Apollo’s Musettes Ensemble – Treble Youth Choir
Talented young singers, age 10-17, are chosen by audition for their clear, pure voices and outstanding musicianship. The ensemble rehearses on a project basis under the direction of AF’s Artist-in-Residence, Amanda Powell. 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. Powell 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.
“Being a part of the Apollo’s Musettes for the past 2 years has been such an amazing experience. I have learned so much and being a Musette has not only allowed me to expand on my passion for music, but also to grow as a singer and ensemble member!”
“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.”
Audition Notice for Apollo’s Fire Musettes
For sopranos/trebles age 10-17
Apollo’s Fire announces auditions for treble ensemble singers for the April concerts of the extraordinary Bach St. Matthew Passion.
There are currently a few youth openings for Apollo’s Fire’s upcoming performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Concerts run April 1-5, 2020, including performances and a video recording at Severance Hall and around the Cleveland-area, Columbus, and Ann Arbor, MI. (transportation provided to venues outside of Northeast Ohio).
Rehearsals are scheduled on a project basis and include an evening rehearsal once or twice a week for a month prior to the performance series and then a more intensive schedule as the show goes into full rehearsal mode with orchestra and soloists. The Musettes are directed by Apollo’s Fire’s Artist-in-Residence for Outreach Performances and frequent soloist, Amanda Powell. Performances will be conducted by Jeannette Sorrell.
1. Greensleeves (your choice of two keys, download HERE)
2. Hymn, Carol or folk song of your choice
3. Vocalization led at the audition to hear the student’s range.
Audition Times & Location
Friday, October 11, 5:00-6:30pm
Saturday, October 12, 11:00am-1:00pm
Disciples Christian Church
3663 Mayfield Road
Cleveland Heights, 44121
Audition Sign Up
CLICK HERE to schedule your 15-minute audition online.
For information & questions, or if you are interested in auditioning for the Musettes but neither of these dates work for you, please email Amanda Powell.
Tentative Performance Schedule
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 7:00pm – St. Raphael Church, Bay Village
Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Capital University, Columbus, OH*
Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30pm – Severance Hall, Cleveland
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:00pm – St. Paul’s Church, Akron
Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI*
*Transportation via coach bus will be provided to Columbus and Ann Arbor.
Watch the Musettes performing the world premiere of René Schiffer’s “Figli 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.
Recent Musette Performances
Back by popular demand, the Musettes once again performed in Jeannette Sorrell’s Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain. Our talented young singers sang beautiful Christmas carols, shape-note hymns and even danced up the aisles and on stage! The concert tour finished with a sold-out crowd at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Christmas Morning in Appalachia” introduces the conceit of a country church service, and centers around the energetic vocals of the young Apollo’s Musettes. Michael Temesi, treble soloist, sang with purity of tone and warm innocence in “Jesus Born in Beth’ny,”
– Brian Taylor, Cadenza (New York City)
The Musettes premiered Jeannette’s Sorrell’s newest cross-over program, Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain to great acclaim. Alongside their work onstage, they were an integral part of the recording process for the album that was released for Christmas 2018.
“Bringing holiday sensations of reverence and innocence are Apollo’s Singers, and the young voices of Apollo’s Musettes. The ensemble between the orchestra and singers is quite impressive. Even those few grinchy listeners who claim to dislike Christmas music, must appreciate the musicality and technical precision that are brought to each track.”
– Hannah Schoep, ClevelandClassical.com
Later that year, The Musettes donned flower garlands and beautiful sashes to sing at the Apollo’s Fire Tudor Banquet Gala. The evening’s concert began with the Musettes serenading the audience and leading them into the concert hall in the Tudor Arms Hotel ballroom.
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.
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. 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 premiere concerts. 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.