Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir

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Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir


Let Me Not Stray: Tallis and Tudors
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 3:00 PM
Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Ave. (at James St.), Seattle

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“Let Me Not Stray” seeks to illuminate the many personae of Thomas Tallis, chapel musician to the final four Tudor rulers: Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. Tallis had the good fortune to enter into the English choral scene at its zenith, with the cultivation of virtuosic, colorful, and highly elaborate polyphony. Yet while sixteenth-century England endured a time of dramatic religious upheaval, Tallis expertly navigated the shifting tides by composing sacred music to suit his devout employers. This program runs the gamut of Tallis’ output: from the austere English service music composed for Edward VI, to the extravagant many-voiced polyphony under Queen Mary I, and finally culminating in the mature, carefully-constructed motets composed For Queen Elizabeth and published in partnership with William Byrd. Highlights of this program include Suscipe queso Domine, O nata lux, Lamentations of Jeremiah, as well as additional pieces by Taverner and White.

Tallis: Salvator mundi 1
Taverner: Kyrie Leroy
Tallis: Sancte Deus
Tallis: If Ye Love Me
Tallis: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Dorian Service)
Tallis: Suscipe queso Domine
Tallis: O nata lux
Tallis: Tunes from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter
First Tune, Third Tune, Sixth Tune
Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah 1
White: Christe qui lux IV
Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum (Ferial Setting)
Tallis: Videte miraculum


The Renaissance choir Sine Nomine is a Community Collegium program under the direction of the Early Music Guild. Founded in 2008 by conductor Gary D. Cannon and singer/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, with special emphasis on the 15th and 16th centuries. Most of the participants in Sine Nomine also sing in other choruses, ranging from church choirs to semi-professional ensembles.

Sine Nomine is a proud member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium (GSCC).

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Founding Music Director and Conductor
Gary D. Cannon, 2008-2015

Interim Directors for the 2015-16 season
Anne E. Lyman: Fall 2015
Rebekah Gilmore: Spring 2016

Note: Sine Nomine is now conducting a search for a permanent Music Director and Conductor, who will begin in the 2016-17 season. For more information, read the job announcement.


Anne_LymanDr. Anne Lyman, DMA, serves as Director of Choral Activities at Tacoma Community College, Artistic Director of the Seattle Bach Choir, and Director of Music at Skyline Presbyterian Church in Tacoma. She is the founding and artistic director of Canonici, a Tacoma-based professional early music ensemble which has performed throughout the Puget Sound region and hosts the annual Tacoma Early Music Workshop. Dr. Lyman’s primary musical and scholarly pursuits include the Franco-Flemish school of Josquin Desprez, the vocal works of Peter Philips and other English recusant musicians, and early 17th-century German sacred music. Her performance and research have been generously supported by grants through the Fulbright Foundation, the Stanley Foundation, the Belgian American Education Foundation and the Tacoma Arts Commission. Dr. Lyman has conducted choirs throughout the United States and holds degrees from The College of Wooster, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Iowa and the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Lyman lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband Zach, son Milo and daughter Eleanor.

RebekahRebekah Gilmore is a freelance soprano, choral conductor and church musician in the Pacific Northwest. She performs regularly with professional choral ensembles: The Byrd Ensemble, Canonici, St. James Cathedral Cantorei, and Portland’s Cappella Romana. In 2014, she joined in the formation of the new ensemble Intimate Baroque, specializing in one-on-a-part period performances of Baroque repertoire. As a soloist, Rebekah has performed with the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera, the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Allegro Baroque Orchestra in Spokane, WA and Baroque Northwest in Seattle. She serves on the vocal faculty for Midsummer Music Retreat held in Walla Walla, WA. Rebekah can also be heard on many movie, TV and video game soundtracks. Rebekah is the Associate Musician and Director of the Cathedral Choir School at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. She is the founding director of Ave Renaissance Women’s Choir in Seattle where she also maintains a private voice studio. Rebekah is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


—March 2015: “Lament and Rejoice: Renaissance Music for the Modern Soul”
featuring a cappella works on the contrasting passions of loss and celebration: secular works by Josquin, Cornysh, Gesualdo and Weelkes plus sacred works by Tallis, Gombert, Lotti and Byrd (including his monumental, celebratory motet Tribue Domine)

—November 2014: “Salve Regina”
featuring settings of the Salve Regina by Josquin, Lassus, and Guerrero, plus other Marien-themed works by Ockeghem, Palestrina, Isaac, Morales, and Byrd

—March 2014: “Josquin and the Sexti Toni”
featuring the full Missa ‘L’homme armé’ sexti toni and 3 masterworks by Nicolas Gombert

—November 2013: “Playing with Fire: Gesualdo’s Madrigals”
Anne Lyman, Guest Conductor; featuring a cappella concert music of the high Italian Renaissance: some of Gesualdo’s most appealing and passionate works, and pieces that inspired him by Josquin, de Wert, de Rore, and Luzzaschi

—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 2011: “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“Congratulations on a very beautiful concert. Lifted up my whole day. The music was rich and the harmonies were exquisite. Thank you!” – K.W.

“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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