Past Concerts

Now Make We Mirthë

December 7, 2019 8:00 PM
Saint James Cathedral, Seattle

General admission & discount tickets still available at the door. 

In medieval Europe, the Christmas season was always celebrated in a big way. The harvest was in, and the short, cold days of winter were all the inducement needed to stay close to the fire and busy oneself with feasting, merriment and song. One type of song, the carol, was so frequently written with Christmas gatherings in mind that today we can hardly imagine any other kind. The joy of Christmas imbued church music as well with the same tuneful glow. The Medieval Women’s Choir tours England and the Continent to bring you the most inspiring music of the season.

Erika Chang, Marian Seibert, voice
Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle
Bill McJohn, harp
Peggy Monroe, percussion

A Feast for St. James

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 8:00 PM
Saint James Cathedral, Seattle 

It happens that one of the earliest and largest written sources of polyphonic music—music for multiple voices—is wholly dedicated to the Feast of St. James as it was celebrated at his great pilgrimage shrine, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Codex Calixtinus was an international effort, but it has been housed in Santiago since the 12th century. The choir and soloists are pleased to bring this music from the Saint’s cathedral in Spain to his Cathedral in Seattle. We will be welcoming Marian Seibert, Erika Chang, Linda Strandberg, Lisa Pontén, Emily Ostrom, and Marjorie Bunday with Bill McJohn as performing artists on our program.


Travelers’ Frolic!

Saturday, May 4th, 2019, 5:00 PM
Epiphany Parish, Seattle 

Journey with the Medieval Women’s Choir as we recreate a spring evening shared by medieval travelers. Though travel could be costly and difficult, people often regarded the journeys as adventures, hoping to try new foods, meet new people, refresh their lives, much as we regard modern vacations. Your ticket includes a frolic-filled evening of entertainment and food including hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, entertainment, dinner, dessert, and a champagne toast. The singers of the Medieval Women’s Choir will offer their voices during the evening, and you will be invited to make your gift in support of one of the most loved institutions in Seattle’s Early Music community.


Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:00 PM
Saint James Cathedral, Seattle

“Hodie,” or “Today,” is the word that begins any number of songs and texts for Christmas: Today Christ is born! Today the Savior appeared! It was the cue to unleash the greatest celebration of the year. Join us as we unleash our joy in sharing the music with you!

This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.

Courtly Love: A User’s Guide

Saturday, March 16th, 2019,  8:00 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church

Medieval love songs contain elements so universal that they could almost constitute a “how-to” guide for romantic relationships at court. In this concert, we will learn to follow instructions.