Pennsic Choir


The Pennsic Choir rehearses for 2 hours daily from Thursday of Peace week through the concert on Thursday of War week. It is open to all singers with no audition required. Rehearsals are held in the Rehearsal Tent, located next to the Amphitheatre below the bathhouse. 

At Pennsic 44, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc will be directing the Pennsic Choir. Mistress Arianna has previously directed the Pennsic Choir at Pennsics 36 and 39. She is also the director of the Debatable Choir of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittburgh, PA).  

In addition, Lady Rachel Dalicieux will be serving as Assistant Director, teaching the men's piece. Lady Rachel directed the Children and Youth Choirs at Pennsic for the past several years, and is a music teacher from Greensburg, PA.

Rehearsal and Concert Schedule
  • Rehearsals: 10 am-12 noon, Thursday, July 30 - Wednesday August 5 at the Performing Arts Rehearsal and Class Tent (below the bathhouse, next to the Amphitheatre)
  • Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, August 6, 1 pm at the Performing Arts Tent in the University district. All four choirs (Children, Youth, Chorulus Pennsicus & the full Pennsic Choir) will practice lining up, entering, and exiting the stage. This is also where we will be recorded. Risers will need to be set up before the rehearsal, but will stay up after that until the concert.
  • Concert: Thursday, August 6 
    • Warmups at 6:00 pm at the European Dance Tent
    • Performance begins at 6:30 pm in the following order :
      • Children's Choir
      • Youth Choir
      • Chorulus Pennsicus
      • Pennsic Choir
Concert Theme
This year's Pennsic Choir concert will feature songs of the early to mid 16th century in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Coronation of François I as King of France. The director will narrate the story of François' life, with the music and composers interwoven into the history.

Sheet music for the concert is available for download below. To download the file, click the down-arrow at the right  of the file name. All of the music is combined into a single zip file. To unzip it so you can access each PDF file, you must have a zip utility installed on your computer. If you don't already have one, you can download a free version at 7-Zip.  

MP3 instrumental files you can use to learn your part are available on the Pennsic Choir Learning Tracks page. Sung learning tracks will be developed over the course of the spring. This year's music is in Italian, French, Spanish, German, Latin, and Dutch, but don't worry, there will be pronunciation help for each song!

Here's the set list. Where available, links for the songs will take you to a performance online of the song being performed:

1. Madonna Per Voi Ardo (Verdelot, SATB)
2. Content Desir (Sermisy, SATB)
3. Tan Buen Ganadico (Encina, SATB)
4. Rodrigo Martinez (men only) (Anonymous from the Cancionero de Palacio, TBB)
5. Ik Zeg Adieu (women only) (Clemens non papa, SSA)
6. So Trinken Wir Alle (Bruck, SSATB)
7. Dedens Tournay (Crecquillon, SATB)
8. Alleluia  (Taverner, SATB)

For more information about the Pennsic Choir,  join the Known World Choir's Yahoo Group and follow its Facebook page. As Pennsic 44 approaches, there will also be links on the Pennsic War website.

To download the Sheet Music zip file, click the down-arrow at the right.     H      

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Karen Arianna Kasper,
Feb 14, 2015, 3:56 PM