Tracia Barbieri, Conductor

In Davis, California, The Vocal Art Ensemble brings together experienced musicians pursuing artistic expression through finesse of the human voice. Formed in February 2008, VAE’s mission is to blend musical artistry, passion, and camaraderie -- to create, to grow, to connect, and to enliven the human experience.

VAE aims to present exquisite evenings of music, appealing to both the discerning musician and the casual music lover. Incorporating visuals and storytelling into their themed programs, VAE connects with other artistic enterprises to celebrate the elegance of Renaissance madrigals, tonal color of modern works, and exotic flavor of music from other cultures.

VAE has been recognized nationally for its work, winning the 2012 American Prize for Creative Programming and Collaboration for featuring a capella choral pieces aside intimate instrumentals and mesmerizing dance. The ensemble toured Ireland in 2010, England and Scotland in  2014, Pennsylvania, New York, and Toronto, Canada in 2016, and Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary in 2018. They also performed in half of the concerts at the inaugural 2014 SacSings! choral festival in Sacramento, and in each of the festivals in 2015 and 2016.

Concerts typically take place in December and May throughout Yolo County, California and include performances in Davis, Woodland, Sacramento, Dixon, and Vacaville. It is also frequently called upon to perform at public events and private parties.

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“An excellently chosen programme and delivered with great musicianship and style. Your group makes a really beautiful sound. I really enjoyed the entire performance!”

-Dr. David Mooney


Dublin, Ireland

“A richly varied evening of sentiment and humor that was a visual and auditory feast.”

- Dick Frantzreb

Sacramento Choral Calendar

May, 2012



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