Specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries, Ars Nova Singers of Boulder, Colorado celebrates its 34th concert season in 2019-2020. The professional-core ensemble conducted by founding Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan is composed of selectively auditioned choral musicians from the Denver/Boulder metropolitan region. In its history, Ars Nova has presented over 400 performances of more than 100 different concert programs.
The ensemble has received national recognition, including being selected as a semifinalist for The American Prize in choral performance (2010). Ars Nova was invited to perform in the studios of National Public Radio on its March 2006 East Coast tour. The ensemble has been funded by the Avenir Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chorus Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.
Recent collaborative performances include Inspire/Respire: Music in the Air, with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Company (November 2016); two acclaimed performances in Boulder's Fiske Planetarium; a world premiere of Peter-Anthony Togni’s Warrior Songs with legendary jazz percussionist Jerry Granelli (October 2014); the U.S. premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina with Sphere Ensemble (October 2013); an acclaimed rendition of Giya Kancheli’s Amao Omi with the Colorado Saxophone Quartet (October 2012); Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra (April 2011); the Colorado premiere of Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with Jake Schepps and Expedition (September 2010); Osvaldo Golijov’s cantata Oceana, presented in collaboration with the professional chamber orchestra Pro Musica Colorado (May 2008); and a critically acclaimed performance of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings with the renowned Kronos Quartet at the Colorado Music Festival (July 2006). Ars Nova Singers has been heard in radio broadcasts throughout the world, including such National Public Radio programs as Performance Today, The First Art, Music from the Hearts of Space, and locally on Colorado Spotlight and Colorado Matters. Ars Nova has released ten independent recordings on compact disc and performed on seven internationally released recordings with Boulder composer and instrumentalist Bill Douglas.
“Close your eyes, open your ears, and let your spirit soar…[a] magnificent collection of voices…” - Westword, The Best of Denver
“A cohesive, resplendent sound…renditions among the finest of any vocal group in the country…” - The Colorado Daily
“Very fine…a richly reverberant world of sound…” - The Choral Review