Formed in the summer of 2011 as the Antelope Renaissance Choir, we changed our name to reflect more closely the area where we live and perform. Renaissance Choir Sacramento specializes in singing motets and masses of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Christmas Music from Colonial Mexico
In coordination with a seasonal exhibit of Spanish Colonial art at the Crocker Art Museum, the Choir will perform a variety of villancicos, the well-known motet O magnum mysterium by Victoria, and a setting of the Magnificat by Morales on Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 pm in the Museum Ballroom. The program will also be performed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15th and J Streets, Sacramento, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 pm.
April 2017 will find the Choir in premiere area performances of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Lassus and short works by Richard Farrant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sacramento and in Auburn (details to be released soon).
Performances in May 2017 will be devoted to madrigals, part songs and catches for an entirely different sort of experience!
About the Choir
While much of our music is performed a capella, where appropriate viols, guitar, organ and other instruments are occasionally added to the texture. Prospective singers should have choral experience, read music, be able to sing a range of 1-1/2 octaves with good intonation and tone quality without vibrato, have some acquaintance with European languages and Latin, and most importantly share our great enthusiasm for the fine, sublime music of the Renaissance.
While we are not a church choir per se, we sing only sacred music, rehearse in the lovely chapel-like space of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Antelope, occasionally using its late Renaissance-style pipe organ, and perform in various churches and other venues throughout the Sacramento area. We occasionally participate in church services by singing appropriate period repertoire, but membership in the choir is open to all with no requirement as to religion.
The Choir rehearses Thursday evenings, 7 – 8:30 pm, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7850 Watt Ave., Antelope, CA 95843. Punctual attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required; singers absent more than ten percent of the time do not normally continue with the choir. Music is supplied from carefully selected open source editions at no charge to singers, and there are no other fees assessed.
Sing With Us!
As a chamber choir, Renaissance Choir Sacramento is limited to 16 singers. Openings are presently available for sopranos, altos, countertenors, tenors and basses. Visitors are welcome anytime. Please contact Dr. Lee Lovallo, choir director, about joining: firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-320-8423.