Our debut album, Six Degrees of Composers, celebrates our sixth concert series. As the Six Degree
Singers, we knew that we had to do something special to commemorate our sixth program. We
approached three young and extremely talented composers and asked each to write us a piece of music
that would involve one of the following elements: the number six, the idea of connecting people together
(as in "six degrees of separation"), or the personality of the choir. Each composer took a different
approach, and we used these three new commissions to build the foundation of the program for our sixth
concert series. We then connected each young composer to his or her teacher (or teacher's teacher's
teacher) by varying degrees of separation, and then connected those composers each to two more
composers to complete the program.
The album features four total commissions written for Six Degree Singers (the three new commissions
from that program and our very first commission written in 2011). It also features a rarely performed
Czech work, as well as famous works by English Renaissance composers, 19th century German
composers, and 20th century American composers, so there is a bit of something for everyone!
We hope you enjoy!
Six Degree Singers is a vibrant community choir of 35 young adult performers dedicated to making quality music and bringing it to the Washington, D.C. area through performances, volunteer work and musical education. Six Degree Singers has featured in events all around the D.C. metropolitan area, including the Silver Spring Loy Krathong Thai Festival and the Chesapeake-Potomac Invitational Bonspiel, an annual curling event. As a registered non-profit organization, the Six Degree Singers also participates in outreach activities at various charity events and retirement communities.
Our central mission of building musical appreciation and awareness guides every undertaking. The music we perform and teach is a varied repertoire of genres and time periods including contemporary, renaissance, world, folk, and jazz. We are also committed to giving new and local composers an opportunity to showcase their original works by both performing their works and commissioning original material.
As Six Degree Singers has grown, it has taken on even more ambitious projects including its first CD recording, a joint concert with the Penn State Glee club and, of course, more performances. As young and ambitious as its members, Six Degree Singers is a newcomer with a strong future ahead.
Rachel Carlson (Artistic Director) enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber ensemble singer, conductor, and voice teacher residing in the Washington, DC area. Rachel has appeared as a soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, Washington Master Chorale, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, Tucson Chamber Artists, Festival Chorus of Madison, Potomac River Chorale, and Washington Revels and as a professional choral singer with Conspirare, Vox Humana, and Spire Chamber Ensemble. In addition, she maintains a private voice studio and founded the Six Degree Singers. Rachel holds Bachelor's degrees in both vocal performance and music education from the University of Maryland, as well as a Master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.