The members of EVUSA do exquisite work. . .

– The Huffington Post’’


Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles. EVUSA performs in many of the city’s iconic venues and events, and records and premieres works by America’s finest composers and lyricists. The ensemble is comprised of a talented roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers, dynamically fitted to the unique needs of each project.  

Regularly on stage with The New York Pops in its Carnegie Hall subscription series, EVUSA held a month-long residency at National Public Radio, participated in President Obama’s Inaugural activities, and performed on NBC’s July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular and at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. 

The ensemble has premiered works and collaborated with composers Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Jason Robert Brown, Shawn Crouch, Marvin Hamlisch, Rupert Holmes, Sheldon Harnick, Jake Heggie, Jennifer Higdon, Andrew Lippa, Nico Muhly, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Howard Shore, James Sizemore, Georgia Stitt, and Jonathan Tunick. The group has produced The Composer Speaks at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, a series of musical performances complemented by panel discussions with composers and lyricists. Their recordings include Celebrating the American Spirit, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish SpiritHoliday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas, Season of Light: Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year, and Rejoice! Honoring the Jewish Spirit. 

The group’s educational program, EVUSA Youth Workshop, provides high school students the opportunity to participate in anti-bullying workshops focused on the piece Testimonyby Stephen Schwartz. The ensemble sang the New York premiere and recorded the piece.

The group has premiered works by composers such as Milton Babbitt, Jason Robert Brown, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, Howard Shore, and Stephen Schwartz.  The ensemble’s youth program provides select high school students the opportunity to participate in anti-bullying workshops with members of the chorus. EVUSA has recorded for Acis and Sono Luminus.

The group will return to NPR, now delayed until Spring 2021, to record a Tiny Desk concert and perform the premiere of Washington Women, a cycle for chorus, cello, and piano, written by David Chase and Judith Clurman. 

EVUSA will return to Carnegie Hall, and perform with the New York Pops, when it is safe to return to perform together.

EVUSA’s mission is threefold:

  • Engage diverse audiences through dynamic programming and recordings, and by presenting new works that showcase composers and the art of composition;
  • Entertain through innovative and soul-stirring performances;
  • Enrich the lives of our singers, the New York community, and our audience-at-large by sharing our dedication to excellence and our deep love of music.
EVUSA Recording Chorus (© Richard Termine used with permission)

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“Judith Clurman’s febrile brainchild Essential Voices USA is exactly that—they provide a gorgeous canvas on which contemporary classical composers paint scenes depicting our lives today, much as the Dutch Masters did a few hundred years ago…”
– Q on Stage

“With gorgeous harmonies and soaring vocal chorale sounds, Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, is a mixed group of skilled singers who bring thoughtful and rich performances. . . there are glorious sounds here. . . .”
– Sound Advice

“As a freelance professional singer in New York City, I look forward to opportunities to work with Judy Clurman and her Essential Voices USA. Judy has quite a knack for blending amateurs, professionals, and superstars together to produce top-notch concerts, workshops, and recordings.”
– EVUSA Member

“When I was 18, I was at this point in life where I needed to decide whether music would be my professional or my personal life. I choose the latter. In Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA I found a chorus that satisfies my ambitions, challenges my abilities and that nurtures my passion.”
– EVUSA Member

Above: 2014 Macy’s Fireworks: 12:13-14:40 Essential Voices USA with the Diva Jazz Band, conducted by Judith Clurman in America, the Beautiful, arr. Ryan Nowlin
EVUSA at Carnegie Hall, Judith Clurman, Conducting (© Richard Termine used with permission)