Spring 2022

World Premiere of Washington Women by David Chase and Judith Clurman
Performance dates and locations delayed and yet to be announced.

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022

When it is safe to work: recordings and videos of new works 

2021 Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree

Thanksgiving, November 25th, 2021

Jan 20, 2021
New Release: America At Heart

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Judith Conducts her Essential Voices USA and Tony Award winners Randy Graff and Brian Stokes Mitchell for an ACIS release in honor of the inauguration fo the 46th president of the United States. Music includes Reason to Be Thankful (Hochman & Harnick), Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (Berlin, arr. Chase) and America/Wheels of A Dream (Flaherty & Ahrens).

 TRACK 1:“REASON TO BE THANKFUL” Larry Hochman/Sheldon Harnick (David Frost, producer) Tony Award®-winner BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL joins the chorus for this inspiring work, released for the first time today.

TRACK 2: “GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR” Irving Berlin (Silas Brown, producer)

Tony Award®-winner RANDY GRAFF narrates the Emma Lazarus poem in David Chase’s arrangement of the Irving Berlin song with pianist Lee Musiker and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan joining the chorus for this track. Remastered in honor of the occasion.

TRACK 3: “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” with Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens’s “WHEELS OF A DREAM” (David Frost, producer) BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL and ESSENTIAL VOICES USA are joined by instrumentalists Tedd Firth, piano; Kathryn Anderson, violin; Angela Pickett, viola; Michael Dahlberg, cello; Steve Lyon, oboe; and Rheagan Noleen, french horn. Remastered in honor of the occasion.

2020 Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree From Home

Judith conducts the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree From Home: “We Believe” by Wesley Whatley, arr. Ryan Nowlin. Televised Nov. 26, 2020.

November, 2020
New Releases: Words Matter & Winter Harmonies

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Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman
James Cunningham
 Piano, Track I, II
Daniel Miller Cello, Track II

“‘Testimony’ was written using interviews for the ‘It Gets Better’ project, but to me it has always had a broader implication, speaking for those who have experienced bullying or felt shame for who they are, whatever the reason.  I have always hoped for a good SATB performance, and hearing the piece so beautifully sung by the EVUSA under the always impeccable direction of Judith Clurman is ​a real joy for me.”

– Stephen Schwartz

“Schwartz and Clurman know how to tell a story, and they work in vocal color like Da Vinci did in oils. Clurman and EVUSA are justifiably proud of this recording and plan to do anti-bullying workshops in New York City.”

– Q on Stage
Who Would You Be

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Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Conductor
Tessa Lark 
Violin, Track I
James Cunningham Piano, Track III, IV, V
Daniel Miller Cello, Track III 

“‘Winter Harmonies’ featuring Essential Voices USA is ESSENTIAL holiday music in my household… this year we and moving forward! Brava to music director extraordinaire Judith Clurman and her GLORIOUS ensemble!”

– Frank DiLella, Spectrum News NY1

2021-2022 Concert Seasons

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


Spring, 2021

World Premiere of Washington Women

by David Chase and Judith Clurman

Performance dates and locations delayed and yet to be announced.

July 20, 2020
New Release: Appalachian Stories

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APPALACHIAN FOLK MUSIC is still heard in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Western North Carolina, Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky; it’s a tradition influenced by English, Irish, and Scottish ballads
of the 18th and 19th centuries, one constantly reinterpreted through improvisation. The lyrics tell stories of love found and fortunes lost, and the songs have greatly influenced country, bluegrass and other American folk traditions in decades since. The “fiddle,” the violin, often accompanies these pieces with some percussion, a dulcimer, or banjo, and the singing is hearty! Today we add to that rich heritage.

David Chase, who grew up in West Virginia knowing these songs, was commissioned by Judith Clurman to arrange some of this treasury of song for mixed chorus and violin. He combined the Appalachian folk traditions together with rich stylistic elements of Sacred Harp singing. Chorus + violin is a vibrant combination, as can be seen on the session video and also the YouTube full album preview.

The cycle, Appalachian Stories, has four movements: I This Old Hammer (5’33”), II Pretty Saro (4’45”), III Down In A Coalmine (7’47”), IV Who Will Come and Go With Me (4’29”)

Award-winning violinist Tessa Lark joined Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA for the premiere performance and recording of the work in the Spring of 2019, at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. Tessa Lark, grew up in Kentucky, steeped in the traditions of this musical genre. On the album, she pays homage to the old Appalachian fiddlers and improvises between the songs.

