GSCC Member Organization

Byrd Ensemble

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 12505
Seattle, WA 98111-4505
Electronic Contact:

Ensembles

Byrd Ensemble

Mailing Address:
Unknown Street
Seattle Area, WA 98101
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Markdavin Obenza
Founded: 2004
Next Anniversary: 2019–2020 academic year
Ensemble Type: Adult Professional Choir
Size: 10 members
Rehearses: various days during the Academic Year at (Venue To Be Announced)
(Rehearsal times are per-project and vary based on singers' schedules)

Upcoming Events

A GERMAN CHRISTMAS
Saturday, November 24, 2018Nov 24, 7:30pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA
POLYPHONIC FEAST
Renaissance music for special occasions
Saturday, March 2, 2019Mar 2, 8:00pm at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA
HANDEL'S MESSIAH
Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Byrd Ensemble
Friday, April 26, 2019Apr 26, 7:30pm at Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore, WA
Saturday, April 27, 2019Apr 27, 7:30pm at Town Hall Seattle, Seattle, WA

Description

Described as “pure and radiant” (Gramophone), “immensely impressive” (Early Music Review), and “rich, full-voiced, and perfectly blended” (Early Music America), the Byrd Ensemble is garnering international acclaim for its performances and recordings of chamber vocal music, particularly Renaissance polyphony. The Byrd Ensemble, directed by Markdavin Obenza, is a Seattle-based professional ensemble made up of 10 to 12 singers from the Pacific Northwest. The group presents its annual concert series at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The Byrd Ensemble is a nonprofit organization.

Since 2004, the ensemble has performed in the greater Seattle area and has toured across the United States, presenting concerts for the Gotham Early Music Scene in New York with Peter Phillips (director of the Tallis Scholars) and the Boston Early Music Fringe Series. In 2014, the Byrd Ensemble was one of sixteen groups—the only ensemble from the United States—chosen to sing at the London International A Cappella Choir Competition and worked with Peter Phillips, Mark Williams and John Rutter, who described the ensemble as “a fine group that has achieved an enviable standard of tuning, blend and ensemble.”

The Byrd Ensemble became part of the Scribe Records label in 2011 and has since produced six records—four of which feature Renaissance polyphony— and have been reviewed by major early music publications: Early Music America, Gramophone and Early Music Review. Our Lady: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks (2011) featured reconstructions by musicologist Nick Sandon of music by lesser-known English Renaissance composers—Pasche, Merbecke and Ludford—and included two world-premiere recordings. In the Company of William Byrd (2012), Music for the Tudors (2015) and Music of the Renaissance: Italy, England & France (2016) featured more mainstream Renaissance composers Tallis, Sheppard, Byrd and White. In 2014, the Byrd Ensemble was included in the international edition of Gramophone Magazine for its recording of works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

Byrd Ensemble
Byrd Ensemble

Vox16

Mailing Address:
Unknown Street
Seattle Area, WA 98101
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Markdavin Obenza
Founded: 2015
Next Anniversary: 2020–2021 academic year
Ensemble Type: Adult Professional Choir
Size: 16 members
Rehearses: various days during the Academic Year at (Venue To Be Announced)
(Rehearsal times are per-project and vary based on singers' schedules)

Upcoming Events

WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
Music inspired by dreams and invention
Saturday, February 2, 2019Feb 2, 7:30pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA
TEXTURES
Contemporary minimalism
Saturday, May 18, 2019May 18, 7:30pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA

Description

VOX16 is a professional chamber ensemble of sixteen singers that performs contemporary choral music. An exciting new presence in Seattle’s vibrant choral community, Vox16 was founded in 2015 by director Markdavin Obenza and is part of the Byrd Ensemble's Professional Choral Affiliates Program.

Vox16. Willimark Obenza
Vox16. Willimark Obenza