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The Uncommon Music Festival
Ensemble

Ensemble Members
Nathaniel Barnett, tenor, musical director
Ariadne Lih, soprano, managing director
Sylvia Leith, mezzo-soprano
Will Doreza, baritone
Joshua Stauffer, guitar, theorbo
Clara Gerdes, organ, piano
Contact
Nathaniel Barnett


Address
Sitka, AK, 99835
Phone
585-770-4345

Additional Info
Year Founded
2016
Repertoire
Classical, Early Music, New Music
Size
Sextet
Instrumentation
Mixed

The Uncommon Music Festival is an annual chamber music festival in Sitka, Alaska that promotes an inclusive, accessible, and community-oriented vision of classical music. Our core ensemble features an SATB quartet, a guitarist / lutenist, and an organist / pianist. Every summer, we offer one week of free musical events, from workshops to concerts to walks in the woods.

News

10.17.2018

Our final event on August 5 was an audience favorite! We offered a musical walk through Sitka National Historical Park with the Greater Sitka Arts Council. They guided the walk, and we stopped every 5-10 minutes to sing nature-themed music for vocal quartet under the trees, including music by Joelle Wallach, Carlos Cordero, and Reena Esmail.

10.09.2018

We joined St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on August 5 for our second annual Women in the Church gathering. The event featured performances of sacred music by women compoers such as Florence Price, Brittney Boykin, and Eleanor Daley, interspersed with readings and prayers about inspirational women selected by Rev. Julie Platson.

10.03.2018

On August 4, Sitka Sacred Harp joined us for a workshop on vocal traditions! They demonstrated norms and practices in the Sacred Harp Tradition; we demonstrated stylistic conventions of the Italian Baroque madrigal, including ornamentation and basso continuo, through Barbara Strozzi's "Godere in giovent├╣."