Two weeks of rehearsal...
Two Madison-area performances...


Since 2002, the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble has maintained a remarkable tenure as one of Madison's most elusive yet enduring summer musical institutions.

Built from the great choral traditions of Robert Fountain and other luminaries, the group united the talents of Founding Director Scott MacPherson with some of the Midwest's top singers for a brief, intensive rehearsal period. The result: two sparkling performances that linger with audiences throughout the year. In 2018 and beyond, we welcome Michael McGaghie to take the platform and continue our tradition of challenging musical excellence.



Learn more about our upcoming and past performances

Upcoming Performances →

Past Performances →


Find out about our organization, its members, and history.

Artistic Director, Michael McGaghie

The Ensemble →

Mike McGaghie rehearses the group in 2018

Mike McGaghie rehearses the group in 2018


From 2016 through 2019 (and hopefully beyond) our performances have been supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Our heartfelt thanks to them for contributing to the development of the arts, the economy, and the community.