What We Do
Performing a variety of genres from barbershop, to contemporary pop, to classical, to vocal jazz, Sirens of Gotham takes pride in performing all kinds of a cappella music with precision and heartfelt artistry. The ensemble has accomplished much since its establishment in November 2011, but has grown exponentially since February 2013, when Sirens of Gotham became a chartered chapter of Sweet Adelines International (SAI).
Within SAI Region 15, the Sirens have claimed the title of Division A (Small Chorus) Champions three times, and most recently won 3rd place overall and a 2nd Place Division AA (Midsize Chorus) finish at the 2019 Regional Convention, where they also won Most Improved Chorus (31 point increase) for a second time! In October 2018, they made their international competition debut at the SAI Harmony Classic barbershop chorus competition in St. Louis, MO, where they won 1st place Division A and 1st place overall!
In addition to their extensive barbershop experience, they have appeared on multiple televised broadcasts, starred in a television show, and performed in a variety of world-renowned venues. They took home 3rd place in the 2015 New York Harmony Sweepstakes and continue to pursue other local singing competitions and performance opportunities.
Our Core Values
For Sirens of Gotham, valuing ambition means that we always strive to grow, improve, and achieve. An ambitious Siren is hard-working, prepared, dedicated, and never finished, because they are always searching for ways to elevate their craft and take the chorus to new heights.
For Sirens of Gotham, valuing authenticity means that we are never contrived or cookie cutter in performance, management, or the community. We seek to find meaning in our music and endeavor to choose music that inspires and speaks to us. We value open, honest, and transparent perspectives in the chorus, and each member is encouraged to be their own unique self. We celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. We don't apologize for who we are and always represent ourselves truthfully to our audience and our community.
For Sirens of Gotham, valuing joy is about allowing ourselves to be present and passionate in our ambitions--not laborious or intense. We share a deep emotional connection to music: we sing because it makes us happy, we are passionate about music and the role it plays in our lives, we choose to express ourselves artistically because we want to share our stories with others in a way that leaves them changed. We take pride and joy in our work and accomplishments, and this brings us together all the more.
MANAGEMENT TEAM 2019-2020
Anna Chelak, Team Coordinator
Elizabeth Culbertson, Membership Coordinator
Emilia Mahaffey, Communications Coordinator
Hilary Kraus, Finance Coordinator
Madelyn Kish, Marketing Coordinator
Meredith Rich, Fundraising Coordinator
Haley Cole, Performance Coordinator
CREATIVE TEAM 2019-2020
Mira Taferner, Artistic Director
Lana Klemeyer, Creative Team Coordinator
Samantha Bunting, Head Section Manager, Bass Section Manager
Helen O’Rourke, Tenor Section Manager
Katherine Veil, Baritone Section Manager
Kat Menard, Lead Section Manager
Alexis DePersia-Norelli, Choreographer