Tactus: The Shape of Singing, featuring Guest Conductor Lorraine Fitzmaurice

Musica Sacra’s March concert will illuminate the commonalities between Renaissance polyphony and shape-note singing.

Both employ a steady pulse, a harmonic language of open fifths and fourths with few thirds, an absence of leading tones, the use of solfège as a compositional tool, and an abundant use of fugues. Come hear a musical tapestry of the movements of Josquin’s oft-overlooked Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi interspersed with original shape-note compositions by Leah Velleman and arrangements by Carol Barnett.


  • Josquin, Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi
  • Original shape-note compositions by Leah Velleman
  • Arrangements by Carol Barnett

About the guest conductor:

Lorraine Fitzmaurice is a Boston-based conductor who uses singing ensembles and large performance projects to build community and increase access to classical music. Born and raised in Billerica, MA, Lorraine has degrees from Cornell University and the Zürcher Hochschüle der Künste. In summer of 2017, she founded Quorum Boston, an LGBTQ vocal ensemble dedicated to queering the classical music canon and showcasing the work of living, local queer composers. Lorraine was the founding director of the Longwood Chorus, and has worked with organizations and ensembles like Kithara Project, the Boulder Opera Company, and Carduus Choir. Lorraine has a passion for community music making, from baby and caregiver lap-music to musicals with senior citizens. She is especially thrilled for the chance to work with Musica Sacra, and hopes you enjoy the concert.

Covid-19 Protocols

Musica Sacra is requiring that all performers, volunteers, and audience members wear masks at all times. Audience members will be spaced apart in the sanctuary to allow for social distancing.

Venue & Parking

Seating Chart

Seating Chart for First Church Congregational


For our Harvard Square performances at First Church Congregational, Musica Sacra provides free parking for all subscribers, and discounted parking for single-ticket holders. The parking lot is University Place Garage, the entrance of which is at 79 University Road. The entrance will be on your RIGHT.

The walk from the covered garage to First Church is approximately 0.4 miles. Please be sure to bring your parking ticket with you to the concert to receive a parking voucher.

  • Map of Parking Garage location, with walking directions to First Church Congregational. (You will need to turn down University Road to enter the garage).

Public Transportation

Bus and subway transportation options are conveniently located within a five-minute walk at the MBTA Harvard Square Red Line subway and bus station.


This facility is wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair access is located at the side entrance, around and to the right of the main church doors on Garden Street.

Large-print programs are available upon request. Please call the Musica Sacra office at least 3 days in advance of performance and let us know how many large-print programs you will need. Our telephone number is (617) 349 - 3400.

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Streaming Tickets

To ensure our patrons' optimal safety and comfort during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering live streaming of our performances.

In-person Tickets

During the pandemic, we may be observing appropriate Covid-19 protocols. In-person tickets may be limited by capacity. If you purchase an in-person ticket, you may exchange it for a streaming video ticket at any time.

Notes on the Performance

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