Musica Sacra
Press Release

New Performing Arts Project Announces Auditions

Auditions are being scheduled for the first program of a wide-ranging performance project recently announced by Charles Q. Sullivan.

By - Jan 23rd, 2020 12:15 pm

A new performing arts project is about to be launched in Milwaukee. Auditions are being scheduled for the first program of a wide-ranging performance project recently announced by Charles Q. Sullivan. The project will operate in collaboration with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

 Musica Sacra (MOOzika SAHkra) is an aspirational project that seeks to increase the range of cultural experiences for both audiences and performers through programs exploring the arts, world religions, and cultural diversity, focusing on a wide range of human concerns, and reflecting an expansive interpretation of “sacred.”

Musica Sacra is envisioned over time as a flexible collective that will include not only choral and instrumental musicians, but also artists, educators, and performers from a variety of disciplines. Program content and performance style will strive to celebrate key human values as expressed in word, image, and music, across multiple historical periods and genres.

Musica Sacra’s collaborative relationship with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist provides an ideal setting for the project’s major programs, and supports the Cathedral’s mission to serve as a beacon of faith, an advocate for the marginalized, and a patron of the arts.

Musica Sacra will function as both producer and presenter, as it seeks to reinforce and complement the work of the many fine performing organizations that already exist in Milwaukee. Programming may on occasion include existing or newly created works of other individual performers or ensembles that align with the goals of this ongoing project. Arts Wisconsin is the fiscal agent for the project.

Choral music will be the core of this project’s repertoire. The inaugural program, planned for June 2020, will include a chorus of 24, percussion, and organ, and will seek to respond to the perceived human needs of this particular time in history through music and texts exploring the concepts of leadership and responsibility.

Sullivan brings a wealth of conducting and programming experience to this new project, beginning with the formation of an ensemble early in his career that was widely lauded for its adventurous programming and quality performances. His credits include eight years guiding productions of medieval drama at the Cathedral, and more recently, sixteen seasons guiding the growth of Early Music Now. The founding of Musica Sacra signals Sullivan’s continuing commitment to exercising his broad background and creative energies to advance the cause of sacred music in the Milwaukee community.

Auditions are being scheduled during March for the project’s June 2020 inaugural program. Singers with significant musical training and choral experience are invited to request an audition form and further information. Email Charles@MusicaSacraMilwaukee.org. Additional auditions and/or interviews will be scheduled as future programming needs are determined.

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