The Lady Chapel Singers, founded in 1993 under the sponsorship of the Women’s Sacred Music Project,, was a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to historic and contemporary sacred music by, for, and about women. The Lady Chapel Singers’ repertoire was deliberately diverse, including medieval works by Kassia, the Nun, Hildegard of Bingen, and selection s from the Codex Las Heulgas along with African-American spirituals, Native American chant, an African praise song, and much contemporary American and English music. More about the Lady Chapel Singers.
Two recordings are available.
Magdalene and the Other Mary, released in 2005, emphasizes songs and stories of holy women. It includes the only recording of the choral arrangement of an aria from the oratorio Women of Valor by Andrea Clearfield, as well as selections by Kassia, the Nun, Sulpitia Cesis, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Clara Schumann, along with African American Spirituals, and other contemporary music, much published in Voices Found, the hymnal supplement. Order here.
The first Lady Chapel Singers Recording, Echoes of St. Hildegard, features two songs of Hildegard of Bingen, selections from Codex Las Huelgas, African American Spirituals, as well as songs of praise from Ghana, and music by contemporary American women. It concludes with the full solo cantata, Esther, by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Order here.
Young Women Composers Camp 2020 Commission
Cloud Recording of WSMP World Premiere of the Young Women Composers Camp commission, “I Cannot Dance O Love.” May 31, 2020. Composed by Sarah Kitten, a YWCC student. Text by J.W. Janzen.
YWCC aims to amplify the voices of young female-identifying and non-binary composers, to allow them access to a high level of musical training, and to work towards a more equitable and diverse composition field. The camp is hosted at Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance. More information on the camp can be found at: youngwomencomposers.org.