NYP > one-trick ponies

March 19, 2011

There have been so many exciting developments to report over the past few months that it’s easy to overlook the work we do as individuals. Here’s a quick look at what’s everyone is up to at the moment…

CHRIS has a few solo projects on the horizon including a performance with Ensemble for the Romantic Century at Symphony Space on March 24 and a recital with Thomas Bagwell at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in Manhattan in May. He’s also working furiously to place 88 street pianos all over New York City – the project is called Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos. When he’s not traversing the 5 boroughs or singing he can be found at the park or at home with his husband Tim and his dog Pumpkin.

GEOFF WILLIAMS began the month of March with a solo recital (“with some fine instrumentalists”) at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City singing music by Bach, Purcell, and “Three Songs for Countertenor” by, friend of the band, Gregory Brown.  Last week, he represented NYP at the National Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association in Chicago and returned to New York City in time to lead another stellar early music ensemble, TENET in a program of Spanish Renaissance polyphony. This summer, Geoff joins the faculty of Amherst Early Music Festival’s Ensemble Singing Collective . (And on a side note, he’s very happy that baseball season is almost here. “GO CUBS!”)

GEOFF SILVER is currently editing a CD of organ works by Rachel Laurin, performed by rising star, Isabelle Demers on a gorgeous Casavant in Montreal. The CD will be released on his label Acis Productions. He has other editing projects in the pipeline, including chant for NYP, a double disc of Reger Choral Fantasies (also Demers) and a project with Margaret Lacey– the first CD to feature the newly installed Aeolian-Skinner at Amarillo, Texas. He’s considering sound proofing his apartment. Other work on the horizon includes calling the camera shots for the Trinity Wall Street Matthew Passion webcast, and a Lent and Holy Week spent produing a music education book. Recent (and future) extra-curricular activities include cheering Celtic Women friends on at Radio City on St Paddy’s day, cheering Cambridge on in the boat race (March 26, 1pm EST), and attending his only 500th anniversary reunion of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.

CRAIG continues to aggravate his god complex by singing the role of Jesus in Bach’s Saint John Passion next month at Washington National Cathedral. But most of his time is spent managing two major projects: his 9-week old baby Grace and a kitchen renovation slated for August.