The Canticum Novum Youth Choir
The Canticum Novum Youth Choir was founded in 2001 by its director, Edie Rosenbaum, primarily to collaborate with Harold Rosenbaum’s choirs. It joined the Westchester Oratorio Society in the spring of 2002 in a performance of J.S. Bach’s formidable St. Matthew Passion and, one year later, in the Society’s performance of another Bach masterpiece, his St. John Passion. In 2004 the choir performed Verdi’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall with all of Mr. Rosenbaum’s choirs.
Recently, the youth choir joined Mr. Rosenbaum’s other choirs in a tribute to the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone at Radio City Music Hall and at the General Assembly of the United Nations. In 2010 the youth choir was the first of its kind to be featured in the Society for Universal Sacred Music’s Festival of Universal Sacred Music. Mrs. Rosenbaum’s goal in founding the group was to help children learn to appreciate classical music by giving them the chance to sing masterworks on a professional level.
Edie Rosenbaum, director
Director and soprano Edie Rosenbaum studied voice with Sylvia Freidrich, Lorie Nieves, Katherine Rowe, and Nancy Wertsch. Since the age of 15, she has been singing professionally in church choirs and directing youth choirs for both churches and community choruses. In 1992 she sang as soloist in six performances of Mozart’s Requiem throughout Spain and in Andorra with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed as soloist in that work a dozen times in this country and abroad. In 1988 she was soloist in a French premiere of a work by Maurice Ravel with L’Orchestre D’Europe. She has been a featured soloist in over a dozen other European tours. A schoolteacher for many years, she is now Executive Director of the Society for Universal Sacred Music and is also a soloist at St. John’s Church and St. Paul’s Chapel in Lewisboro, N.Y. Other performances include being soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in Prospect Park under Grant Llewellyn, and soloist in the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, opening for Tony Bennett.