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.

Beautiful Christmas music abounds, including a professional choir
singing a cappella carols tonight

Some have the advanced Ph.D. degrees that accord them the title of doctor before their names. Others are church music ministers, college professors, or high school music teachers; and most have a surprisingly wide assortment of other professional callings, most relating to music. But all the members of Quire Cleveland are professional vocalists, organized for their second season of concerts in Northeast Ohio, and they’ll sing at 7:30 p.m. today at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

They use their voices as the instruments to create their music instead of relying on accompaniment from traditional instruments, even though several of them play instruments outside the settings of Quire. Read more »

Preview: Quire Cleveland: Carols for Quire Two
at Trinity Cathedral on December 3 & 4

Every year at this time audiences look forward to their favorite annual holiday events, whether it be attending a performance of Messiah or Nutcracker, hearing David Sedaris recite his Santaland Diaries, or if you find yourself in New York, watching the Rockettes kicking their way across the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Whatever our holiday entertainment tastes may be, we take comfort in these traditions. For arts organizations, programming these traditional events is a balancing act between keeping things fresh without changing something that has kept your audience returning time and again.

A relatively new concert tradition in the area will take place this weekend at Trinity Cathedral, when Quire Cleveland, under the direction of its artistic director, Ross Duffin, presents “Carols for Quire Two,” its second annual Christmas concert, on Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th at 7:30 pm. The program once again features some of the most beautiful holiday music from Renaissance Europe to Colonial Mexico, New France, and America. These performances also coincide with the release of Quire Cleveland’s debut recording, Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds, recorded live during last season’s performances at Trinity Cathedral. Read more »

Carols for Quire CDs





Carols for Quire: Volume 2


Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds, Volume 2 features Medieval carols, Renaissance chansons and motets, English Romantics, and even a world premiere composed for Quire Cleveland!

With Carols for Quire 2, you can experience Quire Cleveland’s annual programs at the architecturally splendid Trinity Cathedral, which have become a favorite holiday tradition. Read a rave review from last year’s performance, as well as praise for this recording in Early Music America magazine.

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Quire Records for Generations to Come

Quire Cleveland recording for OUP anthology

Quire Cleveland has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to record early music for a new anthology of music. It will go with an upcoming textbook for undergraduate music students. Case Western Reserve University Music Professor David Rothenberg, editor of the anthology, worked with Quire’s Artistic Director Ross Duffin (pictured above with Quire).

Pictured below are the men of Quire, directed by Duffin, recording Gregorian chant for the anthology. Photos by Beverly Simmons, Quire’s Marketing Director and producer of the recordings. Thomas Knab was the recording engineer.

Quire's men record Gregorian chant for the Oxford anthology