Personal Summary / Bio
Soprano Margaret Carpenter is in demand as a soloist and professional chorister both in the United States and abroad. A passionate proponent of early music, she regularly performs works by composers such as Bach, Clerambault, Couperin, and Monteverdi. Recent and upcoming performances include soprano soloist in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with the choirs of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts; Couperin's Leçons de Ténèbres in York Minster (UK), St. Thomas Whitemarsh (PA), and St. Peter's Episcopal Church (NC); and Strozzi's Hor che Apollo with Greensboro Early Music and St. Peter's Baroque Ensemble (NC). She will also perform in a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta of Mexican Baroque music with Music City Baroque at Vanderbilt University (TN). In 2012, she was featured as a soloist on the Easter at King's (Cambridge) concert series. She is co-founder of the early music consort l'Académie du Roi Soleil along with UK-born organist and continuo player Nicolas Haigh and looks forward to leading a tour the Southeastern United States this summer.
Educated at Clare College, University of Cambridge, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Miss Carpenter's experience is broad. She holds the M.Mus in Choral Studies from Clare College, where she studied conducting with Stephen Layton; created a scholarly edition of Henry Aldrich's Morning Service in F under Geoffrey Webber; had the privilege of conducting the Choir of King's College, among others; and regularly sang under Tim Brown, director emeritus of the Clare College Choir. Her undergraduate degrees are in voice performance (B.M.) and organ (B.A.) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied voice under Nancy Walker, conducting under Carole Ott, and organ under André Lash and Robert Burns King. While at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ms. Carpenter served as assistant chorus-master to the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus. In 2012, she was selected as a conducting fellow at the Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT, where she received tutelage from Simon Carrington; she has also conducted in masterclasses under David Hill (BBC Singers) and Graham Ross (Clare College Choir).
Ms. Carpenter was selected to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2011 in the twelve-voice Young Performers Festival Ensemble under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, where she was soprano soloist in Praetorius' Vater unser in Himmelreich. She sings with the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers (Kansas City, MO) under the direction of Simon Carrington, and she recently toured Israel, Germany, and France with the Academy of English Voices, Robinson College Choir (Cambridge), and Clare College Music Society (Cambridge), respectively. Her most recent operatic performances include the role of Belinda in a performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Fressingfield Music Festival in Suffolk, UK.
Honours and awards include the Gates Cambridge Scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge and the Ethel Virginia Butler Centennial Scholarship for undergraduate study at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.