Website initial design and hosting by Sandy Burd — John Hetland, webmaster
Welcome to the official Renaissance Chorus website!
In the early 1950's, a group of choristers was recruited by
their beloved high school music theory teacher, Harold Brown, to sing
Renaissance music as an after school activity. The passion with which
this music was received launched the beginning of the Renaissance
Chorus of New York. Through performance and recordings, Renaissance
music became known and loved by an ever wider audience. Whereas once
this music had been relegated to the margins of academia and
conservatories, it is now well established in academic departments of
music, summer festivals, concert series, and so on. Its arrival on
the shores of North America to take a rightful place in the lexicon of
musical genres is, in large part, due to the tireless efforts of
Harold Brown, violist, composer, choral director, teacher — to his
striking arrangements of the music itself and his passionate choral
Josquin des Prez
(c.1450 - 1521)
The Renaissance Chorus Association of New York, a non-profit
organization, continues to fulfill its mandate to collect, catalogue
and circulate the music of the Renaissance period. It archives as
well the original works of Harold Brown, accomplished composer of
modern classical music, whose body of work and deserved place among
20th century composers has yet to be assessed by music historians.
Jean de Ockeghem
Because of our continuing interest in Renaissance music and our desire
to see its appreciation grow among a wider audience, and also as a way
of honoring Harold Brown, who loved to teach us and who led the way in
bringing Renaissance music to the ears of North Americans, we have
created this website to document all things relating to the chorus,
its members, the music and our director.
We hope you enjoy this website and that it will be useful to you.
Guillaume Du Fay
For news about the Centennial or the Harold Brown CD Project, click on Harold Brown.
Donations from members and friends are always welcome, making possible the continuing work of the association. Contributions in any amount will be gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible. You may send a check to the address below, or, to securely donate online with your credit card or PayPal, click here:
The Renaissance Chorus Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information, to obtain scores, to add your own picture, URL or remembrance to this site, to make a donation, or just to shoot the breeze, contact:
The Renaissance Chorus Assn., Inc.
116 Pinehurst Avenue, B61
New York, NY 10033