Postcard from the Chorus: SFGC takes New York

Hello SFGC Friends, from NYC!

….where 60 of our young singers are deep in rehearsals for our big Kennedy Center debut this coming Saturday, as a featured artist on the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras in a program with The Knights Orchestra, with whom we shared the stage in June 2016 as part of the NY PHIL Biennial. We’ll be reprising performances of choral-orchestral works by Aaron Jay Kernis and myself, plus presenting the epic Vivaldi Gloria and the gorgeous Psalm 13 by Brahms. We are so happy to be back with our musical friends, The Knights!

Valerie, our new Executive Director Andrew, our tour staff, the choristers and I all send you warm greetings! Here are a few photos from our first couple of days in Brooklyn – you’ll hear more from us, including some updates from the singers, in the days to come!

Sincerely yours,

Lisa Bielawa

First performance of the trip – at SFO, singing my piece “My Outstretched Hand,” conducted by Valerie Sainte-Agathe, and with Justin Montigne nearby.


SFGC staff and chaperones, hard at work before departure from SFO.


Valerie Sainte-Agathe and Justin Montigne, at SFO


After arrival, one of the first opportunities we had to begin singing was in the breakfast room at the hotel! Here, members of Level IV Ensemble rehearse with Valerie Sainte-Agathe.


On day one, members of Level IV Ensemble at Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music, in the control booth! Choristers participated in a highly interactive workshop on recording contemporary music.


Recording our voices for the workshop at Brooklyn College



In rehearsal with The Knights orchestra, at BRIC, a nonprofit arts and media organization located in Brooklyn, NY.


In rehearsal with The Knights at Brooklyn Law School, working on my piece “My Outstretched Hand.”


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