Music Ensembles

Modern Madrigals

Modern Madrigals is a small co-ed ensemble of 16 singers dedicated to the joy of a capella singing. Challenging repertoire includes music from Renaissance to Rock and all things in between. The group is trained by their director, Nancy Shankman, to perform without a conductor.

Who Can Join

All choruses are open to the NYU community (students, faculty, and staff) and community at large, by audition.

Audition Information

The department announces auditions through a university-wide email before the start of each semester. The audition process consists of performance of a solo song, tonal memory, and sightreading. Accompanist provided.

Rehearsal Information

Modern Madrigals meets Mondays from 6:45 - 8:45pm.

Performances and Concerts

In addition to participating in the fall and spring concerts at the university, the ensemble pursues its mission to bring music to the community by performing at local public and private schools, such as hospitals and senior centers including the Hallmark Senior Residence in Battery Park City.  

In recent years, the Modern Madrigals have:

  • Traveled with the NYU Jazz Choir to Japan for a concert tour in Tokyo, performing at Seisa University and  the Hands on Tokyo Spring Charity Event, Remembering 3/11, in honor and memory of those who lost their lives in the Tsunami
  • Performed a holiday program every year at Saks Fifth Avenue during the four Saturdays before Christmas
  • Sung at the Salmagundi Arts Club, and other community arts organizations
  • Performed at the 29th Annual Conference of the International Society of Music Education held in Beijing, China
  • Sung in combined concert with the Yale University Madrigal Singers
  • Together with the NYU Jazz Choir, traveled to the Middle East to perform 9 concerts at United Arab Emirates University, The University at Sharjah and NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Performed at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, with Nassim Al Saba, the choir from the American University of Sharjah
  • Presented a concert tour throughout Prague, Czech Republic
Multimedia

Holiday and Spring Concerts are streamed live and taped concert recordings available.

The Goslings-Sir Frederick Bridge
De Punta Y Taco-Swingle Singers

 

Keramos-Schwartz/Longfellow
Hallelujah-Cohen/Johansen

 

Contact Information

Contact nyumadrigals@gmail.com for more information.