SING in a World Premiere. SING in Central Park. SING in the Mostly Mozart Festival.

John Luther Adams, Composer

Simon Halsey, Conductor

What is In the Name of the Earth?

In the Name of the Earth is an ambitious piece that is comprised of 4 separate scores, titled North, South, East, and West. Each score will be performed by a chorus. The piece will be sung entirely a cappella and performed outdoors in Central Park. The piece is 45 minutes in total duration; however, there are many moments of rest for all vocal parts.

Each chorus will be led by a conductor and the entire piece will come together under the leadership of Simon Halsey.

We need LOTS of singers to bring this gorgeous piece of music to life! Singers of all levels of experience are welcome.

Each chorus will have 2 groups called Group 1 and Group 2. Each group has a specific role in this piece.

• Group 1: We need singers with considerable choral experience who sing regularly. Ability to read music is strongly recommended. Experienced singers will perform the entire vocal score.

• Group 2. We need people who love to sing and participate in communal events. Singers should have a good ear for pitch. The level of choral/singing experience is less important than the level of enthusiasm!

Group 2 is open to children (minors under the age of 18) and we welcome families to participate in this event together. The recommended age for children is 10+ due to the length and nature of the piece.

Group 2 singers will create layers of sound – e.g. play small bells and rattles, and perform spoken word passages – which are woven into the vocal score. Group 2 performers will sing with Group 1 in the finale section led by Simon Halsey when all 800 singers will come together.

Registration Information and Requirements

All singers must register on this website in order to participate.

Please note that the name of the Chorus does not correspond with its rehearsal location. Please read the schedules carefully.

In order to deliver a world class performance on August 11:

Group 1/Experienced singers are requested to attend a minimum of 4 rehearsals, plus the mandatory Put-Together rehearsal and, on the morning of August 11, the final Dress Rehearsal prior to the afternoon performance.

Group 2 singers are requested to attend 3 rehearsals prior to July 23, plus the mandatory Put-Together rehearsal and, on the morning of August 11, the final Dress Rehearsal prior to the afternoon performance. *Please see Group 2 rehearsal schedules for specifics.

Minors under 18s must be accompanied at all rehearsals and the performance by a parent or guardian. To register an under-18 participant, parents must complete the Under 18 Guardian form with their own information (not that of the minor). At the first rehearsal, the child's registration will need to be completed in person by the parent.

Important: Group 1 and Group 2 singers will rehearse separately at first and come together late in the rehearsal process. Singers must remain with their group (i.e. a Group 1 singer cannot make up a missed rehearsal by attending a Group 2 session.)

If you find your group of choice is not listed, this means there are no more places available for your vocal part in that group. (Group 1 places are limited due to the balance required across the vocal parts.) Please select another group if possible, or you can select the Wait List option. We expect Wait List spaces to open up by late June.

UPDATED Performance Information

The performance will take place outdoors in the afternoon of August 11. Shade may be limited. Singers will be required to walk to their initial position (approx 15 minutes) and stand for the length of the performance on grass or unpaved terrain. Singers will be required to walk during one specific portion of the piece (no longer than 10 minutes).

Singers with mobility challenges who wish to sing should send an email to [email protected] for further information. Please allow 5 business days for a reply.

Please see the FAQ section for more information.

Rehearsal Schedules by Group

Group 1 (Experienced) WEST Chorus

Rehearsal location: Upper East Side

Please note the location and the group title do not correspond.

All rehearsal times are TBC: specific arrival time and rehearsal information to come.

Tuesday, June 12th at 6:00pm *w/Simon Halsey. Note date & LOCATION: Midtown West.

Monday, June 18th at 6:00pm

Monday, June 25th at 6:00pm

Monday, July 9th at 6:00pm

Monday, July 16th at 6:00pm

Monday, July 23rd at 6:00pm

Monday, July 30th at 6:00pm *with Simon Halsey

Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY Rehearsal. Note date! Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am Mandatory Dress Rehearsal before Performance. Time TBC

Group 1 (Experienced) NORTH WEST Chorus

Rehearsal location: Elizabeth, NJ*

*except June 12, July 24, July 31, August 8 in Manhattan

All rehearsal times are TBC: specific arrival time and rehearsal information to come.

Tuesday, June 12th at 8:00pm *In Manhattan. W/ Simon Halsey. Note start time (TBC).

Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 27th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 11th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00pm *in Manhattan

Tuesday, July 31st at 6:00pm *in Manhattan with Simon Halsey

Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY Rehearsal. Note date! Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am Mandatory Dress rehearsal prior to performance. Time TBC

Group 1 (Experienced): NORTH EAST Chorus

Rehearsal location: Midtown West and Lincoln Center

Please note the location and the group title do not correspond.

All rehearsal times are TBC: specific arrival time and rehearsal information to come.

Tuesday, June 12th at 8:00pm *with Simon Halsey. Note rehearsal time. TBC.

Tuesday, June 19th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 26th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 10th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 17th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 31st at 6:00pm *with Simon Halsey.

Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY Rehearsal. Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am Mandatory Dress Rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

Group 1 (Experienced) EAST Chorus

Rehearsal location: SoHo

Please note the location and the group title do not correspond.

All rehearsal times are TBC: specific arrival time and rehearsal information to come.

Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00pm *with Simon Halsey. Note Location!

Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 27th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 11th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, July 25th at 6:00pm

Wednesday, August 1st at 6:00pm *with Simon Halsey

Thursday, August 9th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY Rehearsal. Note date! Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am Mandatory Dress Rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

Group 1 (Experienced Singers) SOUTH Chorus

UPDATE Rehearsal location: Lincoln Center Area & Midtown West

Please note the location and the group title do not correspond.

All rehearsal times are TBC: specific arrival time and rehearsal information to come.

Wednesday, June 13th at 8:15pm *with Simon Halsey. Note date. Time TBC

Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm *NEW: Lincoln Center Area

Thursday, June 28th at 6:00pm *NEW: Lincoln Center Area

Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm *NEW: Lincoln Center Area

Thursday, July 19th at 6:00pm *New: Lincoln Center Area

Thursday, July 26th at 6:00pm Midtown West

Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00pm *Midtown West, with Simon Halsey

Thursday, August 9th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY Rehearsal. Locatioin: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am Mandatory Dress Rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

Group 2: WEST Chorus

Lincoln Center area and UES

IMPORTANT Group 2 must attend 3 rehearsals prior to July 23.

Time and location details will be emailed prior to rehearsals.

Monday, June 25th at 6:00pm Lincoln Center area

Monday, July 9th at 6:00pm Lincoln Center area

Monday, July 16th at 6:00pm Lincoln Center area

Sunday, July 22nd at 5:00pm **Catch up rehearsal, location and time TBC

Monday, July 23rd at 6:00pm *Upper East Side (UES)

Monday, July 30th at 6:00pm *UES, with Simon Halsey

Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm *Mandatory. Note Date! Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am *Mandatory Dress rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

Group 2: NORTH Chorus

Midtown West

IMPORTANT Group 2 must attend 3 rehearsals prior to July 24.

Time and location details will be emailed prior to rehearsals

Tuesday, June 26th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 10th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 17th at 6:00pm

Sunday, July 22nd at 5:00pm *Catch-up Rehearsal, location TBC

Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 31st at 6:00pm with Simon Halsey

Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm *Mandatory Rehearsal. Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 6:00pm *Mandatory Dress Rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

Group 2: EAST Chorus

Lincoln Center area and SoHo

IMPORTANT Group 2 must attend 3 rehearsals prior to July 26.

Time and location details will be emailed prior to rehearsals

Wednesday, June 27th at 6:00pm *Lincoln Center area

Wednesday, July 11th at 6:00pm *Lincoln Center area

Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00pm *Lincoln Center area

Sunday, July 22nd at 5:00pm *Catch-up Session. Time, location TBC.

Thursday, July 26th at 6:00pm *SoHo

Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00pm *SoHo. With Simon Halsey

Thursday, August 9th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY. Note Date! Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am *Mandatory Dress rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

Group 2: SOUTH Chorus

Midtown West

IMPORTANT Group 2 must attend 3 rehearsals prior to July 26.

Time and location details will be emailed prior to rehearsals

Thursday, June 28th at 6:00pm

Thursday, July 12th at 6:00pm

Thursday, July 19th at 6:00pm

Sunday, July 22nd at 5:00pm *Catch-up Session. Location, Time TBC

Thursday, July 26th at 6:00pm

Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00pm *with Simon Halsey

Thursday, August 9th at 6:00pm *MANDATORY Rehearsal. Location: UES

Saturday, August 11th at 9:00am *Mandatory Dress Rehearsal prior to Performance. Time TBC

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FAQ

What defines an “Experienced”/Group 1 singer?

Singers with considerable choral experience; for whom singing is a regular activity whether in a choral group or otherwise. Ability to read music is strongly recommended.

What defines a Group 2 singer?

Singers who have some experience singing, but perhaps not in a formal choral group; singers who can hold a tune and have a good ear for pitch. Ability to read music is recommended but not required.

I’m not sure if I’m a Group 1 Experienced singer or a Group 2 singer.

If you are unsure, please register as Novice.

What will the music be like? Will it be difficult?

Experienced singers may find the piece challenging but not overly difficult with sufficient rehearsal. For the Group 2 singers, the vocal section will not be overly difficult. The spoken word and instrumental sections will require instruction and rehearsal but are not too difficult.

The piece will require commitment and effort but it will be rewarding!

Can I see the score in before I sign up?

As this is a World Premiere, the score cannot be released in advance.

I sing in a choral group. Can I sign up with them?

Please register as an individual and, where noted, please select which choral group you sing with.

I tried to register but I don’t see the Group of my choice listed.

Places are limited in the Experienced choruses as we must maintain a balance across all vocal parts. If you do not see your Group of choice, this means it is full. We encourage you to select the Wait List option as we expect places to become available by late June and we will notify registrants individually.

When will there be more information about the rehearsals?

Singers will receive an email in May with more detailed information about rehearsal times and locations and any other updates.

What is the recommended age for children to participate?

The recommended age is 10+ due to the length and nature of the piece. All minors (children under 18 at the time of the first rehearsal) must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian to each rehearsal and at the Performance.

Guardians must register themselves first and the registration for the child will be completed at the first rehearsal. Please complete this form: Under 18 Guardian.

Will I need to wear a costume?

No.

Will there be choreography?

No. All choruses will need to walk from one position in the Park to another, timed with the music. There will not be any choreography.

My question is not answered here. Who can I contact?

Please send your questions to : [email protected] You can expect a reply within 5 business days.