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 Margaret Carpenter Haigh, who holds a degree in choral conducting from Cambridge University in the UK. The Musettes ensemble performs under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell with the professional musicians of Apollo’s Fire in programs where children’s voices are appropriate for the repertoire. Singers chosen for solos receive individual coaching from Ms. Haigh and Ms. Sorrell.

Since its founding in 2005, the Musettes Ensemble has performed in nearly 30 concerts with Apollo’s Fire, including Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The Musettes also appear on AF’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.”

“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.”

Upcoming in 2017-18!

This season (2017-18) the Musettes will sing with the AF orchestra in our exciting new holiday program, “Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration.” The project includes a CD recording (for international release on British label AVIE); and one of the concerts will be filmed for YouTube.

AF is delighted to welcome Amanda Powell as the special Musettes director for this project. Ms. Powell is also a fantastic voice teacher, so this will be a great vocal training experience for the young singers.

Auditions are happening now! Contact Amanda Powell here.

Watch the Musettes performing the world premiere of René Schiffer’s “Filgli di Dio” (Children of God) with Apollo’s Fire, November 2016

Come my brothers, come my sisters, let us sing as the children of God!
Black and white and brown and yellow, each will rejoice with our song of love.

Most recent activities

In the 2015-16 season, 12 Musettes won the hearts of AF audiences in sold-out performances of Jeannette Sorrell’s beloved holiday program, Praetorius Christmas Vespers. Many patrons commented that this year’s group of Musettes was the most polished ever. In addition, this year saw AF’s commercial CD recording of that program re-released internationally, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the initial release. The album features the original Musettes (soloists and ensemble) who performed in the premier concerts in 2015. Several of these “Musette alums,” who are now graduate students pursuing musical careers, returned to Cleveland and attended the performances. The re-release of the album attracted glowing reviews from the NEW YORK TIMES and GRAMOPHONE, both commenting on the “delightful” homespun charm of the children’s voices.

In 2016-2017, the Musettes were heralded as “admirably disciplined” (ClevelandClassical.com), as they sang with the orchestra in sold-out performances of the Love in Venice subscription concerts in November. In the spring, the Musettes were featured in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in two concerts with AF’s Young Artist Apprentices, presented in Cleveland Heights and Hudson.

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)