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The Gregorian Singers, under the direction of their founder, Monte Mason, have been dedicated to high standards of music for over 40 years. Our mission is to enchant our audiences with the beauty of early music and to present excellent new choral works. We strive to offer first-rate, authentic and well-researched performances of seldom-heard works in acoustically-excellent venues at little or no charge to our audiences.
History The Gregorian Singers began as a men’s chant schola in 1973. Founding Director Monte Mason could find few examples of serious attempts at performing Gregorian chant anywhere in the Twin Cities at that time. Therefore, upon assembling a group of similarly-interested singers, he worked out an arrangement with then-Canon Musician Howard Don Small at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Minneapolis, where the choir was based for the next twenty-seven years. The ensemble has sung at the American Choral Directors’ national conference, a regional convention of the American Guild of Organists, a concert series at St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, and at the 2003 National Convention of the Episcopal Church. It has received radio airtime in Minnesota and nationally, and is known for its broad repertoire, including chant and other early music, shape-note hymns, Norwegian and Swedish folk-hymns, as well as newly-commissioned works.