“The four members of Canonici directed by Dr. Anne Lyman are all early-music specialists, and sing this music with knowledge and grace.”
–Rosemary Ponnekanti, Tacoma News Tribune
CANONICI: Consort of Voices is a professional early music ensemble founded by Dr. Anne Lyman in the spring of 2010 and based in Tacoma, Washington.
CANONICI is named after a 15th-century music manuscript that is an important source for the music of Flemish renaissance composers. CANONICI performs music from the medieval and renaissance eras, focusing primarily on music composed from 1350–1550. CANONICI seeks to explore and illuminate this vast repertory of works by performing one-on-a-part at the highest professional level and by providing the audience with an opportunity to hear this ancient music, much of which is rarely performed.
Anne Lyman is passionate about performing and studying early music. She has founded and directed numerous early music ensembles, including Tempus Imperfectum, Belgium’s first vocal ensemble to read from original notation, and the Early Byrds and Mad Consort of Iowa City. She has studied and performed early music throughout the United States and Europe with such notable conductors as Andrew Carwood, Peter Phillips, Jeremy Summerly, Janjoost van Elburg, Ignace Thevelein, and Francis Steele. She recently completed a nine-month residency in Leuven, Belgium under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct archival research for her dissertation, an examination and transcription of the Deliciae sacrae (1616) by English composer Peter Philips, receiving additional recognition for her work from the Alamire Foundation, the Society of Seventeenth Century Music, the Belgian American Education Foundation and the Stanley Foundation. Anne currently teaches at the University of Puget Sound and is Director of Music Ministries at Skyline Presbyterian Church. In August 2009 she was named the Artistic Director of the Seattle Bach Choir. When she isn’t singing or directing she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Zach, and toddler son, Milo.
Hailed for his “generous tenor” by Early Music America, James Brown maintains an active and eclectic schedule of performing, teaching, stage directing and conducting. James has appeared with early music luminaries Rinaldo Alessandrini, Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Lawrence King and Arthur Haas. He has performed at the international early music festivals in Berkeley and Boston. Upcoming performances include Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Pacific Musicworks at St. James Cathedral and Vecchi’s L’Amfiparnasso with the Seattle Early Music Guild at the Moore Theater. James has sung with Seattle’s Renaissance Singers and most recently with the Tudor Choir in a collaboration with Mark Morris. James is the Chair of Vocal Studies at Pacific Lutheran University.
Joshua Haberman began intensive choral studies at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ where he spent ages 11-14 attending boarding school and touring extensively, appearing in over 200 concerts across the United States and Europe. Notable appearances include Bach’s B Minor Mass with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fischer Hall and a series of concerts with Chanticleer. Josh received his B.S. and B.A. in Computer Science and Music from the University of Puget Sound in 2004. He appears regularly with The Tudor Choir, The Renaissance Singers, and the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, which is broadcast live on KING FM and regularly features Josh as a soloist. Josh works as a Software Engineer for Google in Seattle.
Thomas Thompson has been singing in Seattle for the last 16 years with various local groups including the Northwest Boychoir, Vocalpoint! Seattle, the Renaissance Singers, the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s cathedral, Capella Romana, and the Tudor Choir. He has also appeared as soloist for the Christmas Revels in both Tacoma and Portland, and in the Seattle Symphony’s educational concert series. In 2010 he was cast in his first professional opera role, as Tancredi in Steven Stubbs’ production of Monteverdi’s Tancredi e Clorinda. Thomas currently serves as bass soloist and section leader at St. Stephen’s Episcopal church in Laurelhurst. In his spare time he practices martial arts, something he has been doing since the age of 8, and works in his garden.