The vitality of the early music movement is nowhere better demonstrated than by the emergence of Vox, an a cappella ensemble based in Ann Arbor, MI. Early music is heard in concert mostly in Europe and on the U.S. coasts, but Vox since its founding in 2000 has presented full concert seasons in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, and has performed around the upper Midwest.
Vox is a 12-voice professional group that includes former members of Chanticleer, the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir of London, the Rose Ensemble, and Conspirare, among other groups. Under the leadership of artistic director Christopher Wolverton, Vox has given many special performances outside of its regular concert season, including a memorial performance honoring the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks given at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit in 2002 and an opening concert for the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition Magnificenza! The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence the following year. The group lists "performing in acoustically appropriate and striking settings" among the goals stated in its mission statement, and the group has found no shortage of these settings among the impressive but often-overlooked churches of large Midwestern central cities.
Vox's concert programs center thematically on the music of a specific place or purpose, and its debut album, released in October 2004, fit the pattern. Entitled Josquin and the Lost Generation, it explored music commemorating composer Josquin Desprez and included a performance of the rarely heard Requiem mass of Josquin's successor (and perhaps student) Jean Richafort. Vox has energetically pursued collaborative projects, both musical and otherwise, and in 2003 the group introduced a composer-in-residence program and premiered a work by the first holder of the position, Kristin Kuster.