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Motets and Madrigals with Simon Carrington - Choral Festival at Santa Clara University

Location: California, USA

Dear Choral Colleagues,


This Saturday, March 17, Santa Clara University will host a Choral Invitational Festival on the SCU campus -- Motets and Madrigals with Simon Carrington.


The festival culminates with a concert performance in the historic Mission Santa Clara at 7:30 pm, free and open to the public.


Maestro Carrington will be giving full clinics to each of the participating ensembles in the afternoon, between 1pm and 5pm, in the SCU Mayer Theater. 


The festival features:

Palo Alto High School Madrigal Singers, Michael Najar, director

Davis High School Madrigals, Karen Gardias, director

Acalanes High School Chamber Singers, Bruce Lengacher, director

West Valley College Chamber Singers, Lou De La Rosa, director

Santa Clara University Chamber Singers, Ryan Brandau, director. 


The finale performance includes a fantastic array of repertoire, including pieces by Byrd, Dowland, Weelkes, Holst, Marenzio, Legrenzi, Gjello, Mechem, Bruckner, Debussy, and more! 


Maestro Carrington will be in the Bay Area on the beautiful Santa Clara University campus for this one-day event to celebrate motets and madrigals from the Renaissance and Baroque.  From his 25 years as a founding member of the King’s Singers to extensive work as a choral conductor, Simon’s experience has shaped a deep knowledge and special affinity for this wonderful repertoire.  Now a professor emeritus from the Yale School of Music, Simon enjoys a full schedule as a clinician and guest conductor around the world. Last year at the ACDA national convention in Chicago, Simon gave a workshop called “Cracking the Code: Small Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques for Singers of All Sizes.” There, he shared “some personal rehearsal priorities developed over many years of teaching in the US to help singers of all ages blossom into complete musicians, with emphasis on aural and ensemble skills and the importance of returning the art of Rhetoric to the performance of choral music from the Renaissance to the present day.”


Simon’s insights and conducting bring this repertoire to life. Join us to see Simon and the choirs in action!




Ryan J Brandau, DMA

Director of Choral Activities, Santa Clara University

Artistic Director, Santa Clara Chorale

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