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December 6, 2015

3:00 PM at
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Photo of the VOCI Chamber Singers

VOCI Chamber Singers of SUNY College at Oneonta featuring Tim Newton, conductor and piano.

Friends of Music is pleased to sponsor an encore performance by The State University of New York College at Oneonta VOCI chamber singers. These serious choral musicians aspire to perform challenging music in smaller forces, all while completing the full college curriculum. Under Dr. Tim Newton’s leadership, they have performed in Western, Eastern and Central New York, the Hudson Valley and Long Island, giving solfege hand-sign clinics after performances in high schools. VOCI received the first College ensemble invitation to perform at a national conference in 2009 at Yale University, where they were conducted by Vance George, Grammy-award winning chorus master of the San Francisco Symphony, and they participated in several events including performances of African Sanctus given in 2010 at the College. This semester, they have sung Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at Oneonta’s Temple Beth El 80th anniversary service, for Oneonta’s Tree Lighting ceremony, and will perform it again on December 8th at 7:30 in the Hunt Union. On February 19th, 2016, VOCI and the Oneonta Concert Association will host the professional afro-centric Nathaniel Dett Chorale from Toronto at the Hunt Union as a part of Black History Month events.

Photo of Tim Newton
Tim Newton, DMA, pictured at left, is a conductor, pianist, and bass-baritone. His choruses have sung since 1992 on tours throughout the continental United States, UK, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Japan. As a member of London’s Phiharmonia Chorus for more than a decade, he has sung in every major concert venue in the United Kingdom, as well as several in Europe including Cité de la Musique, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Center, Canary Islands International Music Festival, BBC Proms, King’s College Easter Week Festival, Palau de Musica and Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle. In 2014, he performed at an acclaimed BBC Proms broadcast of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the Swedish Radio Chorus and Orchestra under Daniel Harding. Tim is the recipient of the ACDA’s Julius Herford Prize for Dissertation Research (2004), as well as the Nicholas Temperley Award in Musicology at the University of Illinois, the first choral doctorate to win the Musicology Department's dissertation award. He came to SUNY Oneonta in 2007 and has taught courses in choral music, orchestra, history, theory, voice, piano, and conducting, leading several musicals at the college in the pit. Prior to coming to Oneonta, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Choral Music at Grinnell College, and taught at several colleges including Dartmouth College.


December 6, 2015


Chamber Singers, SUNY College at Oneonta
featuring Tim Newton, conductor and piano

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Admission to this concert is free of charge and includes post-concert refreshments catered by A Taste of Europe Restaurant in Cobleskill. As always, donations are gratefully accepted. For complete details see our General Information page.

Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire series possible.

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