Vox Nova Chamber Choir is a mixed ensemble of 24 – 32 adult voices. Vox Nova rehearses Thursday evenings 7-9:30 PM and performs four concerts annually. Directed by Shannon Chase. Steven Weston, Assistant Conductor. Accompanied by members of the instrumental consort.
Vox Nova Chamber Choir was founded in 2009 by Dr. Shannon Chase on the campus of Bowdoin College and features singers from Maine and New Hampshire. A mixed choir of 32 – 36 voices, the Chamber Choir seeks to champion the expansive body of modern and contemporary choral repertoire and to expose its audiences to performances of new music.
“Vox Nova’s ability to interpret complex scores, making them both accessible and meaningful, is exceptional.” (Christopher Hyde, Classical Beat, Portland Press Herald)
Concert goers attend Vox Nova’s concerts to hear modern composers they know and love – Pärt, Britten, Barber, Poulenc, and Stravinsky to name few – but also to be surprised by the unconventional contemporaries of Northern Europe, the Baltic States and beyond. Per its mission, Vox Nova strives to deliver richly rewarding performances of modern and contemporary choral works, with special emphasis on music by living composers.
Its members, comprised of both professional music educators and amateur choral singers, live in Maine and New Hampshire. Championing modern and contemporary choral music, the choir performs mostly a cappella, but is also accompanied by solo and ensemble instrumentalists.
Vox Nova is known for its bold, sleek sound and innovative programming. Noting the choir’s ability to interpret complex scores, reviewer Christopher Hyde described Vox Nova as “one of the brighter stars in the classical music heavens”, burning with “a high level of musicianship and excitement” (Portland Press Herald, 2012, 2014).
To foster the intimate, well-blended sound, Chase often moves singers into mixed formations where, for example, a bass standing next to a soprano learns to fine tune and blend with his neighbor while mastering a separate vocal line. “I seek to build independent, confident singers,” she says, “singers who are attentive to, and care for each other.” Thus, Vox Nova enthusiastically and deftly performs pieces in various formations, depending on the particular composition and its desired musical effects.