Recordings



There were shepherds abiding in the fields - Brian Mann (b. 1949)
Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Christine Howlett, conductor
Brandon Deichler, editor
Timothy Fehling, mixing engineer
Performed at Lessons and Carols 2020 at Vassar College


(Luke 2:8–11, 13–14) 8 And there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. . . 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will toward men. 






In the Bleak Midwinter
Gustav Holst, Robert I. Hugh, arr.
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir
Matthew Zydel, conductor
Susan Brown, piano
Brandon Deichler, editor
Timothy Fehling, mixing engineer
Performed at Lessons and Carols 2020 at Vassar College


In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen,
snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.
Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.
―Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)





Rise Up, O Flame - Christoph Praetorius (ca. 1560-1581), E. Clifton, arr.
Cappella Festiva Cor Capriccio Children’s Choir
Elizabeth Clifton, conductor
Brandon Deichler, editor
Timothy Fehling, mixing engineer
Performed at Lessons and Carols 2020 at Vassar College


Rise up, o flame,
by thy light glowing.
Show to us beauty, vision, and joy






Cappella Festiva was honored to sing Dona Nobis Pacem at the
Tribute to Randy Fleischer: A Life in Music
on October 25, 2020.
Rest In Peace, Maestro.





Under the direction of Dr. Christine Howlett, singers from Vassar College and Cappella Festiva performed "Unclouded Day" for Vassar College's 2020 Virtual Comencement ceremony.






A "Treble Send Off" to our Beloved High School Seniors - June 2020





A Service of Lessons & Carols 2017 at Vassar College Chapel
Caldwell and Ivory's “Hope for Resolution: A Song for Mandela and DeKlerk”


Composer Sean Ivory wrote, “Paul and I wrote ‘Hope’ in 1994 to commemorate the end of Apartheid and the beginning of reconciliation in South Africa. It is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela, who struggled long and hard against inequality and strove for meaningful dialogue between the races." The score honors two men Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk and their reconciliation work.

In this performance at Vassar College, the Treble Choir (middle school and high school youth) sing an English Christmas carol in their gentle, sweet voices. Then the Vassar College choirs and Cappella Festiva fold in with the South African anti-apartheid liberation song Thula Sizwe (in Zulu). Both songs weave together as one, in hope for resolution, no longer separated by race or class.



Chamber Choir Audio Recordings


Ubi caritas - Paul Mealor

Lux aurumque - Eric Whitacre

Luminous night of the soul - Ola Gjeilo

Summer Choral Festival