About the choir
The innovative, non-auditioned Brooklyn World Music Chorus brings together over 70 singers hailing from Brooklyn and the other NYC boroughs, from the suburbs and from as far away as western Massachusetts for rehearsals one Sunday afternoon each month.
The chorus, which will begin its sixth year in October 2017, is led by Patty Cuyler (co-director of Vermont-based Village Harmony) and is administered in partnership with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Co-director Mollie Stone is currently on leave.
The 2017-18 fall-winter semester will begin in October and finish in February, with a 3-hour long rehearsal once each month but January (Patty will be in South Africa all month), culminating with an early evening concert following the February 4th rehearsal.The ensemble meets from 1-4pm on the following Sunday afternoons at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus headquarters at 179 Pacific Street, Brooklyn:
October 8 • November 5 • December 3 • February 4, followed by a potluck party and early evening performance in Brooklyn Heights.
BWMC singers include teens, retirees, professional singers, choral directors and beginners, fluent sight-readers, and people who only learn by ear. Our sole requirement is that would-be members be committed to making good music and willing to not hold back when confronted with what may be drastically-new musical genres and singing styles.
Because rehearsals are just one (intense) afternoon each month instead of weekly, the chorus is a fantastic singing option for amateur and professional singers looking for an opportunity to sing with an exciting community group and experiment with new choral genres and repertoire, but who don't have a lot of free time to commit to rehearsals.
The choir's repertoire features authentic, challenging arrangements chosen from choral traditions across the globe, including South Africa, the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Corsica, Latin America, Israel, the Balkans, Turkey, Sweden, Ukraine and America. Music is handed out for some of the repertoire, as appropriate; but many songs are taught by ear. Everything is taught by example, with emphasis placed on authenticity and on replicating the spirit of each musical genre.
You don't need to sightread music fluently, or have a lot of prior singing experience —although both of these attributes are most welcome—to join. You do need to be able to match pitch and comfortably hold your own part when singing in harmony, and be excited to dive in with your best when confronted with unfamiliar languages and singing styles.
Brooklyn World Music Chorus