Evoking the past, entertaining the future.


The Elizabethan Syngers is an auditioned choral ensemble in the Twin Cities dedicated to performing music of and inspired by The Renaissance. Founded in 1971 by Paul Hendrickson, the ensemble is currently one of the longest performing musical ensembles at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and a favorite among festival patrons.

In addition to MN Renaissance Festival Appearances, The Elizabethan Syngers perform an annual holiday concert in December and are a frequently contracted ensemble for entertainment at corporate parties, apple orchards, parades, celebrations, and more.  


Artistic Directors:
Paul Hendrickson (Founder): 1971-2005
Jason M. Horner: 2005-2013
Samuel Grace: 2014-2018

​CURRENTLY SEEKING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Permanent Position to Start Spring 2019!


The Elizabethan Syngers is a non-profit semi-professional a capella singing group that was established in 1971. The group sings music of the 16th and 17th centuries in period costume, for performances at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival,  holiday season (sacred & secular) and occasional off-season community appearances. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings and run from mid-May through mid-August, with a short break, and resume October through the first few weeks in December for the Holidays. Salary is commensurate with experience and skills.

 Responsibilities include planning and leading rehearsals, auditioning new members, working with the group’s committees to plan for the seasons, and creating a repertoire memorization schedule.

 The Elizabethan Syngers is a volunteer board-run non-profit 501(c)(3) performing group, and its director must strike a successful balance between providing a fun rehearsal/performance environment and pushing the group to excel.

 The ideal candidate:

has a Bachelor’s degree in Music/Music Theater and choral conducting experience;
has the ability to prepare the group to perform theatrical a capella music without a conductor;
has theatrical experience, on-stage and/or directing;
is a team builder who understands and successfully manages small and large group dynamics;
can convey musical ideas clearly and uses best practices in preparation and performance;
is organized and communicates well both within and outside the organization;
is able to delegate tasks and work with committees  

 Please send a letter of interest, resume, and professional references to the e-mail address below no later than November 16th, 2018. Finalists will be allotted rehearsal time with the group in December/January on selected pieces.

Email: carla.hennes@gmail.com