Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by introducing audiences to choral music not heard in the modern era — including modern premieres of works newly discovered or reconstructed — breathing life into the music of our shared heritage. Through the human voice, Quire provides a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, revealing the timeless universality of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs 9 centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Hear My Voyce: Music of Henry Purcell

In his brief life (1659–1695), Henry Purcell proved to be remarkably prolific — he wrote 65 verse anthems, 100 hymns & sacred songs, 50 catches (some of them quite risqué!), 24 odes, nearly 200 songs, music for over 50 theatrical productions (the most famous is Dido & Æneas), and 220 instrumental pieces (but NOT the trumpet air for Masterpiece Theatre). No wonder he earned the sobriquet Orpheus Britannicus  (the British Orpheus). Read more »

Available NOW! The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

Recorded live in concert in April 2017


Hope, confusion, agony, faith — through exquisite harmonies from the chorus and chant from the soloists, these intense emotions are beautifully conveyed. You will be moved by this early Renaissance setting of the 2,000-year-old story.

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Ross Duffin, musicologist whose influence can be heard around the world, awarded Distinguished University Professorship

Hearing a note or chord played perfectly in tune still has the power to send shivers through Ross W. Duffin.

“It’s transcendent,” said Duffin, the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music [at Case Western Reserve University], “precisely because it is such a rare achievement.”

Duffin’s life in music could be defined the same way.

Ross Duffin

Ross Duffin conducting

As one of the world’s elite authorities in historical performance practice—how music from earlier centuries was performed—Duffin has re-discovered and revived music rarely or never before heard in modern times. He’s also advocated for its performance on historical instruments, a once-obscure notion now celebrated by a thriving international community of artists, audiences and scholars.

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Announcing Quire Cleveland’s 10th Anniversary Season: 2017–2018

Having risen from the ashes of the Great Recession in 2008 — like a Phœnix — Quire Cleveland has flourished! We’ve offered concerts all around Ohio, lectures & classes, and videos viewed more than 675,000 times in 120 countries.

We thank YOU — our enthusiastic audience, generous donors, and outstanding musicians — for helping Quire Cleveland succeed! And we invite you to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season 2017–18. Here is a list of the concerts — save these dates!  Read more »