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Under the Mistletoe
with Ashley Brown and The New York Pops

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA performs

Thursday, December 19, 2013 @ 8 PM
Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 8PM

Family Concert: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA performs

Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00pm

Charlie Brown

Courtesy of Peanuts Worldwide, LLC.

Testimony by Stephen Schwartz

Rappaccini’s Daughter
June 12, 2013, at Pearl Studios in NYC

Press Release: Click here for PDF

Rappaccini’s Daughter

Testimony by Stephen Schwartz

Happy President's Day!

Watch our video: with Kelli O'Hara, Ron Raines & EVUSA!

And read more here:

Sing Along to Sing Out Mr. President

Washington D.C.

Judith conducted the Sing Out Mr. President “Sing Along” in Washington D.C. on President's Weekend, Sunday, February 17, 2013. Download a Press Release PDF here.

Sing Out Sing Along

David Ludwig's The New Colossus
(Washington DC Premiere)

Performance for President Obama and Vice President Biden
at the Inaugural Prayer Service, Monday, 1/21/13

(Judith Clurman Choral Series: G. Schirmer 5049876)

Judith commissioned David Ludwig to write The New Colossus and premiered it at the Todi Music Festival in 2002. Upon hearing the EVUSA recording, Ben Hutto, Director of Music Ministry and Organist at St. John's Church ("Church of the Presidents") in Washington DC, programmed the work for the Inaugural Prayer Service.

Listen to a sample MP3 (0.6MB)

The New Colossus

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Sing Out Mr. President

The music for Sing Out Mr. President has been published by G. Schirmer (Hal Leonard distribution)

Listen to a sample MP3 with EVUSA! (5.6MB)

Sing Out Mr. President

Settings of words of our Presidents by Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Irving Berlin, Jason Robert Brown, Thomas Cabaniss, Jake Heggie, Larry Hochman, Laurie Hochman, Michael Gilbertson, Sheldon Harnick, Jennifer Higdon, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Andrew Lippa, David Ludwig, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Stephen Paulus, Marc Shaiman, John Philip Sousa, Georgia Stitt, Zachary Wadsworth, Jesse Wiener.

Order your copy at Hal Leonard today!

Celebrating the American Spirit CD Available Now

Read a glowing review of Celebrating the American Spirit at The Huffington Post
or download the review as a PDF (225k).

More information available on our CDs & Books page, here.

The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8pm

Essential Voices USA are honored to help celebrate Stephen Schwartz 65th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his hit musical Wicked, along with Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, and Jennifer Laura Thompson.


Marvin Makes Music Book/Recording Launch
in NYC on November 8th

Marvin Makes Music

More information available on our CDs & Books page, here.

The Composer Speaks Joshua Schmidt:
Download a press release of extended program and bio information as Word file.

The New York Pops: Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Friday, October 12, 2012 at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

A very grand night of singing was presented… three glorious voices (Aaron Lazar, Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot), blending beautifully, backed up by the extraordinary Essential Voices USA… Praise to EVUSA’s Judith Clurman… The songs never sounded better..

Judith with Paolo Szot and members of EVUSA, standing in front of the SOLD OUT sign, at Carnegie Hall. Used with permission.

Judith with soloist Aaron Lazar and EVUSA member Chad Lazar. Photo © 2012 by Michael Yeshion. Used with permission.

The Composer Speaks HUC:
Download a press release of extended program and bio information as Word Doc.

Admission is $20.00, payable at the door, one hour prior to the concert.
Tickets for May 10th are available online.

The New York Pops 29th Birthday Gala Honoring Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

Carnegie Hall with NY Pops, Stern Auditorium

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7:00pm

Hollywood Award Winners

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8pm

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: The New York Pops - Jim Henson's Musical World

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12:30pm and 3:30pm


Essential Voices USA sang with Kermit, Cookie Monster, Fozzie Bear, and all the Muppets and cast of Sesame Street. See MuppetCentral's review of Jim Henson's Musical World at Carnegie Hall.

Photo © 2011 The Jim Henson Company, (c) 2011 The Muppets Studio,
Photography Courtesy The Jim Henson Legacy, John E. Barrett, Photographer

Wish You a Swingin' Christmas
with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
& The New York Pops

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium

Friday, December 16th, 2011 - 8pm (Tickets Available at
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 - 8pm (at

2011 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Nov 29, 2011

EVUSA performed at the 2011 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting broadcast event. Watch a recording of the chorus here on YouTube.

The Composer Speaks: Shulamit Ran

Hebrew Union College Chapel

Sunday, March 13, 2011 -- 7:00pm

Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) inaugurated its new series, The Composer Speaks, with the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Shulamit Ran. Developed by EVUSA's conductor Judith Clurman, The audience even sang along on a New York Premiere performance! The ensemble performed two world premieres.

Photo © (istock)

Sing Out Mr. President

National Public Radio

February 7th - 28th, 2011

"For Mr. President, Clurman challenged today’s most notable composers – including Jake Heggie, Samuel Adler, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Nico Muhly – to create short songs inspired by famous presidential quotes. Among the repertoire: “The ballot is stronger than the bullet,” (Abraham Lincoln); “A leader has to lead, or otherwise he has no business in politics,” (Harry Truman); “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women,” (Ronald Reagan); and “With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. ...Yes we can,” (Barack Obama)."(

EVUSA Celebrated the Holidays with Brian Stokes Mitchell

Carnegie Hall

December 10th - 11th, 2010 -- 8:00pm

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined an eclectic program of holiday music — featuring a new piece, Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chankuah, arranged by Judith Clurman, Larry Hochman, and Brian Stokes Mitchell — in three Dec. 10-11 New York Pops concerts at Carnegie Hall. Judith Clurman conducted the premiere of Songs of Freedom. ESVUA also sang the premiere of Habari Gani by William Schermerhorn and Wesley Whatley under the baton of Pops conductor Steven Reinecke.

The Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

Friday, November 19, 2010 -- 8:00pm

A concert of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest songs and soliloquies, in commemoration of the composer’s 80th birthday. Kate Baldwin, Aaron Lazar, Christiane Noll and Alexander Gemignani joined in the fun with The New York Pops and Essential Voices USA.

The Sondheim Review
Vol. 17, No. 4 Summer 2011

"Big Band, Big Voices: The New York Pops pays tribute to Sondheim," by Stepehn Kitsakos (theatre arts lecturer at the School of Fine and Performing Arts at SUNY-New Paltz)

Concert review article featured an interview with Judith Clurman.

Photo © Steve J. Sherman

Leonard Bernstein:  A Celebration

Symphony Space

Friday, October 22, 2010 -- 7:30pm

With this unique celebration, Symphony Space celebrated the publication of Steve J. Sherman's major new book, "Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984-1990," and presented an exclusive exhibition of photographs from that book in the Thalia Café.

The Celebration Concert was conducted by the concert’s music director, Judith Clurman and hosted by WQXR's Robert Sherman. Featured soloists were Harolyn Blackwell, Jubilant Sykes and legendary jazz pianist Fred Hersch.

The New York Pops Presents The Best of Lerner and Loewe

featuring Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot

Carnegie Hall

Friday, April 16th, 2010 -- 8:00pm

We celebrated Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe with Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot, the stars of the Tony award-winning Broadway revival South Pacific, tenor Michael Slattery, and Steven Reinecke and his New York Pops in a thrilling collection of classic favorites from My Fair Lady, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon, Gigi and Brigadoon.