Renaissance Choir Sacramento

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.

Upcoming Performances

During December the Choir will offer a retrospective survey of early Christmas music with selections by Victoria, Hassler, M. Praetorius, Merbecke, Brumel, Busnois, and several villancicos, some with accompaniment on period instruments.  In April 2018 we offer a program devoted entirely to the music of Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), including both English and Latin church music.  More details will be posted in September 2017.

Performances in June 2018 will be devoted to madrigals, part songs, frottole, chansons and catches for an entirely different sort of experience!

In gratitude to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for the use of the church for rehearsals, a subset of the Choir offers the traditional Anglican service of choral evensong at 6 pm on Sundays:  Oct. 29, Dec. 10, Feb. 11, Apr. 8, and May 20.  The programs are free, open to the public and showcase again music by Thomas Tallis in an intimate, evocative atmosphere.

About the Choir

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.

While 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.

Practices

The Choir rehearses 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:  ltlovallo@gmail.com, 916-320-8423.

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