People Music: For the People, By the People.
Chameleonic, now in its fourth season, was founded in 2012 by Vince Peterson and several members of the celebrated NYC-based vocal ensemble, Choral Chameleon. Our purpose is to challenge the traditional boundaries of choral music concert programming, and to cultivate the most style-savvy and technically sound singers, and to use the music of human voices as a vehicle for social justice and healing in the world.
Our 30-40 auditioned, volunteer members represent all five boroughs of New York City and a joyful tapestry of cultures and musical backgrounds from theatre, to opera, to contemporary, popular, and obscure sensibilities. The choir is often co-led through the rehearsal and performance process by Vince Peterson in tandem with other professional musicians from the Choral Chameleon roster who sing, conduct, play, write, arrange, and administer - all on a volunteer basis.
Chameleonic singers are some of the most open-minded in the City. We're very open to trying new things. Our members are used to performing in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, have been hired for the UpFronts for The Weather Channel and as a pop-up choir for Oreos. We've featured in off-Broadway productions of 'The Events' at New York Theater Workshop and 'The Christians' at Playwrights Horizons. Dare us try anything and we'll probably say yes. Drop us a line!
Within our own family, we have also presented concerts jointly with Choral Chameleon and collaborated with the The Empire City Men's Chorus and the choir of St Paul's Carroll Street in the March 2015 Choral Chameleon production of the US Premiere of Roxanna Panufnik's innovative and theatrical piece, "Dance of Life -Tallinn Mass" at the DiMenna Center.
In Summer 2015, Chameleonic hosted it's very first Summer Sing in Brooklyn - we invited New York's choral community to let off some steam away from all the Requiems and Magnificats with a lively sight-sing of Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez. Click on our Facebook link and you'll find some video of it.
Choral Chameleon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which manages The Choral Chameleon professional vocal ensemble, Chameleonic and The Choral Chameleon Summer Institute (for composers and conductors of choral music).