Apollo’s Musettes Ensemble –
Treble Youth Choir
Talented young singers, age 11-17, are chosen by audition for their clear, pure voices and outstanding musicianship. The ensemble rehearses on a project basis under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell and Madeline Healey, and performs with the professional musicians of Apollo’s Fire in programs where children’s voices are appropriate for the repertoire.
Since its founding in 2005, the Musettes Ensemble has performed in nearly 30 concerts with Apollo’s Fire, including Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The Musettes appear on Apollo’s Fire’s acclaimed CD recording of the Christmas Vespers by Michael Praetorius, and have been heard across the country on national radio broadcasts of that program.
“The opportunity to work with a world-class conductor before you are out of high school, or in your early years of college, is amazing. To have the real-life experience of working with professional musicians is fantastic. It helps keep the rest of life in context.”
AUGUSTA MCKAY LODGE
“I first got to sing with Apollo’s Fire when I was 16, and the experience opened up new horizons for me. It inspired me to pursue a career in music.”
Family Concerts –
Interactive Programs for Ages 6-96
“Sorrell proves that scholarship and fun aren’t mutually exclusive.”
THE PLAIN DEALER
Warning: audience members might learn to sing a fugue theme, dance the Menuet, or play a ground bass at the harpsichord! Impromptu quizzes and prizes abound! – as do opportunities to talk with the musicians and try playing the instruments. Click here for details on the Family Concerts in March!
Apollo’s Fire musicians have coached Northeast Ohio high school students regularly at the Rainey Institute, St. Ignatius High School, Painesville High School, and the Music School Settlement. On the national level, Jeannette Sorrell and AF principal players have coached high school and college students while on tour at Penn State University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Lakeside Chautauqua, Shenandoah Conservatory, and San Diego State University.
Brandenburg Bash in Brecksville
In October, AF was delighted to bring Brandenburg Concertos No. 2-6 to a large audience of teenagers and parents at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Afterwards, kids and parents swarmed the stage to try the instruments and talk to the musicians. “This is not just cool,” said one teenager. “This is certifiably cool.”