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Grammy Award-Winning Vocal Ensemble to Perform with Bucknell Choir

Nov 07, 2016 10:41AM ● By Erica Shames
Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform with the Bucknell University Choir and Camerata on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. There will be a free pre-performance talk in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Funding for the performance was provided, in part, by Bucknell University's Class of 1953 lectureship.

Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy Award-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, by commissioning and creating new works, forges a repertoire without borders.   

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and death metal singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Fred Hersch, Wally Gunn, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon, Ambrose Akinmusire, Toby Twining and Ted Hearne, among many others.

Projects in 2016-2017 include The Colorado, a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin (featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche); collaborations with A Far Cry and Nick Zammuto of The Books; appearances at new music festivals in the US, Canada and Sweden; and partnerships with nearly two dozen higher education institutions across the country.

The project's debut album, Roomful of Teeth, was released in October 2012 on New Amsterdam Records. The New York Times called it “sensually stunning,” and it was included on many Best of 2012 lists, topping the classical charts on iTunes and Amazon, even breaking into the top 10 on the Billboard charts. 

In April 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Partita for 8 Voices, the four movements of which appear on the debut album. An iTunes exclusive EP of Partita was subsequently released and ranked no. 1 on iTunes classical charts.  

The ensemble is made up of Estelí Gomez, soprano, Martha Cluver, soprano, Caroline Shaw, alto, Elisa Sutherland, alto, Eric Dudley, tenor, Thann Scoggin, baritone, Williamsport native Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, and Cameron Beauchamp, bass.

While at the Weis Center, their program will include: Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw, High Done No Why To by William Brittelle, Beneath by Caleb Burhans, Dumas’ Riposte by Toby Twining, Suonare / To Sound by Eric Dudley featuring Bucknell Camerata and Quizassa by Merrill Garbus featuring Bucknell University Choir with Beth Willer as conductor.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 570-577-1000.

Please note that tickets are available in the main auditorium only; the balcony will be closed.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at
The next performance in the Weis Center’s 2016-17 Season is a free Family Discovery performance called B – The Underwater Bubble Show on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at the Weis Center. Free tickets will be distributed beginning at 6 p.m. the day of the performance. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Upon distribution of all tickets we will have reached the capacity of our venue and no further guests will be admitted. Children who will not be sitting on the lap of a parent/guardian must carry a ticket for admittance. Tickets are recommended for ages 2 and up. 

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