Blue Heron

Renaissance vocal music for the 21st century

aka Blue Heron   |   West Newton, MA   |  www.blueheron.org

Mission

Blue Heron, the first non-European ensemble to win the Gramophone Classical Music award for Early Music, is engaged in exploration of the vocal music of the 14th to 16th centuries. It aims to perform at the highest possible level of expressive intensity, in order to entertain, move, uplift and transform its audiences. Combining a commitment to vivid live performances with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, the group ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire, and aspires to a deeply informed understanding of the past. Blue Heron offers performances on its own Cambridge-based series and on touring engagements, as well as top-quality recordings, and educational programs (e.g. workshops), including residencies at local universities.

Notes from the nonprofit

The vocal ensemble Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the unique repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. The ensemble also regularly performs earlier and later music, from a concert version of Guillaume de Machaut’s Remede de Fortune to a collaboration with A Far Cry featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Le Cantique des Cantiques for twelve voices by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur (composed in 1952), and Devran (2017) by Boston’s Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Kathleen Brittan

Main address

950 Watertown St Suite 8

West Newton, MA 02465 USA

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EIN

04-3522239

NTEE code info

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

Singing Choral (A6B)

IRS filing requirement

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Self-Presented Concerts

Blue Heron offers concerts in Cambridge on a home subscription series, and presents a select few others in the region, as well. The concerts ordinarily consist of materials not presented previously, and involving much research, experimentation, and other preparatory work.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Awards

Noah Greenberg Award 2015

American Musicological Association

Bestenliste 2020

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik

Classical Music Award for Early Music 2018

Grammophone

Financials

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Blue Heron

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Peter Belknap

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No