Third Practice is a chamber vocal ensemble that seeks to bring the beauty of the human voice to new and broader audiences. We are dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional classical and contemporary music through thoughtful and adventurous programming that explores the close connections between today’s music and the music of the past. Third Practice is named after a term for the late style of composer Claudio Monteverdi, in which he is said to have fused elements of the older ‘first practice’ with the contemporary ‘second practice,’ creating a rich new musical language.

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Feb 12, 2012 at 5 PM - St. James’ Episcopal Church, Leesburg, VA

   offering collected for Grace to Go Meal Ministry

   SPECIAL GUEST - Shenandoah University Chamber Choir

   Robert Shafer, conductor

Feb 26, 2012 at 2 PM - Frederick Presbyterian Church, Frederick, MD

   offering collected for the Alan P. Linton, Jr. Emergency Shelter

Mar 25, 2012 at 7 PM - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA

   $15 suggested donation - all proceeds to Good Shepherd Housing

previous concerts and live audio clips

Third Practice premiere concerts

Gallus Ave Maria

Woollen Ave Maria

Josquin Miserere mei, Deus

Lang little match girl passion (Virginia premiere)

Third Practice presents a series of benefit concerts supporting our local homeless and underprivileged. The highlight of our program is David Lang’s Pulitzer prize-winning little match girl passion, a stunning setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale that has won serious praise from audiences and critics alike.

Shauna Kreidler is a mezzo-soprano based in the DC area. She has sung with the Washington Chorus, the City Choir of Washington, the Master Chorale of Washington, and currently sings with the Washington Master Chorale (formerly National Master Chorale). Shauna has recently been featured in performances with the Washington Revels Christmas Revels (Lisner Auditorium), with the Washington Revels Gallery Voices (Sydney Harman Hall), and can be heard on the new Washington Revels Heritage Voices CD, Hard Times Come Again No More. She holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Soprano Robin Smith has a voice that has been described as "gently gliding into the heavens, as an announcement from angelic hosts" by the Washington Examiner. She currently sings with the Washington Bach Consort, Chantry, Eya, the Washington Bach Sinfonia, the Washington Master Chorale, the church of Ascension and St. Agnes and at the National Cathedral. Highlights of the season include solo performances of the Messiah, in the Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata series, and in Medieval quartet Eya at the Boston Early Music Festival. She has recorded multiple albums with Dorian/Sono Luminus with the Bach Sinfonia and independently with Chantry.

2012/2013 Artists

Tenor Dan Merceruio is an alumnus of Shenandoah University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music. His main instrument of study was voice, with piano as a secondary application. He has toured several European countries as chorister and soloist with the renowned Shenandoah Conservatory and Chamber Choirs under the direction of maestro Robert Shafer. Mr. Merceruio is the producer of the GRAMMY® award winning classical record label Sono Luminus. He has had the opportunity to work with and produce a myriad of artists, ranging from solo piano and string quartet to larger ensembles such as chamber symphony and chorus.

Bresnick - New Haven

March 17, 2013

Tallis - If Ye Love Me

March 17, 2013

Carissimi - Vanitas


October 20, 2012

Bach, arr. Thoene -

Violin Chaconne

October 20, 2012

Winchester Bach-Handel Festival

Purcell Fairy Queen (excerpts)

Monteverdi Beatus vir a 6

Monteverdi Lamento della ninfa

Lambert Vos mespris

Carissimi Vanitas vanitatum

Bach, arr. Thoene - Violin Chaconne in D minor with chorales

Third Practice joins Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble and soloists Rebecca Kellermann Petretta and Charles Humphries for two concerts of the Winchester’s Bach-Handel festival.

Oct 19, 2012 at 8 PM - Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester, VA

   FEATURING - Rebecca Kellermann Petretta, soprano

   and Charles Humphries, countertenor

   Music by Vivaldi, Purcell, Pergolesi, Handel and Monteverdi

Oct 20, 2012 at 8 PM - Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester, VA

   FEATURING - Shenandoah University Chamber Choir

   Robert Shafer, conductor

   Music by Bach, Lambert, Carissimi, Monteverdi

Shape Note Hymnody: The Living Tradition

Selections by Billings, Tallis, Marion, Barber, and Marshall

Third Practice celebrates one of our nation’s great musical heritages: early American hymnody. Our program traces the genre’s origins from Calvinist Europe to the early colonies before exploring how contemporary composers draw on these classic tunes for inspiration. Highlights include a work by local composer Mark Marion, as well as the use of live electronic delays in Marshall’s atmospheric Hymnodic Delays.

