Performers from all over the city will have the chance to make their voices count when York College hosts the first CUNY Choral Festival on Tuesday, April 25, through Friday, April 28. The festival will feature soloists and ensembles from CUNY colleges, as well as church and community groups. Each of the first three nights will involve competition in a specific genre—classical, jazz and pop, and gospel and sacred music—with winners selected by a panel of judges. Top performers will participate in a showcase on the fourth night. All concerts will be presented free of charge in the lobby of the York College Performing Arts Center at 5 PM.

Jonathan Quash, director of both the York College Community Choir and the York College Gospel Choir, organized the festival in the hopes of making it an annual event. “For the last seven years, CUNY has had a jazz festival,” says Mr. Quash. “So I thought we should have a choral festival and involve the community. The point is to unify the CUNY campuses. We’re all one university.”

York College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn College, City College, Hostos Community College, Hunter College, Medgar Evers College, and Queens College are among the colleges that will be represented in the lineup.

Information is available online at http://www.york.cuny.edu/cunychoral/index.shtml.

Contact: Nate Moore, Director Marketing Communications
York College, 718- 262-2354 – Phone/718-262-2326 – Fax
E-mail: nmoore@york.cuny.edu