About the Choir
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. The Choir is organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational institution.
While much of our music is performed a capella, where appropriate viols, lute, organ and other instruments are occasionally added to the texture. Prospective singers should have choral experience, read music and know the rudiments of music theory, 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, possess sufficient keyboard or other instrument to help learn their music. and most importantly share our great enthusiasm for the fine, sublime music of the Renaissance.
We are not a church choir per se, but we do 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. Membership in the choir is open to all with no requirement as to religion.
Director Lee T. Lovallo has extensive experience in early music, dating to his founding Principia Musica, the Medieval-Renaissance ensemble at California State University, Bakersfield in 1978. He established the annual series of Evensong performances in Sacramento 1982-1987 for which he edited and directed music of Orlando Gibbons. Since 2006 Dr. Lovallo has directed Renaissance Choir Sacramento for which he edited and led performances of Ockeghem’s Missa cuiusvis toni and directed a wide range of 15th and 16th century choral works. He is active as an organ builder, specializing in historical style tracker pipe organs and serves as organist and as music director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Antelope. Following graduate work in music at SUNY Buffalo where he earned a Ph.D. in music, Dr. Lovallo taught choir and music history in high schools and colleges in Northern California, recently took part in the Tallis Scholars Summer Course, the Musica Antica a Magnano seminar, and the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval/Renaissance summer program.
The Choir meets Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 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, black cassocks serve as our concert dress, and a fee of $10 per month is asked of all singers to defray operating expenses. All positions in the choir are voluntary.
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 at our regular Thursday evening practice at 7 pm. Please contact Dr. Lee Lovallo, choir director, to discuss participation and to arrange for an informal private audition: firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-320-8423.