About Us

Our mission

The Elizabethan Syngers, under the direction of Jason M. Horner, are celebrating their 40th season in 2011 as an ensemble committed to quality musicianship and community involvement, and dedicated to preserving, promoting, and performing music of and inspired by the Renaissance.

Our history

Established in 1971 as part of the White Bear Choral Association (WBACA), the Elizabethan Syngers almost immediately began performing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, a relationship that continues to this day.

Paul Hendrickson (1931-2008), Founder and director until 2005
from Songs of Summer 2005...
For 35 years, Mr. Hendrickson was the conductor of the groups of the White Bear Area Choral Association including The Elizabethan Syngers.

Paul Hendrickson was born in Michigan in 1931. After graduating high school, Paul attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and received his BA in Music. He later attended Michigan State and received his Master's degree.

Mr. Hendrickson had a long and varied career as a composer, conductor, and musician. He directed high school bands in Osseo, WI and DeWitt, IA. In 1963, he moved to Mahtomedi, MN and began a long career in instrumental music, and ultimately at Century College in White Bear Lake, from which he retired in 1981.

Paul composed many works for varying ensembles and in varying forms, including full orchestra, chamber orchestra, oratorio, chamber music, choral ensembles, and solo instruments. In addition to his composition, he has arranged numerous folk songs from a wide range of countries and cultures, madrigals, and ballads.

Our place in the community

In addition to their performances each summer and fall at the Renaissance Festival, the Elizabethan Syngers are recognized as an excellent ensemble for the holiday season in and around the Twin Cities metro area.

Our part in the White Bear Area Choral Association

The Elizabethan Syngers is one of four performance groups operating within the White Bear Choral Association. The WBACA originated in 1968 with the formation of a concert choir, which presented its first program in the spring of 1969. Over time, thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers, the WBACA has established its credentials as a non-profit organization.

WBACA mission statement

Through our varied performance groups, we invite the community to share in the magic of music as we:

* Provide a venue for musical growth and performance

* Preserve musical traditions, old and new

* Collaborate with other artists and professional musicians

* Challenge members to musical excellence