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  • Summer Choral Festival 2018! (Summer Choral Festival)
  •  Wed, May 16 2018

  • A Service of Lessons and Carols (Chamber Choir, Treble Choir)
  •  Mon, Nov 27 2017


    A Service of Lessons and Carols

    Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00pm

    Vassar College Chapel


    This annual Advent service includes readings, choral anthems and congregational carols that culminate in a stunning candle lighting ceremony. Featuring Vassar College Choir, Madrigal Singers, Women’s Chorus, Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, and Cappella Festiva Treble Choir.

    Christine Howlett, Drew Minter and Matthew Zydel , conductors

    free and open to the public

  • Cappella Festiva's Spring Concert (Chamber Choir, Treble Choir)
  •  Thu, May 4 2017
    Cappella Festiva's Spring Concert
  • Bravo Cor Capriccio and Treble Choir! (Cor Capriccio, Treble Choir)
  •  Mon, Apr 3 2017
    Bravo to Cor Capriccio and Treble Choirs for an amazing concert (Ain't Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet) yesterday.  This was the debut performance of our newest and youngest choir, Cor Capriccio and they outdid all expectations. They and the Trebles performed to a full house and "wowed" the community of family and friends that came to hear them.  One of our Chamber Choir singers Jeanette Peterson who was an audience member yesterday commented: "Nothin' gonna stumble any of these kids' feet!" We agree with you, Jeanette!
  • Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet (Cor Capriccio, Treble Choir)
  •  Fri, Mar 24 2017
  • Cor Capriccio prepares for their unveiling on April 2nd (Cor Capriccio, Treble Choir)
  •  Wed, Mar 8 2017
    Cor Capriccio prepares for their unveiling on April 2nd


    Cor Capriccio busily prepared tonight for their concert unveiling scheduled for April 2nd. They will be joined by their seasoned sister ensemble Cappella Festiva Treble Choir for this debut event.

    Cor Capriccio is our new non-auditioned group of children in 2nd through 5th grades and is directed by Elizabeth Clifton, early childhood music specialist. Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, directed this spring by Matt Zydel, is an auditioned group of young singers, ages 10 to 17.

    Please join us for this joint performance featuring the debut of Cappella's Cor Capriccio. Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:30pm. 
    Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie


  • Cor Capriccio Spring 2017 Session (Cor Capriccio)
  •  Thu, Jan 5 2017
    Cor Capriccio Spring 2017 Session

    Do you know a young child who loves to sing and make music? Consider registering them for Cor Capriccio!
    The new session of Cappella Festiva's Cor Capriccio program is beginning on Wednesday, January 25th at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie. Cor Capriccio is a singing ensemble for kids in grades 2-5, directed by Elizabeth Clifton, early childhood music specialist. We will meet weekly from the end of January to the beginning of April to learn songs from a variety of cultures and in a variety of languages. We offer an early afternoon session (1-2 p.m.) for homeschool students, and a 5:30-6:30 pm session, convenient for working parents. 

    Cor Capriccio offers many benefits to the young singer. Each week, we will exercise our bodies and minds as well as our voices. We will be learning songs to sing, but we will also be getting a deeper understanding of tonality, rhythm, musical form, dynamics, and general musicianship. We will play singing games and will learn to communicate the meaning of a song as well as the notes on the page. While we sing, we will be working on such important skills as teamwork and self-discipline. At the end of the session, we will have an opportunity to share what we have learned in a concert for friends and family! 
    Want to know more? We will hold an open house on Wednesday, January 18th from 1-2 and again from 5:30-6:30 at St. John's. This is an opportunity for you and your child to stop by, meet the director, play some games, ask any questions you may have, and get a sneak peek at some of the music we'll be singing! Invite a friend - we will look forward to meeting you! You can also email any questions about the program or registration to And please, spread the word! Thank you.
  • Awaken the New Year
  •  Fri, Dec 30 2016
    Awaken the New Year

    Awaken the New Year

    Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    (Snow Date: Sunday, January 15 at 4:30 pm)
    Christ Episcopal Church
    20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

    The Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, under the baton of guest conductor Ronald Bemrich with James Fitzwilliam at the piano offers a concert of choral gems for the New Year, featuring inspiring music by Mendelssohn, Britten, Poulenc and more.

