Jolle Greenleaf — soprano — Artistic Director
Hailed as a “golden soprano” and called “a major force in the New York early music-scene” by the New York Times, Jolle Greenleaf is one of the leading voices in the field. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her performances have earned raves from the Oregonian, “[Greenleaf] sang with purity an beguiling naturalness,” and the New York Times, who called her “An exciting soprano soloist… beautifully accurate and stylish…”
As artistic director of the virtuosic one-voice-per-part ensemble TENET, Ms. Greenleaf creates diverse programs, directs and sings in performances of repertoire spanning the middle ages to the present day. TENET’s programming has been lauded by the New York Times as “smart, varied and not entirely early.”
Greenleaf has balanced a career as a top soloist and innovative impressaria. In January of 2010 she spearheaded a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, (the first performance of the work to celebrate its 400th anniversary), by creating the Green Mountain Project (an annual TENET initiative). For the Green Mountain Project she acts as artistic director engaging singers and instrumentalists, and managing the many logistics of mounting a major musical production.
Greenleaf frequently invites top-notch musicians from the New York-based early music community to guest direct TENET projects and strives to combine forces with other ensembles to share ideas.
Dongmyung Ahn — violin
Period violinist Dongmyung Ahn is a performer, educator, and scholar, whose interests span from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries. She is a co-founder of Guido’s Ear, an ensemble that specializes in the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. As a Baroque and Classical violinist, she has performed with the New York Collegium, Early Music New York, Clarion Music Society, Sebastian Chamber Players, Sinfonia New York, Concert Royal, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, and Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble. She has also played the rebec in the critically acclaimed production of The Play of Daniel at the Cloisters. A dedicated educator, she is the director of the Queens College Baroque Ensemble. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship.
Christopher Ainslie — countertenor
Christopher Ainslie has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of repertoire within and outside the traditional confines of the countertenor voice type. He is an exponent of the bel canto rather than English choral tradition, and continually attracts critical acclaim for his expressive, colourful and dramatic performances. A native of Cape Town, Ainslie attended the Royal College of Music in London and has since appeared at English National Opera, Glyndebourne, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at the London and Goettingen Handel festivals. Ainslie has performed in concert at the Wigmore Hall and with leading baroque groups les Arts Florissants, Retrospect, The English Concert, B’Rock and les Passions de l’Âme, and internationally with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony. His upcoming engagements include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Opera North, “The Merchant of Venice” at the Bregenz Festival, and “Rodelinda” at English National Opera.
Philip Anderson — tenor
Hailed for his “voice of liquid warmth and easy stage presence,” tenor Philip Anderson has been a soloist with many of the finest music ensembles in the United States including Chatham Baroque, Mark Morris Dance Group, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Piffaro. In New York he sings regularly with Artek, My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort, TENET, and is the parish cantor at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. This season he tours Europe and the US with the Philip Glass Ensemble in Einstein on the Beach. In 2007 he appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy. His many recordings include the Grammy Award nominated O Magnum Mysterium with The Tiffany Consort. When not singing he can be found in his vegetable garden in North Salem, NY.
Matthew Anderson — tenor
Matthew Anderson has been praised for the warm tenor voice and polished musicality he brings to oratorio, opera, and musical theater. An accomplished interpreter of the music of Bach, Mr. Anderson sings regularly as a soloist in Boston’s renowned Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata Series. He has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Carmel Bach Festival in performances of Bach's Passions. Mr. Anderson is a two-time prizewinner in the American Bach Society Competition and winner of the second prize in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition. Recent performances include Stravinsky’s Renard at Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mark Morris Dance Group; John Harbison’s Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Haydn’s Creation with Emmanuel Music; Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall; Evangelist in Bach’s Saint John Passion and Saint Matthew Passion at Boston University, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago; and several works by Benjamin Britten (Serenade, Saint Nicolas, and Cantata Misericordium).
Julie Andrijeski — violin
Julie Andrijeski, full-time Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, is among the leading Baroque violinists and early music pedagogues in the U.S. In addition to many solo opportunities with various groups, she holds principal positions with diverse Baroque and Renaissance ensembles, including Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire, New York State Baroque (Concertmaster), Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (Artistic Director), Quicksilver, Cecilia’s Circle, and The King’s Noyse. Her unique performance style is greatly influenced by her knowledge and skilled performance of early dance. In March 2011 she temporarily relinquished her concertmaster position with NYS Baroque to choreograph and dance the lead role in their production of Handel’s Terpsicore. Ms. Andrijeski directs the CWRU/CIM Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Chamber Ensembles, and Baroque Dance Ensemble at CWRU. During the summer she teaches both violin and dance at summer festivals in Oberlin (BPI), Madison (MEMF), and Vancouver, British Columbia (VEMF).
