The Ensemble-in-Residence


Throughout its history, the worldwide church, and particularly the Anglican communion, has dedicated resources of time, talent, and treasure to create artwork that uplifts the spirit and brings communities together in common purpose. In 2014, St. David's embarked on an ambitious Ensemble-in-Residence program to bring emerging and cutting-edge ensembles to the attention of the audiences of Baltimore. Learn more about past and current ensembles below, and make sure to explore the current concert season and visit the Music Series page so you can mark your calendars to hear the incredible music these performers have to offer.

Interested ensembles are welcome to contact Director of Music Ministries Douglas Buchanan at with inquiries. Applications for 2020-2021 are available here, and are due by March 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm. You can download past guidelines for the application here.

2019-2020: Third Practice

A virtuosic vocal consort specializing in the performance of vivid concerts combining old and new.

Third Practice

2018-2019: The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble

One of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the US, the WCSE presents period performances on early brass instruments.

2017-2018: The icarus Quartet

The icarus Quartet, a two-piano-two-percussion ensemble with members from Baltimore, Maryland, and New Haven, Connecticut, will perform two programs, one in the fall and one in the spring. Their Carnegie Hall debut was praised for being “thoughtful, accurate and always inspired and exciting.” Don't miss these supremely talented musicians performing rarely heard and exciting repertoire!

The icarus Quartet performs Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

from their October 6, 2017 concert at St. David's.

Visit their web site to hear more!


2016-2017: The Argus String Quartet

In 2016-2017, the Argus Quartet presented two programs, performing on the first and last concerts of the First Friday Series. The first included some of the finest string quartets written by living composers; the second  featured Classical and Romantic masterworks.

The Argus Quartet performing the finale of Benjamin Britten's String Quartet in D Major



2015-2016: The Broken Consort


In 2015-2016, The Broken Consort presented three programs: POP! Unplugged, an exciting re-interpretation of popular song from the last 1000 years, from music of the Middle Ages to Bjork; a vocal recital of troubadour music; and Made in America, a collection of American music from aboriginal South American song to the polyphony of New England and the folk music of Appalachia.


The Broken Consort



2014-2015: The LUNAR Ensemble


Season highlights of the LUNAR residency included performances of George Crumb's Vox Balaenae, Douglas Buchanan's The Idea of a Whale, the American premiere of British composer Michael Finnissy's Marnggu by clarinettist Gleb Kanasevich, and the suitably Baltimorean program Poe-Parie: A Parisian Homage to Edgar Allen Poe, with dramatized readings by local professor Ned Sparrow.

Poe-Parie after-concert


Part of the LUNAR Crew with Mr. Poe and Dr. Buchanan



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