Consortium Carissimi is thrilled to announce our return to the stage in LIVE performance after an 18 month hiatus due to COVID-19.


In this concert, we will perform two oratories of our name’s sake Carissimi: Jonah and Jephte, probably his best known to our audiences.

These concerts will also be in collaboration with Michael Barone and the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists chapter. These guest organists will perform various works from the early Italian baroque period (Frescobaldi, Rossi, Merula, Storace, Alessandro Scarlatti) and other European composers with Italian connections (Froberger, Kerll, Muffat).

Saturday, 16 October 7:30pm
Sunday, 17 October 3:00pm

Performances will be in the sanctuary of Hennepin United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.  Please plan for parking. Doors will open 1/2 hour prior to the performance.


Heather Cogswell, Linh Kauffman, sopranos
Krista Costin, Alyssa Anderson, altos
Roy Heilman, Nathan Romportl, tenors
Garrick Comeaux, bass


Garrett Lahr, baroque trombone
Miriam Sholtz-Carlson, Ginna Watson, violins
Julie Elhard, viole de basse
Sara Thompson, violone
Paul Bergett, lute
Cameron Welke, theorbo
Don Livingtson, organ


The Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Sanctuary Organ (Robert Sipe, 1979) is a principal instrument for Sanctuary worship services and concert life of this prominent downtown Minneapolis congregation and remains one of the city’s finest instruments. The instrument is distinctive in a variety of ways: a tracker instrument; scaled perfectly for its acoustical environment, which provides rich aural and visual beauty.

The organ is a dynamic solo instrument as well as being well-suited for the accompanying choral and instrumental forces, and supporting the singing congregation. The instrument’s tonal palette is rich and functional, serving well a wide range of organ repertoire and performance demands.

MASKING Comes Back to Hennepin Avenue UMC !

With the rise of the Delta variant and in alignment with recently updated guidance from the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue UMC has decided to reinstate a mask requirement for the building, effective Thursday, 8/5/21. Please remember to mask up at our concerts, even if you are vaccinated.

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While the virus is still in flux, we will be taking this season in mind with the safety of our audience and musicians. Please stay in touch with our website and Facebook page for future concert announcements for the remainder of this season.


As always, thank you for your generosity and loyalty during the pandemic. We are still here because of you! Your donations are always welcome.

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Consortium Carissimi

Consortium Carissimi was conceived of by Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director, in 1996 while living in Rome, Italy. He founded Consortium Carissimi in 2007 as an official nonprofit, 501 (c)(3). This Minnesota-based performing ensemble has the mission of uncovering and bringing to 21st century audiences the long-forgotten Italian baroque music of the 16th and 17th centuries. It does so through live concerts, master classes, recordings and publications.

Consortium Carissimi bears the name of the famous composer whose music was known for its simple, fresh approach to text, melody and accompaniment. Much of the music that Consortium Carissimi performs has not been heard since it was first created in the 16th or 17th century—and it is only through the transcriptions of these original documents that this music may be heard today. The unique strength that Consortium Carissimi possesses is that it has in its library over 200 transcriptions of these long-forgotten works.

Currently, there are no other organizations in the United States that have transcriptions such as these. As a result of this uniqueness, Consortium Carissimi contributes to the cultural vitality of the Minnesota community in four key and distinct ways:

  • Performances: the ensemble of mixed voices and instruments performs at least three concerts annually of repertoire from the Italian-Roman sacred and secular music of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Educational programs: Consortium Carissimi conducts master classes with educational institutions located in Minnesota and Tri-State area. Master classes include intense studies of vocal and instrumental practices of 16th and 17th century Rome.
  • Manuscript transcription and publication: Consortium Carissimi is the only organization in the United States that has in its library transcriptions of over 200 manuscripts of this time period, including the complete works of Giacomo Carissimi.
  • Recordings: Consortium Carissimi intends to extend public access to and knowledge of this musical tradition through digital recordings.