about variant 6

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Variant 6 performs virtuosic vocal chamber music in innovative programs and unique spaces. With only six musicians, we cultivate an intimate approach to a capella music while pushing the boundaries of what individual voices can accomplish together. Our concerts are designed to subvert a listener’s expectations for repertoire and programming by placing music from centuries apart in stark juxtaposition. Hoping to simultaneously challenge and engage, we seek to create performances that constantly surprise our listener.

Our second season in 2016-17 will feature a wide range of collaborations with other Philadelphia artists and ensembles -  the threads of the musical fabric of Philadelphia. We are excited to join these intrepid musicians to continue exploring of the connections between our musical past and present. Placing ancient meditations alongside their echoes in modern counterparts, we hope they will speak in new ways to our twenty-first century ears. Find out more about our upcoming season here.

Our artists have performed with internationally recognized ensembles, including Roomful of Teeth, Bang on a Can, American Composers Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Bach Project, Piffaro, Les Canards Chantants, Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and more. Our singers have appeared as soloists with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, the American Bach Soloists, Lyric Fest Philadelphia, and with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. All of our members regularly sing with Philadelphia’s contemporary music choir, The Crossing, and maintain busy performing and teaching schedules in Philadelphia and New York. Collectively, we hold degrees from Indiana University, Northwestern University, Westminster Choir College, Temple University, and the University of the Arts. Read more about our artists here.