Dirigo Ensemble is a not-for-profit (501 c) arts organization of local musicians presenting musical excellence in performance, education, and proliferation of community art. We specialize in unaccompanied (a cappella) vocal music from all eras, and share a passion for music education. By bringing high quality music to communities that may not otherwise have access to it, we are able to share the unique experience of musical art and inspiration. From public performances to private functions and scholastic events, Dirigo Ensemble brings real life to any musical performance.
We offer all genres of music, and tailor each opportunity to maximize the artistry of musical performance. We are sharing our experiences with middle schools and high schools, colleges and community choirs offering day-long intensives where students can sing with professionals, take lessons, and experience the magic of being on stage with Dirigo Ensemble. As local musicians collaborating with schools, outreach programs, and other arts organizations Dirigo Ensemble aims to give the Maine community access to high quality live music.
Our motto At The Roots of the Human Voice identifies the Dirigo Sound. It's earthy, grounded, and strong. We're both deeply grounded in the Western choral music tradition dating back all the way to Medieval era, and eager to produce completely new sound; organic, unique and local. The Dirigo tree grows upward, reaching high. By basing our music in the rich history of ensemble singing we are able to become original.
Dirigo is Latin for I Lead, and the motto for the State Of Maine. As a locally based ensemble, we want to retain our Maine roots. We are a group of individual artists, each leading with their own voice. The artistic director helps guiding the communal desire of the group, but each member shares their unique talents, experience, and knowledge. Together we bring a remarkable experience to all audiences with programming that is evocative, progressive, informed, and exciting. By sharing our music we hope to support new musicians, and lead others in new ways of collaboration.
About the Ensemble
We are an ensemble of ten singers performing a diverse repertory of music from Renaissance to commissioned works in multiple languages and historical practices. We take considerable care to match any event with an appropriately sized ensemble. Depending on the needs, Dirigo can be anything from an intimate quartet in a private function to a double choir in a baroque concert with a full orchestra.
Through the variable size and broad scope, Dirigo Ensemble is able to provide a unique service to our community. We bring support to Maine’s local artists, inspiration to the next generation, and offer access to the world stage of music. This becomes possible by the way of dedication of each Dirigo singer. By sharing their creative and educational experiences each member has a personal stake in the success of our mission. By supporting the Dirigo Ensemble, you become part of this mission in bringing high quality music to your local communities and to your neighbors.
There is no shortage of great music in Maine, and we are proud to be part of such a vibrant arts community. What we bring to the stage is unprecedented experience, knowledge, and quality. As a group of elite professionals, we strive to make every event, performance, and collaboration an opportunity to support you.