The Choral Project, founded by Artistic Director Daniel Hughes and based in San Jose, California, celebrates its 20th anniversary this season. It has been hailed by San José Mercury News as “a Bay Area jewel,” adding, “this is one of the best choirs you will ever hear.” The ensemble has earned an outstanding reputation for performing high-level choral literature and has performed throughout the world in concerts and choral festivals to great acclaim.
The Choral Project is widely recognized for presenting and preserving great works of choral literature from a broad range of traditions from across the globe, reflecting the region’s diversity. The 50-member ensemble is equally committed to innovative and dramatic presentations in concert, as well as promoting the choral arts through the premieres of new works. The Choral project has commissioned and performed world premieres by numerous composers including Richard Burchard, Brent Heisinger, Brian Holmes, Mac Huff, Theodore Lucas, Stephen Schwartz, and most recently, Eric William Barnum, and Joshua Shank.
In 2014, The Choral Project was invited to sing at the Bing Music Center in a multicultural concert presented by Stanford Live!. That same year they performed in concert with Canadian Brass, and their recording of Famine Song was featured in the PBS documentary Many Rivers to Cross. Recently, they performed in concert with The King’s Singers. The Choral Project has released eight albums: The Cycle of Life, Of Christmastide, Americana, Water & Light (the group’s #1 best seller on the Clarion label), Winter, One is the All, Tell the World, and most recently Yuletide, a festive collection of holiday favorites.
The Choral Project joins the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra for Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana on Saturday, August 12, during Memory & Meaning.
DANIEL HUGHES, Artistic Director, The Choral Project
Founding Artistic Director of The Choral Project, Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach, and choral clinician. He has guest conducted and adjudicated some of the West Coast’s most prestigious choral festivals. Collaborations include performances with Canadian Brass, The Australian Voices, San José Chamber Orchestra, The King’s Singers, and creative work with Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz. Hughes’s concert appearances include performances at Lincoln Center (New York City), Caulkins Opera House (Denver), Gusman Concert Hall (Miami), and Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco). Hughes holds a Master of Arts degree in Conducting from San José State University. Awards include: 4th place (35th International Choral Competition, Gorizia, Italy); Arts Council Silicon Valley’s 2013 Artist’s Laureate Award, The American Prize Award for Choral Direction, and a 2010 Silicon Valley Arts & Business Award. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger with a catalogue of nearly 100 works.
LUCAS FEDRONIC, boy soprano
Lucas was born into a musical family in Belmont, California. He joined the Ragazzi Boys Choir when he was seven years old, and began studying classical piano with Irina Behrendt soon after. Lucas recently also began studying jazz and classical trumpet with esteemed Bay Area trumpeter, Mike Galisatus. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, fencing, and reading. Lucas is thrilled for the opportunity to grow as a musician and meet new friends while learning and performing in Oceana at the Cabrillo Festival on Saturday, August 13.
THE CHORAL POJECT Ensemble Members: