For two decades, the vocal ensemble Musica Spei (Music of Hope) has worked collaboratively, without a conductor, to bring choral masterworks of the medieval and renaissance periods to audiences in western New York. The ensemble’s emphasis and particular specialty is the sacred music of the middle ages and renaissance, with forays into related territory. Whether it’s a sacred mass, Gregorian chant, a motet featuring a single verse of ancient scripture, a lovelorn French chanson, or a medieval mystery play, Musica Spei has sought to restore life to timeless music that continues to resonate with modern listeners.
Each year, in fall, spring, and during Lent, Musica Spei offers concerts in Rochester and neighboring cities in western New York. Musica Spei serves the Rochester-area musical community by coordinating the annual Rochester Early Music Festival each fall, and each summer by offering a series of informal “sings” at St. Anne Church.
We are a small organization that relies on the generosity of our audience members and friends. Please support us by making a donation.
The members of Musica Spei are Jeanne Beddoe, Jim Blake, Lynette Blake, Juli Elliot, Tyler Cassidy-Heacock, Mary Cowden, Joe Finetti, Christopher Gold, Jeff Harp, Carrie Haymond, Lisa Jadwin, Eric Lobenstine, David McCarthy, Mary Mowers, Howard Spindler, and Jeffrey Tabor.
Musica Spei is grateful to Saint Anne Church for providing a home for the group since its inception. This is an acoustically magnificent space.