About

About 2017-07-18T14:14:34+00:00

Now in its 28th season, CapriCCio continues to captivate audiences with outstanding performances of choral music ranging from the 15th century to the present, from Tallis and Gabrieli to Pärt, Whitacre and even younger contemporaries, from simple folk songs to Bach’s B Minor Mass and Handel’s Messiah, all performed in CapriCCio’s signature style: virtuosic clarity with a sensitive, compelling spirit.

Audiences look forward to CapriCCio’s annual Remembrance Day and Christmas concerts, as well as other theme concerts which have included a concert for St. Patrick’s Day spiced with lively Irish folksongs, and Music of the North, which highlighted Scandinavian and Canadian composers.

CapriCCio was featured in the North American premiere of Christopher Butterfield’s Convoy PQ17 and has performed with the Victoria Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.

CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble Society is a non-profit organization. Its concert season is supported entirely by its audiences and the generous contribution of its donors.

Born in New Brunswick,  Michael Gormley began his musical studies in Saint John and at Dalhousie University in Halifax.  He is an honours graduate of the Vienna Academy of Music where he studied organ, church music, choral and orchestral conducting.  From 1978 to 1984 he was conductor of the Vienna Choir Boys for their many recordings, concerts, and tours.  Since his return to Canada in 1984, he has been the Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, has worked with numerous choirs, orchestras and schools in the city, and is the founder and director of CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble.

CapriCCio’s pianist, Jane Edler-Davis, graduated with a BMus from UVic in 1978 and received a Teaching Diploma in 1981 from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she participated in the Early Music Seminars given by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. From 1981 to 1997, she was a coach and accompanist at the Brucknerkonservatorium in Linz, Austria. Since returning to Victoria in 1997, Jane has been active as a freelance accompanist, accompanying vocal students, SMUS Jr. and Middle School choirs, the Victoria Children’s Choir, Linden Singers, and, of course, CapriCCio. She also teaches music theory privately and at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Jane regularly performs with pianist Wendy Stofer in the piano
duo KlaVIERhands.