Conductor Judith Clurman says, “What a great collaboration! I loved working on this project with David and Tessa. My Essential Voices USA sang, clapped, and stomped and enjoyed making music with Tessa Lark.”

May 26, 2020

Canadian Screen Award Winner: The Song of Names, with Howard Shore


Achievement in Music – original Score – Howard Shore
“The Song of Names” – Cantor’s Prayer
conducted by Judith Clurman (click on picture above and listen)

Above: Song of Names Cantor’s Prayer, Music supervisor/conductor & vocal coach Judith Clurman and original film score by Howard Shore; premiere at Toronto International Film Festival; Featured Review

May 21, 2020

Judith receives the 2020 Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Original Song”

Outstanding Original Song:

“A Holiday Carol – The Holidays Are Here”
93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

March 22, 2020

Judith Clurman and the Manhattan School of Music students wish Stephen Sondheim a special 90th birthday.


January 24, 2020


with Laura Michelle Kelly and Max von Essen

Carnegie Hall, 8PM
The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA
Steven Reineke Music Director and Conductor

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman Music Director and Conductor

December 20 and 21, 2019


with Tony DeSare and Capathia Jenkins

Carnegie Hall, 8PM
The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA
Steven Reineke Music Director and Conductor

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman Music Director and Conductor

Photo: used with permission © Richard Termine

December 13, 14 (DC) and 20,21 (NYC), 2019


by Judith Clurman and David Chase
(arr. Ryan Nowlin; orchestration by Brant Adams)

National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center
conducted by Steven Reineke

New York Pops, Essential Voices USA, Carnegie Hall
conducted by Judith Clurman

Music Published by Hal Leonard: SATB, SSA, SA

December 1, 2019


An Acis Recording and Music Release

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Thanksgiving, 2019

Photo: Macy’s

Macy’s Singers Capture the True Spirit of Christmas: https://c2c.macysinc.com/community-articles/traditions/singing-tree-recap/

Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree Float (right before Santa Claus)
had 120 Macy’s and Delta employees performing a world premiere work conducted by Judith Clurman:

The Holidays Are Here (A Holiday Carol)

by Judith Clurman and Wesley Whatley (arr Ryan Nowlin)

Written for the 2019 Singing Tree!

November 11, 2019

Judith visiting with her friends while celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street

November 6, 2019

Lincoln Center Gala Honoring Women

Women from Essential Voices USA with the Diva Jazz Orchestra
Singing Natural Woman with Amber Iman

November, 2019

Rejoice: Honoring the Jewish Spirit

Repertoire by David Chase, Judith Clurman, Sheldon Harnick, Jeremiah Klarman, Trude Rittmann, David Shire, Jonathan Tunick

Available now from Acis Productions

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Judith Clurman conductor
James Cunningham piano
Raman Ramakrishnan cello

REJOICE Press Release PDF

September 8, 2019

Distributed in the USA December 25, 2019

With Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Jonah Hauer-King

Toronto International Film Festival
September 8, 2019

World Premiere of THE SONG OF NAMES
Based on the novel by Norman Lebrecht
Directed by Francois Girard
Score composed by Howard Shore
Judith Clurman, Music Supervisor/Conductor & Coach of Vocal Music

“…the gorgeous music remains a vital character throughout. Especially at the concluding reveal, the music soars with beauty …the music score and the fine performances render this a film to see.” — BlogCritic

Francois Girard, Judith Clurman, Howard Shore: World premiere of The Song of Names, TIFF, September 8, 2019

August, 2019

Guest Faculty at the Summer Institute for the Vocal Arts
Arlington, Massachusetts

SIVA Students with Guest Teacher Judith Clurman, Lisa Tamagini (Artistic Dir.), Elaine Smith Purcell (Music Dir).
photo: ©2019 Patricia Tamagini, used with permission


March 1, 2019

Rejoice: Honoring the Jewish Spirit

National American Choral Directors Association Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

10:00-10:50 am session / 11:00-11:50 am session, Marriott Hotel

The session will present choral music inspired by Jewish themes, suitable for concert performances. It will give repertoire ideas to directors of junior and senior high schools, college and community choirs and will feature examples from Judith Clurman’s Hal Leonard series as well as other relevant works. Indiana University musicologist, Dr. Judah M. Cohen, will join Judith for the discussion of this spiritually-moving repertoire.