Ryland Angel — countertenor
Born on St Cecilia’s day, Ryland Angel has received a Grammy nomination and performed in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Gavin Bryars’ Doctor Ox’s Experiment and Fairy Queen at ENO (and Barcelona), Gluck’s Orfeo (Koblenz), Amadigi (Karlsruhe), Venus and Adonis (Flanders Opera), Dido and Aeneas (Opera Comique), Peri’s Euridice (Rouen), The Play of Daniel (Spoleto) and Ballet Comique de La Royne (Geneva). He has performed on over 40 recordings including music of Charpentier, Scarlatti, Stradella, Lorenzani, Peri, Handel, Monteverdi, Beaujoyeux, Purcell, Bach and Spears (EMI, Sony, Universal, K317, Koch, Virgin Classics etc) and film soundtracks of Le Petit Prince, La Peau, Henry 4th, Machete and the PBS TV special ‘Heavenly Voices’. Ryland is also delighted to announce his newest venture which combines his two greatest passions; Kitchen Opera Company for the love of music and food. www.rylandangel.com
Melissa Attebury — alto
Melissa Attebury, mezzo-soprano, has performed numerous operatic roles including the title role in Carmen, Dorabella, Dido, Cherubino, Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), and Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) Solo concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Judas Maccabeus, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and the Monteverdi Vespers. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic (Carnegie Hall) as Rosalia in West Side Story Concert Suites, and as “Cherubino” in an all Mozart program (Avery Fisher Hall).
Jesse Blumberg — baritone
Baritone Jesse Blumberg’s recent engagements include Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s Mass at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and performances with the New York Festival of Song. He has performed roles at Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, and made concert appearances with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Charlotte Symphony, Apollo’s Fire, and the Vail Valley Music Festival. Jesse has toured with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Waverly Consort, and has performed recitals for the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Mirror Visions Ensemble. This season he debuts with the Oratorio Society of New York, Pacific Musicworks, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. In addition he will return to American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and Boston Early Music Festival. Jesse is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City. www.jesseblumberg.com
Mischa Bouvier — bass
Praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for his “immensely sympathetic, soulful voice” and “rare vocal and interpretive gifts,” Mischa continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability. Recent engagements include debuts with The Knights, Princeton Glee Club, New York Festival of Song, and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, as well as return performances with the American Bach Soloists, the Catacoustic Consort and the Mimesis Ensemble at Zankel Hall. A singer of impressive versatility, Mischa has performed with Keith Lockhart and the Boston POPS, Anonymous 4, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Sting, the Metropolis Ensemble, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Folger Consort, Chatham Baroque, DuPage Opera, and the Five Boroughs Music Festival. Mischa’s upcoming season includes a Colorado Symphony debut, returns to the American Bach Soloists, Close Encounters with Music at Ozawa Hall, and TENET, and a Bridge Records label record release.
Luthien Brackett — alto
Praised by Opera News for her “seductive, easy alto,” mezzo-soprano Luthien Brackett’s recent solo engagements include performances for Trinity Wall Street’s Bach at One series, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, and Five Boroughs Music Festival. Regional opera credits include Ino in Handel's Semele with Music in the Somerset Hills. She is a featured soloist on the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s acclaimed recording of the Complete Haydn Masses (Naxos). In great demand as an ensemble performer, she is a member of the Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, and appears regularly with acclaimed New York ensembles including TENET, Vox, Voices of Ascension, Pomerium, and Clarion Music Society. She is also a founding member of the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, first place winners of the prestigious Tolosa International Choral Competition.
Dashon Burton — bass
Bass-baritone Dashon Burton is a native of Bronx, NY. Praised for his "enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable ... [of] raising the dead;" and “nobility and rich tone,” (New York Times) he is active in a wide range of repertoire and feels privileged to have worked with artists and ensembles all across the U.S. as well as in Cameroon, Canada, Italy and Germany. Prominent collaborations include Pierre Boulez, Masaaki Suzuki and Steven Smith. He began his studies at Case Western Reserve University and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, he was invited to join Cantus, a professional men's classical vocal ensemble. He appears on their albums, including the eponymous “Cantus,” which was singled out by National Public Radio as a top ten recording of 2007. After completing his tenure with Cantus in 2009, Dashon completed his Master of Music at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, having studied with Professor James Taylor.
