Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir

Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir


Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 pm
Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Ave. (at James St.), Seattle

This a cappella choral concert will feature a collection of Marian settings from different composers, nationalities and styles within the Renaissance. The Virgin Mary was one of the most central figures in sacred Renaissance music. Sine Nomine’s concert presents several of the greatest Marian texts in a diverse collection of settings. Settings of the Salve regina by Josquin, Lassus, and Guerrero demonstrate how different composers have viewed this seminal text. Sine Nomine will also feature two of the greatest works of the Renaissance: Josquin’s Stabat Mater and Byrd’s Magnificat. Works by Ockeghem, Palestrina, Isaac and Morales expand the Marian theme – including Isaac’s grand ceremonial motet, Virgo prudentissima, written in 1507 to confirm Maximilian I’s position as Holy Roman Emperor, and to solicit protection from the nine orders of angels and the Virgin Mary for him and the Holy Roman Empire.

Guerrero: Salve regina (II, in alternatim)
Ockeghem: Alma redemptoris mater
Palestrina: Alma redemptoris mater
Lassus: Salve regina (a 8)
Isaac: Virgo prudentissima
Morales: Regina caeli
Josquin: Salve regina (a 4)
Josquin: Stabat mater
Byrd: Magnificat (from Great Service)
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:00 pm
Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Ave. (at James St.), Seattle

Concert repertoire will be an assortment of works which touch on the idea of being blessed, or on people who were considered blessed.


Sine Nomine is a Community Collegium program under the direction of the Early Music Guild. Founded in 2008 by conductor Gary D. Cannon and manager Pamela Silimperi, Sine Nomine is a mixed-voice chamber choir specializing in the fine performance of early music, including sacred and secular works from all regions. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the late Medieval to the Baroque. Most of the participants in Sine Nomine also sing in other choruses, ranging from church choirs to semi-professional ensembles.

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Gary Cannon


Gary D. Cannon is one of the Northwest’s most dynamic choral personalities, active as a conductor, singer, composer, and musicologist. In 2008, the Early Music Guild invited him to found and direct Sine Nomine. Also in 2008 he became Artistic Director of the Vashon Island Chorale and Cascadian Chorale, a chamber choir based in Bellevue. He has been Principal Conductor of Vashon Opera (2009–11) and Chorusmaster of the Northwest Mahler Festival (2001–10). Equally comfortable with amateur and professional ensembles, Cannon has conducted Anna’s Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society, and several ensembles at the University of Washington. As a tenor soloist, he has appeared with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Eastside, Rainier, and Sammamish symphony orchestras. He also sings regularly with The Tudor Choir. Cannon holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and the University of Washington.


—March 2014: “Josquin and the Sexti Toni”
featuring the full Missa ‘L’homme armé’ sexti toni

—November 2013: “Playing with Fire: Gesualdo’s Madrigals”
Anne Lyman, Guest Conductor

—March 2013: “Monuments of Early Music”
featuring Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium and works by Pérotin, Palestrina, Cornysh, Gesualdo and G. Gabrieli

—November 2012: “Bach Magnificat and Motets”
including J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and two motets: Komm, Jesu, komm and Der Geist hilft in collaboration with New Baroque Orchestra

—March 2012: “Homage”
featuring works by Binchois, Ockeghem, Josquin, Obrecht, de Monte, Byrd, and others

—November 2012: “Victoria and Guerrero”
including Victoria’s complete Officium defunctorum and motets by Guerrero

—April 2011: “David and Absalom”
featuring works by Victoria, Josquin, Schütz, Gombert, Weelkes, and others, including local composers Abraham Kaplan and Roupen Shakarian

—November 2010: “L’homme armé: The Armed Man”
featuring Mass movements by Ockeghem, Busnois, Josquin, Palestrina, and Carissimi; Janequin’s La Guerre; and war-themed works by Monteverdi, Dufay, and others

—February 2010: “Purcell and Handel: Music for Baroque Orchestra and Chorus”
featuring Purcell’s Come, ye sons of Art and Handel’s Dixit Dominus in collaboration with New Baroque Orchestra

—November 2009: “The Two O’s: Ockeghem and Obrecht”
including Salve regina settings and other works by both composers

—May 2009: “Master Josquin”
featuring sacred and secular music by Josquin des Prez and his contemporaries

—November 2008: “Long Live Fair Oriana!: Sacred and Secular Music from England, circa 1600”
featuring Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, plus madrigals and motets by his contemporaries

Sine Nomine performs from scores provided by Patrick Rice of PDR Editions.


Sine Nomine singers“Seattle is fortunate indeed to have Sine Nomine, an excellent choir dedicated to performing music from the Golden Age of choral music—the Renaissance. Each concert is a delight; each concert celebrates the riches of the Renaissance; each performance is done with a finesse of understanding. Thank you, Sine Nomine and conductor Gary Cannon for the gifts of music you bring to Seattle.” – J.C.C.

“The respective sections of the choir showed sensitivity and fine balance throughout. Guerrero & Victoria were present for everyone to experience; the performers were their perfect servants.” – H.R.

“Thank you for the Guerrero! It all was delicious, especially the ‘Duo seraphim.’” – J.C.

“The performance again showed [conductor Gary Cannon's] attention to detail and his sense of both choral and historical styles. The group has become a reliable interpreter of early choral music.” – P.S.


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