Meet Blake Applegate, guest conductor of “Ave Maria”

Blake Applegate is one of Cappella Romana’s original singers, having taken part in the ensemble’s first concert in 1991.

He is Director of Cantores in Ecclesia, assuming leadership of the organization upon the retirement of his father, Dean Applegate, in the spring of 2010.  Prior to his appointment as Director, Blake served as Assistant Director, conducting the adult and children’s choirs not only locally but while on tour in Europe. 

A highly respected singer as well as choral director, he has sung widely throughout the Portland metropolitan area with groups such as Cappella Romana, the Trinity Consort and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.  For over a decade he has been a member of the Schola Cantorum at Holy Rosary Church, where he serves as principal cantor for the parish. 

He and his wife, professional musician Anna Song, are the parents of two and deeply committed to the musical education and training of children and young adults.

Hear “Virgo prudentissima” by Isaac, featured on this program. Performed here by our friends at Capella Sancti Michaelis, directed by Eric van Nevel.

Lost Treasures of Armenia Tickets

22 FEB, 8:00 PM

St. James Cathedral, Seattle


23 FEB, 8:00 PM

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland


24 FEB, 2:00 PM

St. Stepehen’s, Portland



  • Josquin DES PREZ Missa de Beata Virgine
  • Heinrich ISAAC Virgo Prudentissima, selected motets
  • Program length: 60 minutes, no intermission