Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor
Founded in 1985, the Yale Camerata is a vocal ensemble whose more than sixty singers are Yale graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and experienced singers from the New Haven community. The Camerata performs a widely varied spectrum of choral literature, with a special commitment to choral music of our time. The Camerata has collaborated with the Yale Glee Club, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony, Yale Band, Yale Chamber Players, Yale Collegium Musicum, the New Haven Chorale, and the symphony orchestras of Hartford, New Haven, and Norwalk. The ensemble has also performed for Yale Music Spectrum and New Music New Haven. The chamber choir of the Yale Camerata has performed at the Yale Center for British Art and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 1999 the Chamber Chorus traveled to Germany to perform the Berlioz Requiem with choirs from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Israel, Great Britain, and the Ukraine, and in 2001 the group spent a week in residence at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Camerata has been heard on Connecticut Public Radio and national broadcasts of National Public Radio’s program “Performance Today.” Guest conductors have included Robert Shaw, Jaap Schröder, George Guest, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Neville Marriner, Helmuth Rilling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, and Dale Warland. With the Institute of Sacred Music, the Camerata has commissioned and premiered works of Martin Bresnick, Daniel Kellogg, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Pinkham, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, among others. The chorus has sung first performances of works by many composers including Francine Trester, Julia Wolfe, Tawnie Olson, and Kathryn Alexander.