Resident Ensemble

Quince: Ensemble In Residence

2018-19 Season

The Voice Speaks: Choral Collaboration Featuring Quince

  • October 21, 2018
  • Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 3 p.m.
  • Collaborators: Vesper Concerts, UNO Vocal Music, Bellevue West High School, Bellevue East High School, Lincoln East High School
  • Learn more here!

Concert Repertoire:

  • Meredith Monk: Panda Chant 2
  • Jake Runestad: Let my Heart Be Heard
  • David Lang: evening morning day
  • Anthony Donofrio: Essay for Voices
  • Amanda Feery: Squarepushers
  • Steenberge pneuma
  • Gyorgy Ligeti: Ket kanon
  • Cathy Berberian: Stripsody
  • Cara Haxo: Three Erasures, 3 movements
  • Laura Steenberge: The Four Winds (excerpts)
  • Max Grafe: Three Madrigals (excerpts)
  • Gilda Lyons: Bone needles
  • Woody Guthrie Arrangements by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (excerpts)

Quince Spring Residency

Quince In Concert

  • April 28, 2019
  • Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 3 p.m.
  • Works by Amande DeBoer Bartlett, Luigi Nono, and Jennifer Jolley
  • Learn more here!

Quince is:

About Quince Ensemble

Singing with the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Ensemble is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as “the Anonymous 4 of new music” by Opera News, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of vocal ensemble literature.

As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing wider exposure for the music of living composers. They recently received a Chamber Music America award to commission a new song cycle by Chicago-based composer, LJ White, and will be releasing their 3rd studio album, Motherland, on New Focus Recordings in Spring 2018.

In 2016, Quince was featured on the KODY Festival Lublin, Poland in collaboration with David Lang and Beth Morrison Projects. They have also appeared on the Outpost Concert Series, the Philip Glass: Music with Friends concert at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, Alia Musica, and the SONiC Festival in New York.  During the 2017-18 season, they will collaborate with Third Angle New Music, Philadelphia’s Bowerbird, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Lawrence University, Cornish University, Tigue, Man Forever, and Tenth Intervention.

Comprised of vocalists Liz Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo-soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano), Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.

Quince Ensemble in the press

“Judging by the evidence here, Quince Ensemble is the Anonymous 4 of new music. They have a clear mission (in this case, commissioning, performing, and advocating new and experimental work), superb blend, great versatility, and a general fearlessness of approach. It’s hard to imagine that the fresh, daring, often forbiddingly difficult works on this disc could be performed any better.” — Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

“Over the years, the ensemble’s rapport has grown to almost telepathic levels.” — Peter Margasak, Chamber Music America, Summer 2017

“Ohio-based Quince, comprising founder and soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano Liz Pearse and mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Butcher and Aubrey Von Almen, with guest artist Delea Shand, sang a breathtaking program”

“It was clear that Quince had arrived as a new force of vocal excellence and innovation.”

“As the evening progressed and Quince sang wonder after wonder, the audience awaited each of them with Pavlovian anticipation.” — David St.-Lascaux, The Brooklyn Rail

Quince Ensemble online

You can find Quince Ensemble on Facebook and Twitter!

  • Listen to the Three Madrigals, movement by Max Grafe on Vimeo.
  • Listen to Stellar Atmospheres by Molly Herron with The Dervishes (inventor Andy Cavatorta) on YouTube.