Sine Nomine choral ensemble
Reinventing early music.
Glenn Giuttari, Artistic Director

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Our Director

Founding Director, Glenn Giuttari returns to lead Sine Nomine's 25th anniversary season.



A native to the area, Glenn Giuttari studied musicology at Brown University with the organ as his principal instrument. He taught at Salve Regina University, leading the chorus and serving as department chair before being appointed Director of Music for the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in the Diocese of Fall River. He is the the founding director of Sine Nomine, the co-founder of the Providence Singers, and was music director of Cabot Street Playhouse (Gilbert & Sullivan). He is a past president of ACDA and established choirnews.org, a community choir publication.

In addition to his work with choruses, Glenn studied harpsichord with John Gibbons and began building harpsichords in 1969, focusing on smaller instruments and continuo organs throughout his career. He is currently the harpsichordist with The Greybeards, and continues his early keyboard work in Rehoboth, MA.

A brief history

Sine Nomine was founded in 1993 by Glenn Giuttari, as a celebration of the a cappella choral sound. Giuttari led the group in many artistic accomplishments, including commissions & premieres of new works. Throughout his tenure there were collaborations with the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Camerata and the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society (2005). Giuttari, who directed Sine Nomine for 12 years, is also co-founder of the Providence Singers

In 2006, Sine Nomine named Paul Cienniwa artistic director. Cienniwa's artistic vision continued our development as an early music choir not afraid to premiere the works of contemporary composers. During his seven year tenure, Sine Nomine had the privilege of collaborating with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Providence College and was invited to perform at numerous community events including the Warren Walkabout and New Bedford's AHA Night. Cienniwa was also the founding director of Newport Baroque, an organization with which we enjoyed several exciting collaborations.

Joseph Fort was named Artistic Director in 2013. Under his leadership, we actively pursued new commissions and meaningful collaborations. We presented the kickoff concert celebrating the city of Dartmouth's 350th Anniversary, and gave a rare litugical performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 at St. Michael's Ukranian Orthodox church as part of their evening service. In 2015, Fort was appointed Director of the Chapel Choir, Organist, and Lecturer for the Music Department at King’s College, London.

In the fall of 2015, we welcomed our fourth artistic director, Daniel P. Ryan, whose vision inspired ever more innovative collaborations. Ryan's debut concert boasted the world premiere of a newly commissioned work, and in 2016, we offered a ground breaking performance of Orazio Vecchi's 16th century madrigal comedy, L'amfiparnaso joined by a troupe of masked commedia dell'arte actors. Ryan worked to cultivate ties with local artists, musicans and cultural organizations to further enrich our community. Ryan was named Director of Choral Activities at Clark University in 2017.

As we enter our 25th anniversary season, we are delighted to announce the return of our founding director, Glenn Giuttari.