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About Us

A dynamic chorus with high musical standards, the Conservatory Chorale explores and performs a rich variety of musical styles, a cappella and with orchestra, from the Renaissance to the present day.  The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale, which began in its present form in September 2006, continues a more than twenty-year-old tradition of choral music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

 
Under the direction of Nelly Vuksic, the Chorale has been developing an increasingly challenging repertoire encompassing music from the Renaissance to the present, including premieres of new works as well as major works for chorus and orchestra such as Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, and Brahms’s A German Requiem, presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra and its music director, Dorothy Savitch.  In spring 2011, we presented an eclectic program reflecting American music from the 18th to the 20th centuries, from the poetic to bitingly sarcastic social commentary, and our January 2012 concert offers spiritual masterpieces of the Baroque, including Bach’s famous motet “Jesu, meine Freude” and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale continues to achieve new levels of musical and organizational accomplishment, and to attract talented singers who contribute to the group’s improvement and enthusiasm.  The members of the Chorale enjoy a dynamic, friendly and highly musical atmosphere, working and growing together to reach new levels.  We also expand our geographic scope by singing in various Brooklyn neighborhoods.  We invite all who are interested to join us in our music-making and in the joy of singing.

 

NELLY VUKSIC, Music Director

Argentine-born Nelly Vuksic has conducted extensively in USA and Latin America. In New York, she has collaborated with the American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic, New York Choral Society, American Choral Directors Association, New York Symphonic Ensemble, and many other musical organizations. She is the founder and director of the Americas Vocal Ensemble, with which she developed a unique repertory and premiered more than a hundred new works of music from the three Americas. This repertory has been presented at many prestigious venues including the Americas Society, where Mrs. Vuksic was Artist in Residence for many years; the Organization of American States in Washington, DC; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; Merkin Hall and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as various concert series and educational institutions in the New York metropolitan area. Nelly Vuksic served as the long-time director of the United Nations Singers, which she led on numerous international tours through Europe, Latin America, Japan, and the West Indies. She has conducted choral workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the Orff Schulwerk Association, Pro Musica Rosario (Argentina), and Ministerio de Cultura de Huelva (Spain), among others. Mrs. Vuksic has recorded for Opus One, Premiere, North/South Records, 4Tay and Newport Classics. She has served as a panelist for Concurso Polifonico Internacional in Colombia as well as for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, North/South Consonance, and Meet The Composers. Nelly Vuksic has also been a regular guest conductor at Summer Sings for the New York Choral Society, West Village Chorale and other similar choral organizations. The international press, including Gramophone and other publications, has described her “winning Latin American spirit” as “crisp and accurate in difficult music” (New York Times), and lauded her as an “excellent conductor with impeccable technique” (El Tiempo, Colombia). Mrs. Vuksic conducts “with care and understanding” (Bonner Generalamzeiger, Germany) and “with precision and beauty” (La Capital, Argentina). The New Music Connoisseur stated that, “under the sure hand of Nelly Vuksic, we get nothing but total enchantment.”

 

CESAR VUKSIC, Pianist

Pianist and composer Cesar Vuksic has appeared throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Japan as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has premiered numerous compositions, some of them written specially for him. Additionally, his own compositions have been presented in the United States and abroad by numerous prestigious organizations such as the Americas Society, the Organization of American States, and New York University. His works have been heard internationally at such venues as the Buenos Aires New Music Association, at the International Festival Musica Senza Frontieri of Perugia, Italy, and in the Spanish Song Festival of Granada. His “Wind”, a piece for chorus and piano, was commissioned by the New Music Collective and premiered by the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale in 2009. Reviewing Mr. Vuksic’s CD “Tangos, Preludes, Etudes”, noted critic Harold Schonberg wrote in the American Record Guide that “Mr. Vuksic is a sound and sensitive musician with a technique big enough to handle anything that comes his way.” Recently, the New Music Connoisseur wrote that “Mr. Vuksic’s playing made for as fine an event as anyone will ever come across.”