Many of our faculty maintain their own musical ensembles either with other Department faculty or with others in the greater music community.
The Faculty Jazz Sextet
The Faculty Jazz Sextet includes David Seiler, clarinet; David Newsam, guitar; Mark Shilansky, piano; John Hunter, bass; and Les Harris Jr., drums. For information regarding the Faculty Jazz Sextet, please contact: David Seiler, Department of Music, Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, 1-603-862-2404
Sospiri is comprised of Janet Polk, bassoon; Margaret Herlehy, oboe; and Arlene Kies, piano. For information regarding Sospiri, please contact: Arlene Kies, Department of Music, Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, 1-603-862-2404.
Other Ensembles in which Faculty are Involved
Capella Alamire was formed in 1984 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the purpose of exploring the repertoire of the Renaissance. The word Alamire is a solmization term for the pitch A, sung as la, mi, or re; it was also the pseudonym of a Flemish music scribe employed by the Habsburg court at the beginning of the 16th century in the region of present-day Belgium and northern France, an area that produced many of the greatest composers and singers of the time. In the first twelve years the ensemble performed some 28 programs in over 100 concerts. The majority of these have been centered on repertoire by Franco-Flemish composers: Josquin DesPrez (Missae De beata Virgine, Malheur me bat, L'ami baudechon), Johannes Ockeghem (Missae L'homme armé, Fors seulement, Cuiusvis toni), Antoine Busnoys, Pierre de la Rue, Heinrich Isaac, and Nicholas Gombert. Capella Alamire has released six CD recordings to date, including one through Titanic Records (Motets, 1992), and two through Dorian Discovery (The Early Josquin, 1995, and Three Masses by Ockeghem, 1997), and our latest one through Naxos (Gombert, 2006).
Click Capella's Recordings for information on the Capella's seven recordings.
Click Sharps and Flats for some thoughts behind the Capella's performances.
Click Capella's History for a brief history of Capella and a summary of current plans