Etherea Vocal Ensemble
Renowned for its “superb blending of tone, dynamic range, and flexible technique” (Opera News), Etherea Vocal Ensemble is an intimate chamber group specializing in choral repertoire for treble (high) voices. Founded and directed by countertenor Derek Greten-Harrison, Etherea’s debut 2009/10 season included recitals at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival and Yale Institute of Sacred Music; the group has since appeared at venues throughout Connecticut, including Yale Center for British Art, St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, First Congregational Church in Fairfield, and Calvary Church in Stonington. Etherea’s 2013/14 season includes engagements at First Presbyterian Church in Lockport, NY, Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT, and the group’s NYC debut at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) with virtuoso harpist Grace Cloutier.
Etherea’s debut album, Ceremony of Carols, was recorded in collaboration with Cloutier and keyboardist Alan Murchie, and released on the Delos label in November 2011. It quickly became a commercial and critical success, earning glowing reviews, placing near the top of the Billboard Traditional Classical chart for six weeks (peaking at #4), and attaining the #1 Featured Album spot on iTunes Classical. 2013 saw the release of Hymn to the Dawn, a second Etherea CD on Delos, which included music by Holst and Mendelssohn, in addition to world premiere recordings of works by Beach, Rheinberger, and Rossini. The album debuted at #14 on Billboard's Traditional Classical chart and #5 on the iTunes Classical chart, and was lauded by such publications as Opera News magazine and American Record Guide.
In addition to a holiday program featuring Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Rutter’s Dancing Day, and traditional favorites of the season, current repertoire includes music by Beach, Copland, Holst, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, and Vaughan Williams.