The concert for Fall 2013 will be on Tuesday, November 19 in Harkness Chapel. The program is entitled “The Music of Orlande de Lassus and His Circle” and features Lassus’s Magnificat Septimi Toni and Johann Eccard’s Missa super Mon coeur se recommande a vous.
Auditions for Fall 2013 will be held on Tuesday, August 27 from 6:30-8:30 in Harkness Chapel.
The Case Western Reserve University Early Music Singers were founded in 1978 by Beverly Simmons and are part of the CWRU early music program. Directed by Dr. Steven Plank, the Andrew B. Meldrum Professor and Chair of The Department of Musicology at Oberlin College, this program includes both vocal and instrumental ensembles and complements the music department’s graduate specialty in early music performance practice. The Early Music Singers’ repertoire ranges from medieval chant to Renaissance madrigals and masses and occasionally to baroque operas and oratorios. The group varies in size but is usually about 16-22 singers. The personnel—generally both women and men—includes undergraduate and graduate students (of voice, composition, musicology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and business), as well as other individuals associated with CWRU, including a cardiologist and a clinical researcher. All of them love making music in a small choral setting.
EMS rehearses Tuesday evenings, usually 6:30-8:30 (we sometimes make slight adjustments based on members’ schedules). Normally, there’s one concert per semester in Harkness Chapel, the Music Department’s recital hall, and occasionally some smaller events as well. We are also frequently asked to perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art down the block.
The main aims of the EMS are as follows:
The primary vocal requirements are:
The audition normally includes:
A note on the religious orientation of some of the music:
It happens that a lot of the most beautiful music from earlier times is religious, mostly because the church was the biggest patron of composers back then and because that’s what inspired the great composers to do much of their best work. However, the group typically includes non-Christians and none of them have complained or even commented on the choice of music with regard to religion. I think we all see it as a place to explore beautiful music, both sacred and secular, regardless of our personal backgrounds.