"I got goosebumps, and I don't think I was the only one. It was very magical, powerful."
Gisele Regatao, TheGreeneSpace WNYC/WQXR/NationalPublicRadio
"It's an absolutely beautiful, angelic sound."
Monica Ellis - Bassoonist, The Imani Winds
"Other-worldy, spiritual. Very beautiful and very delicate."
Panelist @TheGreeneSpace WNYC/WQXR/NationalPublicRadio
The Washington Post
"[T]ruly a cut above... stunning from start to finish."
New York Concert Review
KHORIKOS is one of New York City's most distinguished vocal ensembles. KHORIKOS presents unique programming that puts invigorating interpretations of early vocal music in conversation with works by today’s most dynamic composers. We seek to weave together musical languages and themes that span centuries, and to deliver an unprecedented level of artistry and expressive focus. KHORIKOS offers a fresh take on an age-old art form. KHORIKOS is a project of Dorian Artists Corporation (DAC) a 501(c)(3) organization.
JESSE MARK PECKHAM (Founding Director/Chairman) has emerged as one of the most versatile and accomplished young conductors of his generation. His career began at the precocious age of 18, when young Maestro Peckham was invited to conduct the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. This began what would become an extensive career in the Czech Republic, going on to conduct many prestigious orchestras, including the Bohulslav Martinu, Moravian Philharmonic, and the Česká Kormoni Philharmonic. From January 2001 to October 2004, he served as the Artistic Director of the Czech World Orchestra. He then returned to the United States to continue his career in New York City. Maestro Peckham founded KHORIKOS in 2005, and then went on to form Dorian Artists Corporation with his wife, Vanessa Hylande, in 2007. Since then, they have shaped KHORIKOS into one of New York's premiere choral ensembles, which has not only taken New York City by storm - with performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, and a plethora of other venues throughout the boroughs - but has also made waves in the arts communities in the Czech Republic and Germany through international touring. Peckham and Hylande piloted the first ORTUS International New Music Competition, drawing in submissions from hundreds of composers worldwide, including notable finalists Frank La Rocca, Nicholas Omiccioli, and Ingrid Stölzel.
ALEC GALAMBOS (Principal Conductor) is an NYC-based conductor, composer, and vocalist. After growing up on a steady diet of piano and choral music, he studied composition at Emory University and then moved to New York to pursue a M.M. degree in Composition and Film Scoring at NYU. Alec has since recorded scores and incidental music for independent features, documentaries, and shorts, and has contributed music and sound design to nationwide advertising campaigns and video games. His passion for vocal music has led him to create original works for KHORIKOS and the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers, as well as over a hundred vocal arrangements for ensembles across the country, ranging in scope from barbershop quartet to 250-singer choral army. His music has somehow ended up at a Film Festival in Croatia, at New York’s Merkin and Carnegie Halls and Galapagos Art Space, and on a baseball field with Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducting.
Since taking on the role of Principal Conductor in 2016, Alec has led KHORIKOS through performances across the Northeast and the Midwest U.S., including a collaboration with Chicago’s The Marion Consort, appearances in the Gotham Early Music Series and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series, world premieres at National Sawdust, and KHORIKOS’ 3rd ORTUS International New Music Competition. In collaboration with composer Kile Smith and audio engineer Dan Dzula, Alec brought his commitment to innovative media to KHORIKOS with Vespers 360, the group’s pioneering spatial audio project.
