Who are the Camerata Singers? An inside look the select choir

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By Meredith Fierro

Relatively unknown on campus, Camerata Singers is Union’s premiere select choir.

John Cox, who was recently hired by Union’s music department after Victor Klimash retired last spring, directs the Camerata Singers.

Cox earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon and received his Doctorate in Conducting at the University of Illinois.

Cox instantly became popular with his students, who describe him as “enthusiastic,” “funny,” “smart” and “easygoing.”

The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Taylor Music Center.

Although the Union College Choral is open to all singers on campus, members of Camerata Singers were chosen through an audition process.

Most of the singers participate in vocal lessons with either John Cox or Corine Salon.

These lessons culminate in a vocal recital at the end of each term, featuring at least one classical solo piece from each performer.

While pop music is popular with the acappella groups on campus, the Camerata Singers primarily focuses on classical music.

The most recent winter concert featured work by Josquin, Schutz, Perti, Cavalli, and Legrenzi.

Recently, the group travelled to Montreal to perform a concert and sing at a church mass.

This trip not only provided a chance to perform in venues outside Union, but the chance for the members of the group to bond as a whole.

Cox intends to take the group on choral tours in the coming years in order to further develop as a choir and become more recognizable on campus.

Members of the Camerata Singers are very busy this term.

The group will be hosting the Festival of Polychoral Music at Memorial Chapel and performing alongside the St. Rose Madrigal Singers and the Schenectady County Community College Vocal Chamber Ensemble.

The festival takes place on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

In addition, the Camerata Singers is performing Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in B-flat at Steinmetz on May 11.

Finally, the group will be performing their own concert featuring folk music from around the world on May 27 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

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