Voices of Saguaro invited to participate in Mixed Choirs nationals

The Scottsdale Schools Voices of Saguaro, an 85 voice choir under the direction of GayLin Tutnick, have been invited by the Choirs of America to be one of a few elite choirs to perform in the 2016 COA Nationals for Mixed Choirs.

Only the top choral programs are invited to participate in the event according to COA’s Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin.

The event will be held in the New York City area March 31 – April 2. Karen Kennedy, director of choral activities at the University of Miami and Joshua Habermann, director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, two respected choral conductors, will co-conduct the massed choir of 800 voices in a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Additionally, the concert will feature the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece by noted composer, Z. Randall Stroope, according to a press release.

Choirs invited to the COA Nationals will participate in adjudicated performances, observational opportunities, clinics with renowned clinicians, vocal master classes and engaging workshops.

In addition to performing with the massed choir, the Voices of Saguaro will perform alone. The event will include the conducting debut of Mrs. Tutnick in Carnegie Hall. The Voices of Saguaro have performed in Carnegie Hall in a mass choir in 2005 and have performed in large venues including Fenway Park and Wrigley Fields. Additionally, their Advanced Vocal Ensemble has performed with The Manhattan Transfer, Josh Groban, Jonathan Cain of Journey and Foreigner. Mrs. Tutnick has directed the Voices of Saguaro since 1995.

Individuals seeking additional information about this event can visit saguaro.susd.org. To learn more about performing arts opportunities available to students within Scottsdale Unified School District, visit www.susd.org.

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