Since its inception in 2005, KHORIKOS has gained a reputation for excellent programming and stunning performances, and is now regularly invited to perform world premieres and at prestigious venues in NYC and worldwide. In 2008, the ensemble toured the Czech Republic as a part of the Svatováclavský hudební festival, and on September 23rd, 2009, KHORIKOS performed the NYC premiere of Eric Whitacre's Nox Aurumque. In the Spring of 2010, KHORIKOS released its first professional CD–a live concert recording called Modern Masters–which was nominated for Best Classical A Cappella Album for the 2011 CASA Music Awards. During the Summer of 2011, KHORIKOS performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall and the Wang Theater in Boston as a part of the "Songs of Life Festival" and the world premiere of Georgi Andreev's A Melancholy Beauty. Collaborators included The National Philharmonic, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Indianapolis Children Choir and the Philip Kutev National Folklore Ensemble, Bulgaria. On April 22nd, 2012 KHORIKOS appeared on a joint program at Avery Fisher Hall in "Over the Stone" with Bryn Terfel, and on April 23rd and 25th, 2012, KHORIKOS performed the acclaimed Yunus Emre Oratorio by Ahmed Adnan Saygun under the direction of Turkish conductor Rengim Gökmen with the TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra. The performances were at Avery Fisher Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore respectively. In the summer of 2012, KHORIKOS was selected to compete in WQXR/WNYC the Jerome L. Greene Space's "Battle of the Boroughs," and was voted to represent the Borough of Manhattan in competition against rock, funk and indie bands. In the Fall of 2012, KHORIKOS premiered Cantos de Vida Nueva by Chilean composer Javier Farias at the Instituto Cervantes and performed with Mason Jar Music at the Rockwood Music Hall. The remainder of the 2012-2013 season included a world premiere of Robert Carl's The Geography of Loss at Merkin Concert Hall, and the world premiere of Jan Jirasek's King Lavra at the Czech Center Bohemian National Hall and at Roulette.
Since 2016, KHORIKOS has been led by Principal Conductor Alec Galambos. Mr. Galambos took the charge of KHORIKOS's artistic endeavors by jumping in midway through the 2015-2016 season, rapidly developing a vision for a new recurring concert series. “SAROS Cycles" epitomizes the core mission of KHORIKOS by revealing expressive connections between music new and old. In March 2016, “SAROS Cycles: Life, Death, Love” continued in KHORIKOS's tradition of showcasing conducting talent from within the ensemble, as part of Mr. Galambos’s effort to develop musical leadership among singer-members and a shared accountability to artistic quality. Building on the momentum of this first concert, Mr. Galambos made his conducting debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in a guest appearance in "Living Colors: The Music of Ivo Antognini" on March 22, 2016. The SAROS Cycles series continues to showcase diverse and unique programming; blend musical traditions from across centuries, languages, and themes; and highlight KHORIKOS’s signature artistic rigor and commitment to emotional and engaging performances.
KHORIKOS kicked off the 2016-2017 season with a collaboration with Chicago's Marion Consort, a small vocal ensemble specializing in Early music, in a series of performances titled "Antiphony," highlighting the call-and-response dynamic featured in double-choir music and in artistic collaborations more generally. This collaboration entailed three performances featuring both ensembles: one in New York on September 17, 2016; one in Chicago on October 15, 2016; and one in Milwaukee on October 16, 2016. Next, KHORIKOS engaged Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, for a performance of Philadelphia-based composer Kile Smith's Vespers at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City on November 19, 2016. KHORIKOS has had a collaborative relationship with Smith since performing his Where Flames a Word in 2014, and Chambered Nautilus in 2015, both among the winning pieces in successive iterations of the ORTUS International New Music Competition.
KHORIKOS reiterated the "SAROS Cycles" series with "Lamentations and Light" on March 25th, 2017, at The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua in New York City. This performance featured works from Tallis to Tavener, including the stunning and rarely performed Bendita Sabedoria by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Rounding out the 2016-2017 season, KHORIKOS traveled to Boston to participate in the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert series. In a performance entitled "Musica Reservata: 500 Years of Chamber Singing" at The First Lutheran Church of Boston on June 17, 2017, KHORIKOS showcased a variety of dramatic settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. KHORIKOS performed the same program the next day at St. Paul's Church in Wallingford, Connecticut–a community church for several of KHORIKOS's singers–and featured a guest performance by New Haven's Saecula Singers, under the direction of Tom Brand.