    The repertoire will include Benjamin Britten’s A New Year Carol written in the 1930’s and was traditionally sung at the New Year combining folk stories and religious ideas.  Britten has been described as a brilliant composer and through his music, he interprets human feelings, moods, and thoughts, inspiring us to understand and appreciate our own nature, purpose and destiny.

    Another featured composer, Francis Poulenc was part of the legendary group of French composers known as “Les Six” in the 1920’s.  Breaking away from Germanic formality and French impressionism, this French group wanted to compose music with a direct and simple style.  Poulenc was the most successful of the group.   Three of Poulenc’s compositions will be included in Cappella’s January concert: Hodie Christus natus est; Quem vidistis pastores dicite; Laudes de St. Antoine (written for men’s voices). Poulenc puts the best of himself into these beautiful works.

    Cappella Festiva will also offer Mendelssohn’s and Fauré’s sacred choral music along with contemporary works by composers Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. The Gjeilo pieces will feature cello and tenor saxophone.

    Cappella Festiva will perform Awaken the New Year on Saturday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie.  The snow date will be Sunday, January 15 at 4:30 pm.

    Tickets are available online at at “advanced sale” pricing.
    $15 ($13 Advanced Sale) ~ General Admission
    $12 ($10 Advanced Sale) ~ Senior Citizens
    $5 ~ Students 
    For more information about the upcoming concert, please call 845-853-7765

  • Handel's Messiah postponed to Sunday, December 18 at 2pm
  •  Thu, Dec 15 2016
    Handel's Messiah postponed to Sunday, December 18 at 2pm
    Handel’s Messiah has moved to
    Sunday, December 18, at 2pm
    Your Saturday tickets will be honored on Sunday
    The Bardavon is proud to continue the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 57th season with a special holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah with guest conductor Christine Howlett. Guest vocalists from Cappella Festiva will join the Hudson Valley Philharmonic to perform George Frideric Handel’s most popular choral work.  Audience members will be invited to sing along. A pre-concert talk with Maestro Howlett and members of the orchestra will take place one hour before the concert for all ticket-holders.
  • Lessons & Carols rehearsal
  •  Sat, Dec 3 2016
    Lessons & Carols rehearsal
    This morning ~ Cappella Festiva Chamber & Treble Choirs along with Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus rehearsed for tomorrow's glorious "A Service in Lessons and Carols." The Chapel will be filled with over 1,000 people tomorrow, Sunday, December 4th at 7 pm. Join us for the magic. Free and open to the public.
  • A Service in Lessons and Carols (Chamber Choir, Treble Choir)
  •  Tue, Nov 29 2016
    A Service in Lessons and Carols

    Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs
    join the Vassar College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Women’s Chorus
    for a magical "Service of Lessons and Carols"
    Sunday, December 4th at 7pm.
    Don't miss the magic. Free and open to the public.

    Christine Howlett and Drew Minter conduct.
  • Exultant Harmony (Treble Choir)
  •  Wed, Nov 16 2016
    Exultant Harmony

  • Jim Papoulis Workshop! (Treble Choir)
  •  Sun, Oct 23 2016
    Jim Papoulis Workshop!

    Renowned composer Jim Papoulis and Cappella Festiva Treble Choir composed a song together yesterday. In their creative collaboration, they wrote a song that allowed them to express themselves sharing deep thoughts, feelings and hopes.

    Stay tuned for a recording of it…..

    What an honor for our choir to spend an entire day with this brilliant and inspiring musician who is known for revitalizing choral repertoire with songs like Give Us Hope, When I Close My Eyes, We are the Voices, all of which they have sung over the years.

