GSCC Member Organization

Medieval Women's Choir

Mailing Address:
PO Box 19403
Seattle, WA 98109
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Eric Mentzel
Founded: 1990
Next Anniversary: 2019–2020 academic year
Ensemble Type: Women's Non-Auditioned Community Choir
(We do not hold auditions. Must carry a tune! Ability to read music is strongly suggested.)
Size: 50 members
Yearly Contributions: $350
(Yearly contributions cover the cost of musical scores and reduced rate tickets.)
Rehearses: Mondays, 7:00pm during the Academic Year at Greenlake New Start (formerly Bethany Lutheran Church), Seattle, WA
(Rehearsals are 2 hours. Extra rehearsals during concert week and on Sunday afternoons if needed.)

Description

We are a unique group, founded by the late Margriet Tindemans in 1990, open to all women in the Seattle area, presenting an opportunity to sing in a friendly and supportive environment. We are one of the few choirs in the United States to specialize in medieval repetoire, a less familiar but very beautiful body of music, spanning 400 years (1100-1500 C.E.). Choir members come from all walks of life and ages, and many have sung with the choir for more than a decade.

For the past 27 years, the Medieval Women’s Choir has presented repertoire from the British Isles, Spain and Portugal, France, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and included special themes such as medieval Jewish Sephardic music, the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen, Cantigas of Santa Maria, and semi-staged narratives like Ordo Virtutum, City of Ladies, and Heloise & Abelard. We sing in many languages, with dialectic variations from the period, along with translations.

Medieval Women's Choir. Medieval Women's Choir at St. James. All photos by Ailisa Newhall.
Medieval Women's Choir. Medieval Women's Choir at St. James. All photos by Ailisa Newhall.
Medieval Women's Choir. Marian Siebert, Soloist
Medieval Women's Choir. Marian Siebert, Soloist
Medieval Women's Choir. Eric Mentzel, Artistic Director
Medieval Women's Choir. Eric Mentzel, Artistic Director