Founded by Alexander Blachly in New York in 1972 to perform music composed for the famed
chapel choirs of the Renaissance, Pomerium derives its name from the title of a treatise by
14th-century music theorist Marchettus of Padua. In the introduction, Marchettus explains
that his Pomerium (literally, "garden") contains the fruits and flowers of the art
of music. Widely known for its interpretations of Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Palestrina,
Lassus, and Gesualdo, the modern Pomerium is currently recording a series of compact discs
of the masterpieces of Renaissance a cappella choral music; the 14th recording of this
series, A Voice in the Wilderness: Mannerist Motets of the
Renaissance, was released on the Old Hall Recordings label in 2012. Pomerium's most
recent CD, Music for the Tudor Queens, was released in February 2015. Visit
pomerium.us for more information.
Alexander Blachly has been active in early music as both performer and scholar since 1972.
He earned his postgraduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University, and is a
recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society to
stimulate historically aware performances and the study of historical performing practices.
Prior to assuming the post of director of choral music at the University of Notre Dame in
1993, Mr. Blachly taught early music and directed collegia musica at Columbia University,
Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of
Pennsylvania, where for eight years he directed the a cappella ensemble
Ancient Voices. For 14 years, Mr. Blachly directed a summer workshop in Renaissance a
cappella performance sponsored by the Syracuse (New York) Schola Cantorum;
he has also been on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Performance
Institute, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and Pinewoods Camp Early Music Week. In
addition to Pomerium, Mr. Blachly directs the University of Notre Dame Chorale and Festival