The CVE will be recognized as Ithaca’s premiere chamber choral ensemble. We will be valued for our commitment to enriching the cultural landscape of Ithaca and the surrounding area, our connectedness to the Ithaca community, and our dedication to innovative collaborations with artists or other musical groups to bring unique and varied musical experiences to our community.
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, based in Ithaca, New York under the organizational umbrella of the Ithaca A Cappella Association, has been presenting quality performances of vocal music to the southern tier and surrounding areas for over three decades. The group, performing first under the name Ithaca Art Ensemble, then as the Gerald Wolfe Singers, has offered everything from madrigals to musicals, Bach to Britten, oratorio to opera. Past concerts have included the Mozart Requiem and the Haydn Creation, with chamber orchestra, Vaughan Williams' Mass in g-minor, Bach motets and cantatas, and selections from the very best a cappella music from the medieval period through the 20th century.
Dr. Carl Johengen has served as director of the group since the 2009-10 concert season.
For a representative sample of our repertoire, consult our listing of past concert seasons. For an overview of the current concert season, see our current schedule.
We are committed to community outreach as a means for improving the quality of life in central New York and the southern tier. Our programs of great choral music as well as lighter repertoire reach many who would otherwise not experience excellent ensemble singing. We are exploring collaborations with local pulic schools to bring students to our concerts at reduced ticket prices. Our group is also available for performing at venues other than our usual concerts. For example, we can provide popular, classical, or holiday music for community events. Details can be found here.
The arts are a vital part of life in the southern tier, particularly in the ensemble's home community---Ithaca. A healthy arts environment offers enjoyment and education to the community and attracts new people to the area. Furthermore, visitors who attend cultural events often patronize local businesses before and after events. A recent letter to the Ithaca Journal expressed great pride that resources are available locally to perform masterpieces of western art music. But there is a danger that opportunities for presenting and preserving our cultural heritage will vanish without strong local support. The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble fills a very important niche in the local performing arts community. We are the only professional vocal ensemble in the area. We have a continuing commitment to excellence in the performance of music from all periods and genres. We also provide opportunities for young professional singers to gain invaluable performance experience with a mature, expert ensemble.
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