Who We Are
what we do and how we do it
Today, we are proud to be a diverse group, open to those who are gender-identifying men of all sexual orientations, whose musical talents and spirit embellish the current strengths of our chorus members.
Empire City Men's Chorus produces two major concert per season along with a small number of additional of pro bono and hired performances. The group has received grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and is a member of Chorus America and the New York City Choral Consortium.
We are a dues-paying organization of 30-40 volunteers who embody the full spectrum of diversity. Music, culture, and community we hold as central tenets. We rehearse weekly and hold two annual rehearsal retreats, one in NYC and one in upstate New York. We plan the retreats along with extra-curricular events throughout the year to strengthen our musical and social relationships. At the end of the day we are men who are passionate about a shared musical camaraderie, and through our inspired performances we hope to give our audience and their communities an affirmation of character and strength.
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Empire City Men's Chorus is an auditioned men’s chorus that seeks to perform adventurous and eclectic repertoire from early to modern music with emphasis on new works from living composers. ECMC’s performances reflect contemporary social issues to inspire an intimate musical dialogue with audiences.
- We value musical excellence, artistic versatility, and professionalism in our singers.
- We value diversity in our membership, audience, and communities.
- We value fraternity and inclusivity.
Founded in 1993, Empire City Men's Chorus celebrates its 24th year of performances in New York City. ECMC was initially formed by members of the gay community interested in creating a male chorus featuring an eclectic multilingual repertoire of predominantly classical men's choral music. For the past 23 years, ECMC has consistently presented concerts that boast a wide variety of well--known composers, newly commissioned works with a classical sensibility. Prior to Vince Peterson's appointment as Artistic Director in the fall of 2014, ECMC has been led under the esteemed batons of Matthew D. Oltman, Christopher Clowdus, Jonathan Babcock, and Donald Messer.
Over a relatively short period of time, ECMC has established an impressive musical history, having performed at some of New York’s most historic spaces. ECMC has performed for:
- The United Nations Secretary General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women at Merkin Hall
- Carnegie Hall
- The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
- Saint Bartholomew’s Church
- Symphony Space
Notable guest performers:
- Stephanie Blythe
- Margaret Lattimore
- Tony-award winning Victoria Clark,
- Tony Award- and Drama Desk-nominee Barbara Walsh.
Highlights of our seasons include a gala 10th Anniversary concert featuring world premieres of works by 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec and Adam Silverman, a jointly produced concert with The Astoria Symphony of Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, and the performance of Arnold Schönberg’s A Survivor in Warsaw.