the ensemble

APERI ANIMAM is an emerging vocal ensemble engaged in the exploration of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque eras. APERI ANIMAM presents historically-informed performances under a 21st-century light.

since their conception in january 2017, artistic director Daniel Koplitz has encouraged a collaborative approach to consort-singing and does not conduct in performance. instead, the ensemble performs and rehearses as chamber musicians with each member contributing artistically to the piece or narrative at hand. while there is careful attention to historical performance practice, APERI ANIMAM approaches early music performance with experimentation and intimacy, and they aim to stretch the boundaries of traditional choral concerts.

the ensemble is comprised of vocalists, teachers, composers, and scholars who call the greater Milwaukee area “home.” members have experience performing across the city and country, including engagements with Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, the Haymarket Opera Summer Course, the Madison Early Music Festival, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the DIY Chamber series, the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival, and the Up North Vocal Institute. in addition, APERI ANIMAM’s practice is enriched through coaching from their resident linguist and certified Alexander technician.

APERI ANIMAM has collaborated with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Plymouth Chorale, Nordic Brass, and Hesternus. they have been featured on the Milwaukee Fringe Festival and the Riverwest FemFest, and have performed through the University of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Grace Lutheran concert series, Holy Hill Basilica, and Early Music Now.  APERI ANIMAM has opened for the world-renowned Flanders Recorder Quartet and worked in a masterclass setting with both the British vocal ensemble The Queen’s Six and members of Piffaro. currently, they hold residency at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.

APERI ANIMAM’s 2018-2019 season is titled “DELIVERANCE” and consists of two concerts, “PRO DEFUNCTIS: music for the dead” and “LIBERA NOS: music on tribulation and salvation.”