The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide superior choral performance opportunities for outstanding singers in North Carolina’s Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop’s direction.
VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present and has included such diverse and challenging works as Tallis’s Spem in alium, Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden, Martin’s Messe, Penderecki’s Agnus Dei, and MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados. In addition to presenting its own concerts, VAE has performed regularly as part of Duke University’s Summer Festival of the Arts. The choir also has performed with Durham’s Mallarmé Chamber Players, on the WUNC-FM Composers-in-Context Series, and at Hinshaw Music’s annual Celebration. Our first CD recording, entitled My Spirit Sang All Day, was released in 2004 on the Arsis label.
VAE PERFORMANCE AT ACDA CONVENTION – VAE performed to great success in this past March’s Southern Division convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Chattanooga. This performance in Chattanooga follows many earlier ACDA convention appearances, all of which are listed in the “AWARDS” section of our website.
FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN – The ensemble has initiated a broad campaign to raise funds to support future performances. A variety of donor levels is available, each with its own set of benefits. Please see the “SUPPORT” section for details and consider making a contribution. Thank you very much.
You can view the entire repertoire since VAE’s inception: