The Finger Lakes Choral Festival will assess the situation on/about May 15 to decide if and when the 2020 Festival may commence. For the present, we intend to maintain our announced schedule.
We encourage all interested singers to register, so that we can be sure to keep you apprised directly.
Updates to follow! Please watch this space.
Founded by Adrian Horn in 2003, the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, Inc., brings together singers each summer from more than 50 Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes area communities as well as visitors from other states and countries. The Choral Festival has performed before more than 30,000 concert-goers, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the 5000 seat CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution's Historic Amphitheater, with the Redwood Symphony at Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco, and at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester.
Congratulations to all the choristers, many from Rochester Oratorio Society and Penfield Symphony Orchestra instrumentalists who presented the Berlioz Requiem yesterday at Finger Lakes Choral Festival! The complex blending of music and rhythms were navigated splendidly and spectacularly under the masterful, albeit magical wand of maestro, Eric Townell, Conductor. Tenor Dan McInerney brought tears to our eyes with the brilliant aria and response in Sanctus. Altos were delighted to sing in their range in a part creatively added by Andy Horn.
The Finger Lakes Choral Festival (FLCF) presents annual, free summer concerts of choral-orchestral masterworks for the enjoyment of the community and its volunteer members. Vocalists and instrumentalists travel from across the Northeast to participate in intensive, musically rewarding rehearsals and performances and to enjoy the many amenities of New York's beautiful Finger Lakes region.
Through the preparation and performance of memorable "destination" choral events, FLCF fosters musical and cultural learning, creates social connections, promotes recreation, and serves its community through charitable donations. Concerts are free to the public and enjoy a large and devoted audience. Vocalists who do not ordinarily perform together during the normal concert calendar are drawn to FLCF. Singers acquire choral experience and maintain their vocal and musical skills in a relaxed setting with FLCF and may subsequently audition for one of the area’s numerous choruses.
All singers with prior choral experience are invited to participate. For information on how to join the chorus, e-mail us your name, address and voice part. To be added to our mailing list, please send your name and address and your voice part if you are interested in singing in future concerts.
Dr. Ines Draskovic has performed throughout Europe and United States. she is a graduate of University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), Ithaca College (MM) and Eastman School of Music (DMA). Her teachers include Alexei Nasedkin, Phiroze Mehta and Rebecca Penneys. Dr. Draskovic has won several piano competitions, including the Ithaca College Concerto Competition, Republic of Serbia Piano Competition and Piano Competition in Stresa, Italy, where she was a finalist. She has participated in festivals and masterclasses in Europe and United States (Colorado). Formerly a faculty member at Ithaca College, Dr. Draskovic is currently teaching at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY. In addition to her solo career, she performs regularly with the Finger Lakes Chorale and College Singers.
Eric Townell, a versatile and dynamic conductor of choral and orchestral repertoire, became Artistic Director of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in 2019. Eric became the third Music Director in the 76-year history of the Rochester Oratorio Society in 2006. He has led the ROS in subscription concerts, regional outreach performances, live radio broadcasts, televised concerts, commissions of new work, collaborative concerts with the region's leading arts organizations and with the University of Rochester Humanities Center, award-winning tours to Beijing and Shanghai for the 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival and to Eastern European capitals. He has prepared the ROS for numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, including several broadcast nationally, and for the New York State Ballet. His choral and orchestral performances with the Oratorio Society have been heard nationally via WXXI’s “Performance Rochester” series.