Who are we?
Garnering praise from such composers as Eric Whitacre and Paul Mealor, Lux is a semi-professional chamber choir that specializes in contemporary choral music. Founded in 2014 by member Robby Napoli, this exciting ensemble performs with a burning dedication to excellence, innovation, and accessibility in choral performance, bringing their youth to light through their undying excitement for vocal art music.
An exciting new ensemble, Lux has been met with some of the highest compliments from professors at local conservatories, the world's most loved composers, professional musicians, and casual audience members alike. Lux has been hailed as "incredibly impressive" by Benjamin Olinsky, Artistic Director of The 18th Street Singers, and as "beautiful," "lovely," and "wonderful" by composers, music educators, performers, and listeners all over the East coast.
Their ambitious new release, Now Ye Heavenly Powers, featuring over an hour of stunning music, was met with great acclaim from composers, critics, and more, becoming the Featured Choral Album on Classical MPR's choral radio station, joining other past winners such as Voces8, Tenebrae, The Sixteen, to name a few.
While on retreat in the Fall of 2014, the choir at DeMatha Catholic High School read through a beautiful piece written by Morten Lauridsen called Ave Dulcissima Maria. Robby and many others loved the piece, and were sad to hear that they were not, in fact, going to perform it. Then they did what any group of high school juniors and seniors would do - they got a group together and learned it themselves! They gathered at St. Jerome's Church, where the group still rehearses, and learned this piece and two others, recording them with an HD camcorder. Only one song came out well, but listening to that recording gave them a feeling they'd never had before.
Later that year, Robby and baritone John Mullan saw Eric Whitacre conduct a program at the Kennedy Center. When the choir began singing Whitacre's Sainte-Chapelle, they were floored. As time went on, the, along with bass Tommy Rust, only became more enamored of the piece, so they got more friends together to try it out. The next Winter, they gathered again with even more passionate, young singers, and a choir was born. In the Summer of 2016, the group finally settled on a name, Lux, put on their first concert, and released their first album. Today, they've finished seven seasons over a span of four years, and are on their way to releasing their second album.
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