The Collage Vocal Ensemble is a select mixed chamber choir dedicated to performing compelling and challenging repertoire from a wide range of time periods and musical traditions. Founded in May, 2011, the Los Altos-based group presents a mix of full-ensemble and small-ensemble works in its concerts, and donates all net proceeds to local charitable organizations.

2018-2019 SEASON
Close Encounters
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Free Admission - $15 suggested donation, proceeds benefit LifeMoves -- breaking the cycle of homelessness.
November 18, 2018, 4:00pm
For our 8th season, Collage Vocal Ensemble continues the tradition of mixing many classical and popular music styles in programs of kaleidoscopic variety. We also mix music for the whole ensemble with songs for women, for men, and for trios and quartets. Our audiences always have a great time, and so do we. The program “Close Encounters” explores collisions between cultures, crossovers between musical genres, and more personal encounters. This time artistic director Rafael Ornes will have some fun with what can happen when genres mix within a song or one culture collides with another, for example, when a jazz composer borrows a theme from a Romantic composer, when a composer arranges a folk tune or a medieval chant, when Latin rhythms transform a Tin Pan Alley tune, and who knows what else. 

The Four Elements
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park
Free Admission - $15 suggested donation, proceeds benefit Music In The Schools Foundation.
April 7, 2019, 4:00pm
Collage Vocal Ensemble with artistic director Rafael Ornes looks at the natural world with songs about the four classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Another foursome of elements found on every Collage program are choral music by living composers, works by well-known composers from the past, popular music of yesteryear, and arrangements of popular music from our own time. Combining within the musical collage, as well, are four types of choral sound: the whole chamber choir of mixed voices, the men on their own, the women alone, and some songs for just a few voices.


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