Voices of Concinnity
Voices of Concinnity is our 12-voice professional vocal ensemble of dedicated, seasoned choral artists from diverse backgrounds who strive to cultivate the art of chamber ensemble singing in Connecticut, directed by Sarah Kaufold.
Our mission is to connect with the community through exquisitely crafted and
innovative choral programming that fosters inclusion,
promotes collaboration, illuminates variety, and ensures affordable access.
Voices of Concinnity works to maximize overtones and unity of sound to create a harmonious, artful landscape of voices. Through the performance of choral music dating from the pre-Renaissance to the contemporary, Concinnity is dedicated to illuminating the breadth of choral repertoire, including works by historically excluded and living composers, to connect with all in the community.
Voices of Concinnity was founded in 2018 by Sarah Kaufold, Artistic Director to help create affordable access for the community to experience professional-level vocal chamber music and to curate an ensemble with flexible rehearsal schedules to include singers with varying career and family commitments. The word "concinnity" means the harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something, which encompasses our approach to ensemble singing. Concinnity has continued to sing safely throughout the pandemic and is sponsored by Consonare Choral Community.
Voices of Concinnity is currently Artist-in-Residence at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Hebron, Connecticut.
Outdoor photos taken by Levin Aeral Works, LLC
REHEARSAL EXCERPT: "Bring us, O Lord" by William Harris
The link to a complete list of repertoire Concinnity has performed is located near the bottom of this page.
Being an artist in the time of COVID-19 has been a struggle and a difficult transition. Although there is no replacement for live singing and music-making, Voices of Concinnity committed to adapting and continuing to explore creative ways to safely sing together and share beautiful music with others during this time of social distancing and isolation.
We commissioned and recorded virtually a song from composer Cheryl Engelhardt that encapsulated the singers' varied experiences at the beginning of the pandemic.
We started recording outside while masked and distanced, which was not without its challenges. However, we collaborated with the Mark Twain house, sang in some unconventional spaces, battled the sounds of nature, and continued to find ways to #keepsinging.
Choral Composer Amplify Project
This fall 2021, we put out a "Call for Scores" encouraging emerging composers from all backgrounds and traditions to submit thier composition for the Choral Composer Amplify Project (CCAP. The goal of this project was to ensure all voices are being amplified within the choral community and to increase access for emerging composers to have their music performed by being recorded by a professional ensemble.
We received compositions from over twenty composers. We have a professional panel of judges from diverse musical backgrounds to help narrow down the compositions to be recorded. Four compositions were selected and recorded by Voices of Concinnity at the end of February 2022 and the chosen composers will each receive a $400 honorarium for their work.
The recordings of these new works were be shared in for #NewMusicMondays
March and April and available to view on our CCAP page here.
Bruce Barger, Erin Bartram, Liz Bologna, Kara Hart, Christopher Hartel, Sarah Kaufold,
Brian Jones, Erica Maas Shippee, Michael McAvaney, Daniel Pavone, Alex Walker, Jermaine Woodard, Jr.
scroll through above to meet our musicians