We are committed to community outreach as a means for improving the quality of life in central New York and the southern tier. Our programs of great choral music as well as lighter repertoire reach many who would otherwise not experience excellent ensemble singing. We are exploring collaborations with local pulic schools to bring students to our concerts at reduced ticket prices. Our group is also available for performing at venues other than our usual concerts. For example, we can provide popular, classical, or holiday music for community events.
The Critical Role of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble in the Community
The arts are a vital part of life in the southern tier, particularly in the ensemble’s home community—Ithaca. A healthy arts environment offers enjoyment and education to the community and attracts new people to the area. Furthermore, visitors who attend cultural events often patronize local businesses before and after events. A recent letter to the Ithaca Journal expressed great pride that resources are available locally to perform masterpieces of western art music. But there is a danger that opportunities for presenting and preserving our cultural heritage will vanish without strong local support. The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble fills a very important niche in the local performing arts community. We are the only professional vocal ensemble in the area. We have a continuing commitment to excellence in the performance of music from all periods and genres. We also provide opportunities for young professional singers to gain invaluable performance experience with a mature, expert ensemble.