The Symphony Singers is a newly formed professional chorus made up of singers who perform as soloists in oratorio, opera, and chamber music. Members of the ensemble have performed with musical director Judith Clurman in various projects over three decades. Under her direction, they have presented the choral classics of the European tradition as well as premiered and recorded music by Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Ludwig, Nico Muhly, Arvo Pärt, Stephen Paulus, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, and Shulamit Ran. They have also premiered and recorded works by Broadway composers Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Joshua Schmidt, and Stephen Schwartz. They have been heard under her direction with The New York Concert Singers, as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and the Mostly Mozart Festival, on Live From Lincoln Center, with the American Composer’s Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Carnegie Hall’s subscription series, and on The Composer Speaks series at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. In addition, they collaborated with her and the Sesame Street Muppets in Lincoln Center’s Tree Lighting and the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC.
Emmy and Grammy-nominated Judith Clurman is the musical director for the Symphony Singers and Essential Voices USA, collaborates with The New York Pops on its Carnegie Hall subscription series, and conducts The Composer Speaks series. She has worked with the New York Philharmonic and commissioned new works by more than 60 American composers. Ms. Clurman conducted the World Premiere of a newly discovered canon text by Mozart for Lincoln Center’s Mozart Bicentennial, and a Bernstein arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Harvard University’s Bernstein Festival. As an educator, she served as director of choral activities at The Juilliard School from 1989 to 2007, and now teaches on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She has been a visiting artist / teacher at the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, Princeton University, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. Her music and arrangements are published by G. Schirmer and Schott, and she has recorded for New World and Sono Luminus.