Sine Nomine choral ensemble
Reinventing early music.
Michael Galib, Artistic Director

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Our Director

Michael Galib leads Sine Nomine's 28th season.



Michael Galib is delighted to join Sine Nomine as Artistic Director for the choir's 28th season. Mr. Galib was formerly the Assistant Conductor with the Providence Singers and pianist with the Rhode Island Children's Chorus for many years, and has performed as pianist with the Rhode Island All-State Choruses since 2015. He has also served as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County for over a decade.

Having graduated with honors in composition from New England Conservatory, his piece Different Ways to Pray was premiered by the Providence Singers in 2017. Winner of the 2004 International Trumpet Guild Composition Competition, The Moffett-Klein Phenomenon has been widely performed, including by students at the Cincinnati Conservatory, New England Conservatory, as well as led and performed professionally by former members of the Boston Symphony, Canadian Brass, and Israel Philharmonic.

Fluent in French, Mr. Galib directed choral offerings and gave recitals at the summer French School of Middlebury College for a decade. He maintains a studio of private piano students throughout Rhode Island, as well as online.

A brief history

Sine Nomine was founded in 1993 by Glenn Giuttari as a celebration of the a cappella choral sound. A native to the area, Glenn 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. 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.

Giuttari led Sine Nomine 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 directed Sine Nomine for 13 years, including our 25th anniversary year in 2017.

In addition to his involvement with Sine Nomine, Giuttari was a co-founder of the Providence Singers
, was music director of Cabot Street Playhouse (Gilbert & Sullivan), and is a past president of the American Choral Directors Association.

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, musicians and cultural organizations to further enrich our community. Ryan was named Director of Choral Activities at Clark University in 2017.

John Verkuilen joined Sine Nomine as Artistic Director for the 2018-2019 seasons. John served previously as the Interim Artistic Director of Calliope, a Boston-based chorus and orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Newburyport Choral Society. John completed his graduate studies in conducting at The Boston Conservatory, where he served as Assistant Conductor for the Women's Chorus, Conservatory Chorale, and Conductor's Choir. As a member of the Conservatory's opera department, John worked as Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for the production of Verdi's La Traviata and performed in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.