Teachers College’s Evelyn Troester DeGraf and the Ghostlight Chorus Win Third Prize at International Chamber Choir Competition
By Evelyn Troester DeGraf, Ed.M.
GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, a New York based, mixed chamber choir directed by Evelyn Troester DeGraf, recently won third prize in their first-ever competition at the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
The competition, which has been held in Marktoberdorf every two years since 1989, has hosted over 200 amateur choirs from 40 countries. This year the competition’s theme was “Peace”, took place in front of a live audience of about 800 choral enthusiasts while an international panel of seven jurors judged the ten mixed and five female choirs on technical and artistic performance.
You can hear and see the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus at the prize winner’s concert performing Benjamin Britten’s “The evening primrose” HERE.
Artistic Director Evelyn Troester DeGraf, who founded the ensemble in 2010 is an Ed.D. candidate in music education at Teachers College, is no stranger to big stages. She has conducted choirs for the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary tour at the Barclay and Prudential Centers in New York and New Jersey, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., has performed with Debbie Gibson and James Barbour, and among many other venues has sung at Lincoln Center, as well as Shea Stadium.
Together with GHOSTLIGHT, she organizes several concerts in the New York City area throughout the year. Many singers in the ensemble are Teachers College and Columbia University students and alumni! If you are interested in auditioning or to see them live, check out their website at www.ghostlightchorus.com.
Evelyn Troester DeGraf, Ed.M is a doctoral candidate in the Music Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also Founder and Artistic Director for GHOSTLIGHT Chorus and Choir Director and Leader of Song at the Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.