Boulder Renaissance Consort


The Boulder Renaissance Consort presents "Christmastime is Here"

Sunday, December 3, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church
1001 13th Street, Boulder.

The Boulder Renaissance Consort presents “Christmastime is Here”, a concert of (mostly) early music of the season, on December 3, 2023, 4:00 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1001 13 th Street, Boulder.

The program includes Christmas music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, two pieces from Heinrich Schutz’s “A Christmas Story”, and traditional carols paired with their contemporary counterparts.

Members of the Consort are John Bullock, Shirley Carnahan, Melody English, Olivia Lerwick, Josh McGirk, and Anne Fjestad Peterson.

In addition to the live performance, the BRC is excited to stream the concert via the church’s newly installed audio/visual system.

Admission is $15, students and seniors $12. Streaming access is $10 for an individual, $15 for a household.

For more information, call 720-406-7477 or 303-442-4144, or visit our website,

Sunday, December 3, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church

1001 13th Street, Boulder
(corner of 13th and Euclid on the Hill)

Tickets available at here or purchase at the door
or email Boulder Renaissance Consort

The BRC: A Brief History

The Boulder Renaissance Consort was formed in 1980 by several former University of Colorado students who had been in the music department's Collegium Musicum. Original members were Shirley Carnahan, Melody English, Anne Fjestad, Jim Gray, Kate Luby, and Steve Winograd. Our first public performances were busking on the Pearl Street Mall and playing at the Colorado Renaissance Fair, where we had to compete with the birds of prey demonstration.

Steve Kator, who was briefly a member from 1981-82, was especially good at Renaissance ornamentation and got us all started ornamenting as well.

After Kate moved away, we were in need of a new lead singer. We met Linda Sherman in Laramie at the University of Wyoming's Renaissance Fair, where she was performing with Jim Gray's other group, Musica Antiqua. She joined in 1983.

Jim left the BRC to make more money as a professional trombone player, but several of us continued to sub with Musica Antiqua, and Shirley was a regular member for several years. The departures of Jim, Steve Kator, and Steve Winograd made the BRC an all-girl band for a few years.

Shirley, Melody, and Anne were hired by director Lee Potts as on-stage musicians for the 1982 production of As You Like It at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, costumed as males. The music from that production formed the basis of our first set book. In 1984, Shirley arranged the music for the CSF's production of Twelfth Night, with Anne, Linda, Melody, and Jon Erickson appearing in the performances. For this play the women got to wear dresses.

By 1984 we decided we were ready to give our first formal concert, performed December 9. It was new member Claire Seger's first appearance with us. Dan Seger, who joined in 1985, and Claire had both been Anne's students in an ensemble of professional musicians who were honing their recorder skills. Chautauqua 1995

By the late 90s we decided it was time to become recording artists and discovered that performing and recording require two different skill sets, one of which we had yet to acquire. We were shepherded through the process by Mark Derryberry of Derryberry Audio and ultimately emerged with two CDs, From Cathedral to Castle in 1998 and A Rose in Winter in 2005.

Josh McGirk made his debut with us in 2008 for the performance of Isaac's "Tota pulchra," a motet that requires two tenors. He permanently took over the tenor duties (and sometimes alto, since he is a countertenor) the following year when the Segers retired.

After Linda retired in 2016, Lara Province took over the lead singer position for two years until the demands of college, work, and single parenthood became too great. Katherine DeVane was our guest vocalist for the 2019 Christmas concert and was planning to return for our 40th anniversary concert in the spring of 2020, but the season became another casualty of Covid.

During the summer of 2020, we were joined by Martin Wachter and Madeline Zanetti for outdoor, socially-distanced rehearsals on Anne's front porch or back patio, recording two sets of Adson's Courtly Masquing Ayres to post on the web.

Several friends have augmented our ranks over the years when we needed extra players, including Carolyn Patterson, Dody Taylor Kois, Sheri VandeRiet, Anne Sandoe, Sam Sandoe, and Valerie Hess and her Trinity Consort: Sue Crittenden, Gina Schwarzmaier, Ann Sprague, and Trudy Wayne.

Past and present members of the BRC wish to thank our ever-patient families and our loyal friends and patrons for 40 years of support.

Anne Fjestad Peterson

Boulder Renaissance Consort 1982

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