The Josquin Project is an exploration of music by Josquin des Prez (c. 1450-1521) within the modern choral program. Although Josquin
scholarship has grown considerably over the past ten years, performances of his music have generally been left to specialist ensembles and often
only reach a niche audience of early music enthusiasts. Directed by Dr. Carole J. Ott at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, this
project addresses what resources are necessary for modern non-specialist singers to access these works within an established choral curriculum.
A secondary objective of the project is to explore the role of the vocal chamber music experience in higher music education. Traditionally,
vocalists perform with a choir (conducted by one person in an autocratic relationship) or perform as soloists (either in recital or in opera
performances). These traditional modes of performing are important, but do not completely address the skill set needed by modern vocalists,
which includes working independently with other singers to create compelling, unified, and original performances.
A group of ten singers has worked closely with Dr. Ott since the beginning of the winter semester on several chansons and motets by Josquin
both as an ensemble of ten and in smaller sextet and quartet formats. Students have taken ownership of the music, led rehearsals, made
interpretive decisions and worked together to present modern performances of this music.
Upcoming performances include:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA March 10, 4:00 p.m.
Kennesaw State University, GA March 11, 11:00 a.m.
Georgia State University, GA March 11, 1:30 p.m.
Furman University, SC March 12, 1:00 p.m.
Repertoire to include:
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