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The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015, youth/school chorus
The American Prize winner:
Cincinnati Children's Choir
Robyn Lana, director Cincinnati, OH
|Cincinnati Children's Choir|
The Davidson Chorale
Timothy Powell, director Augusta, GA
|The Davidson Chorale|
The Brearley B-Naturals
Karyn Joaquino, director New York, NY
|The Brearley B-Naturals|
The repertoire is intentionally broad, ranging from traditional choral pieces to vocal jazz and pop. Much of the repertoire is arranged by Ms. Joaquino, but every show or recording is likely to include student arrangements and original student compositions. Most members of the B-Naturals pursue their love of a cappella music during their college careers as well, often directing their own groups.
The B-Naturals have sung the national anthem before a Yankees game, entertained the King and Queen of Sweden, toured to England and Wales, and performed twice at Jazz at Lincoln Center, most recently in May 2014 at the invitation of Tina Fey. In addition to live performances, the B-Naturals have recorded six CDs, and have been recognized for their work by Best of High School A Cappella, DownBeat Magazine, the Contemporary A Cappella Recording (CARA) awards, and The American Prize for Choral Performance.
Olympia HS Concert Choir
Debbie Aurelius-Muir, director Stanford, IL
|Olympia HS Concert Choir|