Solis Camerata


Ensemble Biography

Solis Camerata, ‘Choir of the Sun’, performs early choral music with ageless simplicity and beauty. Originally developed in 2011 as an exploratory choir at Arizona State University, Solis Camerata audiences enjoyed the alluring elegance of both the early music genre and the choir’s pure choral timbre.  Presently, Solis Camerata performs as a professional vocal ensemble, drawing from a wide variety of early music styles such as chant, polyphony, age-old melodies, folk songs, oratorio and contemporary compositions.



Solis Camerata:

Choir of the Sun

A chamber choir of early music




Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona

About Us

Singing the Mass: A Sacred Music Concert

Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Location: Chapel of our Lady

Xavier College Preparatory

Hosted by:

This concert featured the Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd (1540–1623). This is Byrd's most densely textured and ambitious setting of the Mass ordinary.  The Mass will be sung by Solis Camerata, under the direction of Kira Zeeman Rugen. Solis Camerata is a professional early music ensemble, originating from Arizona State University. The performance repertoire of this choir spans centuries of sacred and secular music, from the 12th century to the high baroque of Johann Sebastian Bach.

A Celtic Christmas

Saturday December 15th, 2012

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Solis Camerata, the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center’s Celtica!, performed Christmas melodies and carols derived from Celtic culture.

Arizona Bach Festival

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

All Saint’s Episcopal Church

As a featured guest of the distinguished Arizona Bach Festival, Solis Camerata performed Bach’s famous motet, Jesu Meine Freude. This concert will highlight ASU vocal soloists and instrumentalists.

ASU Choral Concert

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Valley Presbyterian Church

Songs of Love

Ensembles: ASU’s Solis Camerata, and Concert Choir

Shakespeare in the Desert

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church

Solis Camerata collaborated with Arizona ProArte for this season finale. Join us as we hear music from Shakespeare’s time, excerpts from “Julius Caesar” and Faure’s “Shylock Suite” performed with monologues by Shakespearean actors.


February 12, 2012

Second Sunday Concert Series

ASU Herberger Institute School of Music

Community partnership

Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley

Feb. 21, 2012

Contemporary Music in Ancient Architecture

St. Barnabus of the Desert Episcopal Church

April 22, 2012

D.M.A. Lecture-Recital and Concert:

Vespers of 1610, Claudio Monteverdi

Presented by Kira Rugen and Solis Camerata

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

2012 -- 2013 Season Highlights

2013 -- 2014 Season

Noël Á L’Acienne: An Ancient French Christmas

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Christ Church of the Ascension

4015 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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Tickets $25 pre-purchase, $30 at the door.

Student Tickets $15

Post-concert reception with complimentary drinks.

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Experience France’s ancient Christmas melodic traditions with the Valley of the Sun’s early music choir, Solis Camerata. Listen as Solis Camerata unveils legendary French carols which originated as 8th century chants, Medieval folk melodies, courtly dance tunes or in Renaissance passion plays. Some of the old familiar carols included on this program are Veni Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel), Noël Nouvelet, and Les Anges dans nos campagnes (Angels We Have Heard on High). 

This concert finishes with Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël. Originally intended for Christmas Eve services in Paris’ Jesuit community, this 1690 Mass exhibits several of France’s then-celebrated, but now lesser-known carols. Charpentier interweaved these borrowed melodies seamlessly into an original Mass setting that juxtaposes imitative polyphony along side simpler textures. With a score that calls for choir, soloists, baroque flutes, strings and continuo, this festive work is sure to begin the advent season with a reminiscent, yet joyful spirit.