KHORIKOS began the 2017-2018 season by affirming its commitment to cultivating new music with the third ORTUS International New Music Competition. Inaugurated in 2014 by Founding Director Jesse Peckham, the ORTUS International New Music Competition solicits music for a cappella choir from composers all over the world, aiming to revive works that may have already enjoyed a premiere but are still new to audiences. For the project's third iteration, KHORIKOS presented works by ten living composers, culminating in a record-attendance performance on September 23, 2017. On December 9th and 10th, KHORIKOS performed "Caritas," featuring repertoire from the ensemble's 2015 album of the same name, including such holiday classics as Coventry Carol and In the Bleak Midwinter alongside unique contributions to a new wintry canon in Graham Lack's Four Lullabies and arrangements of German folk songs by Vytautas Miškinis.
The 2017-2018 season featured "SAROS Cycles: A Journey of Days in One Night,” highlighting Joby Talbot’s "León" and two brand-new scores: Mr. Galambos’s arrangement of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s "The Song" for a cappella choir, and a fresh transcription of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur, a rare motet cycle from Franco-Flemish Renaissance giant Josquin des Prez. Defined by themes of desperation and hope, the set also included music by Francis Poulenc, Guillaume de Machaut, and Bohuslav Martinů, among others. Summer 2018 saw KHORIKOS’s debut at National Sawdust, performing world premieres from Daniel Zlatkin and Gala Flagello to critical acclaim. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, the group collaborated with Grammy-nominated and Emmy-winning engineer Dan Dzula to record Joy and Grief and Rest, KHORIKOS’s first album since 2015, as well as Josquin's Vultum tuum deprecabuntur.
The 2018-2019 season saw KHORIKOS embarking on its first ever micro-commissioning project, enlisting four of the group’s seasoned composer-collaborators and virtuoso violinist Leonard Fu for "Four Winds: New Music and Silence," a reflection on spoken and unspoken communication. The commissioning and workshopping process culminated in world premieres from Graham Lack, Kala Pierson, Evelin Seppar, and Kile Smith. During that cycle, KHORIKOS debuted Vespers 360, a pioneering 360-degree video project featuring ambisonic spatial audio produced by Dan Dzula, in which listeners on Facebook, Youtube, or in a VR headset can immerse themselves in the center of a blended choral sound, as KHORIKOS sings the expansive 16-voice movement of Kile Smith’s groundbreaking Vespers. In spring 2019, "SAROS Cycles: Our Nature” highlighted the complicated role of natural imagery in music by juxtaposing Osvaldo Golijov’s double-choir "Coral del Arrecife" with works by Josquin, Alonso Lobo, Maurice Bourbon, James MacMillan, transcriptions of Ravel, and the world premiere of KHORIKOS singer-member Benjamin Martinson’s Gerard Manley Hopkins Looks at the Sky. The remainder of the season culminated in the May 24 triple release of Joy and Grief and Rest, Josquin’s Vultum tuum deprecabuntur, and digital bonus material from KHORIKOS's live discography. KHORIKOS celebrated the release with a live performance of Joy and Grief and Rest on the same day, at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music.
In the upcoming 2019-2020 season, KHORIKOS will continue to explore the timeless tradition of contrapuntal writing with the world premiere of Andrew Smith’s O Antiphons, to be performed at venues across Manhattan. The spring of 2020 brings the fourth ORTUS New Music Competition, and KHORIKOS again anticipates drawing in hundreds of unique scores from around the world before introducing New York City to another group of inspiring choral composers.
Other Awards & Mentions
"The finest performances of the evening.....glorious"
- The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"The voices soared as a perfectly blended ensemble..."
- Gail Berman, Berman Arts International
"Khorikos is a breathtaking ensemble, singing with a unique exspressivity in the whole range of the human voice, making even the most complex harmonies sound as consonant, sweet and intense, as a gift of dreams."
- Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Conductor, Music Director NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover
Nominated for Best Classical A Cappella Album for the 2011 CASA Music Awards
KHORIKOS rehearses on Sundays from 7-9PM at the Shrine Church of Saint Anthony, located at: 154 Sullivan St. @Houston and Sullivan, NY, NY 10012. Auditions for all voice parts are open year-round. The audition process includes pitch recognition/ear training exercises, and singing examples that will be provided at the time of your audition. To schedule an audition or view a rehearsal, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "choral singer" in the subject. All ages/backgrounds are welcome. We look forward to hearing from you!