Chorus Angelorum began in 2001 as a Renaissance and Early Music vocal group. In our heart of hearts we are still committed to the music of that period and we cherish keeping alive the works of composers like Giovani Gabrielli, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morely, Claudio Montiverdi, Henrich Schutz, and Giovanni Palestrina to name a few in our repertoire.
As we have grown in our life together as an a cappella performance group we have expanded our musical horizons to include the music of the Baroque and Romantic periods as well as early 20th century pieces, Early American composers and even contemporary and popular styles. Our concerts include the works of Bach, Bruckner and Mendelssohn, Eric Whitacre, and Ola Gjeilo. We also include the works of Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and the group Pentatonix as a part of our repertoire. Our concerts are an entertaining, enjoyable, and eclectic mix of musical styles with entertaining commentary and explanations of the pieces we perform.
The founder of Chorus Angelorum is Rick Smith (he is the thin guy on the right). Having a very successful career as a church musician, professional choral director, singer and composer, he envisioned and organized the ensemble in 2001. When his career took him from Saint Petersburg to San Fransisco, the group continued under the direction of Mike Davis (the not so thin guy on the left). Mike has had a long career as a musical arranger, conductor, singer and educator. Since Rick's return to Saint Petersburg, Rick and Mike share the conducting duties and are also singers in the group. Both also write and arrange pieces that are part of our performance repertoire.