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Advancing and invigorating the art of chamber music for tenor, baritone, and bass voices across genres and generations through world-class performance, education, and commissions; within New England and across the
The Boston choral scene is a vigorous one, teeming with artistic outlets for those singers passionate about ensemble performance. Therefore, it was strange to discover that so few groups existed in the area devoted to the wealth of repertoire written throughout the centuries for men’s voice. A few trips to the bar, many email chains, and some truly horrible group name suggestions later, Renaissance Men was formed in January of 2014. From their beginnings as a sextet, the group expanded to nine in their first official season. In Later that year they shed, somewhat, from Boston bred early music backgrounds in favor of a program of American religious and folk music entitled RenMen Roots. The audience may have been shocked to see erstwhile Bach specialists strumming away on banjo and upright bass, but their hooting and hollering validated RenMen’s first major attempt to push repertoire boundaries.
Since, Renaissance Men has paved their way into New England's cultural landscape with ten curated concert series, the commission
and performance of several U.S. and world premieres by internationally-celebrated composers such as Patricia Van Ness and
Daniel E. Gawthrop, and the garnering of a devoted following in their concerts, broadcasted live-streams, and social media outlets. Dedicated to the art of collaboration, RenMen has partnered with Boston City Singers, Ensemble Musica Humana,
Boston Singers Resource and Greater Boston Choral Consortium. The ensemble has released two albums, RenMen Laments and A Very RenMen Christmas LIVE! on the Navona Reocrds |Naxos Direct label. Beyond New England, RenMen has toured in New York, Pennsylvania, and were among featured artists at the 2018 Phi Mu Alpha Men's National Music Fraternity Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.