The Bucknell Camerata is the University's select chamber choir, comprised of 24-32 members and representing nearly every major field of study at Bucknell, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business administration, education, and engineering. Under new direction in 2015-16, the ensemble will expand its repertoire to include both sacred and secular works from the medieval period through the 21st century, with special emphasis on baroque and contemporary repertoires. The ensemble regularly undertakes the performance of extended a cappella and choral-orchestral works. Recent performances include Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass, and concert versions of Handel's Acis and Galatea (with the Brewer Chamber Orchestra), and Imeneo, performed to a sold-out concert at New York City's Merkin Stage. In 2016, Willer will lead the ensemble in the dual premiere of Seckendorff's Proserpina (1777, new edition by Dr. Annie Randall) and Dr. Paul Boethelo's Proserpina II (2016) with New York Baroque, Inc. period orchestra at Bucknell's Weis Center.

The ensemble enjoys a regular touring schedule, including biennial domestic and international tours. Recent destinations have included England, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, West Germany, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy and Croatia. Tours have included collaborations with premiere ensembles including Electric Phoenix (London, UK), Cambridge's Fitzwilliam String Quartet (Cambridge, UK) and the Brewer Chamber Orchestra.

A highlight of the Camerata's concert calendar is its annual performance in Bucknell's popular Candlelight Service of Carols at Rooke Chapel, attracting crowds to Rooke Chapel for three performances each December. Since 1987, PBS productions of this annual holiday service have received national distribution by the Central Education Television Network. The choir was nominated for an Iris Award in 1989 and an Emmy in 1996 and 2004.

Information about the Camerata

A Select Group:

24-32 mixed ensemble, selected by audition (email Dr. Willer for audition information)

Rehearsals:

Monday and Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.
Choral Rehearsal Room
Weis Center for the Performing Arts

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