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The Binghamton Downtown Singers was organized in 1983 by Alan Crabb who had a vision of bringing master choral works to his hometown of Binghamton NY performed by a chorus composed of community members. Singers would come together to sing, regardless of their musical abilities – no auditions would be required; all who wished to sing would be welcomed. Every year the membership swells to between 155 and 185 for their annual December performance of the complete work of Handel’s Messiah (a recording of our 25th anniversary performance in 2007 has since been broadcast by Public Radio stations in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee and even two stations in Alaska! Each June, a smaller collection of roughly 100+ Singers performs a collection of other master choral works of composers including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Verdi, Vivaldi, and (true to our Welsh choral heritage) Ralph Vaughan Williams. For these two regularly scheduled performances, the Singers routinely seek the orchestral support of Musicians Union Local 380 members, and draw upon the pool of professional local singers for their soloists. The group also provides regular musical support to community benefits such as CHOW and the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Memorial Service, and will support other worthy causes (e.g. Gymanfa Ganu, USS Thresher Memorial Service) upon request. Our repertoire also includes performances with the Binghamton Philharmonic, and a 1994 command performance of the Fauré Requiem with Le Groupe Vocal du Captalat and L'Orchestre d'Harmonie de La Teste de Buch. Formally chartered in 1984, this non-profit group operates with an annual budget of $38,000 to $40,000 and is operated by an entirely volunteer Board of Directors, whose names, along with a complete list of works performed, can be found at our website, www.downtownsingers.org.
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