“The members of EVUSA
do exquisite work...”
–The Huffington Post

CHERISHED MOMENTS: SONGS OF THE JEWISH SPIRIT, a new CD on Sono Luminus (DSL-92182), will be released on October 28, 2014 with Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman with soloists Ron Raines, Bruce Ruben and Michael Slattery.

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Bernstein Meets Broadway

Arlo Hill and members of Essential Voices USA performed "Lonely Town" from the musical ON THE TOWN at the Barnes and Noble Bernstein Meets Broadway program, September 15, 2014. The evening celebrated the publication of Carol J. Oja’s book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War.

Sept. 15th Barnes and Noble Event

Pictured are Baritone Arlo Hill, Essential Voices USA, panel members Jamie Bernstein, Adam Green, Billie Allen & author Carol J. Oja. Photo © Stephen Sorokoff, used with permission.

2014 Auditions
 
Hear EVUSA sing Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular 2014
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Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles, brings together a roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. With this unique choral model, created by Clurman, the size of the ensemble is constantly changing, dictated by the specific musical needs of each project.

EVUSA’S mission is threefold

  • Engage diverse audiences through dynamic programming and recordings, and by presenting new works that showcase composers and the art of composition;
  • Entertain through innovative and soul-stirring performances;
  • Enrich the lives of our singers, the New York community, and our audience-at-large by sharing our dedication to excellence and our deep love of music.

Carnegie HallThe ensemble is completely at home in New York’s iconic performance venues. It performs at the Carnegie Hall and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. EVUSA participated in the spirited Leonard Bernstein Celebration at Symphony Space and served as the chorus in residence with the The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. EVUSA also produces its own classical choral, musical theater, and operatic readings, workshops, and recordings. The ensemble’s wide-ranging and adaptable musicality is evident from the variety of its activities.

EVUSA was in residence with National Public Radio the month of February 2011. That same year the ensemble launched The Composer Speaks, a series of concerts in workshop format moderated by Judith and designed to encourage dialogue with composers. Past events have included the music of established and up-and-coming composers such as Linsey Abrams, John Glover, Sheldon Harnick, Larry Hochman, Sally Lamb McCune, Shulamit Ran, Kelley Rourke, Bruce Ruben, Paul Schoenfield, Joshua Schmidt, and Roberto Sierra.

The group performed on the critically acclaimed CD Celebrating the American Spirit (Sono Luminus) featuring Kelli O’Hara and Ron Raines. The repertoire ranged from Milton Babbitt to Irving Berlin. The disc includes the exciting cycle, “Sing Out, Mr. President,” a collection of sixteen short pieces based on the words of sixteen American presidents.

Students were invite to join EVUSA and record the song “The Music in My Mind” for Marvin Hamlisch’s children’s book, Marvin Makes Music, and was honored to be invited to participate in Hamlisch’s stirring memorial at The Juilliard School.

In 2011 and 2012 EVUSA rocked ‘the rock’ on NBC’s national broadcasts of the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.

NPRA highlight of its 2012–2013 season was EVUSA’s participation in the Presidential Inaugural activities, including a sing-along of the “Sing Out, Mr. President” song cycle at the “Church of the Presidents” in Washington, D.C. The ensemble’s CD was featured on NPR on Inauguration Day 2013.

In 2012, EVUSA premiered the SATB arrangement of Stephen Schwartz’s important and deeply moving work, “Testimony,” at Carnegie Hall, under Judith’s direction.

On July 4, 2014 EVUSA was featured in numerous tracks for the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, along with Idina Menzel and the Diva Jazz Orchestra.

Plans for the 2014-2015 season includes four concerts at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, participation in book launches for Carol Oja’s book on Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town, Composer Speaks programs with musicologists Christoph Wolff (Bach) and Michael Ochs (Mozart), and a new recording for Sono Luminus.

To learn more about EVUSA and membership requirements, browse our website or find us on Facebook.

A shortened EVUSA bio for Press is available here: Word Doc file or PDF file

“With gorgeous harmonies and soaring vocal chorale sounds, Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, is a mixed group of skilled singers who bring thoughtful and rich performances. . . there are glorious sounds here. . . .”

–Sound Advice