Steven Gerber Project Call For Scores
C4 is happy to announce a Call For Scores, for performance in spring 2023. In collaboration with the Steven R. Gerber Trust, C4 will be performing Gerber's Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought, a setting of five Shakespeare sonnets, along with premieres of one or two new works with a thematic connection.
See the Call For Scores webpage for details. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2023. A $1,500 prize will be awarded to those selected. We look forward to seeing your pieces!
C4 Summer Workshops
Thanks to everyone who came to our three summer workshops. The aim was to create learning opportunities for experienced musicians who are not necessarily experienced conductors or composers, but would like an opportunity to progress in those directions. We read through new pieces, gave people a chance to conduct, and offered our constructive feedback. It was a nice way to get ready for our coming season, the first mostly-regular season since the pandemic began.
The C4 Network is a loose federation of like-minded new music choruses around the country. We are proud to announce the launch of the Network's website, c4net.work. You can find out more about the Network and member choruses, but the most important feature is a database of new choral music performed by the member choruses and/or composed by members of the choruses. Searchable by mood, voicing, composer and more, we hope it can serve as a resource for choruses looking for new music to perform.
Announcing our IGNITE Commissioning Competition Finalists!
We are so pleased to share that the top three finalists for C4's
IGNITE Commissioning Competition are:
Germán Barboza, David Ho-yi Chan, and Alexis C. Lamb.
Congratulations to our finalists! They will each be commissioned to write a new choral piece for C4 to premiere, and these works will be scored to determine first, second, and third prizes. Many thanks to our judging panel of Tarik O'Regan, Kala Pierson, and Trevor Weston for judging our semifinalists to choose our three finalists, to the C4 members who selected our semifinalists (click here to see semifinalists list), and to all the composers who shared their art with us by applying to IGNITE. We can't wait to perform these commissioned works!
The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is a unique ensemble of singers, composers and conductors, performing pieces written within the last 25 years, premiering and commissioning new choral works, and mentoring emerging singers, composers, and conductors of today's choral music.
In a city teeming with exceptional vocal ensembles of every kind, C4 is a standout, not just because of their fine programming and unique collaborative structure, but also for their consistently beautiful and balanced sound, excellent precision, warmth, and energy.
~ Lauren Alfano, I Care If You Listen
A highlight was Niimi’s Concerto for Chorus (Bios)...which was given a scintillating account by 18 singers in the ensemble C4, with Timothy Brown conducting...[T]his nine-minute a cappella work for mixed chorus featured much divisi writing and complex polyrhythms that Brown and the singers transformed into exhilarating vocal pyrotechnics.
~ John Fleming, Classical Voice North America
Their subtly attuned awareness of each others' musical movements makes their technical virtuosity seem near effortless.
~ Jean Ballard Terepka, Theatre Scene
They seem to revel in the challenges other choirs avoid like the plague. ... The group's dynamic is a lesson in exceeding expectations.
~ Christian Carey, Sequenza 21
(photos by Keith Goldstein unless otherwise noted)