Yale Camerata

Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor

Camerata singingFounded in 1985 by its conductor, Marguerite L. Brooks, the Yale Camerata is a vocal ensemble sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The group’s 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 specific commitment to recently composed choral music. It 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 chorus of the Yale Camerata has performed at the Yale Center for British Art and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and has traveled to Germany to perform the Berlioz Requiem with choruses from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Israel, Great Britain, and the Ukraine. The chamber chorus has also done a residency at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, England.

The Camerata has been heard on Connecticut Public Radio and on national broadcasts of National Public Radio’s program “Performance Today.” Guest conductors have included Robert Shaw, Jaap Schröder, Sir David Willcocks, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Dale Warland, Stefan Parkman, Erwin Ortner, Sir Gilbert Levine, Simon Carrington, and David Hill.

With the Institute of Sacred Music, the Camerata has commissioned and premiered works of Aaron J. Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Daniel Kellogg, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Pinkham, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Robert Kyr, and Tawnie Olson, among others. The chorus has sung first performances of works by many composers, including Kathryn Alexander, Tawnie Olson, and Francine Trester, and regularly programs student works.

2019–2020 repertoire includes works by Tarik O’Regan (Triptych), Eric Banks (Know the Rules), Tawnie Olson (Incantation and Reformation), Gerald Finzi (In terra pax), Conrad Susa (Carols and Lullabies, selections), Vincent Persichetti (Winter Cantata), Heinrich von Herzogenberg (Die Geburt Christi, part I), Felix Mendelssohn (Elijah), and Julia Wolfe (world premiere of a new commission)