Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I choose Men Singing Carols for my holiday event?
- What events do your groups perform at?
- Do you offer Victorian / "Dickens" carolers?
- Do the Men Singing Carols sing classical/traditional carols or contemporary music?
- Do you sing any secular selections or things that aren't "too Christmas-y"?
- Do you have any other "looks" you can wear?
- Are you able to wear branded outfits or accessories that I provide, or something specific?
- How far are you willing to travel?
- Do the Men peform memorized?
- I'd like the Men's performance to be a surprise. Is that doable?
- Can you "walk & carol", or greet my guests?
- Who created your websites?
Why should I choose Men Singing Carols for my holiday event?
We formed our company to bring our passion for the holiday season's music (and a premium level of entertainment) to holiday season parties & events, and we started Men Singing Carols to bring fun, charming, male holiday acappella to the New York City area. Our versions of traditional Christmas carols, other holiday favorites, and secular selections are musically gratifying, requiring a professional level of performance, commitment & rehearsal from all of our Men. When you book the Men Singing Carols, you're not getting a group of casual performers singing relatively simple carols; you're booking a sophisticated, finely-rehearsed & tuned ensemble singing truly professional-level music.
Our Men range from performers on- and Off-Broadway to talented choral singers and solo vocalists; musicians, artists, teachers, vocal coaches, and more. We firmly believe our reputation and ability to compete in a crowded industry rests entirely on providing the absolute best holiday entertainment you can possibly hire for your party, singers or otherwise. And, we love making our customers happy & proud to have us entertain their guests.
Preparing the Men Singing Carols each year is the New York Holiday Singers, Inc. team: Jen, Greg, and Doug, our Executive Director, Creative Director, and Associate Producer, respectively. For instance, Greg has two decades' worth of experience providing music & entertainment for events, and all three members of our management team absolutely love the holiday season: its music, its sounds, its flavors & aromas, and the best it can bring out in people. They love it so much that they, too, sing in multiple groups within our company!
When you get groups of wonderful performers like this together, give them fantastic music, have them rehearse and bond for months… Well, then you get magic.
What events do your groups perform at?
Just about any kind of holiday party or Christmas event during the season! Our Men are perfect for your:
- Corporate event / holiday party
- Luncheons & dinners
- Private party
- Retail activation
- Brand/marketing activation (our Creative Director's day job is as Chief Brand Officer for a digital agency, so we're doubly-perfect for this!)
- Event background entertainment
- Cocktail hour
- Public event
- Tree lighting
- And many, many more.
If you're wondering if we're right for your holiday season event, why not contact us to see what we can do?
Do you offer Victorian / "Dickens" carolers?
As of 2015, our company does not offer Victorian carolers. We decided early on that we would focus our budget and time on our high-quality music. That said, if you're not interested in the Men Singing Carols or any other of our professional groups, we can personally recommend the Dickens Victorian Carollers for any Victorian caroling needs. This phenomenal group has been around for three decades and has sung for four Presidential administrations at the White House as well as other extraordinary performances. We are not affiliated with the Dickens Victorian Carollers in any way, but our New York Holdiay Singers appeared with them on The Rachael Ray Show and have met with their director multiple times since, and came away very impressed with their music and presentation.
Do the Men Singing Carols sing classical/traditional carols or contemporary music?
Our Men Singing Carols primarily focus on contemporary, charming swing/jazz treatments of Christmas classics and secular favorites. And "jazz" here isn't used lightly; we have professional jazz musicians among our membership, and most of our arrangements feature fantastic, fun jazz chords and styling unlike anything you've heard from any other professional caroling company. Our music is simply the best in the industry, and has been featured on CBS, Fox, WFUV, WQXR, and more. If you're interested in a mix of traditional and contemporary, our mixed-voice ensemble the New York Holiday Choristers fits the bill perfectly. But if you want to be charmed with lighter fare, Men Singing Carols is the way to go!
Do you sing any secular selections or things that aren't "too Christmas-y"?
By far, the most common ask from our happy clients is for sets that aren't too overtly religious in content, skewing more toward the lighter side of holiday music. We not only have a variety of secular holiday selections, but we also pull in some winter-themed or otherwise beautiful pop standards -- so we can tailor our music's content to what you're looking for.
Do you have any other "looks" you can wear?
The Men Singing Carols offer either a casual, sartorial blue & grey winter look, or we can go more formal. In both, our Men sport matching, sharp blue and grey scarves. If you're thinking of something specific for your event, such as Santa hats and other accesories, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us so we can see what we can do!
Are you able to wear branded outfits or accessories that I provide, or something specific?
We absolutely are able to wear your branded attire, accessories, or special outfits, as long as we work it out in advance. Contact us today!
How far are you willing to travel?
As our company is based out of New York City, travel to locations accessible by MTA subways & buses is included in the your quote. (Please note, though, that if it will take us over an hour or so to get to your event from midtown, there may be a small travel surcharge for our time.) Further than that, such as travel to New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and even beyond, we work with you for any travel costs, as we usually have to rent a car for driving or take the transit where accessible, and we like to compensate our performers for their travel time. When your event involves travel outside of the tri-state area, additional costs such as lodging may need to be considered. Why not contact us today, and we'll see if we can work something out?
Do the Men peform memorized?
Absolutely! The Men Singing Carols start rehearsals in September to perfect & memorize their challenging and fun music, and to hone their charming stage presence. Because our truly professional-level music is quite complex, at events we hold small, half-sheet-sized mini-binders or slates containing the set list, starting notes/pitches, song information, and lyrics -- but we always focus on remaining exciting and charming to watch, and to engage with our audience and each other. No one likes to see an entertainer buried in a binder!
I'd like the Men's performance to be a surprise. Is that doable?
Those types of appearances tend to be our favorite! We love playing "in-character" until we start singing, or popping out to surprise a room full of unsuspecting listeners with our rich harmonies and charming performance, and have done so on numerous occasions to a phenomenal response. We build our setlist specifically in those circumstances, and have a lot of fun doing so!
Can you "walk & carol", or greet my guests?
We love doing both, and have done so many times!
Who created your websites?
All of our websites, photos, videos and programming - including our online booking & event management system - are meticulously hand-crafted by our Creative & Musical Director, Greg, in his North Pole* workshop. When he's not working on arranging our best-in-class music or rehearsing our groups, or working in his day job as Chief Brand Officer for a digital agency, he's also a freelance developer, photographer & videographer, and designer. Just like everything we do, everything you see here is all done 100% in-house!
* North Pole equals Astoria-Ditmars, NYC, in this case…