Founded in 2002 by its director, James Burritt, Vocális Chamber Choir, is a select ensemble of dedicated professionals based in Buffalo, New York. Vocális is committed to performing great a cappella music of all eras, and to cultivating an awareness of the art of choral singing. The choir strives to inspire, educate and enlighten our audiences through an intimate and moving concert experience. Now in its 17th season, Vocális has established itself as one of the finest choral ensembles in New York.
Vocális’ programming is wide-ranging, presenting choral masterpieces and lesser-known gems from throughout the ages, including exciting contemporary works such as James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados, Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych, and James Whitbourn’s Son of God Mass. Vocális has performed regularly with members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Chamber Players, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and at the Music Niagara Festival in Ontario, Canada. The choir strives as well, to support new compositions, including recent commissions by composers Andrew Smith, Michael Slon, and Caroline Mallonée in honor of the group’s 10th and 15th anniversaries.
In the summer of 2014, Vocális toured England, with engagements at Southwark Cathedral, Grosvenor Chapel, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Ely Cathedral, and the Cambridge Summer Music Festival.
Building on the success of its England tour, Vocális hosted internationally renowned choral composer Ola Gjeilo in a concert of his music, reprising the concert at Merkin Hall in New York City. In June of 2016, the choir continued its diverse programming, presenting Cary Ratcliff’s Ode to Common Things, under the direction of the Grammy nominated composer.
In March of 2018, Vocális welcomed Bob Chilcott to Buffalo for a three day residency which included a community sing, high school choral workshop, and a celebratory concert of his music conducted by the composer. Most recently, Vocális was honored to be invited to perform at the 2018 ACDA Eastern Regional Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
Each season the choir presents a series of subscription concerts in some of Buffalo’s most beautiful architectural and cultural landmarks, and actively seeks out unique collaborative opportunities with the thriving arts community of Western New York. Vocális warmly invites you to join us as we begin our 17th season.
Vocális members are music educators, church musicians, and other talented professionals from Buffalo, and beyond who share a love for quality choral performance.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Formed in 2007 to provide administrative guidance, our active volunteer board is committed to furthering Vocális’ mission.
Damon Ayer, President
David Frieder, Vice President
Vera Kozak, Secretary
Christopher Burritt, Treasurer
Mark R. McNamara, Esq.
Robert J. Meisner, DDS
John F. Herbert
Barbara J. Hole
Anne Altenburg Moot
Nancy Austin Stecker
Sarah G. Carney
Mary Keough Dylik