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The East Carolina University Chamber Singers is the most selective of four university choral ensembles at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Consisting primarily, but not exclusively, of undergraduate music majors, the ECU Chamber Singers is enjoying a growing reputation as evidenced by recent juried invitations to perform for state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, including, most recently, an appearance at the ACDA National Convention in Miami, Florida, in March 2007. A champion of 20th- and 21st century music including recent commissions and premieres, the ECU Chamber Singers also collaborates regularly with the ECU Early Music Ensemble. Recent and upcoming performances with that ensemble include Israel in Egypt and Messiah by G. F. Handel, and the Ascension Oratorio of Bach, BWV 11. Since 2001, the ECU Chamber Singers has been under the direction of Daniel Bara, and has sung on concert tours in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, and New Jersey.

Daniel Bara is associate professor of music and the director of choral activities at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. A recent recipient of the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, Dr. Bara heads ECU’s program of four university choral ensembles, administers the Master of Music degree in choral conducting, and is the founder of the East Carolina University Summer Choral Conducting Institute. Dr. Bara holds organ and conducting degrees from The University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music and was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize at Eastman in May 2001. That year he also won the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division). Bara is president of NC ACDA, and has served on the faculties of Interlochen Arts Camp, The Eastman Summer Conducting Institute, and is the artistic director of the New York State Summer School for the Arts—School of Choral Studies. Dr. Bara is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.
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Eternal Light / ECU Chamber Singers, Dan Bara, director
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The ECU Chamber Singers and organist Janette Fishell are conducted by Daniel Bara in these monuments of the English choral tradition. The choir’s sound is greatly enhanced by the sumptuous acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, and its large, new Fisk organ. One of America's great university choirs premieres new sacred works for choir and single instruments. Recorded in the sumptuous acoustics of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC. The award-winning East Carolina University Chamber Singers are directed here by James Franklin. Recorded in one of our favorite acoustics (St Paul's Episcopal, Greenville, NC---our 6th in this room), the Singers are accompanied by Andrew Scanlon on the French Romantic style three-manual organ by C. B. Fisk. The Producer for this album is the multi-Grammy award winner, Blanton Alspaugh. Franklin has programmed significant works from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia, Rutter's "Be Thou my Vision", Biebl's Ave Maria, and works by Bairstow, Martin, Durufle, Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Arvo Part.