Profile Type: Artist
Blue Heron

Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, is this country’'s leading Renaissance vocal ensemble, acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “"one of the Boston music community’'s indispensables”" and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “"expressive intensity”" of its interpretations. Blue Heron performs the vocal chamber music of the 14th through 16th centuries at the highest possible level of expressive intensity, in order to entertain, move, uplift, and transform its audiences. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, we range over a wide and fascinating repertoire. We aspire to a deeply informed understanding of the past, and our aim is to confound commonplace assumptions that “old” music is inaccessible or irrelevant. Much of what we sing has hardly been performed in centuries, and we routinely present works that virtually none of our listeners have heard before. Blue Heron offers its audiences an experience of adventure and discovery very much like that at a concert of new music.
In 2010 the ensemble inaugurated a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks; three discs have been released so far, and the series will be completed in 2017. All of Blue Heron’'s recordings have received international critical acclaim and the first Peterhouse CD made the Billboard charts. Blue Heron presents a subscription series in Cambridge, and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival; at The Cloisters and Music Before 1800 in New York City; at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., in California at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition; and, in many other cities nationally, including Seattle, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, New Haven, and Milwaukee.

Additional Links: 
Blue Heron's Ockeghem@600 project -- to perform all the works of Ockeghem over the next few years (through roughly 2020) -- is explained.
From "Christmas in Medieval England" (BHCD1006), released October 9, 2015.
Listen to tracks from any of Blue Heron's CDs here
A WBUR interview with Prof. Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard) about his new book, which comes with a companion CD recorded by Blue Heron. It tells the story of the invention and improvement of musical notation.

I Have Worked With

  • October 2016

    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Phone: 617-552-8720

  • June 2016

    State: CT

    Concert in Evans Hall at Connecticut College, as part ofthe 2016 Connecticut Early Music Festival 


  • April 2016

    State: NY
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Phone: 212-666-9266


  • Artist

Contact Information

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General Manager
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950 Watertown Street
Suite 11
West Newton, MA 02465
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950 Watertown Street Suite 11
West Newton, MA 02465
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Music - Chamber
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Chamber
Music - Choral
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Performing Groups
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Jesse Ann Owens (UC Davis) and Blue Heron were the recipients of the 2015 Noah Greenberg Award, given once per year by the American Musicological Association. It is generally considered the highest honor in Early Music in North America.
Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for 10+ years, for general organzational support. Choral Arts New England grants for Peterhouse performance and recording projects.

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
A music stand, and an appropriate number of chairs.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
High School-age