Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.
& Tha´s St. Julien - Directors
Stuart LeBlanc - Associate Director
New Orleans Musica da Camera is the oldest surviving early music organization in the country, founded in 1966 by director Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr. Researching and performing the music of the 10th through 16th centuries, the group is dedicated to making that music current and living for the listeners of the 21st century. Using historically informed performance techniques and reproductions of period instruments (many built by Scheuermann), they also use their own musical transcriptions from original manuscript sources. The ensemble performs in the culturally diverse neighborhoods in and around the Crescent City and throughout the Gulf South, presenting a variety of performances, lectures and workshops. Vox FeminŠ, the women's vocal ensemble of Musica da Camera, was founded in 1994 by St. Julien. This ensemble focuses on medieval songs and chant, with a special interest in music by or about women.
Musica da Camera has been heard on eleven national radio broadcasts, and their recordings on the Centaur label have been distributed internationally; individual Musica da Camera artists have established international reputations through recordings and touring in the United States and Europe. Since 1976, Scheuermann and St. Julien have co-hosted Continuum, the oldest continuing radio program devoted to early music in the U.S. Continuum is broadcast on NPR affiliate WWNO, New Orleans/ KTLN, Thibodaux, and is aired in Portland, Oregon on NPR affiliate KBPS, and is broadcast over the World Wide Web.
Co-directors Scheuermann and Tha´s St. Julien work together with musicology adviser Hendrik van der Werf and a variety of specialists in literature, art and history in preparing Musica da Camera programs, lectures and workshops; special projects have included not only programs on Courtly Love and on King Arthur, but the musical inspiration and research for the 1998 parade of the Mardi Gras Krewe of Orpheus as well!
Musica da Camera has been a winner of the Early Music America/Millennium of Music National Radio Competition, a recipient of a Mayor's Arts Award, and of a Certificate of Merit from the City of New Orleans; Scheuermann and St. Julien have received Life Time Achievement Awards from the Gambit Newspaper "Tribute to the Classical Arts" for their work with Musica da Camera, and Certificates of Appreciation from the City of New Orleans. Since 1989 Musica da Camera has been a Visiting Artist in Residence ensemble at the historic National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in New Orleans.
Opening Page Photo Illustration by Will Crocker
This web site was last updated on Thursday 24 July 2014