The Indian Choral Experience
A new innovation from 2010, The SAMYO Choir was formed when we came across the amazingly talented vocalists we find around the country! Since then, vocalists are welcome at auditions and receive special coaching, their own compositions, and arranged parts within SAMYO’s pieces.
The first tutor of The SAMYO Choir was the remarkable Bombay Jayashri, teaching at Music India in 2010 and 2011.
Throughout the history of Samyo & Tarang, both ensembles have had excellent singers amongst its members, In 2013, with the composition Rain, by Gaurav Mazumdar, we began to write music especially for our vocal ensembles in Samyo, and in Tarang, solo and duet singers took the lead in selected compositions. In 2014, the Samyo & Tarang Choir was born, with a special inaugural composition “Charishnu” by Pt Madhup Mudgal. This piece of music, originally performed by the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Choir in New Delhi, was the first time audiences would hear our singers’ own choral music.
A new Indian Choral Tradition
Now, singers of both Samyo & Tarang come together separately as an ensemble with their own set of new compositions, performed within concerts, and in the future, in stand alone performances too. Led by our team of conductors, and benefiting from their own repertoire of compositions, it allows audiences to hear Indian vocal music in a distinctive form, with some really innovative and uplifting pieces written by our composers.
The National Choir is open to singers of all backgrounds, trained in Indian music, or with an interest in, or experience of Indian music. Samyo & Tarang members of any age have direct membership to the Choir, but it is also open to any young person aged 16 or over. The Choir is designed to give excellent opportunities in performance, training and development.
Choir members get the same list of benefits as any member of Samyo or Tarang, and the following skills:
- Improved confidence through performances, challenging training and interaction with other musicians
- Better communication skills
- Understanding of composition in Indian music
- Improved ability to play in an ensemble and orchestra
- Improvements in performance skills and concert design
- Experience of arts management, festivals and orchestra management
- Leadership opportunities through the Orchestra Leaders’ Programme
Features of Choir membership:
- Train with the world’s best tutors, gurus and composers of Indian Classical Music
- Perform in top class mainstream venues
- Practice, perform and learn with other talented young musicians
- Experience in performance and learning of Hindustani and Carnatic music
- Opportunities to learn and play other musical genres
Choir members are also eligible for Orchestra Awards, including:
- Choir Leader
- Merit Awards
- Singer of the Year