The Americas Vocal Ensemble, founded by its Director Nelly Vuksic, is a professional chamber group whose mission is to foster understanding among the people of the Americas and to preserve the musical and cultural richness of the diverse countries of North and South America. It brings to its audiences a most enjoyable and rarely performed repertory which encompasses the whole range of the music of the Americas, from the colonial period to contemporary times, through concerts, educational programs and recordings.
The Americas Vocal Ensemble made its debut at New York's Americas Society in 1982, and has performed throughout the northeast U.S. and South America, including New York (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center), Washington DC (the Inter-America Music Festival) and Boston (The Gardner Museum) as well as at colleges, libraries, music schools, community centers, museums and many other venues. As Artists-In-Residence at the Americas Society for many years, they have presented many unique and innovative programs and have performed premieres of more than 100 contemporary works, including compositions by leading North and South American composers.
In 1998, they performed for The American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as part of the Sonidos de los Americas Festival. They have also appeared with the Westchester Philharmonic (as part of the Music America Festival), Hoboken Symphony and Fairfield Chamber Orchestra.
Nelly Vuksic was born in Argentina and has conducted extensively in Latin America as well as in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Ms. Vuksic is the recipient of several national and international music awards. She is also director of New York's United Nations Singers.
The Americas Vocal Ensemble has been heard on National Public Radio, many New York stations and the Voice of America. They have also appeared nationally on New York Public Television and the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications TV Network. They have recorded for the CBS, Opus 1, Premiere and AVE labels.