“This choir’s real
magic is in its delicate balance of serenity
and intensity...a pure transparent tone and solid ensemble.”
The New York Times

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At Carnegie Hall

Amuse performed a cameo
role in Felix Mendelssohn's Paulus with the Oratorio
Society of New York, Kent
Tritle conducting.


Photos: Top: Amuse, Too by Rick Hibberd; Above, right: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times; Above, left: Richard Ten-Dyke.

Amuse is a member of the
New York Choral Consortium


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Upcoming Program

Saturday Evening
October 17, 2015
, 8 pm

Stl Ignatius of Antioch
West 87th between WEA & Broadway

Singing, Praying, Dancing

A program of works from the convents and missions of New Spain including sacred works with strings & continuo and villancicos with drums & percussion

Stephen Black,
Music Director
Dongsok Shin, Continuo

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Join us for this lively program!

Advance purchase tickets at $18 and are available up to 24 hour prior to the concert. What a bargin!
Remaining Tickets: $28 ($23 seniors) at the door on the day of the concert beginning one-half hour prior to the start of the concert.

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About Amuse

Amuse is a small ensemble of highly-skilled women, founded in the fall of 2002 by Lee Ryder. As a small ensemble, Amuse offers singers an opportunity to work in a setting where every voice matters. It's a challenge with enormous rewards.
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How We Work

Unlike other groups, we do not rehearse once a week. Rather, we have a reading 4-6 weeks prior to our first rehearsal. In the weeks following, we work individually to learn the music, then come to the first rehearsal prepared to sing. Our goal is to make music together as an ensemble and work toward a performance rather than spend our time learning notes. We have 5-6 rehearsals with our music director, then a dress and one or more performances. More >

Listen to Poet's Singing program

You can listen to MP3 files > as well as watch selected video clips >

Stephen Black, Music Director

Stephen Black, a native of Kentucky, is an accomplished organist, conductor and singer. He is currently the Director of Music at St. Gregory the Great Church in Harrison, NY and a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate (ABD) in the Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California. Mr. Black has received several honors and awards in both organ performance and choral conducting. He is a recipient of the Charles Ives Prize in organ performance and the Richard French Prize in choral conducting from Yale University. Mr. Black was also the Artistic Director of the Central City Chorus and Music Director of the Brearley Singers in New York City. More >


We hear singers throughout the year and maintain a roster of singers to draw on when there is an opening. If you are interested in auditioning, please read more about how we work and what is expected of singers accepted into the ensemble. More  >

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. More  >

Read the Reviews

From the September 2007 performance of early music and the recent June 2010 performance of the Villa-Lobos Missa São Sebastão. More  >