Kelvin Chan — baritone
Baritone Kelvin Chan is a versatile performer of the operatic, concert, and recital repertoire. This fall he will appear as Der Lautsprecher in Opera Moderne’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. In the winter, he and soprano, Joélle Harvey, will present a recital on Trinity Church’s Concerts at One Series. Recent engagements include a lecture recital on Hanns Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook on Opera Moderne’s Red Scare series, the Imperial Commissioner and Yamadori in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Madama Butterfly and with Houston Grand Opera, where he created the role of Goong-Goong in the HGOCo production of Courtside by Jack Perla. Mr. Chan has appeared with Cincinnati Opera as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, creating the role of Shi-Yin in RedDust, an opera electronica by Mathew Rosenblum. For five years, he performed with the all-male chamber vocal ensemble, Cantus, and served as that ensemble’s Artistic Co-Director.
Martha Cluver — soprano
Soprano Martha Cluver has been hailed by the New York Times for her “fluid, dark-hued” and “soulful” vocals. Martha has performed as soloist with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Remix Ensemble, Prague Modern, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, Signal, Dogs of Desire, Axiom, Zorn Vocal Quintet, NEXUS, So Percussion and ACME. Martha has premiered many new works by composers such as John Zorn, Caleb Burhans, Sarah Snider, Bill Brittelle, Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, and Emmanuel Nunes. As a choral musician, Martha is a member of the Trinity Choir Wall Street, Antioch, Voices of Ascension, and Clarion. Upcoming engagements include world premieres by John Zorn, Caleb Burhans and Jeff Myers. In 2003, Martha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with John Graham. She currently resides in Manhattan, NY.
Dann Coakwell — tenor
Dann Coakwell, tenor, has performed as a soloist internationally and domestically under such acclaimed conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls, and Craig Hella Johnson. He has appeared multiple times in New York’s Carnegie Hall, and with organizations such as Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, and Oregon Bach Festival. Prominent roles Coakwell has performed include those of Evangelist and tenor arias in all of J.S. Bach’s major oratorios—St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B-Minor—and many of Bach’s cantatas; solo tenor in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings; Medelssohn’s Elijah; Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, the title roles in Judas Maccabaeus and Samson; and Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Also in regular demand for Handel’s Messiah, notable productions include those with Masaaki Suzuki and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, at Duke Chapel in Durham, with Conspirare and Ensemble VIII in Austin, and under John Scott at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York (2013). He can be heard as a soloist on the harmonia mundi record label in the 2009 Grammy Award-nominated album, Conspirare: A Company of Voices, and upcoming in 2014 on The Sacred Spirit of Russia (working title). Coakwell holds an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an M.Mus. from Texas Tech University, and a B.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin. www.danncoakwell.com
Scott Dispensa — baritone
Baritone Scott Dispensa is pleased to be working with TENET again. Currently a full-time member of the Metropolitan Opera chorus, Scott was a regular on the New York choral scene for years, singing with such ensembles as the Clarion Music Society, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Early Music New York, and the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He was also a founding member of New York Polyphony and can be heard on their recordings I Sing the Birth and Tudor City. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and The Juilliard School.
Eric Dudley — tenor
Eric Dudley (tenor) is a full-time member of the choir at Trinity Wall Street in New York, where he also serves as assistant conductor for the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra’s weekly “Bach at One” concert series. He sings regularly with Musica Sacra, The New York Virtuoso Singers, The Collegiate Chorale, Seraphic Fire (Miami, FL) and Bard Summerscape Opera, and he has appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. His podium engagements have included tenures as assistant and cover conductor for the Hartford, Princeton and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, as well as guest conducting with the International Contemporary Ensemble on recordings and on tour to Finland and with the Arcko Symphonic Project on the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia. He has performed as a pianist and chamber musician with members of the Cincinnati, Princeton and Albany symphony orchestras, and his compositions have received premieres by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Quey Percussion Duo, and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, of which he is also a member. He studied voice, piano and composition at the Eastman School of Music, and trained as a conductor at the Brevard and Aspen music festivals and as a recipient of the Doctoral degree from Yale.
