...a vocal ensemble comprised of 35 undergraduate and graduate students, primarily majors in music performance, music education, composition and conducting. We aspire to be leaders in our profession and seek out real world experiences during our time at UCLA to help us achieve that goal. A unique and exciting professional level opportunity has been presented to us, but we lack the financial resources to make this a reality. The Chamber Singers have been invited to perform in the East Coast Premiere of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and record the project for Naxos Records, a perennial label for Grammy award-winning classical music recordings.
A week-long trip from one side of the country to the other is an expensive endeavor and falls outside the usual activities supported by our UCLA Choral Studies budget. We are seeking a total of $17,500 through this campaign to help cover airfare, ground transportation, lodging and meals for our group. Your generous contribution, no matter what amount, could add up to an invaluable once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
What does this project mean for us?
The value of this trip for aspiring musicians is beyond measure. We would be working alongside successful professionals in our field, under the leadership of Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta, hailed by the New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation.”
Our names could appear on the roster for a ground breaking performance and a Grammy nominated recording, making us eligible to become voting members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences—an unbelievable addition to a young performer’s resume.
What is the impact on UCLA?
Our participation in this project would bring a high level of prestige to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and specifically our Choral Studies Department. Given the reputation of JoAnn Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic and Naxos Records, our program would receive international exposure and, in turn, possible consideration for future projects benefitting the next generation of UCLA choral students. Recruitment is key to the ongoing success of any university program, and this would be an impressive accolade in the eyes of prospective students and their families.
What is the impact on the community?
This project will also have a profound impact on the classical music community and society as a whole. Richard Danielpour’s contribution to the great historical collection of musical passions is unique and significant. With texts collected from a variety of sources sung in both Hebrew and English and musical content reflecting his identity as an American composer of Persian Jewish descent, this oratorio is a beautiful convergence of seemingly disparate cultural influences. The unity and beauty of this singular work of art is an important offering to society.
Join us on this journey!
We invite YOU to be part of an experience that will shape our lives and careers as professional musicians, enhance the reputation of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and Choral Studies Department and ripple outward to classical musicians and music lovers across the globe. Please donate to this worthwhile campaign and help send the UCLA Chamber Singers to Buffalo this Spring!