Mar 10, 2013 at 2 PM - Frederick Presbyterian Church

   115 W 2nd Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Mar 17, 2013 at 5 PM - Trinity Episcopal Church

   2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

Diamond Jubilee: A Coronation Anniversary Concert

Tavener Three Hymns of George Herbert (world premiere)

Third Practice is honored to be the guest of The City Choir of Washington for the premiere of Sir John Tavener’s newest work for chorus and orchestra, Three Hymns of George Herbert.

Apr 21, 2013 at 4 PM - Washington National Cathedral

   3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

A native son of Maryland, baritone Eric Sillers is as versatile a person as he is a performer. He has worked closely with and premiered works by James Young, Leah Sproul Pulatie, Joseph Sohler, and Elizabeth Tyree, as well as played roles in new operas such as Opera Alterna’s production of Michael Oberhauser’s Magnum Opus, and John Diomede’s Esther. Besides singing around the metro area for a number of DC's many opera companies, Eric is a vocal coach, composer and arranger, and on Sundays can be seen conducting at St. Bernard of Clairvaux in Riverdale, Maryland. He holds a BM in voice from Shenandoah University and is the proud father of his 1 year-old daughter, Eroica.

Joseph Regan is a voice teacher and singer based in the Mid-Atlantic region who has performed throughout the East Coast. Major stage roles include Fenton (Falstaff), Tamino (Magic Flute), Jenik (Bartered Bride), Henrik (A Little Night Music), and Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls). In addition to opera and musical theater, Joseph is well known for his work in oratorio, particularly the vocal works of J.S. Bach, and is a frequent ensemble singer with the Washington National Cathedral and the Countertop Ensemble. Mr. Regan received his Bachelor and Masters of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Jason Rylander has been praised by the Washington Post for his “strong, clear tenor” and for performances that “coupled sonorous warmth and emotional depth.” Recent solo engagements include the Mozart and Salieri Requiem with the Bach Sinfonia, Bach’s B-Minor Mass and numerous cantatas with the Washington Bach Consort, as well as Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1640 with the TENET/Green Mountain Project. Opera and stage credits include Pitho (Der Geduldige Socrates), Giove and Vecchia (Rossi Orfeo), First Armed Man and Second Priest (Magic Flute), Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore). Originally trained in environmental law, Jason holds degrees from Cornell University and the College of William and Mary.

Korean-born baritone David Dong-Geun Kim has made several important concert and recital debuts since coming to the United States. Known for his solid command of German lieder, Kim has performed major works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Mahler in recitals across the United States and Canada. His recent recital, Schubert’s Winterreise was described as “One of the most moving, powerful and accomplished recitals of the year” by conductor Simon Carrington. On the concert stage, Kim has been a featured soloist in works ranging from Schütz, Bach, and Handel to Mendelssohn, Brahms and Philip Glass. His performances of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 led the composer to praise the “special character” of Mr. Kim’s “rich voice.” Recent performances include Stravinsky’s Les Noces, which was his first major foray into Russian repertoire.

Lang - little match

girl passion

March 25, 2012

Woollen - Ave Maria

March 25, 2012

2013-14 Concert Schedule

Sing unto the Lord a New Song

Selections by MacMillan, Tallis, Purcell, Pärt, Sweelinck and Distler

The past several decades have shown a renewed interest in church music that both acknowledges its heritage as well as builds upon it. This fall, Third Practice will perform works from the Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions that feature an exciting new approach to older musical forms.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 5 PM - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Point of Rocks, MD

   1914 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD 21777

Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM - St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC

   727 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


Sweet Lovers Love the Spring!

Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52 (excerpts)

Monteverdi Lamento della ninfa

Averitt Afro-American Fragments (excerpts)

Tedesco Romancero Gitano

Join us this March for an evening celebrating love - both new and old, gained and lost. Our concerts will feature solo and ensemble works on the themes of romance and springtime.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM - St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA

   2609 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM - St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA

   8009 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22308


Andriessen 75th

Andriessen La Commedia

Third Practice looks forward to its first collaboration with Great Noise Ensemble for their celebration of 75 years of the music of Louis Andriessen.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM - West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art

   6th & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


Hear a live clip from our spring 2013 performance as the echo choir for the premiere of John Tavener’s Three Poems of George Herbert - many thanks to the City Choir of Washington for this wonderful opportunity!