Sine Nomine, Southern New England's Early Music Choral Ensemble is an auditioned chamber choir based in Fall River, MA. Now in its 16th season, this community ensemble currently consists of twenty-five voices, and performs music from the Middle Ages through the 21st-century, with a special emphasis on a cappella repertoire. Sine Nomine has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Newport Baroque, Providence College, and was featured at the 2005 Organ Historical Society National Convention. The group draws its members from across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Paul Cienniwa's 2008-2009 concert season included performances at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and in Chicago with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. His direction of Handel's Alcina for the Boston Opera Collaborative prompted the Boston EDGE to write that "his playing was expert" and the Boston Musical Intelligencer to report that "[his] music pacing was expert". Following his undergraduate studies at DePaul University with harpsichordist Roger Goodman, he studied privately with harpsichordist Peter Watchorn. Before completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University as a student of Richard Rephann, he studied in Brussels as a student of harpsichordist John Whitelaw. He has been awarded BAEF and Fulbright grants, and his musicological articles have appeared in American and European journals, including Early Music and Ad Parnassum. In addition to leading Newport Baroque, he is director of Sine Nomine choral ensemble and Music Director at First Church Boston, where he can be heard weekly on WERS (88.9 FM) Boston.