Ancient Voices, a select a cappella chorus of 20 to 25 voices, performs some of the most complex and beautiful music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, including Gregorian Chant and the music of Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Gibbons, Byrd, Lassus, and Ockeghem. Led by William Parberry, Ancient Voices performs two concerts per year in Amado Recital Hall.
William Parberry has directed the University of Pennsylvania Choral Society and University Choir since 1973. Through its long history the Penn choruses have performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Opera Society Orchestra of New York. While the University Choir performs exclusively Western Art Music on campus, they were chosen to perform with two major popular performing artists - Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera) in his tour of the United States in 1998 - and Barbara Streisand, in the final concert of her career at Madison Square Garden in 2000.
As co-director of Early Music at Penn, Mr. Parberry also conducts Ancient Voices, one of the premier vocal ensembles in Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Music in voice from the New England Conservatory and his Master of Music in choral conducting from Temple University. In addition to his conducting, Mr. Parberry sings professionally, teaches voice; and has also taught music theory, musicianship, and the history of jazz as a lecturer in the Department of Music at Penn.
Ancient Voices: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm; Rose Recital Hall
Ancient Voices was featured as part of WHYY's "Friday Arts" series. Click here to watch the segment (Ancient Voices begins at 19:47).