  • 2016-2017 Calendar
  •  Tue, Aug 9 2016
    2016-2017 Calendar
    Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir

                October 29, 4:00pm -  Schubert's Mass in G-major with Bruderhof at the Mount Community ~ Esopus
                December 4, 7:00pm Lessons and Carols, Vassar Chapel
                December 17, 2:00pm Handel’s Messiah, Bardavon
                January 14 (snow date 15) Winter concert, Vassar
                April 8-9 Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Bard College
                April 29, 8pm Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, UPAC
                May 13, 8pm Spring Concert, Christ Church

    Cappella Festiva Treble Choir

    Saturday, October 15: An All Day Workshop with renowned composer Jim Papoulis, 10am - 3pm
    Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College
    Composer Jim Papoulis joins the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir for a special song-writing workshop.  Our young singers write the lyrics and collaborate with Jim to compose a song which is recorded the same day. 
    Saturday, November 19: Fall Concert, 4:00pm
    Concert location ~ Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
    Sunday, December 4: A Service of Lessons and Carols, 7pm
    Vassar College Chapel
    Sunday, April 2: Spring Concert, 4:30pm
    Concert location: Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie


  • Music Calleth (Summer Choral Festival)
  •  Sat, Jul 16 2016
     Music Calleth
    Summer Choral Festival presents  a concert "Music Calleth," which will include choral music from the American, Dutch, French, Jewish, and Spanish traditions; musical theater selections from Seussical and Shrek; with Christine Howlett, artistic director & conductor; Ronald Bemrich, conductor; Elizabeth Clifton, conductor; Justin Stockslager, musical theater director; James Fitzwilliam, piano

    This concert is a culmination of the 2016 Summer Choral Festival program where children and teens (3rd through 12th grades) spent the last two weeks in choral rehearsals, learning vocal skills, sight-reading, dance, and experiencing our newly expanded theater program. Help us celebrate and hear them sing on Saturday! A dessert reception will follow.

  • Cor Capriccio
  •  Mon, Mar 28 2016
  • Two New Non-Audition Choirs for Children and Teens
  •  Tue, Jan 12 2016
    Two New Choirs for Children and Teens
  • January 9 Concert
  •  Tue, Dec 22 2015
    Flyer for January 9, 2016 concert
  • Cappella Festiva Treble Choir will attend St. Thomas Boys Choir concert
  •  Tue, Nov 17 2015
    Cappella Festiva Treble Choir will attend St. Thomas Boys Choir concert
    Cappella Festiva Treble Choir is looking forward to attending the St. Thomas Boys Choir performance at Zion Episcopal Church In Wappingers on Friday night, November 20th at 6 pm. The Boys Choir is from NYC and considered to be among the world's finest choral groups and considered by critics to be the outstanding choral ensemble in the Anglican musical tradtion in the USA today. 
  • Over 100 people!
  •  Tue, Nov 3 2015
    Over 100 people!
    Over 100 singers gathered for Cappella's open rehearsal of Handel's Messiah last night in the Villard Room at Vassar College. It was a glorious evening.
  • Over 100 singers!
  •  Tue, Nov 3 2015
    Over 100 singers!

    Over 100 singers gathered last night for Cappella's open rehearsal in the Villard Room at Vassar College for Handel's Messiah. It was a glorious evening of singing!
  • A new season begins!
  •  Fri, Sep 4 2015
    A new season begins!
    A new season begins!

    Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 21st at the Vassar College Chapel
    5:45 - 7:15 pm for the Treble Choir
    7:30 - 9:30 pm for the Chaber Choir

    We have an exciting concert schedule!
    Sun, Dec 6 2015 7:00pm Lessons and Carols (both choirs) at the Vassar College Chapel
    Sat, Dec 19 2015 2:00pm MESSIAH with HVP (Chamber Choir at UPAC in Kingston)
    Sat, Jan 9 2016 7:00pm Bach's Magnificat (both choirs at the Vassar College Chapel)
    Sun, Jan 10 2016 3:00pm Bach's Magnificat Snow Date (see above)
    Sat. Feb. 6 3:00pm Modfest Concert  in Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College
    Sat, Apr 16 2016 8:00pm Bernstein's Kaddish - Trebles with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at Bardavon
    Sun, May 15 2016 3:00pm Cappella Festiva Spring Concert