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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
GMChorale Media Contact: Sarah Hager Johnston
Media Inquiries: gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
General Inquiries: info@gmchorale.org
Media Phone: 860-676-2228
Website: www.gmchorale.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmchorale @gmchorale
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Mailing Address: GMChorale, P.O. Box 527, Middletown, CT 06457
 

Experienced Musicians Invited to Audition for GMChorale’s Alchemy Chamber Ensemble
 

Experienced musicians in all voice parts are invited to apply
 
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. (May 29, 2018) — Experienced musicians are invited to apply to audition for Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale.
 
Established in 2016, Alchemy maintains a roster of about 30 singers, from which a 24-voice performing ensemble is selected for each concert or concert series. The ensemble rehearses and performs a select repertoire of choral and vocal chamber music. All singers are required to master Alchemy’s entire body of current repertoire so as to be prepared to perform with the ensemble at any time.
 
“Though Alchemy is primarily a vocal chamber ensemble, we welcome experienced musicians from a variety of backgrounds,” said Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble’s founder and Artistic Director. “Alchemy is a company of singers composed of music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble and avocational singers, including some skilled instrumentalists who happen to have great voices. Our focus is on preparing and presenting musical programs of the highest artistic quality.”
 
Alchemy’s season includes six to eight concerts by the chamber ensemble on its own, plus additional collaborations and outreach programs in communities across the state of Connecticut. The Alchemy singers are also members of the 80-voice GMChorale, which offers two major concerts each season, as well as other projects and collaborations.
 
Interested musicians are asked to submit a professional resume or summary of musical background, with details on musical experiences as soloist, ensemble singer, music educator, avocational singer, etc. Those invited to audition will be asked to sing two solo selections, such as an art song, an aria from an opera or oratorio, or a classical arrangement of a folk song or hymn. One of the solos must be sung in German, French, or Italian. Each singer will also be asked to sing the appropriate vocal part from three choral works (the music of which will be supplied in advance), and to demonstrate sight-reading and rhythm skills.
 
Auditions last about 30 minutes, and are heard by Alchemy’s Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio and principal Alchemy vocal coach Margaret Tyler. The Artistic Director will accompany the audition.
 
For more information on the audition process and requirements, and to schedule an audition, contact Alchemy manager Lorie Martin at lorie.martin@gmchorale.org or 610-207-5145.
 
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Images: Included below are photos of Alchemy, the GMChorale, and Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio.
 
About Alchemy — Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, is a company of musicians comprised of music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. Alchemy’s mission is to advance and support the GMChorale's vision of “Singing for a Lifetime” through concert tours, collaborations, musical leadership, education, and community engagement. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble, known for its ability to adapt its sound to a broad variety of repertoire, took the name “Alchemy” in recognition of the ancient, mystical art of creating gold through a process of transformation and refinement. Established in 2016 and already recognized for its vocal beauty, richness, and subtlety, this ensemble brings a touch of gold to concerts and collaborations of the highest musical quality. The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice Chorale, which performs a wide range of choral music from several centuries, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces.
 
About the GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale) – The GMChorale has become one of New England’s finest and most engaging choruses since its founding in 1977. Today, the GMChorale is celebrated for its innovative symphonic choral presentations, and often performs with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and other professional ensembles. Under the inspired leadership of Joseph D’Eugenio, now in his twentieth season as the ensemble’s Artistic Director, the 80-voice Chorale performs a wide range of choral repertoire, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces. GMChorale crowned its two European concert tours as the only choir providing music for the Sunday noon mass at Venice’s extraordinary Basilica San Marco. Under Maestro D’Eugenio’s leadership, the GMChorale has commissioned and premiered new choral works by leading composers including Gwyneth Walker, Eugenie Rocherolle, Peter Niedmann, Colin Britt, Ellen Gilson Voth, Lee McQuillan, and Henry Mollicone. In 2011, the GMChorale commissioned Connecticut Grammy nominee and composer, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, to create Letter from Italy, 1944 with the libretto by her sister, poet Nancy Meneely. In 2013, the GMChorale premiered the new oratorio in Middletown, Connecticut. The Chorale commissioned Karyl Evans to create a documentary of the oratorio’s historic background and creative process that was narrated by Meryl Streep. The stunning result, Letter from Italy, 1944: a New American Oratorio, earned an Emmy for its director in 2016. In May 2017, the GMChorale collaborated with The Hartford Chorale to perform Letter from Italy, 1944 with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Joseph D’Eugenio directed the semi-staged production, its professional soloists, the 200 singers of the combined Chorales, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in a memorable performance.
 
About Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio – Joseph D’Eugenio is currently in his 20th year as GMChorale’s Artistic Director. Under his baton, GMChorale celebrated its 40th anniversary season with concerts featuring Duruflé’s Requiem, Messiah with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford premiere of Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944 with the Hartford Chorale and Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the premiere season of Alchemy, the new semi-professional vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale. For more than two decades as conductor and clinician, D’Eugenio has led choruses and orchestras in preparation and performances of the great choral masterworks with orchestra. In 2009, D’Eugenio was named Conductor of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. As guest conductor, D’Eugenio has led many workshops and festivals, including the CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) Summer Festival in 2015. D’Eugenio has instructed choral groups at various schools, colleges, and universities, including Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  An accomplished pianist and organist, he has been Director of Music at First Congregational Church, Cheshire, Connecticut since 2003, where he oversees the church’s music program.  An accompanist of the first rank and in demand by concert artists, D’Eugenio frequently accompanies song recitals and professional choral organizations, including CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and VOCE. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from The Hartt School and the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut, he maintains a private piano studio.
 
GMCHORALE CONTACTS
 
GMChorale Media Contact: Sarah Hager Johnston
Media Inquiries: gmcmedia@gmchorale.org
General Inquiries: info@gmchorale.org
Media Phone: 860-676-2228
Website: www.gmchorale.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmchorale @gmchorale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmchorale/
Mailing Address: GMChorale, P.O. Box 527, Middletown, CT 06457 

 
Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale
The GMChorale in concert.
The GMChorale's Artistic Director Joseph D'Eugenio, celebrating his twentieth season with the GMChorale.
The GMChorale is partially funded by generous grants from the following: the Community Foundation of Middlesex County; the Middletown Commission On The Arts; The Marjorie Jolidon Fund of the Greater Hartford Chapter, American Guild of Organists; and Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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