Known World Choirs at Pennsic


musicKnown World Choir Coordinator  

Lady Siri Toivosdotte


What is the Known World Choir?

The Known World Choir (KWC) is a group of people from across the Kingdoms of the SCA who love to sing a cappella choral music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Singers gather, rehearse, and perform at major SCA wars like Estrella, Lilies, and Pennsic.

The Known World Choirs at Pennsic are also known as the Pennsic Choirs.

The Pennsic Choirs

The Pennsic Choir has a decades-long tradition of performing medieval and renaissance choral music at the Pennsic War. In recent years it has expanded into four Pennsic Choirs, each with its own director.

The choirs perform a joint concert on Thursday, August 9, in the Performing Arts Tent. Warmup is at 6:00 pm at the European Dance Tent; the performances begin at 6:30 pm in the following order: Children's Choir, Youth Choir, Chorulus Pennsicus, Pennsic Choir.

Most rehearsals take place in the Performing Arts Rehearsal & Class Tent, located next to the Amphitheater.

For detailed information on all four Pennsic Choirs, including directors' contact information as well as downloadable sheet music and audio files for practicing, visit the Known World Choir website.

  • The Pennsic Choir is an open choir for anyone able to attend a 2-hour daily rehearsal and sing moderately complex choral music.

    • There is no audition, and participants do not need to know how to sight-sing.
    • If you would like to sing with the Pennsic Choir, please pre-register. Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated since it helps the director to plan.
    • All music is posted on the Known World Choir website, in the form of both sheet music and audio files, for singers to practice on their own.
    • Rehearsals: 10-AM Noon from Thursday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 7th. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 8th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Choir Director for Pennsic 48: Lord Cailin mac Aindreis
  • Chorulus Pennsicus is an audition-based choir of 8-16 voices, which performs more complex and challenging music than the full Pennsic Choir.

    • To participate, you must audition for the director, which can be done via audio/video. See the Known World Choir website for more information.
    • Unlike the other three choirs, Chorulus Pennsicus rehearses in a private camp on the Serengeti.
    • Rehearsals: 4:00 – 5:00 pm from Saturday August 3rd through Wednesday August 7th. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 8th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Chorulus Pennsicus Director for Pennsic 48:  Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
    • Auditions for next year's Chorulus Pennsicus will be held on Monday, August 5, from noon to 2pm in the Battlefield University Tent. The Chorulus Pennsicus Director for Pennsic 49 will be THL Siri Toivosdotter.
  • The Pennsic Youth Choir is an open choir for children ages 12-19 who can attend a one-hour daily rehearsal. The Youth Choir performs rounds and part-songs in 2 or 3 parts.

    • Rehearsals: Noon-1pm from Sunday, August 3rd through Wednesday, August 7th. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 8th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Youth Choir Director for Pennsic 48: Lady Cynthia Anne of Silver Lakes
  • The Pennsic Children's Choir is an open choir for children under age 12 who can focus for a one-hour daily rehearsal. The Children's Choir performs rounds and other songs in 1 or 2 parts.

    • A parent or other responsible adult (not the choir director) must attend rehearsals with their children.
    • Rehearsals: 1-2pm from Sunday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 7th. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 8th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Children's Choir Director for Pennsic 48: Lady Tangwystl verch Gruffydd

Registration (for the Pennsic Choir only)

Please use the on-line form to register by July 25.

After July 25 please see the director at a rehearsal during Pennsic, or inquire at University Point.

If you have any problems using the on-line form, please email the following info to the director:

  • SCA Name
  • Modern Name
  • Mailing Address (Street, City, State/Province, Country, Postal/Zip code)
  • Email address
  • Kingdom affiliation
  • Voice Part 1: first preference
  • Voice Part 2: alternate parts you're willing to sing, if any
  • Expected date of arrival at Pennsic
  • Approximate experience level

For More Information

Visit the Known World Choir website.

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