If you like to sing, then come join the award-winning Debatable Choir! The choir performs choral music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance at SCA events, both in the Pittsburgh area and around the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
Rehearsals: We practice on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at a private home in Stanton Heights, in the East End of Pittsburgh. See the calendar for details. Rehearsals are a fun opportunity to learn songs for upcoming concerts and also to practice vocal and choral techniques to improve our singing, both individually and as a choir. Rehearsals include monthly birthday cake for choir members and an annual December holiday party.
Membership: While it helps if you can read music and have prior experience singing in a choir, the Debatable Choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing. We provide a supportive environment for beginners and a challenge for experienced singers. Music is posted online at the choir’s Yahoo Group site, including audio files that choir members can use to practice their parts between rehearsals. We also use the Yahoo Group to post updates on concert details and music for choir members. No audition is required to sing with the choir – everyone is welcome!
Join the choir's e-mail list here.
Performances: We sing major concerts at the Pennsic War each August and at Baronial Twelfth Night in January, along with two or three other shorter concerts over the course of the year. We also provide processional music for courts at a variety of SCA events.
Music: Over more than twenty years, the Debatable Choir has sung music by such composers as:
- Thomas Morley (Though Philomela Lost Her Love, Sing We and Chant It, Since My Tears and Lamenting, Dainty Fine Sweet Nymph, April Is In My Mistress Face)
- Orlando di Lasso (Audite Nova, Quand Mon Mary Viens de Dehors, O Occhi Manza Mia, Cor Meum, Margot Labourez les Vignes, Ich Weiss Mir Ein Maidlein)
- Josquin dez Pres (In Pace, Scaramella)
- Guillaume Dufay (Ave Regina Coelorum)
- Jacques Arcadelt (Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno)
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Exultate Deo)
- Guillaume de Machaut (Qui Es Promesses)
- Thomas Weelkes (We Shepherds Sing)
- Tomas Luis da Vittoria (O Magnum Mysterium)
- Hans Leo Hassler (Tanzen und Springen)
- Michael Praetorius (Alleluia, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, Psallite Unigenito)
- Salomon Rossi (Hashkiveinu, Halleluya Haleli, Kedusha)
- Anonymous (Agincourt Carol, Pasa el Agoa, Alle Psallite, Dindirin, Coventry Carol)
Awards: The Debatable Choir has been honored by the Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands with the Order of the Comet Azure-Argent, and with the Kingdom of Æthelmearc’s Order of the Sycamore, both for skill in the arts.
Contact our choir director, Arianna of Wynthrope, for more information.
Now available: the Debatable Choir's debut album, 25 Debatable Years, featuring 16 professionally recorded Renaissance choral works, all for only $10 plus $2 shipping! The songs on this CD, performed at the choir's 25th Anniversary Concert at Pennsic XL (August 2011), are:
- Haleluyah Haleli (Salomon Rossi)
- Mon Coeur Se Recommande a Vous (Anonymous)
- Ecco La Primavera (Francesco Landini)
- Tourdion (Pierre Attaingnant)
- Quand Je Bois du Vin Clairet (Anonymous)
- El Grillo (Josquin des Prez)
- O Bene Mio (Adrian Willaert)
- Quand Mon Mari Vient de Dehors (Orlando di Lasso)
- Exultate Deo (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
- Lasciatemi Morire (Claudio Monteverdi)
- O Occhi Manza (Orlando di Lasso)
- So Ben Mi Cha Bon Tempo (Orazio Vecchi)
- Rest Sweet Nymphs (Francis Pilkington)
- Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno (Jacques Arcadelt)
- Pastime with Good Company (Henry VIII)
- All Creatures Now (John Bennet)
Email the choir director, Arianna of Wynthrope, to order your copy now!
Here's a sample of the choir's performance