Etherea Vocal Ensemble
Renowned for its “superb blending of tone, dynamic range, and flexible technique” (Opera News), Etherea Vocal Ensemble is a chamber group specializing in the performance of choral repertoire for treble voices. Founded and directed by countertenor Derek Greten-Harrison, Etherea made its debut with virtuoso harpist Grace Cloutier at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in December 2009, and has since appeared in concert at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and other venues in the northeast region.
Etherea’s debut CD, 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 Billboard's Traditional Classical chart for six weeks (peaking at #4), and debuting at #3 on the iTunes Classical chart. A second Etherea album, Hymn to the Dawn, also featuring Cloutier and Murchie, will be released by Delos in January 2013.
In addition to Etherea’s celebrated Christmas program featuring works by Britten, Rutter, and Gounod, current repertoire includes music by Beach, Copland, Holst, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Rossini, Schubert, and Schumann.