This thematic catalogue of nearly 1300 music manuscripts of Venetian ospedali composers is a vital resource for scholars of Venetian choral music. It is the first to include almost seven hundred manuscripts from the archives of St. Mark's basilica. The catalogue contains entries of music that was performed not only by the four famous girl choirs in Venice at the Pieta Mendicanti Ospedaletto and Incurabili but music of the ospedali maestri that was performed in St. Mark's, other Venetian churches, and in churches outside Venice. Further, the catalogue contains the repertoire that was written initially for one of the ospedali then revised for St. Mark's or another church and vice versa. There are cross references of the duplicate and revised manuscripts with the specific entry and a complete listing of them in a separate section of the catalogue as well. The catalogue also includes a table of the maestri at St. Mark's and the ospedali, as well as a list of the castrati and other soloists who performed there and nearly four hundred of the figlie di coro,(girl singers at the ospedali). Finally, in an appendix, other manuscripts from St. Mark's archives of music of non-ospedali composers are included. The following are just a few of the 63 composers whose works are contained in the thematic catalogue: Anfossi, Bertoni, Biffi, Furlanetto, Galuppi, Casparini, Hasse, Jommelli, Latilla, Legrenzi, Lotti, Lucchesi, Monferrato, Perotti, Porpora, Sarti, Traetta, Vivaldi.
Joan Whittemore: Joan Whittemore, CSJ, DMA, founding director of the Carondelet Women’s Chorus and the Carondelet Children’s Chorus, is a noted composer, editor, and guest conductor, and has served as clinician for the College Music Society, the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and a former member of the National Committee for Research and Publications for ACDA. She holds both the master’s and doctoral degrees in conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Fontbonne College. Winner of the prestigious Gladys Krieble-Delmas Award for Venetian Studies, and 1997 and 2001 Melodious Accord Fellow awarded by Alice Parker, her editions of eighteenth century choral music and her own compositions are performed widely throughout the United States. She is a contributing author of nine biographies in Wisdom, Wit, and Will: Women’s Conductors on their Art, Chicago: GIA, 2009. Her scholarly publications include Music of the Venetian Ospedali Composers, a Thematic Catalogue. Alliance Music Inc. and Boosey and Hawkes publish her original compositions and editions of the sacred music of Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora, and Baldassare Galuppi. Joan Whittemore is listed in Who’s Who of American Women. Together with Dr. Jane Baldauf-Berdes, she is editor of the forthcoming Guide to Ospedali Research.