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A large choral ensemble consisting of 50-70 auditioned singers from across the university and Central Maryland, 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 performed with the Handel Choir of Baltimore as well as the Howard County Concert Orchestra.

Visitors are welcome to observe or sing rehearsals held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15 and Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 in the Linehan Concert Hall.

Upcoming Concerts


Fall Performance:
Magnificat 

Featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s Exuberant Magnificat 
with Chamber Ensemble 
Stephen Caracciolo, conductor

Sunday November 23, 2019 8:00 p.m. 
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall embedded link
Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Non-ticketed event
Free parking surrounding the venue

American Folk Hymns
Come Thou Font of Ev’ry Blessing – anon. from The Sacred Harp
I Will Arise – arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw
The Promised Land – arr. Stephen Caracciolo MARYLAND PREMIERE

American Concert Fare
A Clear Midnight – Rich Campbell
Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) – arr. Jack Klebanow
Dirait-on (So They Say) – Morten Lauridsen

INTERMISSION

Magnificat, RV 610 – Antonio Vivaldi
i. Magnificat
ii. Et exultavit spiritus meus
iii. Et misericordia ejus
iv. Fecit potentiam
v. Deposuit potentes
vi. Esurientes implevit bonis
vii. Suscepit Israel puerum suum
viii. Sicut locutis est
ix. Gloria Patri

Two Villancicos from Renaissance Spain
Verbum caro factum est (The Word was Made Flesh) – Anon. 16 th century
A un niño llorando (A Child Cries in the Cold) – Francisco Guerrero

Three Carols
Wassail Carol – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht – arr. Stephen Caracciolo MARYLAND PREMIERE
People, Look East – Stephen Caracciolo

Spring Performance:

Saturday May 9, 2020 8:00 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Ensemble Information


When does Camerata rehearse?

Tuesday 1:00 – 2:15: Tenor and Bass students
Wednesday 7:30 – 9:30: All students and community singers
Thursday 1:00 – 2:15: Soprano and Alto students

All rehearsals are held in the Linehan Concert Hall located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Visitors are welcome. Free parking on Wednesday evenings.

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. In addition, UMBC faculty and staff, as well as Camerata alumni and other singers living in the Central Maryland region with significant choral experience, strong vocal ability, and reading skills are urged to audition.

What are the additional things for which singers are responsible?

Sopranos and Altos are required to purchase a Music Department black performance dress and pearl necklace. The cost is approximately $76. Information on ordering and payment will be supplied the first week of the semester. Tenors and Basses 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, all singers 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.

Students register for Camerata and there is no additional course fee. Community members pay a $150 Chorus Fee each semester.

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 (MUSC 358) instead of Camerata (MUSC 303). 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.
MUSC 358, 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 MUSC 358.

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 (MUSC 303H). 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 MUSC 303H, but only one of those semesters, of course, will satisfy the requirements of the Honors College.