Ensemble Companio’s mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music.
Founded in 2011, Ensemble Companio is a volunteer chamber choir that performs throughout the northeastern United States. Ensemble Companio was awarded the 2012 American Prize in choral performance (community division) for its vibrant sound and moving interpretations, and was invited to perform at the 2013 Fall Conference of ACDA-PA.
Ensemble Companio derives its name from a late Latin form of “companion,” whose etymological meaning is “one with whom one shares bread.” The name reflects the musicians’ belief that sharing in choral music is an essential, nourishing, and healing endeavor akin to the sharing of food.
Ensemble Companio typically presents three full-length concerts per season, as well as several shorter and more informal performances. Its repertoire spans centuries and has included, among other things, Gregorian chant, sacred and secular works of the Renaissance, Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental double-choir motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, lush choral works of the Romantic era, and modern and contemporary compositions, as well as arrangements of spirituals, popular songs, and folk music from around the world.