After 30 years in New York City as a church and temple musician, Andrew Ravensong moved to Denver without any idea of what he was going to do next. Being a church musician just didn’t seem compatible with the way his spirituality was moving. Did becoming “Pagan” mean giving up Brahms and Mozart and all the music that he'd loved all his life? As he found out, his love of classical music only enhanced his journey.
So Andrew put the word out about a new choir…a choir whose core would be Earth-based spirituality, not the Judeo-Christian music that dominates so much of the choral music scene... A Pagan choir.
The community responded, and Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir was born.
A Pagan Choir?
Our name comes from the Orpheus of ancient Greece: legendary muscian, poet, and prophet. He was known for such feats as being able to charm all things, even the very stones beneath his feet, with his music. As Shakespeare put it in one of our songs, Orpheus with his Lute, Orpheus made "trees and the mountain tops that freeze, bow themselves when he did sing."
We are filling a very particular niche with beautiful, enchanting, and inspired music. Our communities around the world are demanding more access to art that honors ancient traditions. We are responding to that call.
“Do you have a CD?”
Ever since Orpheus was founded, people have been asking, “Do you have a CD?” With your help, we’ll be able to say, “Yes, and here it is!”
We’ve become known for our unique events: our Twelfth Night Yule Concert & Viking Feast, our programs that fuse ancient with future. Why should our CD be different? We want to make the world premiere recording of the powerful Missa Druidica, our unique covers of Mummers’ Dance, Ancient Mother, We Won’t Wait, and other favorite Orpheus tunes.
Why We Need Your Help
We want to record just the way you love us: live musicians doing something that seems to touch people’s souls.
We’re over 30 voices and instrumentalists. We can’t just hole up in someone’s garage and turn on a switch. If we were in Hollywood or New York, we could find a studio large enough to hold all of us, but here in Denver we need to rent space and a satellite recording truck! And we’re not using digital instrumental sounds either. It will be all live, all real, all Orpheus.
There’s magic to the mix of a professional CD. We need a wizard at the console, the sound engineer who creates ambience, atmosphere, and depth. Good ones don’t come cheap! Add to that the mastering of the CD, and we have quite the endeavor!
How You Can Inspire and Contribute
Orpheus has grown so fast that it’s hard to keep up with everything we’re being asked to do. We believe now’s the time for the CD people have been asking for. We humbly ask for your help to underwrite its costs.
Please make a donation to our Indiegogo campaign! As a charitable organization, your gift to Orpheus is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. That means you subtract the value of whatever perks you receive (like tickets, our CD, or Orpheus Tote Bag) from your gift and you can deduct the rest from your taxes. Indiegogo makes it really simple: just click and go!
Give us the chance to satisfy our Muse and you'll become part of a cultural movement for tolerance, acceptance, and exquisite musical beauty.