interest sessions

(re)Consider the Canon

National ACDA Conference 2021

Liza Calisesi Maidens & Katy Maguire Lushman

Approaching Renaissance and Baroque music can be daunting regardless of your choral forces or budget - but there are flexible voicing and accompaniment options as well as specific rehearsal strategies that can quickly engage any choir and help them fall in love with the music of the past. We provide resources and tips to help you find repertoire and demonstrate how to successfully program these works. In addition to uncovering approachable works by well-known composers, we also highlight voices that have often been excluded from our choral history.


In connection with this session, Liza and Katy commissioned composer B.E. Boykin to write a new work using early music conventions and a text by 13th century trobairitz Na Castelloza. You can preview and order Castelloza's Song here, as well as listen to the SATB version and voice/guitar version below.

Read an article in the Michigan State University College of Music Newsletter about this commission.

Preview and order Castelloza's Song here

Michigan State University, Graduate Choral Ensemble
Liza Calisesi Maidens, conductor

Katy Maguire Lushman, soprano
Grant Stringham, guitar


As a part of this session, Liza and Katy created a new edition of the 16th century madrigal Allor che ignuda by composer Vicente Lusitano, the first Black composer to be published in the history of western music. View and purchase this edition here. Proceeds of this sale will benefit organizations whose missions amplify historically excluded choral composers. It is also available on CPDL.

View and purchase this edition here. Also available on CPDL.





Previous Interest Sessions

  • It’s Possible: Renaissance and Baroque Repertoire for Treble Ensembles

  • Re-energizing Your Choral Warm Up

  • Seen and Heard: meet the women of mirabai

  • Perspectives of Women in the Choral Arts


Bach, Suscepit Israel

Schütz, Verbum caro factum est

Lusitano, Allor che ignuda

You can also contact me directly for information on how to obtain PDFs of these editions.