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Our History

The Mirandola Ensemble, established in 2011, is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based professional choral ensemble dedicated to promoting the highest standards of choral music, the idea of choral music as ‘high art’ in the Western tradition, and the aesthetics of the Renaissance. The ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, and was a 2014-2015 Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for Classical Minnesota Public Radio. The group’s studio album “Nymphs & Angels” is now available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other streaming music services.

The Mirandola Ensemble is led by artistic director and tenor Nick Chalmers, and its core performers include Andrew Kane (tenor), Matthew Culloton (bass), Clara Osowski (alto), and Angela Grundstad (soprano). Click here to learn more about our singers.

“As Class Notes artists, Mirandola Ensemble hope to spread the joy of music.” – Classical Minnesota Public Radio, May 19, 2014

Our Name & Vision

Our name comes from the esteemed Renaissance philosopher, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463 – 1494), who wrote in his seminal treatise “Oration on the Dignity of Man”:

Adam, we give you no fixed place to live, no form that is peculiar to you, nor any function that is yours alone. According to your desires and judgement, you will have and possess whatever place to live, whatever form, and whatever functions you yourself choose. All other things have a limited and fixed nature prescribed and bounded by our laws. You, with no limit or no bound, may choose for yourself the limits and bounds of your nature. We have placed you at the world’s center so that you may survey everything else in the world. We have made you neither of heavenly nor of earthly stuff, neither mortal nor immortal, so that with free choice and dignity, you may fashion yourself into whatever form you choose. To you is granted the power of degrading yourself into the lower forms of life, the beasts, and to you is granted the power, contained in your intellect and judgement, to be reborn into the higher forms, the divine.

In the Mirandola Ensemble, we aim to take this philosophy seriously, just as our favorite Renaissance composers did. Choral music should be not only entertaining and fun, but also enlightening and even moral. It has the ability not only to amuse us, but to make our lives better.

The Mirandola Ensemble aims to represent the highest standards in choral music performance, utilizing the most recent scholarship and the very best professionals in the field today.

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Board of Directors

Steve Norman, Chairman
Founding Board member, 2011 • 4th term (re-elected 2017) • Vice President – Communications, Western National Insurance Group

Eric Lanser, Vice-Chairman
Founding Board member, 2011 • 4th term (re-elected 2017) • Director – Analytics Consulting, OptiMine Software

Thomas Vacek, Treasurer
1st term (elected 2016) • Research Scientist, Thomson Reuters

Nick Chalmers, Artistic Director | Secretary
2nd term (elected 2017)

Scott Sandersfeld, Founder & Director Emeritus (non-voting)
Founding Board member, 2011 • 4th term (re-elected 2017) • Lieutenant, United States Army