Lise Kreps

Resume of Musical Experience

Alto II / Tenor I, Flute, Recorder, Viol


¤  The QuasiModals. 2011- present. Burnaby, BC. Choir of 10-16 members, usually a capella but sometimes with recorders, flute, gamba or guitar accompaniment. We sing primarily Renaissance secular repertoire, plus some sacred, classical and folk arrangements, usually with two on a part. I am the ÒInstigatorÓ (founder and logistical director), and sometimes also the ÒTime KeeperÓ during rehearsals. Repertoire is nominated and voted on by members. Each member is the artistic director (ÒPiece MongerÓ) of a few songs. We usually perform two or three times a year. Works include English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish madrigals and motets, plus 20th century choral works by William Hawley and Juozas Naujalis, and myself.

¤  The Ultrasounds. 1999-2007 (though they are still going!), Seattle, WA. Choir of 6-9 members. Sang Renaissance repertoire, plus some classical and folk arrangements, with one or two on a part. We shaped our music through consensus without a director, occasionally bringing in Cornish College of the Arts faculty Roger Nelson to polish us up before performances at fairs, churches and house concerts. Works included Rossi ÒHallelujah (Psalm 146),Ó (in Hebrew), Byrd ÒThough Amaryllis Dance in Green,Ó Vittoria ÒO Magnum MysteriumÓ, Arcadelt ÒIl Bianco e Dolce CignoÓ, Lassus ÒBon Jour Mon CoeurÓ, Brahms ÒWaldesnachtÓ.

¤  Duck Soup. 1987-1991, Seattle, WA. Choir of 7 members. Sang Renaissance repertoire, plus some classical and folk arrangements, with one or two on a part. We shaped our music through consensus without a director. Performed several times at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Major works incl. Handl ÒO Magnum Mysterium.Ó Seattle, WA. 1987-1991

LARGER CHORAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                    

¤  Pacifica Singers, Vancouver, BC Fall 2017 – present. Auditioned chamber chorus, presenting concerts on our own and with the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

¤  Tallis Scholars Summer Course, July 2011 and July 2013, Seattle, WA. Large choir selected by application and recommendation. Sang Tallis ÒSpem in AliumÓ 40-part motet, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Lassus, etc. Directed by Peter Philips and David Woodcock.

¤  Capilano University Festival Chorus. North Vancouver, BC. 09/10 – 04/11. Large auditioned community and university choir, directed by Lars Kaario. I also sang in the Cecilia WomenÕs Ensemble for Fall 2010, and Cap Choral Intensive in January 2011 (guest directed by University of Washington faculty Geoffrey Boers). Major works: Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Vivaldi Gloria.

¤  Varna Chamber Choir. New Westminster, BC. 1/9 – 6/10. Medium-size community choir, specializing in classical and Bulgarian repertoire, directed by Natalia Monolov.

¤  Vivaldi Choir. Vancouver, BC. 9/07 – 01/08. Medium-size auditioned choir, directed by David Millard, performing early music and folk arrangements.

¤  Port Townsend Early Music Workshop. Port Townsend, WA. 07/99 and 07/87. Large choir directed by Peter Seibert sang Lassus Mass. Ensemble workshops in flute, recorder, viola da gamba, voice.

¤  San Francisco Early Music Society Summer Workshop. San Rafael CA. 07/95. Large choir directed by William Mahrt performed Renaissance works. Ensemble workshops in flute, recorder, viola da gamba, voice.

¤  Les Copains, Seattle WA 1992. Italian Renaissance chamber choir, directed by Roupen Shakarian.

¤  Medieval WomenÕs Choir, Seattle, WA 1991-92. Directed by Margriet Tiendemans.

¤  Amherst Early Music Festival. Amherst, MA. 08/85 Chansons taught by Paul Elliott (Hilliard Ensemble); sang Lassus Bon Jour Mon Coeur. Renaissance flute consort taught by Ruth Cunningham (Anonymous 4). Also recorder and viol consort workshops.

¤  Oriel College Chapel Choir and St CatherineÕs College Chapel Choir. Oxford, UK. 1981-82 Major works: Mozart ÒRequiem,Ó Bach ÒMass in B MinorÓ, Byrd ÒMass for 4 VoicesÓ.

¤  Courtenay Youth Music Camp (now Comox Youth Music Centre) Courtenay, BC. 08/78 Major choral work: Vivaldi ÒMagnificatÓ. Also flute lessons and ensembles.

OTHER EARLY MUSIC EXPERIENCE                                                                                             

¤  Music Director, Seattle Shakespeare Festival. Directed live 16th-century music for Shakespeare plays. Seattle, WA. 1999 and 2002

¤  Sound Designer, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Recorded and edited 16th-century music and sound effects for Shakespeare plays. Cedar City, UT. 1998-99.

¤  Knives and Forks. Played flute, recorder, whistle, and electric bass viol in a band performing 17th-century Playford tunes to accompany English Country dancers. Seattle, WA. 1992-96.

¤  Recorder Teacher for private adult students. 1991-93.

¤  Voice Classes with Kim Scanlon. Seattle WA. 1992-93.

¤  Viol Lessons with Tina Chancey (Hesperus). Washington DC 1985-86.

¤  Twelfth Night. Quartet I founded to perform Renaissance music, mostly at church services, weddings, and parties. Played recorders, flute, bass viola da gamba, and sang. Washington, DC. 1984-86


¤  Master of Science in Library Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC. 1985-87. Concentrated in Music Librarianship, including History of Musical Instruments.

¤  Bachelor of Arts, Bennington College, Bennington VT. 1979 - 1984. Major: Music (flute, recorder, chamber music, composition, madrigals). Minor: English Literature (Shakespeare).
Junior Year Abroad at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford UK. Studied the social, artistic, and musical history of the English Middle Ages and Renaissance, including TallisÕs Spem in Alium.