About Camerata California

Camerata California is a vocal and instrumental ensemble of the South San Francisco Bay area, dedicated to performing sacred and secular music from the medieval through the early Baroque eras. The ensemble was founded by the late Dr. Vernon B. Read, who taught and led the early music Collegium Musicum at San Jose State University for many years.

L to R, Back Row: Ken Miller, Richard Stefanko, Mike Megas, Ted Lorraine, Sam Kiteley
L to R, Front Row: Mary Anne James, Lettie Smith, Jennifer Randolph


Camerata California performs several times a year. Find out about our upcoming and past performances.

Hear Camerata

Click to hear Camerata play Neue artige und liebliche tšntze (Melchior Franck, 1573 - 1639)
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About the Instruments

Dr. Read's personal collection of early instruments was donated to SJSU's School of Music and Dance, and Camerata incorporates many of the instruments in its programs. In addition to a wide variety of vocal music, Camerata performances include recorders, crumhorns, cornamuse, shawm, rankett, sackbut, viola da gamba, psaltery, and harpsichord.


Browse photos of Camerata performances and rehearsals.