Brattleboro Camerata seeks new members

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Camerata is currently seeking new members of every voice part for its upcoming third season. It especially invites BIPOC singers and singers of all gender identities to join.

The Camerata is a small select choir specializing in both Renaissance-era and Renaissance-inspired music, and this fall, it will be preparing a program titled "Treasure Hidden Within" to be presented on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The concert will include four pieces that use pre-existing tunes hidden carefully within their overall musical textures: Palestrina's "Missa L'homme armé a 4," Verdi's "Ave Maria" from Quattro Pezzi Sacri, Durufle's "Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens," and Josquin's "Missa La sol fa re mi."

Auditions for the fall concert begin mid-August, and will consist of exercises for range, tonal memory, intonation, and sight-singing. In addition, when interested singers sign up for an audition, they will receive a piece to prepare in advance.

To schedule an audition with Music Director Jonathan Harvey, or to ask any questions, contact the BMC at [email protected].

Rehearsals are Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the BMC Auditorium starting Sept. 18. It is anticipated that the 2023–24 season will be mask-optional for all singers.

In Spring 2024, the Brattleboro Camerata will prepare a program titled "Make It a Place of Springs," which will consist of pieces focused on nature and the natural world, including Renaissance works by Clement Janequin, Maddalena Casulana, Thomas Tallis, Vicente Lusitano, Thomas Morley, and others, as well as more recent pieces by Charles Stanford, Benjamin Britten, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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