Camerata Singers

Camerata Singers

Camerata Singers is a 20-24 voice professional chamber ensemble, specializing in music from the Renaissance through the present day. The group began in 1975 as Camerata Singers of Elkhart (Ind). Music director David Seitz and singing friends, sensing an opportunity for a new community chamber choir, formed a thirty-voice ensemble with its first performance at Elkhart Memorial High School in December of that year. The group obtained not-for-profit status in 1977. Christine Larson Seitz has served as the Camerata’s accompanist since 1978. David Seitz retired as music director in 2010, and since then Scott Hochstetler has filled that position. In 2003, Camerata Singers reorganized as St. Joseph Valley Camerata, and in 2008 the group was selected to perform at the 2008 ACDA regional convention in Grand Rapids. In 2020, the group returned to its original name of Camerata Singers. Camerata’s mission is to strive for the highest level in the performance of choral chamber music. Seeking to make participation by busy qualified singers manageable, approximately ten rehearsals are scheduled before fall and spring concerts annually.

Scott Hochstetler

Scott Hochstetler, DMA, is Professor of Music at Goshen College, where he teaches in the choral, vocal and opera/musical theater programs. Dr. Hochstetler is a diverse conductor, having successfully led church, school, college, and community ensembles, and worked with singers from novice to professional. Under his direction, Vox Profundi (formerly the Goshen College Men’s Chorus) performed to acclaim at the ACDA regional convention in March 2012. Hochstetler regularly clinics choirs and has led groups on tours throughout the USA and Canada. Hochstetler guest conducted over 450 singers in the 2016 Mennonite Secondary Council Choral Festival and was the guest clinician for the IMEA Area 2A Circle the State with Song festival in February, 2020. Hochstetler has also directed the area professional chorus, St. Joseph Valley Camerata, since 2011. As a baritone, Dr. Hochstetler has performed opera and oratorio roles and given recitals in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon. Most recently, he appeared with the GC Choirs and Orchestra as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ Requiem in the fall of 2019. With graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Dr. Hochstetler has studied conducting with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, Jonathan Reed, Jerry Blackstone, Theodore Morrison and Kenneth Kiesler, and he has studied voice with Leslie Guinn, Stephen Lusmann and Doyle Preheim.

Anthony Beer Anthony Beer, Artistic Director

PO Box 347, 720 South Main Street, Middlebury, IN 46540

General Inquiries:   574-825-2585

Artistic Director:   574-292-2038