The Marion Consort, under the artistic direction of Amy Bearden, is a Chicago choral ensemble specializing in music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Since forming in November of 2010, The Marion Consort has performed throughout the Chicagoland area as well as Milwaukee. They have been featured several times on Milwaukee Public Radio’s “Lake Effect” with Bonnie North and the Ars Antigua Presents podcast with Peter Van de Graff.
Recently the group has had the privilege of singing with Early Music at the Barn, collaborating with the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and performing with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. In February 2016, the group sang for the ACDA Central Conference in Chicago, IL. The group just finished a tour of New York City, Chicago, and Milwaukee with NYC's Khorikos.
As the premier Chicago choral ensemble for a cappella early music, The Marion Consort’s mission is to preserve early music for its history and for its beauty. The Marion Consort is a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization.
Amy Bearden (Artistic Director–The Marion Consort) holds a masters degree in Early Music Voice from the Early Music Institute of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. There, she studied voice with Paul Elliott, a renowned tenor and founding member of the Hilliard Ensemble. At Indiana, Amy focused on Medieval and Renaissance music studying both history and performance. In Chicago, Amy is the Artistic Director and Founder of The Marion Consort, a premier early music ensemble. In addition to Marion, Amy is a sought after choral artist who has performed with Texas Early Music Project in Austin, Texas and is on staff of the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut. Amy also holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Currently, Amy teaches K-8 General Music in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.