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|GHOSTLIGHT CHORUS is an elite chamber choir based in New York City. Founded in 2010 by artistic director Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf, the choir is comprised of experienced singers who collectively strive for superior musicality, intonation, and choral blend. Acclaimed as “beautiful” by Vogue, “first-class” by Time Out New York, and “simply one of the best vocal ensembles” by Maine’s Press Herald, GHOSTLIGHT pursues both high-quality musicianship and a comprehensive repertoire, with a commitment to original concert programming and frequent world premieres. Recent performance highlights include: Genius Festival at the 92nd Street Y; PS1 Benefit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art; sold-out concerts in prolific venues in Germany; concert tours in the United States’ East and West coasts; and live performances with the Rolling Stones. In 2015, the New York ensemble won 3rd prize in the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. |
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|Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf is the founder and artistic director of GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, choral director and cantor at Sacred Hearts & Saint Stephen Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, choir director at the German International School in White Plains, and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University where she leads the Collegium Musicum ensemble. She has been sought after in both the United States and Europe as a voice instructor, guest-conductor, and teacher of masterclasses on choral improvisation. She continues to pioneer and share the advancement of performance through yoga and meditation practices.
Dr. DeGraf’s international performance career ranges from mezzo-soprano engagements at Lincoln Center to conducting choruses for the Rolling Stones at Barclays, Prudential, and Verizon Centers. In May 2016, she received the degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Teachers College, Columbia University, with her dissertation entitled “Rituals of Leadership: The Pre-Performance Practices of Renowned Choral Conductors.”
Evelyn lives in Mamaroneck with her husband, Galen, and their two daughters, Hedwig Belle and Lotte Sonja.