Chamber Singers sing at South ACDA, premiere

The East Carolina University Chamber Singers have been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Southern Division Convention in Memphis March 11 as part of the their spring tour. The chamber singers, conducted by ECU director of choral activities Daniel Bara, are ECU’s premiere choral ensemble.

The choir has been chosen for the southern division premiere performance of this year’s Raymond W. Brock Choral Commission. The Raymond W. Brock Choral Commission is the ACDA’s annual commission of a nationally-recognized composer to write a choral composition to perpetuate quality choral repertoire. This year’s commission is entitled “All the Works of Love,”written by American composer Joan Szymko. The singers will perform before an audience of more than 900 choral conductors and choral musicians from the nine-state Southern region.

Additional tour stops include Charlotte and Nashville. The Charlotte performance is March 8at7:30 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, and is co-hosted by The Charlotte Children’s Chorus, who will also perform.

The chamber singers will perform at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, March 9at 7:30 p.m. The concert is hosted by Michael Velting, director of music at Christ Church, and his assistant organist and choirmaster Jon Johnson (ECU BM ’99, MM ’07).

Repertoire on the tour program includes works of Frank Martin, Elliott Carter, William Harris, Charles Wood, Samuel Barber, Richard Rodney Bennett, and others, in addition to several folk song and spiritual arrangements.

The Chamber Singers’ first professional recording, “Greater Love,” is available on iTunes. Their second recording, “Eternal Light,” is scheduled for release in the spring of 2010.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about the ECU Chamber Singers, contact Daniel Bara at

Information about past Raymond Brock commissions, performances, composers, and choirs is listed on this webpage.