Summer Sings - recap of 2017

Alas, our Summer Sing evenings are complete for 2017. Thanks to all our friends who joined us, some from as far away as Syracuse and Ithaca, for 6 delightful evenings. Sometimes we hosted about 20 people; one evening we had only 6 but, forging forward, we sang through a Compere Mass scored for ATTB! Regardless of the number of singers, this music is fun!  

We are indebted to the members of Musica Spei who provided expert leadership for these evenings - Howard Spindler, David McCarthy, Mary Cowden and Jeff Tabor.

We hope that you will be able to join us in July, 2018!

Summer Sings for 2018 start Wednesday, July 11, at 7:30pm in the St. Anne Church Sanctuary.  We will meet every Wednesday evening for 5 or 6 weeks, depending on turnout and enthusiasm!  Please look for signs on the doors into the Atrium, as we occasionally have to meet elsewhere.

Every summer, Musica Spei offers a series of informal, just-for-fun early-music “sings” open to anyone who wants to participate.  Here’s how it works:  Wednesday evenings from mid-July to mid-August, interested singers and listeners join us, in the resonant splendor of St. Anne Church, to sight read choral works from the medieval and renaissance periods. Sitting in a circle, with a member of Musica Spei giving pitches and generally keeping time, we sing our way through pieces from our own music collection and from the early-music collection at the Sibley Music Library.  

Feel free to join us, especially if

  • you’re intrigued by early choral music (by composers like Palestrina, Byrd, Josquin, Tallis, Gesualdo, Victoria, and Compère)

  • you have some sight-singing experience (keep in mind that we can seat you near a strong sight-reader in your voice part)

  • you’re interested in singing 4, 5, 6, and 8-part polyphony

  • you’d like to meet people who share your passion for music

We invite participants to contribute $3 per session to defray our photocopying costs.

We particularly encourage those who might be interested in auditioning with Musica Spei to come to a Summer Sing (or three!), to find out more about what this music is all about.  Please identify yourself to the person leading the Sing, so that we know you might like to audition, as we are always on the lookout for singers we think might complement our sound and fit in well.