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"Pastyme with goode companye, I love and shall until I die." 
King Henry VII
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Pastyme is a vocal group from Asheville which performs a cappella music of all kinds. Even though Pastyme has its roots in the sacred and secular music of the High Renaissance, the group performs a cappella music from a wide variety of literature, from classical to jazz, for concerts, church services, and special events. The group has no director; instead, all contribute to the selection, artistic interpretation, and development of each piece. Pastyme was formed in 1999 by a group of friends who enjoyed making music with each other. While there have been some changes in membership, two of the original members remain. The members of Pastyme are all active in the music community of Asheville, singing with church choirs, the opera and musical theatre. The group has also performed at numerous venues and churches in the Southeast, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, May 2001, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, October 2005 and April 2007, and the Echo Early Music Festival, 2009.

Pastyme has two CDs with the latest being Descends the Snow.  The music on this recording comes from a wide range of traditions and styles, all celebrating the winter season. The selections include Renaissance polyphony, jazz arrangements of old favorites, contemporary compositions based on ancient chant, and modern carols, including several that have never been recorded for release before.  Their first CD, es ist ein Rose, containing music from Palestrina to Pärt, written in honor of the Virgin Mary.