Daniel Elyar — viola
Daniel Elyar is an active performer and recording artist and has specialized in Baroque performance practice in Europe and North America for over 20 years. Mr. Elyar has performed and recorded with ensembles in North America and Europe, such as Tafelmusik, the Utrecht Baroque Consort, Concerto d’Amsterdam, Teatro Lirico, Concerto Palatino, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the New York Collegium, Ensemble REBEL (New York), NYSEMA, Tempesta di Mare and Clarion Players and Choir (New York) and the Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street. Mr. Elyar is contractor and manager of the Philadelphia Bach Festival, which performed all of the Bach Suites and Masses in June 2011. Mr. Elyar holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, an Artist’s Diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) and a Masters of Music from the Royal Conservatory (The Hague). Mr. Elyar has performed under the baton of directors such as Andrew Parrott, Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and William Christie. Mr. Elyar has recorded for the Chandos, ELECTRA, ATMA and Hungarton labels.
Charles Wesley Evans — baritone
Charles Wesley Evans, baritone, is establishing a fine career as an early music artist, recitalist, and professional chorus member for the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare in Austin, Texas. Most recently he has performed St. John Passion with Berkshire Bach Society and Purcell’s King Arthur with Seraphic Fire, and concert tours with Conspirare and Seraphic Fire. He looks forward to performances this season with the San Antonio Symphony, Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra, the Trinity Choir, and a concert tour with recital partner Damien Sneed in the coming months. Charles and Damien are excited to be releasing their first CD, Soirée—A Celebration of Song, in the Spring of 2012. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia.
Patrick Fennig — countertenor
Praised by the Albuquerque Journal for his “heartfelt intensity of smooth, effortless, bittersweet tones,” countertenor Patrick Fennig is sought after as both a soloist and choral singer. He has appeared with Fretwork Viol Consort, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concert Royal, The American Classical Orchestra, and The Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra. This season’s highlights include Bach’s St. John Passion with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Britten’s Abraham and Isaac at East Stroudsburg University and A Tudor Christmas with Early Music New York. A choral singer since his days a choirboy at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, Patrick is a member of The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys Fifth Avenue, and appears regularly with Early Music New York, Musica Sacra and Bard Festival Chorale and Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble. He graduated from Northwestern University and, now based in New York, studies with Drew Minter. To find out more about Patrick, please visit www.patrickfennig.com.
Jeffrey Grossman — organ
Jeffrey Grossman’s extensive musical activities include frequent performances as a harpsichordist, pianist, and conductor. Acclaimed for his musicality, he has been praised as a “sensitive and fluent accompanist” of “flair and conviction” in Fanfare magazine. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard College, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Jeffrey performs with numerous groups in the New York metropolitan area, including the Sebastian Chamber Players, PHOENIXtail, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, and Fire & Folly. He also tours parts of the rural United States with artists of the Piatigorsky Foundation. He can be heard on the Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. He currently resides in New York City. For more information, please visit his website at www.jeffreygrossman.com
Hank Heijink — theorbo
Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times). He can be heard on TENET's recent CD “A Feast for the Senses” and on Green Mountain Project’s live recording of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Mr. Heijink holds a performance degree from The Hague’s Royal Conservatory (the Netherlands), as well as a degree in computer science, and a PhD in social sciences. When not playing lute, he writes software for the iPhone.
Laura Heimes — soprano
Praised for her “sparkle and humor, radiance and magnetism” and hailed for "a voice equally velvety up and down the registers", soprano Laura Heimes is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew Lawrence King, Julianne Baird, Tempeste di Mare, The King’s Noyse, Paul O’Dette, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Voices of Music, Brandywine Baroque, and Piffaro – The Renaissance Band, a group with whom she has toured the United States. She has been heard at the Boston, Connecticut and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, at the Oregon and Philadelphia Bach Festivals under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, at the Carmel Bach Festival under Bruno Weil and Paul Goodwin, and in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in concerts of Bach and Handel. Ms. Heimes has recorded for Dorian, Pro Gloria Musicae, Plectra Music, Sonabilis,, Albany, Avian and Zefiro records. www.lauraheimes.com
Matthew Hensrud — countertenor
Matthew B. Hensrud is always eager to participate in the next interesting project. Focusing on ensemble work in early & modern music, he's a full-time member of Trinity Wall Street’s renowned ensemble, and joins other groups like Ekmeles, Pomerium, and the Clarion Ensemble. Recent projects include Paul Dedell’s Chemistry of Love, Bryan Senti’s From the Margins, This, Unmentioned, and performances with the Mark Morris Dance Company. Past highlights include multiple performances of BAM’s St. Matthew Passion, directed by Jonathan Miller; Nico Muhly and Maira Kalman’s Elements of Style; and the staged premiere of David Lang’s new opera, Anatomy Theatre. He is a featured soloist on New York Early Music’s recent album, A Dutch Christmas, and an upcoming CD of classical/rock crossover works by Barry Seroff.
