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The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) made its debut in 1989 with a concert at San Antonio's historic San Fernando Cathedral. In the years that have followed, the ensemble has presented concerts in cities across the United States - from New York to Seattle. With its home in America's most colorful Latino city, it is no surprise that SAVAE is best known for its recordings of early music from Latin America. Three best-selling recordings, including the Billboard charting Guadalupe: Virgen de los Indios, have won national attention and critical acclaim.

SAVAE has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today, Sound and Spirit, Latino USA, and Weekend Edition. The nationally broadcast program for early music, Harmonia, featured the ensemble in a program of Middle Eastern music entitled "Music of the Light." Feature stories about SAVAE have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, The Houston Chronicle, and The Austin American Statesman. The well-regarded publication, Early Music America published an interview with SAVAE artistic Director Christopher Moroney.

Founded by multi-talented musicians, SAVAE is credited as being "equally adept at fa-la-la and sha-na-na." The ensemble has been praised for mastering the "organ-like tone, exquisite balances and wonderfully feathered dynamics" of Renaissance music; and for "astonishing precision, purity, and style." As a complement to its carefully-crafted vocal work, the ensemble accompanies its performances on reproductions of ancient wind, string and percussion instruments. In 2000 World Library Publications issued Artistic Director Christopher Moroney's vocal/instrumental arrangements for SAVAE.

San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble
Kathy Mayer - soprano, harp, kamenche, lyre, percussion
Tanya Moczygemba - alto, kinnor, percussion
Christopher Moroney - artistic director, arrangements, baritone, harp, shofar, rabbabah, percussion
Covita Moroney - alto, guimbri, mijwiz, oud, percussion
Lee P'Pool - tenor, kinnor, percussion
Jody Noblett - tenor, reed flute, migwiz, percussion
Sonya Yamin - soprano, kinnor, percussion