ModernMedieval is a new ensemble created by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, who serves as Artistic Director and performer.

ModernMedieval is creating new and challenging programs which combine medieval music with new work, working with celebrated artists including  singers from the cutting edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, viol player and Sonnambula director Elizabeth Weinfield,  and some of today’s leading composers including Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans, Daniel Thomas Davis, Andrew Lovett and Joel Friedman.


Programs currently on offer include:

The Living Word

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Martha Cluver, Elia Bagg, voices.

This program offered by ModernMedieval Trio of Voices  features four of Hildegard of Bingen’s most ecstatic chants, including O Jerusalem and O Ecclesia, interwoven with new works by acclaimed composers Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans, Joel Phillip Friedman and Daniel Thomas Davis. In addition, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek makes her debut as a composer, using her years of experience studying and singing this music to provide a unique and personal vision. The new works are based on, or influenced by, Hildegard’s philosophic writings and her visions.


A Midwinter Feast

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Martha Cluver, Elia Bagg, voices.

ModernMedieval Trio of Voices presents a holiday program featuring beloved English medieval and Renaissance carols, including There is no Rose, A Virgin Unspotted and Green Groweth the Holly (attributed to Henry VIII). Also included are English carols from the 20th and 21st century by Nicola Lefanu and Peter Maxwell Davies, and new arrangements of old favorites, including In the Bleak Midwinter, The Cherry Tree Carol and The Holly and the Ivy.

We also welcome the opportunity to create programs in collaboration with presenters, according to the needs of the venue or concert series.



Sanctum et Saeculare 

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, voice, with Elizabeth Weinfield, vielle and viol

This lecture/performance program, perfect for schools and colleges alike, combines medieval chant and song with music by 20th and 21st century composers using medieval texts as inspiration. The program features sacred and secular English songs and chant from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, an arrangement of the Offertory chant O Quam Glorifica by British composer Michael Finnissy, and three newly commissioned works by composers Joel Friedman, Andrew Lovett, and Daniel Thomas Davis.

The three texts given to Friedman, Lovett, and Davis are examples of 14th-century secular love poetry and are taken from the Findern Manuscript (compiled in England in the late 15th century). It is generally thought that many of the poems in the Findern MS were written by women, as they express a feminine perspective on issues such as love and constancy. While there are very little surviving musical settings of secular Middle English texts, having them set by contemporary composers is part of an ongoing project to bring these beautiful poems back to life.

This program allows students the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating yet largely unknown repertoire and introduces them to instruments of the medieval and baroque eras, the forerunners of our modern string family.  Early and new music are juxtaposed, thus allowing  the music and texts to be seen in both an historical and a contemporary context.


Upcoming ModernMedieval performances:

December 9th, 2016. O Jerusalem. A performance of the celebrated chant by Hildegard of Bingen, with Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC at 8pm

February 4th, 2017. Sanctum et Saeculare.  New York Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium at 2.30pm and Spectrum NYC at 9pm

May 9th, 2018.  The Living Word. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. at 7.30pm.

May 10th, 2018. The Living Word. Virginia Arts Festival, VA.