has been together since April, 2013. Mike Cramer (tenor), Steve Curtis (lead), Ron Fabian (baritone), and Gary Mishler (bass), are all members of the Reading Pretzel City Chorus. The quartet features a variety of musical selections in its repertoire and is available to entertain at events Link To Vocal Standard Website
OcTonics is a vocal ensemble comprised of eight students from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group focuses primarily on a cappella literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, performing arrangements by Ward Swingle, Jonathan Rathbone, Deke Sharon, Kirby Shaw, and more. Choral blend, vocal nuances, performance interaction and communication are the primary goals of the group. OcTonics performs on a regular basis at the university and in the Philadelphia region. Members of the group include Lauren Stephens, Diandra Negrón, Heeya Kim, Devin Farrell, Langston Massey-Jefferson, Nick Lombardelli, Monte Reid, and Evan Graver. The group is directed by Jeffrey Kern, Associate Professor of Voice at The University of the Arts.