New York Film Chorale Launched

By • April 9, 2009

The New York Film Chorale has officially launched with the release of their new website giving composers and orchestrators a new choice in choral singing for your film, TV or video game projects. Dwayne Condon and Kathryn Amyotte, have teamed up co-founding the NYFC.

Dwayne Condon, formerly of Los Angeles, has been actively working in the film music industry for three decades. In 2007, he was invited to compose, orchestrate and conduct a chorus for an ABC TV Christmas special where he met Kathryn Amyotte. Ms. Amyotte was serving as vocal contractor and soloist for this TV program. It was this event that inspired the two musicians to begin a collaboration that ultimately led to the development of the NYFC in August of 2008.

“When fully unleashed, The NYFC has a mammoth, epic choral sound that matches the monumental themes of the orchestras in film and game scores,” said Amyotte, “We can also deliver the most tender vocal textures, fluid or percussive singing, or anything else composers envision for their scores.”

The New York Film Chorale consists of approximately 125 adult singers and about 50 treble boys. They say that they are able to provide all types of singers to composers and orchestrators precisely tailored to suit their needs, including opera soloists, boy sopranos, pop singers, and Broadway-style vocalists. The NYFC offers ensembles of any size and any combination of voices.

At the GDC, Condon and Amyotte were featured speakers on The Art of Choral Writing panel, moderated by A-list composer Tom Salta. As part of their discussions and demonstrations, they brought forth the concept that while most composers are highly skilled in writing music for orchestra, for live musicians or from a sample library, many composers are less comfortable writing for voice. The NYFC co-founders exchanged the idea that, “in order to attain a strong musical direction for choir, this can only be achieved ideally by setting the choral arrangement to take advantage of the strengths of vocal musicians.” The New York Film Chorale offers to assist with the task of writing vocal settings for scores to help composers realize the maximum potential of their musical concept.

Film Music Magazine caught up with Tom Salta after the GDC to get his thoughts on The New York Film Chorale.

“When I heard my own music sung by the voices of the NYFC, I was absolutely floored,” stated Tom, “Their performance was impeccable and intensified the emotional impact of my score.” He also added, “The talent pool in New York is second to none and for those of us who live and work on the East Coast, it’s great to have this resource in our own back yard.”

For more information about The New York Film Chorale, please visit


By Tracey James Marino on April 9th, 2009 at 10:29 am

That is very exciting! What a great idea — I can’t wait to hear them.

By Ron Twyne on April 10th, 2009 at 10:13 am

Well written, Robyn. Best of luck.

By Joan Hillier on April 13th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Great piece Robyn,keep up the good work.

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