Paul Cienniwa's farewell season
Artistic Director, Paul Cienniwa has announced his resignation from Sine Nomine effective at the end of the 2012/2013 performance season in order to devote more time to his flourishing instrumental performing career. We have grown tremendously under Paul's leadership and while we are sad to see him go, we are very proud of our many years making music together.
Sine Nomine is an auditioned chamber choir based in Fall River, MA. Now in its 19th season, this community ensemble currently consists of eighteen voices, and performs music from the Middle Ages through the 21st-century, with a special emphasis on a cappella repertoire. Sine Nomine has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Newport Baroque, Providence College, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and was featured at the 2005 Organ Historical Society National Convention. The group draws its members from across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
In addition to leading Sine Nomine, Paul Cienniwa is choral director at Framingham State University and Mount Ida College, and he is director of music at First Church Boston, where the professional First Church Choir can be heard weekly on WERS (88.9 FM) Boston. His harpsichord playing has been called "expert" (Boston EDGE), and the Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote that "not everyone can capture the Baroque French style as Cienniwa does." For his recording of the Bach Viola da Gamba Sonatas with cellist Audrey Sabattier-Cienniwa, KBAQ radio (Phoenix, AZ) called his ability to accompany "spot-on...perfect". In recent years, he has appeared at Harvard, MIT, Yale, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine and with Grammy Award-winning uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan. An advocate of new music, he has premiered harpsichord works by Larry Thomas Bell and choral works by Karl Henning. In 2009, he was music director for Boston Opera Collaborative's acclaimed production of Handel's Alcina.