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Known World Choir at Pennsic

Choir Director

Lord Cailin mac Aindréis

Welcome to the Known World Choir at Pennsic, also known as the Pennsic Choir! This year, the Choir will study and perform "Music in Scotland under the Stewarts." Twelfth-century Scottish chant, brilliant and ethereal Pre-Reformation polyphony, Reformation-era congregational psalm-tunes, 'imported' Parisian chansons from the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, plus secular songs of Love, War and Drinking, sung in Scots, English, Latin, Scots Gaelic, and French.

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.

Singing in the Pennsic Choir is an intense and rewarding experience. We rehearse 2 hours each day for a week, then perform a concert on the final Thursday of War week.

You donít need to be an expert musician to sing in the Pennsic Choir, but you should be able to carry a tune (preferably without a bucket!) and maintain a rhythm. The ability to read music and sight-sing is extremely helpful, but not required if you are willing to put in the effort to learn the music in advance. To facilitate this, the music for Pennsic 43 will be available online in MIDI format as well as PDF from the Known World Choir Website or by postal mail from the director. We plan to make sung MP3s available as well. It also helps to attend as many rehearsals as possible.

To stay informed about the activities of the Known World Choir, join our Yahoo Group or Pennsic Known World Choir Facebook group (all music and practice files will only be accessible via the Yahoo group at this time).

Rehearsal/Performance Schedule

All rehearsals take place in the new Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, located between the Bath House and the Amphitheater (near the Barn).

DateTimes Comments
Thursday, July 3110 am – Noon Rehearsal
Friday, Aug. 110 am – NoonRehearsal
Saturday, Aug. 210 am – Noon Rehearsal
Sunday, Aug. 310 am – NoonRehearsal
Monday, Aug. 410 am – Noon Rehearsal
Tuesday, Aug. 510 am – NoonRehearsal
Wednesday, Aug. 610 am – NoonRehearsal
Wednesday, Aug. 6TBD "Teaser" performance during Midnight Madness
Thursday, Aug. 7TBD Dress rehearsal - Performing Arts Pavilion
Thursday, Aug. 7TBD Call - Performing Arts Pavilion
Thursday, Aug. 7TBD Concert! - Performing Arts Pavilion


If you would like to sing with the Pennsic Choir, 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.)

Pre-registration is not required, but it does help the director to plan.

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

For More Information

Send your questions about the Pennsic Choir to the director:

Lord Cailin mac Aindréis
Tim Thomas
cell: 248-514-7132 (before and during Pennsic)

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