Resonanz: Live Musicians for Hire
Resonanz is the Rochester Oratorio Society’s premier “choir for hire” ensemble, available for public and private events including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties, and corporate events and dinners. The group has the flexibility to meet your entertainment needs with a wide variety of vocal arrangements and repertoire which can be performed, a cappella or with accompaniment.
Inherent to Resonanz is every member’s ability to perform in quartets, octets, or similar small groups as best suits each performance space and occasion. Resonanz has prepared over 90 musical selections comprising holiday music and carols, patriotic, folk and Americana, romantic songs, and American popular classics from the past seven decades. Close harmonies, energetic rhythmic execution, dance-inspired selections and stirring, and sentimental, “heartland” style music typify the Resonanz repertoire. Increasingly, Rochester Oratorio Society concert selections and music by contemporary and Renaissance composers have been added to the book, further expanding the group’s range.
Resonanz was formed in the fall of 2008 as a choir of about 40 voices selected by audition from among the members of the Rochester Oratorio Society (ROS). The idea for this “choir within the choir” was initiated in 2006, when as part of the artistic planning with incoming Artistic Director Eric Townell, the ROS Board of Directors indicated their interest in forming a small touring ensemble. In spring 2007, Townell offered the Board the concept of a flexible, innovative, high-quality small ensemble that could represent the larger chorus. The group performs a cappella or with keyboard accompaniment.
Resonanz performed three selections as part of an unprecedented appearance of the Rochester Oratorio Society on WXXI-TV’s Voices program, taped before a live audience on May 30, 2009. The ensemble made its solo broadcast debut in a one-hour, live performance/interview program for WXXI Radio (Backstage Pass with Julia Figueras, December 2009).
Resonanz’s engagements to date have included the Chatterbox Club, GEVA Theater, the Genesee Valley Club, Monroe Community College, Midtown Athletic Club, Canandaigua National Bank, Trident Precision Manufacturing and the South Wedge Merchants’ Association. Resonanz also regularly performs at ROS concerts, fundraising events, and the annual Classical Idol competition.
For more information on booking Resonanz for your upcoming party or event, contact the Rochester Oratorio Society office at (585) 473-2234 or: