Downtown Voices choir sings in Trinity Church, conducted by Stephen Sands

Downtown Voices

Praised by The New York Times for its “incisive, agile strength,” Downtown Voices is a semiprofessional choir conducted by Stephen Sands. Downtown Voices has performed works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arvo Pärt, Anton Webern, Alberto Ginastera, Leoš Janáček, James MacMillan, and Philip Glass, in addition to the world premiere of Benedict Sheehan’s oratorio Akathist, which was recorded alongside The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Artefact Ensemble, and NOVUS NY. The choir made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2022 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falleta for the Lukas Foss Centennial Celebration.  

Other recent performances include Orff's Carmina Burana at The Ross Farm, Compline by Candlelight and Lux Aeterna concerts at St. Paul's Chapel, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew. In past years, the ensemble has hosted Community Carol Sing concerts, Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Dvořák’s Mass in D, and Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia. Downtown Voices has been featured several times with Andrea Bocelli and can be heard on the epic recording Philip Glass: Symphony No. 5 released by Orange Mountain Music.

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Downtown Voices rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 6:30–9pm, with occasional rehearsals extending to 9:30pm, from September through June at Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan. Choir members must attend at least 80% of rehearsals and are required to attend all dress rehearsals and concerts. Please contact the chorus manager if you have questions.


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