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Grammy Award–winning Vocal Group New York Voices to Perform at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — New York Voices, a Grammy award–winning vocal group founded by alumni of the Ithaca College School of Music, will return to campus for a special performance during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m. in Ford Hall, at the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Tickets are available for $10 plus variable fees at or (607) 273-4497, as well as at the Dillingham Center Box Office or (607) 274-3224. Tickets will also be available for $10 at the door (cash or check only) on the day of the performance.

The group originally began in 1986 as an invitational alumni ensemble that toured the European jazz festival circuit. Darmon Meader ’84, Peter Eldridge ’82, Kim Nazarian ’83 and Caprice Fox ’87 were joined by Sara Krieger as the New York Voices formally launched in 1988, making this year their 25th anniversary in the music business.

Meader, Eldridge and Nazarian remain from the original group, with Lauren Kinhan joining in 1992 to cement their status as a quartet.

“Who would have ever imagined in the 1980s that Ithaca College would provide a musical platform that is still alive and well 25 years later,” said Eldridge. “We’re looking forward to being back at our alma mater and sharing our music once again.”

New York Voices is known for their close-knit harmonies, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting — with deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected.

The group has won two Grammy Awards, for their work with the Count Basie Orchestra on “Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild” in 1997 and with Paquito D’Rivera on “Brazilian Dreams” in 2003. They have released seven of their own recordings, including 2013’s “New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne,” a collection of past favorites, current in-rotation tunes and brand new arrangements. On the docket for later this year is a holiday CD.

Along with their extensive concert performances and recording schedules, New York Voices also works in the field of education, giving clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the world. Their IC visit will include a workshop for current School of Music students.

For more information contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at (607) 274-3256 or