Hearing world-class musicians in the concert hall, at workshops, or in schools, inspires many Early Music Seattle audience members to make music with our Community Collegia programs. These ensembles are sure to offer most instrumentalists and vocalists an opportunity to explore early music.

Sine Nomine: Renaissance Choir

Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir

Concerts are free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Angel statue, Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany [Flikr]

WINTER CONCERT – Feb 25, 2024 (Sun.) – 3:00pm
Weeping Angels: Lamentations and Lagrimes 
Anne E. Lyman, Conductor
Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA

Join Sine Nomine for our midwinter concert ‘Weeping Angels–Lamentations and Lagrimes,’ a meaningful program of contemplative polyphony from the Renaissance that explores themes of loss and longing. These songs will lead you through the dark winter days with expressive and inspiring music by composers Tallis, Sweelinck, Josquin, Lassus, Gesualdo and others. We add an early American touch with William Billings’ emotional Lamentation Over Boston, mourning Boston’s captivity by the British at the start of the American Revolution; the text evokes Psalm 137, likewise lamenting Israel’s captivity by the kingdom of Babylon – as depicted in the 2 settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiahand Sweelinck’s Estans assis


  • Thomas Tallis – Lamentations of Jeremiah I
  • Antonio Cebrián – Lágrimas de mi Consuelo
  • Jan P. Sweelinck – Estans assis aux rives aquatiques
  • William Billings – Lamentation Over Boston
  • Josquin des Pres – Dulces exuviae
  • Hieronymus Vinders – O mors inevitabilis
  • John Bennet – Weep, O Mine Eyes
  • John Dowland – Come Again
  • Orlando di Lasso – Lagrime di San Pietro
    • 9. Chi ad una ad una  &  10. Come falda di neve
  • Tiburtio Massaino – Lamentations ofJeremiah I
  • Carlo Gesualdo – O vos omnes
  • Giovanni Croce – Anima mea liquefacta est

SPRING CONCERT – Apr 21, 2024 (Sun.) – 4:30pm
Drink and Be Merry!
Happy Hour with Sine Nomine 


The Renaissance choir Sine Nomine, directed by Dr. Anne Lyman, is a Community Collegium ensemble, part of the community outreach program of Early Music Seattle (EMS). Founded in 2008 by conductor Gary D. Cannon and singer/manager Pamela Silimperi, Sine Nomine is a mixed-voice chamber choir specializing in the fine performance of early music, including sacred and secular works from all regions. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the late Medieval to the Baroque, with special emphasis on Renaissance works of the 15th and 16th centuries. Most of the participants in Sine Nomine also sing in other choruses, ranging from church choirs to semi-professional ensembles.

Sine Nomine is a proud member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium (GSCC)

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Contact Pam Silimperi, Managing Director, to learn about audition requirements and times, as well as the rehearsal | concert schedule and venue. Email: sinenomineseattle@gmail.com


Anny Lyman, artistic director
Founding Music Director and Conductor
Dr. Anne E. Lyman

Dr. Anne E. Lyman is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent and versatile choral conductors. She serves as Director of Vocal Activities and Chair of Music at Tacoma Community College where she advises the two-year Associate of Music Major degree program. Lyman has achieved broad recognition for her early music research and performance. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir, a community collegium ensemble of Early Music Seattle. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Polyphony Plus, a professional choir dedicated to celebrating polyphonic music from all eras. Lyman’s Tacoma Early Music Workshop is the only one of its kind in Western Washington and has drawn singers from throughout the Pacific Northwest since its establishment in 2015.

Lyman’s performance and scholarship in music has been widely recognized. She is a sought-after guest conductor for festival and honor choirs, and her choirs have appeared at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (2012 and 2014.) In 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, completing a nine-month residency at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Her work has been supported by the Society of Seventeenth Century Music, the Belgian American Education Foundation, the Stanley Foundation, and the Tacoma Arts Commission. Her research on Peter Philips and John Corigliano has been published by the Alamire Foundation, the American Choral Review, and Routledge.

Lyman holds degrees from the College of Wooster, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Iowa where she studied with Dr. Tim Stalter and Dr. Christine Getz. She currently serves as Past President of the Washington State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and serves on the board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Lyman lives in Tacoma, Washington and loves hiking, cooking, and gardening with her husband Zach, son, Milo and daughter, Eleanor.