The Camarata Music Company is a non-profit choir in Seoul that provides an opportunity for people, both Korean and foreigners, to perform beautiful classical music together. With the lack of performance opportunities within Korea, they aim to provide an avenue for classical musicians to perform, hone in on their musical technique, build a repertoire, and perform.
With members of many nationalities (currently 54 different nationalities), they hope to bring many different experiences from people of many different cultures. They also wish to provide more opportunities for the public to hear classical performances and experience collaborative performances of people from many different nationalities.
Five different ensembles are found under Camarata Music Company: Camarata Chorale, Camarata Chamber Singers, Camarata Youth Choirs, Camarata Chamber Orchestra and Camarata Musical Theatre.
The Camarata Chorale performs 3 major concerts every year, building up to their large Christmas concert of Handel’s Messiah.
The Camarata Chamber Singers performs numerous concerts throughout the year, including their 2 large concerts. Along with the four large concerts, the Chamber Singers can be seen singing for fundraisers, lecture concerts, various business events, and private parties. The Chamber Singers often collaborate with other top choirs in Korea, to further provide for a mentally and emotionally stimulating concert experience.
The Camarata Chamber Orchestra is a semi-professional orchestra. The orchestra can be heard alongside the Chorale in numerous concerts, including the annual spring concert, and the Christmas performances of Messiah. The CMC orchestra, beginning in 2012, will be hosting their “Young Artists of the Future” Concert, where one young artist, aged 14 and under, will be selected to perform as a soloist with the orchestra.
They take a step further than the standard repertoire in Korea, and work to perform other works that may not be as popular or mainstream in Korea, even if they are elsewhere. They also perform the classics, offering a variety of music, genres, languages and styles, from Latin masses, oratorio, opera and operetta, musical theatre, and secular classical.
If you would like to attend one of their performances, check out their upcoming events calendar.
In order to become a member of any of the five ensembles of Camarata Music Company, all you have to do is go to their website here and follow the instructions on the page to ask for an audition.
If you’re interested in joining a choir, check out Varioso International Women’s Choir in Seoul, as well.
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