Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutem combined with the music of Patricia Van Ness

"Sublime....a dynamic sonic sensation"—Boston Musical Intelligencer


Choral Residency Program

Classes, Workshops, Master classes and a performance featuring residency participants and Tapestry. The singers of Tapestry (also leading educators and teachers at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music of Bard College), have crafted a choral residency that includes workshops, master classes and rehearsals culminating in a joint performance by Tapestry and participants who could be soloists, small ensembles, women's chorus,instrumentalists and composers. This is a completely unique and unforgettable experience for singers to explore medieval chant and modern choral compositions.


About the Performance Piece

Anima has many meanings: soul, breath, life force, femininity and—in Jungian psychology—the inner self which is in communication with the unconscious. Tapestry has crafted a unique program that dives into the many themes of anima, weaving music of Patrica Van Ness into Hildegard's Ordo Virtutem. The group has a long history with Van Ness—its recording of her Nine Orders of the Angels won the Echo Klassik prize (best choral recording), Germany's highest honor for recorded music. Tapestry will frame their version of Ordo with exquisite settings of Teresa of Avilla's Nada te turbe by both Van Ness and Joan Symko. The ensemble presented this program at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2015.


About the Choral Residency

Tapestry shares its long history with the music of Hildegard von Bingen in a residency program available to colleges and universities. The ensemble draws on its experiences of Ordo Virtutem to offer diverse entry points into this fascinating repertoire.


About the Musicians

Laurie Monahan has been a leader in the early music movement for many years. She performed with Sequentia in the acclaimed Ordo Virtutem recordings made in 1982 and again in 1997. In addition to extensive performing experience, she has taught classes on Hildegard at the Longy School of Music and served as an historical performance practice coach for numerous productions.The LA Times praised her interpretation of Hildegard in concert with Sequentia "The most immediately attractive parts of the agenda came after intermission, with Monahan leading a genuinely ecstatic, responsorial account of "O viridissima virga." Laurie will work with students in a master class setting to interpret and perform Hildegard's music from her original notation.

Daniela Tošić, praised by the Washington Post for "her unusual and striking tone" will give a classroom-style presentation that includes historical background on Hildegard, an introduction to notation and pronunciation of medieval German. Most of Tapestry's Hildegard scores are in Daniela's lovely calligraphy and participants have the opportunity to work with her to create their own scores.

The notion to create a new version of Ordo mixed with works of Van Ness was conceived by Cristi Catt. She adapted and abridged Ordo Virtutem as a teaching tool to allow opportunities for more singers to learn Hildegard's notation. Participants will work from her abridged edition. She directs the staging for the residency production and offers The Singers Yoga Series, a workshop which helps participants ground and expand their voice and also provides an opportunity for students to learn Hildegard's notation physically. Grammophone Magazine writes "Cristi Catt has captured the spirit of Hildegard von Bingen with extraordinary insight."

Renowned medieval instrumentalist Shira Kammen is also available for some residencies to work with instrumentalists on accompanying chant.