Upcoming Programs

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Come hail and high water, fog and rain, sunshine and storms - no umbrellas necessary. Works by Kocsar, Britt, Rehnqvist, Mealor, Sled, and commissions by Catherine Dalton and Eleanor Aversa

Friday, February 23, 2018 pm at 7:30 pm
Grace Church Van Vort
39 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ

A short walk from the Grove Street PATH Station
Tickets: Advance Price tickets are $15 available from Cathedral Arts Live!  >
$20 tickets are available at the door on the night of the conceret.

Monday February 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Rutgers Presbyterian Church
236 West 73rd Street just west of Broadway

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
Madison Avenue at 73 Street

Advance Price tickets are $15 and are available up to one day ahead of the Feb 26th concert and will be good for either Manhattan performance.

Remaining tickets are $25 and are available at the door beginning one-half hour prior to both performances.

Music in 3D

Thrill to surround sound with works sung throughout the church. Hear stars twinkling in the heavens and two Seraphim calling to each other across the sanctuary. Engage in the dialog between organ and chorus in Poulenc's Litanies and
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Rutgers Presbyterian Church
236 West 73rd Street just west of Broadway

About Us

Amuse is a small ensemble founded by Lee Ryder in the fall of 2003 to bring music written for women’s voices to New York audiences. An often overlooked area of choral literature, this repertory comprises serious works by a wide variety of composers throughout the last twelve centuries.

Writing in the New York Times, Allan Kozinn said, “This choir’s real magic is in its delicate balance of serenity and intensity...a pure transparent tone and solid ensemble.”

In addition to its three-concert season, Amuse singers have participated in a wide variety of other programs and events including the US premiere of John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple, the closing work of the Lincoln Center Festival. The ensemble sang the chants in a collaborative performance of François Couperin’s Messe pour les couvents with organist Renée Anne Louprette at St. Ignatius Loyola and that same year saw Amuse singers joining the Dessoff Symphonic Choir for performances of Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Lorin Maazel for the maestro’s concluding two performances with the Philharmonic.

Amuse has also appeared twice on the Music on Madison series at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and has toured to the Boston area under the baton of it’s first music director. The group was presented on the Serenade Concert series at the historic Christ Church on Staten Island and made its debut with the Oratorio Society of New York in a cameo role in Mendelssohn’s Paulus at Carnegie Hall with Kent Tritle conducting.

Colin Britt headshot

Originally from Maine, Colin Britt holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from the Hartt School, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, and a doctorate in choral conducting from Rutgers University.

He has conducted the Rutgers University Choir, the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, the Hartt Choir and Camerata, and C4, The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective. His compositions have been performed by ensembles at Rutgers, Westminster Choir College, Hartt, Yale, and throughout the country, including Seraphic Fire, the Yale Schola Cantorum, the Yale Alumni Chorus, C4, VOCE, and the Riverside Choral Society, and by ensembles across the country and on four continents.

This past fall, he served on the conducting faculty at SUNY New Paltz. In addition to his work with Amuse, he currently serves as music director for Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City. For more about Colin Britt, please visit his website.


Audio files from a variety of performances from 2005 - 2016. Title, composer and year of recording are noted.

Justorum Animae

William Byrd | 2010


Damien Mocnik | 2008


Frank LaRocca | 2011

Ignis Spiritus

Jeffrey Stone | 2014

Una Hora

Tomas Luis de Victoria | 2007

Four Seasons

Zhou Long | 2007

Jack's Valentine (Hey You)

Libby Larsen | 2011

In Heaven

Imogen Holst | 2007

Autumn Migration

Cecilia McDowall | 2015


Henk Badings | 2007

Six Fables de la Fontaine

M.M. Durufle | 2008

A Child Was Born

Mark Sirett | 2014

Four Peasant Songs

Stravinsky | 2006

Gloria from Mass in A

Miklos Koscar | 2006


We hear singers throughout the year. If you are interested in auditioning, please read more about how we work and what is expected of singers accepted into the ensemble.

Download the current Audition Form   >

Singers who would like to audition for the ensemble should have choral singing experience, strong sight-reading skills, a blending voice, and the willingness (and time) to have the music prepared before the first rehearsal. You can find out more about how Amuse works by reading the Expectations of Singers included in the auditions packet.

Please contact Lee Ryder > to schedule a time for an audition with the music director.

Auditions include sight-reading, pitch memory exercises, reading a series of rhythmic exercises, vocalizing, and preparing and singing the piece at the end of the audition form. While there are opportunities to do solo work, you do not need to be a soloist to sing in this ensemble. We are looking for good choral singers with solid skills and willingness to work hard to perform at a professional level.

About our Singers

Some of our singers have sung since childhood; some have degrees in music but have chosen to pursue other career directions. You don't need a solo voice to be part of the ensemble, just strong choral singing experience, solid reading skills and a willingness to work hard on the music.


Just as every voice matters in a small ensemble, every donation matters as well. Please consider making a donation to Amuse through PayPal. You'll help bring more great works for women's voices to New York audiences.

• $25 covers the cost of music for a singer who can't afford to pay for it.
• $50 helps with the costs of program printing.
• $100 pays for a rehearsal space for one evening.
• $250 helps defray the cost of marketing and promoting a concert.
• $500 covers the cost of an instrumentalist to enliven our programs
• $1000 will let you dedicate a concert to a loved one to mark an important occasion.

This link above will take you to our PayPal site that provides secure processing of all credit card payments. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service. If you would prefer to receive our fundraising materials by mail, please email me > 

Thank you in advance for you support!

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you. Please send us a message using the contact form below.