In 2016, the Davis Madrigal Singers competed in the Llangollen Eisteddfod (above) and sang a concert in a lovely church outside Dublin (below).
The Davis Madrigal Singers (founded in 1966) are an auditioned group of 28-32 high school students from Davis, California, that perform a wide variety of music dating from the 15th century to the present. In their distinctive, Renaissance-inspired costumes, the chamber choir currently enjoys about 40 performances per year within the United States and abroad.
These highly accomplished students meet as a class at a public high school. While they have had the pleasure of working with many renowned musicians in the US and internationally, some of the Madrigals’ most treasured experiences emanate from community outreach. From the time-honored tradition of The Madrigal Dinner -- a 16th Century holiday feast -- to preparing and serving meals at Davis Community Meals and Woodland's Fourth and Hope, with choral workshops and benefit concerts in between, the Madrigals are committed to spreading their “musical message of joy and hope” through song and service.
2016: The Madrigals toured Ireland and Llangollen, Wales. While in Ireland, they worked on chant technique with Brother Padraic at Glenstal Abbey (Limerick), had a master class with the acclaimed choral ensemble Anuna in Dublin, and performed in a joint concert with Habemus. In Llangollen, the choir sang in the 2016 Eisteddfod, taking fifth place (among15 entrants) in the Senior Children's Choir competition, and tied for fourth place in the Youth Choir competition.
2015: The Washington DC tour included a master class at American University, singing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mount Vernon, the National Cathedral, Christ Church in Arlington (George Washington's church!), and multiple performances in hallways and waiting rooms at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
2014: New York City tour with the Advanced Treble Choir. The Mads performed at Lincoln Center under the direction of Eric Whitacre and Stephen Schwartz, recorded a sound track for a movie, Goblin Song, at NYU, and sang for the firefighters of Engine 54 in NYC.
2013: Davis - sang Part 1 of Handel's Messiah with the DHS Advanced Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Baroque Orchestra. Vatican City - Private workshop/clinic with Monsignor Pablo Colino, Maestro di Cappella Emerito, of the Giulia Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica. Performed in the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Santa Maria del Popolo.
Rome - Benefit Performance at the ANFFAS Festa D'Estate (National Association of Families of People with Disabilities' Youth Festival)
The Abbey of Casamari in Veroli (located in Frosinone Province, Lazio Region) - Private Workshop on Gregorian Chants and Concert Performance at the Abbey, a 13th century active Cistercian monastery.
Vico Equense - Concert Performance at Chiesa dei Santi Ciro e Giovanni (Church of the Saints Cyrus and John)
2012: Los Angeles Workshop Tour: Eric Whitacre Workshop, Cal State Fullerton, Workshop with LA Master Chorale, Occidental College, Workshop- Cal Poly Pomona.
2011: Performed at St. John the Divine in New York City. Worked with Dr. Eugene Sirotkine, Asst. Conductor-NY Metropolitan Opera, and Dr. Judith Clurman, Juilliard.
2010: Performed in San Marcos-Venice, St. Peter’s-Rome, the Sistine Chapel and throughout Italy. Competed at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales and placed 3rd in the Youth Choir and 4th in the Chamber Choir divisions for this International Competition.
2009: Master classes with Dr. Eric Whitacre, composer and Dr. Steven Hodson, Westmont College. Performed throughout the Los Angeles area.
2008: Performed at St. John the Divine in New York City. Worked with Dr. Eugene Sirotkine, Asst. Conductor-NY Metropolitan Opera, Dr. Simon Carrington, Yale University, and Dr. Judith Clurman, Juilliard.
2007: Master classes with choral composer Dr. Eric Whitacre, composer and at UCLA and USC, Sacred Music performances in St. Albert’s Priory, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and Mission of San Gabriel.
2006: Competed in five events at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales, a world-renowned festival of music, song and dance. They placed 3rd in Youth Choir, 2nd in Senior Children’s Choir, and 1st in Chamber Choir, which won them the honor to participate in the Choir of the World competition.
2005: Toured Boston and New York City; worked with Dr. Andre de Quadros, Boston University, and Dr. Walter Turnbull and the Harlem Boys Choir.
2004: Performed in the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
2003: Josh Groban U.S. tour. The Madrigals sang back up to his hit record You Raise Me Up.
2002: Performed for the American Choral Directors’ Association in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2001: Performed at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II and at St. Paul’s Outside the Wall for the 100th Anniversary of Verdi’s death.
2000: Winners of the International Choral Competition in Prague.
Serving and Singing in the Community:
The Madrigal Dinner: this holiday feast, established in 1968, is one of the Davis community's longest-running and best-loved musical traditions.
Choral Workshops for students K-12 in Yolo and Sacramento Counties
Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day services held annually
STEAC benefit concerts
Fourth and Hope (formerly the Wayfarer's Center), Woodland CA, and Davis Community Meals: provide meals and music
Performances at Shriners Hospital, UCD Cancer Center, UCD Med Center, University Retirement Home, University Covenant Gardens, Courtyard Healthcare, Sierra Healthcare and more…
With their distinctive clarity and mature sound, The Davis High Madrigal Singers focus on genres of music from the medieval through the contemporary periods; both a cappella and with accompianist.
Patriotic Songs - America the Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, Tree of Peace Sacred Classical Songs - Sicut Cervus, works by Monteverdi, Mozart, Bach, Palestrina, Moses Hogan Secular Classical Songs - Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno, works by Morley, Monteverdi, DiLasso Secular Contemporaryt Songs - Works sung by Josh Groban, Imogen Heap, Michael Buble, Pharrell; compositions by Eric Whitacre, Randall Strop, and Michael McGlynn Multi-cultural Songs - Scottish Folk Songs, Prende La Vela, Hebrew Songs, settings of traditional Irish songs