GSCC Member Organization

Byrd Ensemble

Mailing Address:
9223 21st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
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

BACH'S WACHET AUF & MAGNIFICAT
Saturday, November 30, 2019Nov 30, 7:30pm at Town Hall Seattle, Seattle, WA
Lesson and Carols
Seattle Girls Choir - Allegra joins the Bryd Ensemble
Sunday, December 8, 2019Dec 8, 3:00pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA
FLEMISH MASTERS
Saturday, February 1, 2020Feb 1, 8:00pm at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA
OUR LADY
Saturday, March 21, 2020Mar 21, 7:30pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 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