The Elizabethan Syngers, under the direction of Jason M. Horner, are celebrating their 33rd season as an ensemble committed to quality musicianship and community involvement, and dedicated to preserving, promoting, and performing music of and inspired by the Renaissance.
Established in 1971 as part of the White Bear Choral Association (WBACA), the Elizabethan Syngers almost immediately began performing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, a relationship that continues to this day.
Paul Hendrickson (1931-2008), Founder and director until 2005
from Songs of Summer 2005...
For 35 years, Mr. Hendrickson was the conductor of the groups of the White Bear Area Choral Association including The Elizabethan Syngers.
Paul Hendrickson was born in Michigan in 1931. After graduating high school, Paul attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and received his BA in Music. He later attended Michigan State and received his Master's degree.
Mr. Hendrickson had a long and varied career as a composer, conductor, and musician. He directed high school bands in Osseo, WI and DeWitt, IA. In 1963, he moved to Mahtomedi, MN and began a long career in instrumental music, and ultimately at Century College in White Bear Lake, from which he retired in 1981.
Paul composed many works for varying ensembles and in varying forms, including full orchestra, chamber orchestra, oratorio, chamber music, choral ensembles, and solo instruments. In addition to his composition, he has arranged numerous folk songs from a wide range of countries and cultures, madrigals, and ballads.
Our place in the community
In addition to their performances each summer and fall at the Renaissance Festival, the Elizabethan Syngers are recognized as an excellent ensemble for the holiday season in and around the Twin Cities metro area.
Our part in the White Bear Area Choral Association
The Elizabethan Syngers is one of four performance groups operating within the White Bear Choral Association. The WBACA originated in 1968 with the formation of a concert choir, which presented its first program in the spring of 1969. Over time, thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers, the WBACA has established its credentials as a non-profit organization.
WBACA mission statement
Through our varied performance groups, we invite the community to share in the magic of music as we:
* Provide a venue for musical growth and performance
* Preserve musical traditions, old and new
* Collaborate with other artists and professional musicians
* Challenge members to musical excellence
Jason M. Horner, is active as a choral conductor in many venues in the
Twin Cities area. He is artistic director of the Elizabethan Syngers. He directs the A Capella Choir and Cantemus at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, MN. Jason currently directs the 6th Grade, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade choirs at Roosevelt Middle Scholl in Blaine, MN. He was associate artistic director of the St. John's Boys Choir at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.
He founded and was artistic director of the Fergus Falls Men’s Chorale. He has taught k-12 vocal music in both public and private schools in Minnesota and Indiana. He designed, developed and taught curricula for music theory courses and a co-curricular course called “Garage Band.”
Jason received honors as a student conductor with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir as well as Henry Leck's Creating Artistry summer conducting workshop. He attended the Berkshire Choral Festival as a Choral Scholar this July and worked with notable conductor, Simon Carrington, formerly a founding member of the King's Singers.
He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He is a member of Early Music America, the American Choral Director's Association, Chorus America, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MENC).
All voice types welcome to audition.
Please use the Contact page for more information.
Auditions may be scheduled at anytime with the Artistic Director.
Please contact the Artistic Director to schedule an audition through the Contact page.
The Elizabethan Syngers is open to any musician committed to a high level of music making, preparation to the highest of standards, and great energy in performance.
For auditions; musicality, sight-singing, vowel production, memory and vocal agility are tested through the use of
musical examples, exercises and vocal scales. No prepared solo is
required. Auditions last approximately 15 minutes.
The Elizabethan Syngers perform in full madrigalia costume, with music memorized and for full days of events at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival as well as holiday performances. Regular rehearsals are Tuesday evenings May through September for the festival season and October through December for the holiday season.
The Elizabethan Syngers is community ensemble and does not offer compensation outside of admittance to the Minnesota Renaissance Fair. Access to or purchase of an approved madrigal costume is a necessity and can be found through our costume committee.
To contact us about an audition please use the contact us section of the website. In the space available for notes include voice part, audition date preference and time preference
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