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UMBC Camerata
Stephen Caracciolo, director

A select choir of 40-50 singers drawn from all majors of the university, Camerata performs a wide variety of works drawn from the expansive choral repertoire: including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works. In previous seasons Camerata has accepted invitations to perform with conductor-composer John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, and provide entertainment for guests touring the White House during the holiday season.

 

Visitors are welcome to observe or sing rehearsals held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15 in the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

2014-2015 PERFORMANCES

FALL CONCERT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014, 8pm
Performed with the UMBC Opera Workshop

Our New! Performing Arts Building, Concert Hall
Parking Lot 8 and Hilltop Circle spaces free after 7:00pm

Mendelssohn’s Gift for Melody
Auf dem See (On the Sea)
Hear My Prayer
Thanks be to God (from Elijah)

A Choral Potpourri
Danny Boy – arr. Flummerfelt
Sanctus (from Requiem) – John Rutter
How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps – Stephen Caracciolo

Carols for the Season
Deck the Hall – arr. David Willcocks
The Very Best Time of Year – John Rutter
Carol of the Bells - Mykola Leontovych
Christmas Night – John Rutter
Sans Day Carol – Stephen Caracciolo
Angels We Have Heard on High - Alice Park
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REQUIEM
The Music of John Rutter
Performed with the Maryland Choral Society
and the Howard County Concert Orchestra
SUNDAY MAY 10, 2015, 8pm
Our New! Performing Arts Building, Concert Hall
Parking Lot 8 and Hilltop Circle spaces free after 7:00pm

ENSEMBLE INFORMATION

When does Camerata rehearse?
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15 in the Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall. Visitors are welcome.

Who should audition for Camerata?
Any UMBC undergraduate or graduate student with significant choral experience, music reading skills, a commitment to expressive singing, and a creative imagination.

What are the additional things for which students are responsible?
Ladies are required to purchase a Music Department black performance dress. The cost is approximately $68. Information on the dress will be supplied the first week of the semester. Men are required to own a black suit, a solid black silk necktie, a dress white shirt, a black belt, and black dress shoes. In addition, students are required to purchase scores from the UMBC bookstore in time for the first rehearsal. Semester packets are typically no more than $25 or so.

Will singing in Camerata satisfy an Arts and Humanities General Education Program (GEP) requirement?
Yes, if for one semester you register for Music in Performance (MUSC358) instead of Camerata (MUSC303). Music in Performance consists of your ensemble rehearsal times plus a one-hour, once-a-week lecture course that introduces students to important topics in music performance and criticism.

MUSC358, therefore, is a combined class and grade between Camerata and your work in the lecture portion of the course. All First-Year students who are seated in a Department of Music ensemble, including majors in music, are strongly encouraged to register for MUSC358.

I am a student in the Honors College at UMBC. Is there an Honors section for Camerata in which I may enroll?
Yes, it is Camerata (MUSC303H). This Honors section is a 3-credit course. Students research the literature Camerata is studying, prepare short presentations for class, and turn their research into program notes for the printed concert program. Honors students may enroll as many times as they wish in MUSC303H, but only one of those semesters, of course, will satisfy the requirements of the Honors College.

CAMERATA AUDITIONS

Camerata is an auditioned ensemble. Individual meeting times with the conductor are brief and informal. For complete information, please visit Camerata Auditions.

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