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New York University’s Madrigal Singers and Jazz Choir
NYU Madrigal Singers is a small, coed ensemble of 12-16 singers dedicated to the joy of a capella singing. Challenging repertoire includes music from Renaissance to Contemporary and all things in between. The group is trained by Nancy Shankman to perform all music without a conductor.
The NYU Jazz Choir based in New York City, is a unique ensemble dedicated to exploring the colorings of vocal jazz. Under the direction of Ira Shankman, the choir draws its repertoire from the traditional standards of jazz greats and contemporary arrangements from popular jazz groups including the Real Group, New York Voices, Manhattan Transfer, and the King Singers. The voices unite in exquisite harmonies and rhythms distinct to jazz to help promote the art form in new ways while respecting its cultural roots. With an emphasis on swing and bebop styles, the choir utilizes many strong vocal soloists to present their own voices through improvising and scatting around a melody. The singers are selected by audition from all departments in the university.
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