The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Dianne Berkun, Artistic Director and Founder, offers exceptional music training and choral performances to enrich the lives of its students and community. Through music study and professional-level performing experiences, BYCA unites children of diverse backgrounds and helps them develop into confident and expressive musicians and individuals. BYCA has performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Brooklyn Philharmonics; with Barbra Streisand, Lou Reed, Judy Collins, Sir Elton John, John Legend and Ray Davies; under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, James Levine, Marin Alsop, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, and Leon Botstein; and alongside the Mark Morris and Wally Cardona dance companies. In 2005, BYCA won the Best Classical Album Grammy® for On the Transmigration of Souls by John Adams. BYCA works to develop new choral music across many genres by commissioning composers and arrangers including Pulitzer prize-winners David Lang and Paul Moravec.
Led by composer, trombonist, and curator Chris McIntyre, TILT Brass is a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to creating new content and contexts for contemporary brass music by producing inventive concert programs, recording projects, and commissioning initiatives. Formed in 2003 TILT primarily presents the work of living composers, having premiered over 20 compositions thus far. Its ensembles range from solo and chamber ensembles to experimental brass orchestra, anchored by its two resident ensembles, TILT Creative Brass Band (TCBB) and TILT SIXtet. TILT projects have been presented in a number of vital New York venues including the Whitney Museum, ISSUE Project Room, Joe's Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe, and The Stone. In December 2011, TILT Brass was a featured ensemble during the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. at Park Avenue Armory. TILT Brass' first full-length recording was released in April 2011. To TILT: Volume 1, the first in a series presenting commissioned works, features the Creative Brass Band. Vol. 2, scheduled for release in Spring 2013, will feature the SIXtet project.
Hailed by The New York Times for her "delirious abandon" on stage, versatile soprano Melissa Fogarty's wide-ranging experience has led her to appear at venues from New York City Opera to popular clubs such as Le Poisson Rouge and City Winery. She has been featured in VOX, New York City Opera's annual showcase of new American operas and has appeared in scenes presented by American Opera Projects and American Lyric Theater. A favorite of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, Ms. Fogarty has given world premieres of several of his works. Sought after by numerous other composers and new music groups, Ms. Fogarty has also performed the world premieres of Vessel by Kati Agócs with the Metropolis Ensemble at Symphony Space and Christopher James's Five Sappho Fragments with the esteemed new music ensemble North/South Consonance. Ms. Fogarty is also known for her lively and elegant interpretations of Baroque and Classical-period music. Ms. Fogarty has earned awards including the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, the Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival and the Giorgio Cini Foundation Fellowship for study in Venice.
Crucible Quartet was formed in 2005 to perform exclusively the work of John King. Since then they have premiered over 10 of his quartets at the Lincoln Center Festival/Allen Room, The Stone, The Kitchen, Roulette, and other slubs throughout New York City. They have also recorded three of King's compositions on their 10 Mysteries CD on the Tzadik label.