The Known World Choir

The Known World Choir (KWC) is an organization of people from throughout the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) who love to sing medieval and renaissance choral music.

Where does the KWC meet?

Known World Choirs have performed at SCA events around the Known World, including the Estrella War in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, Gulf War in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, Lilies War in the Kingdom of Calontir and the Pennsic War in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc. People from all over the Known World gather to rehearse for a week and then present a concert to the delight of audiences at events all around the SCA.

KWC History

The Known World Choir was started in Anno Societatis XXII (1987) at Pennsic XVI by Mistress Josselyne ferch Rhys of the West Kingdom, who went on to direct the Pennsic Choir for several years. It has continued at Pennsic every year since then under various directors (most notably Lady Erlan Nordenskaldr of the East Kingdom for over a decade), and expanded to the Estrella War, Gulf War, and Lilies War whenever people willing to organize and direct choirs there have been available.

The Pennsic Choirs

In A.S. XLVII, the Pennsic Choirs grew to include a Children's Choir and a small audition-based group called Chorulus Pennsicus. The Pennsic Children's Choir was so successful that the following year it was divided into Children's and Youth Choirs, so by Pennsic XLII there were four Pennsic Choirs performing at our traditional Thursday night concert.

Estrella Choir

Founded by Master Lazarus Artifex in the early 2000s, the Estrella Choir has performed concerts as well as at courts. Its current director is Lord Thome Spyle Syngere of the Barony of Atenveldt.

What's on this site?

This website is intended as a resource for people who wish to sing in the Known World Choirs, direct choirs at SCA events, or just find information to help them create and build choirs in their local SCA groups. Using the links at left, you'll find:

  • Known World Choir rehearsal and performance schedules
  • Sheet music and learning tracks for current and past concerts
  • Information on buying or downloading recordings of past concerts
  • Resources on choral music of the middle ages and renaissance
  • Information on music classes planned for SCA events
Mistress Josselyne ferch Rhys
Our founder
Mistress Josselyne ferch Rhys
West Kingdom

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