Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by providing a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, through the human voice. Breathing life into choral music which may have lain silent for centuries, Quire reveals the timelessness and universal humanity of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs nine centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Annoouncing Quire Cleveland’s 9th season: 2016–17

Thanks to YOU — our enthusiastic audience, generous donors, and outstanding musicians — for making Quire’s eighth season such a success. Now we’re thrilled to announce the concerts for 2016–17. Details will be forthcoming.

Monteverdi: Mantuan Masterpieces
September 30, 2016
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Carols for Quire from the Old & New Worlds (8th annual)
December 2–4, 2016
Trinity Cathedral, St. Paul’s Akron & Historic St. Peter Church

St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy
April 9, 2017
Historic St. Peter Church

Review: Quire Cleveland:
William Byrd at Historic St. Peter Church (May 22)

England’s Phœnix: William Byrd

PhoenixRGBWilliam Byrd is England’s greatest Renaissance composer. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you. 

Byrd (ca.1540–1623) was a Catholic composer at a time when it was illegal in England. Yet he composed with apparent impunity, because of the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries and by Queen Elizabeth I. Read more »

Preview: Quire Cleveland: music historian Kerry McCarthy talks about “England’s Phoenix,” William Byrd

Kerry McCarthyThis weekend, Ross W. Duffin will lead the professional singers of Quire Cleveland in two concerts celebrating the sacred music of English Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540–1623). The programs — on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm in St. Bernard’s Church in Akron, and on Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm in Historic St. Peter’s Church in downtown Cleveland — will include a selection of Byrd’s English and Latin motets interspersed between movements of his Mass for Five Voices. Read more »