Despite its deep roots in history, choral music remains at the helm of modern music with artists from jazz pianist Brian Culbertson to hip hop hit maker Chance The Rapper using historically rich ensemble stylings to enhance their latest hits.
The Alumni Ensemble of Harlem is among the most prominent in the entertainment industry, with features and appearance on some of today’s most popular artists’ songs and top rated television programming and venues. The group brings down the house performing alongside many award-winning, renowned artists from Wynton Marsalis to Debbie Gibson, and even recently featured on the single “Lord Knows,” from platinum-selling recording hip-hop artist Drake. The Ensemble has also recently performed with the likes of Estelle, Natasha Beddingfield, Bernie Williams, Brooks and Dunn and is regularly featured on Good Morning America, with several appearances in 2014.
Offering spectacular performances ranging from classical, gospel, popular, inspirational, jazz, and R&B/Soul genres, the Ensemble’s eclecticism and versatility allows the group to seamlessly enhance any performance event. To see the ensemble in person is an incomparable musical experience, and audiences are captured and captivated by the group’s powerful and moving melody.
The elite mix of 12 young men and women have found a unique harmony of musicians and vocalist who are celebrated in the industry, not just for their breathtaking performances, but their tremendous professionalism. In addition to opportunities with some of today’s most popular performers, the group has been recognized worldwide by respected organizations for high profile events and collaborations, with performances during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Inaugural events, the Bridge Across The Pacific 2012 Tsunami Benefit event in Japan and an invitation to represent the United States at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, just to name a few.
The Ensemble was founded in 2007 under the direction of Terrance Wright and is comprised of former members of The Boys & Girls Choirs of Harlem, where they performed from ages 8 to 18 while being trained in both technical and professional performance excellence with the distinguished Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc. As adults, they continue the tradition of excellence as ambassadors of world-class musical talent and epitomizing the impact of music to uplift and inspire today’s youth.
The future of The Alumni Ensemble is focused on continuing the rich tradition of The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem – encouraging high standards for music education and training with positive impact on the local Harlem community with worldwide impact, especially for talented high risk youth. Managed directly by alumni members, the Alumni Ensemble of Harlem is a testament to the evolution of students to successful managers leading the entrepreneurial development of this important cultural organization.