Location: Colorado, USA
Evanne Browne lives in Boulder where she is Artistic Director of Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Director of Music at 1st United Methodist Church, and maintains a private voice studio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity University and a Master of Music degree in voice from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She studied Baroque performance practices at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and choral conducting at Houston Baptist University. Also an active choral singer, she has conducted rehearsals or sectionals for the Ars Nova Singers, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Music Festival and The Renaissance Project.
In 2011, Ms. Browne founded Seicento Baroque Ensemble (SeicentoBaroque.org), an auditioned chamber choir noted for its performances of lesser known 17th and 18th century Baroque choral music using historically-informed performance practices. The ensemble fills a void in the Colorado choral scene by performing inspirational and worthy Baroque choral music, both a cappella and accompanied, generally from Western Europe.
“Sensitive musicianship” and a voice described as “clear” with “sweet highs” and “an impressive range” have brought this soprano solo engagements with many of the US’s outstanding chamber music ensembles, including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort, the Folger Consort, Hesperus, Texas Baroque Ensemble, the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, the Handel Festival Orchestra, and The Orchestra of the 17th Century. She has performed in mater classes with Emma Kirkby, in recital with baritone Max van Egmond, and twice in concert under Tallis Scholars’ conductor Peter Phillips. Ms. Browne has appeared in recital and as soloist at Christ Church in Oxford, England; Lahti, Finland; Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Venice, Spain, Portugal, Bosnia, and Slovenia; in historic settings in St. Mary’s City and Annapolis, Maryland; and widely in the Nation’s Capitol including the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s historic Hall of Musical Instruments. Her solo singing has been heard on National Public Radio in broadcasts of live concerts from Texas and the French Embassy. Her performance in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo virtutum at the National Cathedral, was featured on the cover of Early Music America magazine, and she is on recording in the chorus of Opera Lafayette with director Ryan Brown on Naxos. She sang the dramatic soprano solo part for the U.S. Premier of Bohuslav Martinu’s The Prophecy of Isaiah under Frank Albinder, and recently premiered works by Boulder (CO)-area composer David Harris in recital along with music by Colorado award-winning composer Cherise Leiter and New York pianist, Jean Browne. Evanne was singled out as a “delightful” witch in a period instrument performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneus (Denver Post), while the Washington Post reported her “clear, powerful soprano and stately presence were compelling” in performance with Armonia Nova at the Washington Early Music Festival. Since moving to Colorado, Evanne has performed as soloist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder Bach Festival, and the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, on international tours with Musikanten, and is soprano section leader and regular soloist for Ars Nova Singers. This is soloists and instructor for the annual Helena (Montana) Choral Festival Week.