Madrigal Singers is a small vocal ensemble that focuses on music written for one voice per part, with neither instrumental accompaniment nor conducting. Most of the repertoire is non-sacred and from the Renaissance (16th century). The ensemble is usually fewer than 10 singers, though pieces range from duets to double octets.

We celebrate the ease with which these texts move from serious to openly naughty, in music. On the serious side, our core Italian madrigal material includes Monteverdi, Marenzio, Wert, Gesualdo and Willaert. We’ve also digressed into Salamone Rossi, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Brahms, Bruckner, Holst, and Vaughan Williams (17 individual voices). On the other hand, recent concerts have featured lascivious Purcell catches (rounds) sung at 17th century London gentlemen’s drinking clubs and bawdy 16th century Parisian chansons, too.

For more information on becoming a member of Madrigal Singers, contact Prof. Ellis Hilton at ehilton@drew.edu.