March 1, 2019

Music Release: Who Would You Be

Release of CD with Essential Voices USA: “Who Would You Be” by Shawn Crouch

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman conductor
James Cunningham piano
Raman Ramakrishnan cello

iTunes/Apple Music: Link
Spotify: Link

January, 2019

Choral Workshop at Norfolk State University

with Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia

December, 2018

Boston Pops Holiday Concerts

Program will include Clurman/Hochman, Stokes SONGS OF FREEDOM: A CELEBRATION OF CHANUKAH, conducted by Keith Lockhart

December 2018

Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus

World Premiere of EIGHT DAYS OF LIGHTS by Judith Clurman with David Chase.

December 21 and 22, 2018


Carnegie Hall, 8PM
The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium

Thanksgiving, 2018

Thanksgiving, 2018 NBC Television


Meet the Singing Christmas Tree Choir (Macy’s.com)

November 16, 2018


Carnegie Hall, 8PM
The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium

October 30th, 2018

Above: HOME by James Sizemore, with EVUSA, and Judith Clurman, Conductor. Recording Session from October 30, 2018. Courtesy of American Academy of Arts and Letters.

October 26, 2018

Essential Voices USA: Immigrant Dreams

Available now from Broadway Records
Apple Music / iTunes

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman conductor
Randy Graff narrator
Lee Muskier piano
Raman Ramakrishnan cello

In honor of the 132nd anniversary of the dedication of the STATUE OF LIBERTY, on October 28th, Broadway Records releases IMMIGRANT DREAMS. Emmy and Grammy nominated musical director/conductor JUDITH CLURMAN conducts ESSENTIAL VOICES USA in two single recordings: GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR (Irving Berlin, music/Emma Lazarus, lyrics – arr. David Chase) with Tony Award winner RANDY GRAFF, narrator, and AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL / WHEELS OF A DREAM (Samuel A Ward, music /Katharine Lee Bates, lyrics; Stephen Flaherty, music/Lynn Ahrens, lyrics – arr. Larry Hochman) with Tony Award winner BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, soloist.

Conductor Judith Clurman says: “These recordings honor the dreams of every immigrant who has made the United States of America their home.” She especially proud that all the lyrics on the recordings were written by women – Lynn Ahrens, Katharine Lee Bates, and Emma Lazarus.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
By Irving Berlin, arr. David Chase
with Randy Graf, narratorf

America the Beautiful/Wheels of A Dream
By Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, arr. Larry Hochman
with Brian Stokes Mitchell

Randy Graff, Brian Stokes Mitchel, Judith Clurman. Photo © Richard Termine
EVUSA, Judith Clurman, the music team and Randy Graff rehearsing Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor. Photo © Richard Termine.

April 23, 2018

Dramatists Guild Foundation: Toasts at the Hudson Theater, NYC

Stephen Schwartz’s 70th Birthday Celebration
Essential Voices USA perform TESTIMONY
Joined by The Manhattan School of Music Musical Theater Ensemble
Judith Clurman, Conductor 

James Cunningham, Piano

January 7th, 2018

New Music Release: Where There Is Sadness, Joy

Essential Voices USA
Conductor, Judith Clurman

iTunes: http://apple.com

December 15 and 16, 2017
Carnegie Hall, 8PM


The New York Pops/Megan Hilty, Guest Artist
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

Photo: The New York Pops “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”  © Richard Termine

December 11th, 2017

New Music Release: The First Noel

Essential Voices USA
Conductor, Judith Clurman
Piano, James Cunningham
Cellist, Daniel Miller
Producer, Silas Brown

iTunes: http://apple.com

Judith at rehearsal with James and Danny (© Richard Termine used with permission)

Fall 2017 Recording Release

New Music Release: Testimony

TESTIMONY by Stephen Schwartz
Essential Voices USA
James Cunningham, Piano

Available at Broadway Records, iTunes, and other music sites online!

Broadway Records: https://www.broadwayrecords.com/testimony

iTunes: http://apple.co/2zYpXH4

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BHO7pE

Alonso Johnson singing (© Richard Termine used with permission)
Judith with composer Stephen Schwartz at rehearsal (© Richard Termine used with permission)