Saint Rose Camerata

Saint Rose Camerata, faculty chamber ensemble in residence at The College of Saint Rose

Saint Rose Camerata 2003-2021

Faculty chamber ensemble in residence at The College of Saint Rose

Dr. Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, Founder and Director


Saint Rose Camerata performed their final concert "Celebrating Black History Month" on February 27, 2021. The concert featured music by Henry “Harry” Thacker Burleigh, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, H. Leslie Adams, and B.E. Boykin, with poetry by Black poets Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and others. Read Story: Saint Rose Camerata presents works by pioneering Black Composers and poets

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About Saint Rose Camerata


Saint Rose Camerata is the faculty chamber ensemble in residence at The College of Saint Rose. Founded in 2003 and directed by Dr. Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, the ensemble provides a cultural arts center of classical chamber music for The College of Saint Rose community and the Capital Region. Each season the Camerata presents a series of four concerts of diverse programming. Saint Rose Camerata was presented on WMHT Radio “No Ticket Required” and was nominated twice for the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards in the Classical/Artist/Ensemble of the Year category. The College of Saint Rose School of Arts and Humanities and The Music Department are sponsors of Saint Rose Camerata.


Saint Rose Camerata History Timeline:


Dr. Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, Professor of Music, founded the Saint Rose Camerata in 2003 with full support from the Music Department Chair, Paul Evoskevich and full-time Music Faculty members. The ensemble is regionally recognized as an outstanding chamber music ensemble and increased positive visibility for the College and the Music Department in the Capital Region. Our performances gave our faculty members a high artistic profile. Overall, the ensemble provided prestige to the College. Our audiences grew significantly over the years and the ensemble appeared as part of the college’s Premiere Performances Concert Series. Camerata played to a packed house (at times with an overflow crowd) with audiences of students, faculty, and community members. Programs are often based on themes celebrating composer's birthday anniversarys, celebration of events, and style periods. Popular themes include:


  • Latin American Composers

  • Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Celebration of Black History Month

  • African-American Composers

  • Saint Rose Faculty Composers

  • Bernstein at 100

  • Beethoven's 250th Birthday Anniversay

  • Clara Schumann 200th Birthday Anniversary

  • Collaboration with Claire Jacob-Zysman Dancers

  • Collaboration with Esther Massry Gallery, new commissioned work by Dr. Bruce Roter, with artist Creighton Michael

  • Spirit of Baroque

  • 100th Year Anniversity of the Great War

  • George Crumb's 90th Birthday Celebration


Saint Rose Camerata performed their first concert at Saint Andrews Church October 2003 and continued concerts there and at the Interfaith Sanctuary at the College until 2008, when the Massry Center of the Arts opened. At the request of Mark Sullivan, then president of the College, Saint Rose Camerata is featured as part of the Premiere Performances concert series.


The ensemble appeared on Family Homecoming Weekend Events in 2009-2013. Camerata was featured in an article in the Times Union on 9/23/10 and in several reviews of concerts. Albany Records approved the publication of a CD of American Chamber Music based on a written proposal and sample recordings. We could not secure funding, although the recording would have provided national recognition for the College. In October, 2010 the New York State Music Teachers Association chose Saint Rose Camerata to perform a newly commissioned work by Persis Vehar at the NYSMTA State Conference.


January 23, 2011: In collaboration with the Esther Massry Gallery and Jeanne Flanigan, gallery director, Saint Rose Camerata performs a newly composed work by Dr. Bruce Roter CONSTRUCT. The music was composed asa collaborative effort with the artist Creighton Michael for the exhibition "Tangible Marking: The Dimensional Drawing of Creighton Michael." Watch Video of Performance at the Massry Gallery


The ensemble celebrated their 10th Anniversary of presenting quality chamber music to the Capital Region during their 2012-13 season.


Camerata performed at Colgate College for a concert in January 2014. The performance was a collaboration between music and art and featured art by Creighton Michael, Andrew Norman, and Saint Rose faculty composer Dr. Bruce Roter. Watch Video


In December 2014, the ensemble performed by invitation at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference.


The ensemble celebrated their 15th Anniversary of presenting quality chamber music to the Capital Region during their 2017-18 season. Read story: Saint Rose Camerata Celebrates 15 Years of Music


Saint Rose Camerata volunteered (at the request of Administration) to perform at the Regional Chamber Event, honoring Hugh Johnson for his retirement on December 5, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Albany, NY. The ensemble performed music requested by Mr. Johnson, including Con te Partirò (Time to Say Goodbye) and holiday favorites.


WMHT Classical Radio presented Saint Rose Camerata on the “No Ticket Required” on several programs. Camerata was nominated twice for the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards in the Classical/Artist/Ensemble of the Year category (2019 and 2020).


September 22, 2018: Saint Rose Camerata performs a tribute to Leonard Bernstein's 100 Birthday Anniversary Read story


March 2020: Season Finale canceled due to COVID-19. The planned program included Façade by Walton, Letters from Composers by Argento, and selections from Looking for Violetta by Dr. Emily Pinkerton (Saint Rose faculty).


The ensemble released a CD of live performances August, 2020. This recording features 34 faculty, students, and guests artists and represents diverse styles, composers, and repertoire. The CD provides national recognition for the College. Read Story A sliver lining: Camerata assures enduring performances


Saint Rose Camerata continued performances fall 2020 with live-streamed concerts in Picotte Recital Hall.


In December, 2020, the College announced closure of three programs in the Music Department and terminations of several music faculty.

February, 2021 Saint Rose Camerata performed their final concert "Celebrating Black History Month"

April 2021 concert was canceled due to program closures (plans for program included music by Latin American composers and Saint Rose faculty composers)


Concert Reviews:

George Crumb 90th Birthday Celebration Concert (TU, Joseph Dalton, October 2019)

Saint Rose Camerata and Carnival of the Animals @ Massry (TU, Joseph Dalton, 4/8.11)

And the Bands Played On After Class (TU, Josph Dalton, 3/14)

Camerata Concert Pleasing (TU, J. Dalton, 2/14)



Saint Rose Camerata Group Photos

2017

2012

Performances

NYSSMA Winter Conference

Saint Rose faculty and students perform at a showcase

Performance at Colgate College

Works by Andrew Norman, and Bruce Roter, Saint Rose faculty