About Illuminare

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Illuminare, formed in 2006 as the Carmina Women’s Ensemble, focuses on music of the medieval through Baroque eras composed or arranged for women’s voices. The name symbolizes the ensemble’s efforts to illuminate the glorious music of the past, often overlooked today. Just as beautiful initial letters, or illuminations, add beauty and meaning to medieval manuscripts, the group strives to enhance and enrich the lives of its listeners through its performances.

Illuminare has performed at the National Presbyterian Church, Anderson House, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, the Mansion at Strathmore, and First Night Alexandria. They have sung with Eya, the Countertop Quartet, Slaveya, and the Capitol Hill Chorale, as well as with sibling ensemble Carmina. Illuminare’s performances for the Washington Early Music Festival have been favorably reviewed by The Washington Post.

Their CD Illuminare Sings! can be purchased through this website and at concerts.

Illuminare on Video

Watch Illuminare sing Pastor, quien madre Virgen by Francesco Guerrero. Click here to find other videos from the same concert.

Listen to Illuminare and Carmina

Click here to hear samples of some of Illuminare’s and Carmina’s best performances.

Illuminare and Carmina on CD

Click here for ordering information for Illuminare Sings! and Carmina’s recordings A Carmina Sampler and The Son of Getron, as well as Motets for 4, 5, and 6 Voices by the Palestrina Choir of Washington.

About the Singers

Illuminare’s singers hail from the greater Washington DC area and have a strong interest and practiced expertise in early music.


Some of Our Past Concerts