Who We Are and What We Do
Our singers have sung at the Metropolitan Opera, with the NY Philharmonic, performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall,
and sung in Chanticleer and also the Yale Voxtet.
Your music needs to be heard!
- We talk to you about your goals.
- We arrange the recording sessions with the best choir you can get.
- We post-produce your recordings with your input.
- We market your recordings to just under 140 conductors around the world.
Where else have our recordings been heard?
- We have been on approximately 40 radio stations.
- Our recordings are used as demo recordings by publishers.
- Our recordings have been part of winning submissions to composition competitions
Artistic Director and Founder
Based in Hamden, Connecticut, conductor/composer Daniel Shaw offers a unique service, sought by composers across the globe. With a B.A. in music from Dartmouth, M.M. in Choral Conducting from Emory University and M.M. in Music Education from University of Toronto, he has the background and skill set. More importantly, Shaw relates to your struggle: creating a piece that never gets recorded.
Since 2010, Composer’s Choir has recorded choral compositions with more than 100 works from over 50 composers across the United States, England, Israel and Australia.
In 2011, Shaw became Music Director of the New Haven Oratorio Choir which performs a range of sacred and secular music. Diverse choral works span from Renaissance to new works by present-day composers. Seasonally, Shaw can be found conducting the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers.
Before returning to his home state of Connecticut, Shaw worked as Assistant Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and Director of Middle School Choirs at Trevor Day School in New York City (NYC). In NYC he founded the American Radio Choir, a professional troupe of distinguished singers that recorded and distributed new works by living American composers.
Former music director for churches across Pennsylvania, Connecticut and past faculty for Duquesne University and John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Shaw is a choral composer with numerous commissions. His works are performed across the United States and Canada, and his music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Heather Petrie is “a true contralto, with a big, deep, resonant projection that can fill a hall.” (New London Day) This season marks a return to in-person music making, including Carnegie Hall performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York, as well as Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with Musica Sacra; a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlos with the Metropolitan Opera; and several concerts throughout the New York area. In 2019 Heather was the second prize winner in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition, and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut that winter with OSNY.
During the highly unusual 2020-2021 season of Socially-Distanced singing, Heather was thrilled to have had the opportunity to record concerts with the Oratorio Society, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva NYC, the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine, and St. George’s Choral Society. Under normal circumstances, she performs frequently with the NY Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, and the Choir of Temple Emanu-El, and Essential Voices USA.
Known for her versatility onstage, Heather’s operatic roles include Mary (die Fliegende Holländer), Baba (The Medium), Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Larina (Eugene Onegin), and Annina (der Rosenkavalier) in which she “made the most of comic situations with a Chaplinesque flair for stagecraft.” Additionally, she has been a member of the opera chorus at both Bard Summerscape and the Princeton Festival, as well as New York City Opera, and is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.
Heather is a founding member of the critically acclaimed, eight-voice treble group Etherea Vocal Ensemble, and is prominently featured on both of their recordings, released by Delos. Their first CD, Ceremony of Carols, reached #4 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts and quickly became an iTunes Best-Seller. Hymn to the Dawn, their sophomore release, contains several world premiere recordings and Heather “makes a quick but memorable solo contribution with her creamy contralto” (Opera News). She has toured Russia and England with the Clarion Music Society, debuting Maximilan Steinberg’s lost masterpiece Passion Week, which the choir recorded and received a Grammy nomination for. Originally from Maine, Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Bard College, and a Master of Music in Opera Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory. More information can be found at www.heatherpetriecontralto.com