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Chalice Consort is pleased to have been reviewed by San Francisco Classical Voice. Click below to read the reviews.

Chalice Consort welcomes Ragnar Bohlin as Director.

Chalice Consort congratulates Francis Bevan, the winner of the Early Music Scholars Competition at the 2012 Chalice Consort Early Music Conference with his edition of the Alma Redemptoris Mater by Anonymous.

Chalice Consort is presenting four recently discovered or re-constructed (where 1 voice part is missing), unpublished or publicly performed pieces at the Chalice Consort Early Music Conference (CCEMC) this April 14,2012.

Chalice Consort has just been named Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

The residency reflects a shared goal of the choir and the cathedral: bringing centuries-old traditions to life in a modern setting.

“We are delighted to host Chalice Consort as our Artist in Residence and support their efforts to ‘resurrect forgotten music’ that may not have been heard for over 400 years,” said Christoph Tietze, Music Director at the Cathedral. “This relationship puts a spotlight on liturgical music that was a vital part of Catholic worship during the Renaissance and whose spirit still echoes through us today.”

Davitt Moroney, Chalice Consort’s Artistic Director, noted that the music is deeply tied to the concept of praying through art, an idea that was sweeping across Europe at the time. “Chalice Consort’s core repertoire is Latin sacred music of the sixteenth century. The composers whose music is central to our mission are those who—like Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, Byrd, and du Caurroy—were also central to the Catholic Reformation’s desire to integrate musical expression into the revolutionary attitudes to private devotion.”

Launched in 2008, Chalice Consort collaborates with early music scholars and musicians in bringing little-known works from the Renaissance and early Baroque eras back to life. With close attention to the rhetorical force of each piece and the context in which it was composed, performed, and first appreciated, Chalice Consort aims to communicate the music’s emotional power to modern listeners. The choir hopes that through its artistic residency at the Cathedral, more people will have opportunities to experience this profoundly spiritual music.

“In the hectic world of the 21st century,” said Moroney, “the sense of devotion in these works can translate into a focus on serenely beautiful music whose intimate qualities leave us room for private meditation on the words being sung—an inclusive concept open to fervent believers and thoughtful nonbelievers alike.”

Chalice Consort is calling for submissions for the 2012 Early Music Scholars Competition (EMSC).
Chalice is calling for submissions for EMSC 2012. Scholars are invited to prepare new editions of previously unpublished works or reconstruction of incomplete works (missing at least on voice) of Renaissance choral music that would complement sixteenth-century composer John Sheppard's Reges Tharsis, the centerpiece of the upcoming Chalice Consort Early Music Conference (CCEMC, previously called EMMC). You can read more about the competition, submission rules and criteria here. The submission deadline has been extended to March 27, 2012 at 5pm PST. Chalice will announce the pieces to be presented at the CCEMC no later than March 29, 2012.

Chalice Consort welcomes Davitt Moroney as Artistic Director.

Chalice Consort is pleased to announce that Moroney will join Chalice as its first Artistic Director, a position that has been vacant for two years. Soprano Rebekah Wu, founder of the ensemble, says “it was important for Chalice Consort to find the right artistic director, someone who shares the group’s vision and believes in its mission of facilitating the discoveries of forgotten music.” Moroney is no stranger to this sort of endeavor – in 2005, he discovered Alessandro Striggio’s presumed-lost Mass for 40 Voices, making news around the globe. This shared passion for the revival of “lost” music makes Moroney, in Wu’s view, the perfect champion for Chalice Consort’s ambitions.

Chalice Consort Congratulates Peter S. Poulos, the Winner of the 2010 Early Music Mining Conference.
Early Music Mining Conference, held in San Francisco on April 10, 2010, featured the presentation of four newly edited and previously unpublished works of Renaissance choral music in what eminent British choral conductor Jeremy Summerly has called “a landmark event for the global early music community.” The Conference brought together scholars, performers, and listeners of early music in a unique combination of lecture, performance, and discussion that included the modern day
premiere of the newly edited pieces of music sung by Chalice Consort. After the presentation, discussion, and performance of each “newly mined” edition, the audience and panel of scholars voted for the editions they preferred.

The first place winner was Peter S. Poulos (University of Cincinnati) with his edition of Quae est ista que progreditur (1597) by Italian composer Simone Molinaro (c.1570-1636). In second place was Sean Doherty (Trinity College, Dublin) with his edition of Vidi aquam (c.1520) by an anonymous composer, preserved in the Lambeth Choirbook in London, England. The success of the Conference has led Chalice Consort to reaffirm its commitment to other projects of this nature. As Dr. Poulos reflected, “the first annual Early Music Mining Conference presented by Chalice Consort was a highly innovative and in fact
triumphant event. It was a unique opportunity to bring together scholars, performers, audience, and a panel of eminent early music specialists in an interactive re-discovery of long-forgotten musical treasures. Needless to say, it was a wonderful experience for me to hear Simone Molinaro's Quae est ista quae progreditur performed brilliantly by the Chalice Consort. That my edition of the work was voted by the audience and panel as the winning piece at the EMMC was a thrilling affirmation of the beauty of this music.” You can read the entire press release here.

Chalice Consort is presenting five newly transcribed, never published in modern edition or publicly performed pieces at the Early Music Mining Conference April 10, 2010. The winners of the Early Music Scholars’ Competition, whose editions will be featured at the Early Music Mining Conference, are Sean Doherty (Trinity College, Dublin), Peter Poulos (University of Cincinnati, Ohio), Jessica Chisholm (Rutgers University, New Jersey), Michael Anderson (Eastman School of Music, New York), and Daniel Donnelly (McGill University, Montreal). Their editions being premiered at the Conference include part of a mass by English composer William Mundy, a motet by Italian composer Simone Molinaro, a trio of plainchants for St. Anne, and two motets by anonymous composers.

San Francisco Classical Voice previewed Chalice Consort's upcoming November 6 & 7, 2009 concerts: "The enterprising young choral ensemble Chalice Consort sure dreams big. Barely a year old, the group has already taken on a challenging mission: to present performances emphasizing lost, ignored, or otherwise overlooked Renaissance and Baroque repertory.  More than merely performing, the group aims to get scholars into the act, with an upcoming competition and conference to share their own discoveries. And in a real coup, the ensemble has enlisted early-music standout Davitt Moroney to direct its 2009-2010 opening concert of music by William Byrd, titled “By the Waters of Babylon,” performed in San Francisco and Oakland..." You can read the rest of the preview at

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