Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,

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The year 2020 has been one that we will remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. Some, because of loved ones we have lost, some because for the first time we have seen the world in turmoil and some because we have been unable to relax and do the things we would normally do. Whatever the reason is, we will get through this together.

It is not my job to interpret the reasons for everything that has happened in 2020, apart from my personal view that I can’t wait for 2020 to just sod off!!

But I digress, this short note is to keep you up to date with where we are for Pennsic 49 in 2021. In November, the Pennsic Staff group, the Coopers Management Group, and I had a joint physical and zoom meeting to discuss the way forward for Pennsic 49. The single message you need to transmit and the message you need to take from the meeting is that we are continuing to plan on having Pennsic 49 in July/Aug 2021 at Coopers Lake Campground.

The Pennsic Staff and Coopers Management are working jointly on plans to make Pennsic 49 as safe as it can possibly be for attendees. This will mean some changes to the way we do things, but we are committed to making those changes as seamless and simple as possible so that Pennsic 49 can happen and we can all have a great relaxing holiday and Pennsic War.

I want to thank you all for your support and most of all for your curtailing of the rumour mill, which I have to say has been nothing short of amazing. I will continue to be transparent in our planning and keep you informed so that any decisions we make will be understood and not a surprise to people.

As more things line up, I will update you all so that you can be kept informed and plan your Pennsic 49 journey to once again celebrate together in friendship and combat. Thanks again and please have a happy and safe Christmas and New year. Gregory of Lochswan Mayor Pennsic War 49

Known World Choirs at Pennsic

 

musicKnown World Choir Coordinator  

THL Lady Siri Toivosdotter

 

What is the Known World Choir?

The Known World Choir (KWC) is a group of people from across the Kingdoms of the SCA who love to sing a cappella choral music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Singers gather, rehearse, and perform at major SCA wars like Estrella, Lilies, Gulf wars, and Pennsic.

The Known World Choirs at Pennsic are also known as the Pennsic Choirs.


The Pennsic Choirs

The Pennsic Choir has a decades-long tradition of performing medieval and renaissance choral music at the Pennsic War. In recent years it has expanded into four Pennsic Choirs, each with its own director. Directorship changes each year.

The choirs perform a joint concert on Thursday, August 6, in the Performing Arts Tent. Warmup is at 6:00 pm at the European Dance Tent; the performances begin at 6:30 pm in the following order: Children's Choir, Youth Choir, Chorulus Pennsicus, Pennsic Choir.

Most rehearsals take place in the Performing Arts Rehearsal & Class Tent, located next to the Amphitheater.

For detailed information on all four Pennsic Choirs, including directors' contact information as well as downloadable sheet music and audio files for practicing, visit the Known World Choir website.

  • The Pennsic Choir is an open choir for anyone able to attend a 2-hour daily rehearsal and sing moderately complex choral music.

    • There is no audition, and participants do not need to know how to sight-sing.
    • If you would like to sing with the Pennsic Choir, please pre-register. Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated since it helps the director to plan.
    • All music is posted on the Known World Choir website, in the form of both sheet music and audio files, for singers to practice on their own.
    • Rehearsals: Rehearsals: 10AM-Noon from Thursday, July 30 through Wednesday, August 5 th at the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, or PARC, which is by the Ampitheatre. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Choir Director for Pennsic 49: Mistress Arianna Morgan
  • Chorulus Pennsicus is an audition-based choir of 8-20 voices, which performs more complex and challenging music than the full Pennsic Choir.

    • To participate, you must audition for the director, which can be done via audio/video or in person at pennsic. See the Known World Choir website for more information.
    • Unlike the other three choirs, Chorulus Pennsicus rehearses in a private camp on the Serengeti.
    • Rehearsals: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (some days will be from 4:15 to 5:30) from Saturday August 1st through Wednesday August 5th. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Chorulus Pennsicus Director for Pennsic 49:  THL Siri Toivosdotter
    • Auditions for next year's Chorulus Pennsicus will be held on Monday, August 3, from 12:30 to 2pm in the Battlefield University Tent. The Chorulus Pennsicus Director for Pennsic 50 will be Lord Cailin mac Aindreis.
  • The Pennsic Youth Choir is an open choir for children ages 12-19 who can attend a one-hour daily rehearsal. The Youth Choir performs rounds and part-songs in 2 or 3 parts.

    • Rehearsals: Noon-1pm from Saturday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 5th at the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, or PARC, which is by the Ampitheatre. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Youth Choir Director for Pennsic 49: THL Rachel Dalicieux
  • The Pennsic Children's Choir is an open choir for children under age 12 who can focus for a one-hour daily rehearsal. The Children's Choir performs rounds and other songs in 1 or 2 parts.

    • A parent or other responsible adult (not including the choir director) must attend rehearsals with their children.
    • Rehearsals: 1-2PM from Sunday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 5th at the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, or PARC, which is by the Ampitheatre. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Children's Choir Director for Pennsic 49: Lady Pia Malatesta d'Rimini

Registration (for the Pennsic Choir only)

Please use the on-line form to register by July 25.

After July 25 please see the director at a rehearsal during Pennsic, or inquire at University Point.

If you have any problems using the on-line form, please email the following info to the director:

  • SCA Name
  • Modern Name
  • Mailing Address (Street, City, State/Province, Country, Postal/Zip code)
  • Email address
  • Kingdom affiliation
  • Voice Part 1: first preference
  • Voice Part 2: alternate parts you're willing to sing, if any
  • Expected date of arrival at Pennsic
  • Approximate experience level

For More Information

Visit the Known World Choir website.

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