Ensemble Companio’s mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral
music. Founded in 2011 by director emeritus Joseph Gregorio, Ensemble Companio is an award-winning volunteer chamber choir comprised of members who hail from across the Eastern seaboard and perform together throughout the Eastern United States. Ensemble Companio takes its name from a Latin form of “companion,” the historical meaning of which is “one with whom one shares bread.” The name reflects the musicians’ belief that sharing in choral music, like the sharing of food, is an essential, nourishing, and healing experience.
The chorus gives consistently memorized, polished, and engaging performances. On the strength of a recording of its inaugural performance in 2012, Ensemble Companio was awarded the 2012 American Prize in Choral Performance (Community Chorus division). It performed at the 2013 Fall Conference of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, has received a grant from ACDA-PA, and has hosted such luminaries as composer/conductor Alice Parker; Matthew Oltman, director emeritus of Chanticleer; and Jameson Marvin, professor emeritus of choral music at Harvard University.
The Spring 2019 program “Failed Saints” grapples with what it means to be human in a time of inhumanity, exploring our mortal imperfections, our shared divinity, and ultimately our power to co-create the world as we wish it existed. Featuring choral music that holds space for rage, grief, transformation, and healing, this program includes the world premiere of two movements from Sarah Rimkus’s eponymous Failed Saints, Alberto Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah (his only composition for unaccompanied chorus), and Saunder Choi’s The New Colossus, as well as works by Dunphy, Guillaume, Valverde, Runestad, Barnett, Paulus, and others.