Renaissance Choir Sacramento
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 mostly 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 Todd Troutman
Todd has been a choral scholar at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sacramento since 1994. As an accompanist with the Camerata Chorale and Sacramento Opera Chorus, he sang bass when the orchestra joined for the concerts. He sang lead for Voices in Harmony, a 100+ voice men’s chorus from San Jose from 2005 – 2007. They placed 6th worldwide in 2006. He has also sung in the Nashville Symphony Chorus and the Nashville Opera before moving to Sacramento in 1991. He joined Delta Breeze Carolers in 1995 and has arranged many of their carols. He is now Director of Music/Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roseville, and directs Renaissance Choir Sacramento.
The Choir meets Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Currently (Jan/Feb 2022) we rehearse at St. John’s Episcopal Church: 2351 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville 95747.
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 Tuesday evening practice at 7 pm. Please contact Todd Troutman, Director to discuss Renaissance Choir Sacramento and to arrange an audition: firstname.lastname@example.org.