DARITA SETH, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Contemporary countertenor, composer, and choral educator, DARITA SETH, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, is serving as Director of CHORAL AUDACITY, a project-based choral ensemble based in the Bay Area, the Director of  Music at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Danville, California, and an Associate Director of the Danville Girls Chorus. Recently, Darita concluded his tenure with Chanticleer, the Grammy Award-winning, San Francisco-based men's vocal ensemble. A Sigma Alpha Iota distinguished member, he periodically appears as a guest soloist with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, soundingLight Chamber Choir, and Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace. Prior to his transplant to the San Francisco-Bay Area, Darita attended Capital University's Conservatory of Music where he studied vocal performance. While at Capital, Darita sang with the renowned Chapel Choir, Philomel, and performed roles in operatic and music theatre productions. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Darita began studying countertenor while immersed in the sacred early music at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Columbus. Darita is also a proud alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, where he participated in the composition, opera, and choral programs, as well as spending summers working for the offices of Advancement and Arts Administration. Darita is an active member of ACDA, NATS, and ASCAP.

Praised for his "technical deliciousness; power and precision of the connection between the colors of the voice; and beauty of delivery," (Aspen Music Festival) Darita has been featured in performances of choral masterworks including Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Durufle's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah. Additionally, Darita has recorded with AireBorn Studios (Zionsville, IN), featuring his voice on premiere recordings for various new music publications. As an actively traveling musician, he has performed in many notable international concert venues including Musikverein in Vienna, Austria; The Liszt Grand Concert Hall in Budapest, Hungary; Endler Hall in Stellenbosch, South Africa; The National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and The Esplanade in Singapore. His voice has led him to sing under the baton of some the nation's leading composers and conductors such as Eric Whitacre, Jake Runestad, Dan Forrest, and Morten Lauridsen.

 

As a freelance composer, he is recognized by the National youngARTS Foundations, and is actively commissioned to compose and arrange music for church, high school, and college-level ensembles. Darita is a published choral music editor with Hinshaw Music Publications. Recently, he was a recipient of the John Ness Beck Foundation Scholarship for his piece Whom Shall I Fear.

 

Darita resides in the East Bay of San Francisco where he actively serves as clinician, mentor and most importantly a voice instructor for young under-privileged students, many of whom are in the top ensembles of their school programs and move on to receive acceptance into some of the most competitive collegiate music programs (University of Michigan, University of California Los Angeles, Northwestern University,  Oberlin Conservatory). Choirs who have received Darita's clinic instruction have consistently placed within the top three of the prestigious Northern California Golden State Choral Competition.

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