Location: New York, USA
Angelica is a Hastings-based women’s chamber choir founded in 1996. The group has developed a rich repertory of music ranging from early anonymous music to contemporary compositions. Angelica also performs a unique variety of music, including chant, Sephardic, Balkan, American folk, and jazz, and sometimes incorporates instrumental accompaniment. The group performs concerts throughout the year in both Manhattan and Westchester. Eugene Sirotkine, former Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and director of the NY Metamorphoses Orchestra, describes Angelica as having “a gorgeous sound, rich sonorities, and transparent harmonies.”
MARIE CARUSO (Artistic Director), a native New Yorker, lives in Hastings. She teaches music and art history at St. Vincent Ferrer High School, an all-girls school in NYC, where she also directs the choir and two handbell choirs. Marie has a Doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and continues to do archival research on women composers from 18th-century Italy. Her article, "Ten Fugues Shed Light on an Old Debate," has been published in a recent issue of Il Saggiatore Musicale. She is a founding member of Angelica.