Quire of Voyces

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Quire of Voyces Italy 2010Known for its “voluptuous tapestry of sound, vocal purity and radiant sonorities,” the Quire of Voyces is committed to presenting and recording world-class, transcendent interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance and modern eras in spectacular historic settings.

The professional singer-musicians who make up the ensemble volunteer their time, passion, and skill to create the Quire’s acclaimed “crystalline” sound, which can be experienced each concert season at the splendidly resonant St. Anthony’s Chapel.

Complementing its presentation of magnificent compositions from the past, the ensemble performs the works of numerous living composers such as Eric Whitacre, Michael McGlynn, Steven Sametz, Carl Rütti, and Frank Ticheli, and regularly premieres new works by its composer-in-residence, Michael Eglin.

The Quire has at times branched out from its a cappella focus to collaborate on major orchestral works with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (Mozart Requiem, Bach Mass in B Minor, and Handel Dixit Dominus) and Santa Barbara Symphony (Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Mahler Second Symphony).

Beyond Santa Barbara, the ensemble performs internationally. Most recently, the Quire of Voyces accepted an invitation to sing at High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and the following week responded to multiple requests for encores during performances in Naples and along the Amalfi Coast. Invitations have led to concerts at Salisbury Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, and Saint James Picadilly in London, as well as performances in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Finland, Estonia, and a special appearance at the Gotland Medieval Festival in Visby, Sweden.

The Quire also has a distinguished recording history. Last season, the Quire celebrated saw the widely-acclaimed release of its newest album, Christmas with the Quire of Voyces, and all six of its recordings are available at Chaucer’s Bookstore, Santa Barbara Arts, iTunes, and CD Baby. Their live recordings are regularly featured on classical radio KUSC FM 91.5.