The Vocal Art Ensemble (VAE) is an a cappella choir founded in February 2008. Directed by Tracia Barbieri, the group ranges from 18-24 auditioned singers and performs in Davis, Sacramento, Dixon, Woodland, and the surrounding area.

The a capella group presents themed concerts each spring and winter, aiming to "[share] exquisite music through artful musicianship." Targeting both the discerning musician and the casual music lover, performances feature a cappella choral pieces and intimate instrumentals by accomplished local performers.

VAE's repertoire frequently falls into one of three categories: choral motets and madrigals from the Renaissance (Tallis, Byrd, Sheppard, etc.), contemporary choral works (Whitacre, Lauridsen, Forrest, etc.), and folk music from other cultures (African, Swedish, Russian, etc.). However, the chorus has also been known to present pieces from the classical performance repertoire.

The ensemble rehearses in the home of the director, with the goal of "[bringing] together experienced musicians pursuing artistic expression through finesse of the human voice." New members must be strong musicians, as the focus of this ensemble is blend, balance, and musicianship.

VAE sings at special events such as church services, weddings, art gallery receptions, holiday parties and retirement homes.  In September 2010 the group expanded its performance area to include a self-funded tour of Ireland, and a second tour was held in May 2014 to England and Scotland.  VAE also did a local tour of Napa in May 2015.

Rather than sell tickets, VAE relies exclusively on audience donations at concerts or payment at gigs to fund its programs, and does not charge singer dues or require fund-raising efforts or sponsorship from corporations or local service groups.

Upcoming Performances


For hundreds of years, Europe’s most talented composers aspired to create music worthy of devout worship.

Today, precious few of us experience these creations.

So the Vocal Art Ensemble is curating a ‘Virtual Mass’, celebrating the richness of centuries of sacred beauty.

Whether you connect with your personal faith, or revel in the magnificent sweep of human endeavor, Missa Virtualis offers a breath of the divine.

In collaboration with the UC Davis Viol Consort, playing Renaissance style instruments..

Suggested donation: $10-25

For more information visit: or call (530) 757-2396.


  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016, 7:30 pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento)
  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016, 7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church (27078 Patwin Rd, Davis)
  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016, 4:00pm, United Methodist Church (1620 Anderson Road, Davis)