ModernMedieval was created by Dr. Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, former member of the world-renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4, as a performing and educational resource for both early and new vocal music.
ModernMedieval presents Dr. Horner-Kwiatek and her work as a singer and clinician. Dr. Horner-Kwaitek travels all over the US giving presentations, masterclasses and workshops on writing, performing and programming early and new music, including an acclaimed seminar on Vocal pedagogy for Composers that she has given at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Montclair State.
ModernMedieval Voices is all-female ensemble created by Dr. Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek to present programs that combine medieval chant and polyphony with new commissions and music from later eras. She is joined by singers drawn from some of the country's leading early and new music ensembles, including Roomful of Teeth , Pomerium, and Trinity Wall Street Choir.
ModernMedieval Voices takes the vocal techniques developed by Anonymous 4 for singing this repertoire and combines early music with new voices and perspectives, a fresh approach to programming that introduces this wonderful music to new audiences. Programs for the ensemble range from early music offerings to world premieres of new work, usually combinations of both.
ModernMedieval Voices has made appearances at The Ecstatic Music Festival, Liquid Music, MetArtsLive, Electric Earth Concerts, National Museum for Women DC and Virginia Arts Festival, among others, and has given residencies at East Carolina University, SUNYBinghamton and Princeton as part of Princeton Sound Kitchen. Other appearances have included performing with The Folger Consort DC and the Caramoor Music Festival. This coming season includes concerts at Notre Dame University, Princeton University and Dumbarton Oaks in D.C., as well as singing in the world premiere of Christopher Tin's To Shiver the Sky in D.C. They are featured on Grammy award-winning composer Christopher Tin’s recording of this work on the Decca label, and a recording of their signature program The Living Word will be released in fall 2022.
"(they) sang exquisitely together, their voices so tightly intertwined that they often sounded as one clear strand.....an evening of gloriously clear voices singing exquisitely wrought music spanning centuries." (Steven Pisano, Feastofmusic.com)
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Artistic Director
E V E N T S
MARCH 6-8, 2020
World Premiere- To Shiver the Sky (Christopher Tin)
The Anthem, D.C., May 15th, 7pm.
Collaboration with David Lang and Suzzane Bocannegra at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, February 19, 2022
A Midwinter Feast- music for the season
Dumbarton Oaks, D.C., December 5 & 6, 2021
The Living Word
The Bascilica, Notre Dame University, November 7, 2021
THREE FOUNTAINS: MUSIC FROM THE TRECENTO
ModernMedieval Voices and The Folger Consort
music by Landini, Bologna and others. Includes the world premiere of Questa Gentillisima Donna by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek
From the Decca CD To Shiver the Sky (composer Christopher Tin) Movement no. 4, The Fall, with video animation
CLARA SCHUMANN 6 Lieder for Soprano and Piano, Op. 13
JOHANNES BRAHMS 4 Lieder for Soprano and Piano
3pm. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University http://www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org/concerts/concert/richardson-chamber-players-clara-schumann-at-200
Sing we and Chant it! a workshop for singers and conductors. http://njchoralconsortium.org/fall-2019-workshop.html
A Midwinter Feast
Caramoor Music Room 2pm and 5pm.