Candace Smith

Candace Smith was born in Los Angeles but has lived in Europe since 1975 (in Italy since 1978). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in music in California (CSUN) and was particularly active in the field of contemporary music before going to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), where she specialized in medieval music under Andrea von Ramm. In Italy she studied with, and was the teaching assistant of, Cathy Berberian, with whom she also performed concerts of American music. In 1994 she earned a diploma in vocal pedagogy from the Rabine-Institut für funktionale Stimmpädagogik (Germany). Quite active as a teacher throughout Europe, Candace has worked with singers of varying repertoires, actors, music teachers, psychiatric patients and others. Since 1995 she has been on the voice faculty of the Bernstein School of Musical Theater in Bologna, and at the Accademia Teatrale Veneta in Venice since 2012.
She has collaborated with numerous ensembles of early music including Der Studio der Frühen Musik (Basel), Sequentia (Cologne/Paris), P.A.N. (Boston) and The Newberry Consort (Chicago). Her ensemble, Concerto delle Dame (1978-89), was one of the first to specialize in early music composed by women. In 1991 she founded Cappella Artemisia, dedicated to the repertoire of Italian convents of the 16th and 17th centuries ( The group has appeared at prestigious festivals of early music in Europe and North America and has nine CDs currently available. Together with her husband, American cornettist Bruce Dickey, they publish this repertoire under the name of Artemisia Editions.

POSTPONED: April Fundraiser

Dear Valued Patrons,
We regret to share that due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our April 19th fundraising event, Ecco la Primavera. We expect to reschedule this event for a weekend between July and September – stay posted! Please know this decision does not reduce the Newberry Consort’s need for your support. Indeed, now more than ever, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us not only minimize the losses from this postponement but also contribute to our future events.

If you currently hold a ticket for this event, refunds are available upon request. Otherwise, the cost of your ticket will be applied to the rescheduled event. If you are a current ticket-holder for this event, Consort General Manager Hannah De Priest will be in touch with you directly very soon.
You can always donate to the Newberry Consort online  or via check. Our mailing address is The Newberry Consort, P.O. Box 60212, Chicago, IL, 60660-0212. Please reach out to if you have any questions or leave a message at 773-669-7335 and one of our staff will be in touch with you.
We appreciate your understanding and very much look forward to welcoming you to Newberry Consort concerts in the future. Till then, wishing you all good health and safety in these uncertain times.