In the 16th century, a group of humanists, musicians, poets and intellectuals in the city-state of Florence gathered under the patronage of Count Giovanni de Bardi to discuss and guide trends in the arts. They met between 1573 until the late 1580s at the House of Bardi. Members of the group included Giulio Caccini, Pietro Strozzi, and Vincenzo Galilei (the father of the astronomer Galileo Galilei). They called themselves the Florentine Camerata.
Centuries later, in the year 2004, Vox Camerata was established in the city-state of Singapore with a mission; to introduce the joy of singing good choral music to everyone who is keen on making good choral music, regardless of their musical knowledge, background and experience. In 2019, we celebrated 15 years of idealistic doers in a tiny country introducing themselves by saying, with one voice, “We are Vox Camerata.”
Today, we are still invested in making choral music not just available but accessible. To achieve this, we conduct ourselves based on the values and ideals of inclusion, community, and collaboration. We do this by distinguishing ourselves through our open and inclusive approach to membership recruitment. Students, retirees, and mid-career professionals of varying ages, ethnicities, religions and nationalities all call themselves Vox Camerata, forming the members of what has since become Singapore’s longest-running non-auditioned community choir. Because we do not audition new members, many of our singers are people who would otherwise have never been able to experience both the joys and tribulations that are unique to the choral singing experience.
Much of our joy — and many of our tribulations — come from us setting high standards, putting in hard work, and constantly challenging ourselves; there are no shortcuts where music-making is concerned, after all. Our diverse repertoire paints a truly global soundscape that showcases the breadth and beauty of choral music.
Our rehearsals are fun and lively, but also passionate and focused. For those new to being a chorister, practices often prove to be educational. By consistently learning and growing together, we at Vox Camerata prove that open minds and open hearts have and will continue to produce excellent choral music worth celebrating.
We believe in celebrating excellence. We also believe that no celebration is complete without others to celebrate with. Vox Camerata has thus built up a distinguished reputation as reliable partners and collaborative community builders within the Singapore choir scene, on top of being proficient performers.
We are Vox Camerata and we are passionate, silly, energetic, overworked and fun. We love food. We are as idealistic as we can possibly be while being as pragmatic as we possibly can. We are a non-auditioned community choir. We believe that a good chorister can be anyone, can begin singing at any time, and can come from anywhere. We are Vox Camerata and we are proud to sing for everyone we can, with everyone we can.
Don’t just listen to us.