About

About the Ensemble

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The Botetourt Chamber Singers was formed in 1974 by Dr. Frank T. Lendrim. Originally an auditioned subset of the W&M Choir, it now stands as a separate entity, and affirms some of the College’s best vocal talent, many of who are music majors. The Bots, under the direction of Dr. Jamie C. Bartlett, continue to perform in and around Williamsburg for such popular events as Grand Illumination and caroling in Colonial Williamsburg, as well as many W&M sponsored events. The group has also been invited several times to perform at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond on their Evensong series. The Bots were honored to be selected to perform as the VA College Representatives at the Virginia State Music Educator’s Association Convention in Norfolk in 2005, 2007 and 2011, and will perform in 2016 at the Convention in Hot Springs, Virginia. The Bots also recently appeared in the spring of 2016 in the All-Virginia Honor Choir concert, once again as the College Representative.

The summer of 2005 marked the Bots’ first International Tour (with the W&M Choir) during which they performed in Romania, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. In the summer of 2008 they embarked on a three-week tour to Spain, Portugal and Morocco, in 2011 to Italy, Greece and Turkey, and in 2014 to the Baltic states and Finland. The Bots are currently looking forward to traveling to South Africa in 2017. The ensemble sings a wide variety of choral literature from the renaissance to the present day, including a full concert of jazz and Broadway standards at their annual Gala Concert Fundraiser in the Kimball Theater. They have released 2 CDs: “Sing We Joyous, All Together” and “All My Heart This Night Rejoices”.


About the Director

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 4.10.55 PMDr. Jamie C. Bartlett is Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choirs at The College of William and Mary. A native of Massachusetts, she holds an A.B. in Music from Mount Holyoke College, a M.M in choral conducting from The Eastman School of Music, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting with a minor in Musicology from The University of Wisconsin–Madison. At William and Mary she conducts the Women’s Chorus and Botetourt Chamber Singers and teaches conducting.

Her teachers have included Catharine Melhorn, Don Neuen and the late Robert Fountain. She previously taught high school at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA and has held positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Iowa State University. She has written numerous articles about the British composer Elizabeth Poston, including the Poston entry in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The New Dictionary of National Biography (2004). In Oct 2006, she was the keynote speaker at the International Elizabeth Poston Conference in England.

A frequent adjudicator for choral festivals, Dr. Bartlett has served as a clinician and guest conductor in several states including Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and Massachusetts. Active as a church musician, she is currently the Director of Music at the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists where she directs the Adult Choir and the Youth Choir.

She is married to Jamie Armstrong, Director of Choirs at William and Mary and together they are the proud parents of two children, Robert and Caecilia.