Castlewood Singers, drawing most of its members from Marion County was formed in 1984. They are a mixed-voice ensemble with a repertoire of secular as well as sacred vocal music. They fashion their programs to suit a venue or sponsoring organization. Castlewood Singers’ music incorporates a wide variety of choral styles, including classical, contemporary, sacred, spirituals and Broadway tunes, all sung in four, six, or eight-part harmonies.
Originally directed by Mr. Gayle Byers and most recently by Mr. Scott Bradford, Castlewood has performed at venues throughout the greater Indianapolis area and the State of Indiana. Highlights have included organizing a well-attended workshop on Madrigal Dinners at Franklin College (IN) as well as a choral evensong at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Castlewood was featured in community concert series at Vincennes University (IN) and Friedens United Church of Christ (Indianapolis).
In 1996, they were invited to perform at the First Madrigal Festival on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Castlewood hosted a performing tour of the United Kingdom in 2000. In 2003, they were invited to perform two evenings at “Christmas at the Biltmore” in Asheville, North Carolina. To celebrate their 20th anniversary together in 2004, Castlewood orchestrated an eleven-day performing tour of Germany and Austria. For Castlewood’s 30th anniversary, they spent ten days in Florence, Italy where they performed at the historic Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio Church as part of the First Annual Great American Choral Series. Most recently, a gospel concert series was performed in and around New Orleans. In 2022, Castlewood Singers will again travel overseas to perform in Portugal and Spain.