Christopher Dylan Herbert — baritone
Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, Christopher Dylan Herbert has also received acclaim for his “smooth baritone voice”, his “consistently warm sound” and his “versatile dramatic abilities”. He recently won an encouragement award from the Sullivan Foundation and the French Consulate Award in the Gérard Souzay Competition. Performances last season included Henrik in A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Dover Beach at Lake George, Winterreise at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Kindertotenlieder with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and various recitals with pianist Thomas Bagwell. In previous seasons, Mr. Herbert performed Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera Vivente, Connie in Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Il prigioniero in Il piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher Hall. He is the baritone in the critically acclaimed classical vocal male ensemble New York Polyphony, which is represented by Opus 3 Artists.
Timothy Hodges — tenor
Timothy Hodges, whose singing has been described in the New York Daily News as having “both purity and depth”, has an active career performing as a soloist and ensemble singer throughout the United States. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he has performed in many ensembles, including Vox Vocal Ensemble, Clarion Choir, Fuma Sacra, Seraphic Fire and Antioch Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Hodges is currently a member of the Trinity Choir at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City, where he has performed as a member of the ensemble and as a soloist for some of the world’s leading conductors. He has participated in many festivals including The Carmel Bach Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA and the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, Russia. As a soloist, Mr. Hodges has performed with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Garden State Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Princeton University Glee Club, as well as numerous appearances in Handel’s Messiah in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek — mezzo-soprano
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a member of the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. She has recorded many award winning CDs with the ensemble, including the Billboard chart-topping American Angels. She was also a featured soloist on the Grammy awarding winning album “Calling All Dawns”. Other solo work has included appearances with The Washington Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia, Carmel Bach Festival, Parthenia, Baltimore Consort, Berkshire Choral Festival and Sonnambula. World premieres include Richard Einhorn’s oratorio “The Origin”, “The Loathly Lady”, a comic opera by Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner and “A Requiem for the Titanic” by Philip Hammond, which was broadcast live throughout Ireland. Jacqueline is also a voice teacher with a studio in NYC and is a member of the faculty of Chorworks, a choral workshop held annually at the National Cathedral in DC. She gives masterclasses and ensemble technique workshops all over the US. Her website is jacquelinehorner.com
Steven Hrycelak — bass
Steven Hrycelak, bass, is equally at home as an operatic, concert, and ensemble performer. Recent operatic roles include Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Omnia, which the New York Times hailed as having “a graceful bearing and depth.” Mr. Hrycelak has performed with the New York Choral Artists, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Early Music New York, Vox, TENET, Equal Voices, Meridionalis, Seraphic Fire, and the vocal jazz quintet West Side 5. He has also been a frequent soloist at Trinity Church Wall Street, as well as with Musica Sacra, 4×4 Festival of Baroque Music, New York Collegium, the Waverly Consort, the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and the Collegiate Chorale, with whom he made his Lincoln Center debut. Mr. Hrycelak has degrees from Indiana University and from Yale University, where he sang with the world-renowned Yale Whiffenpoofs. Additionally, he is an active coach/accompanist.
Mellissa Hughes — soprano
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of New York’s freshest, most compelling interpreters” soprano Mellissa Hughes enjoys a busy career in both contemporary and early music. She has collaborated with Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Steve Reich and premiered works written expressly for her by Caleb Burhans, Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, Corey Dargel, and Frederic Rzewski. This season she performed the world premieres of David T. Little’s Am I Born with Alan Pierson and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Alex Temple’s Liebeslied for the opening of the SONiC Festival; sang Jonathan Berger’s Theotokia at Stanford Lively Arts with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Pedja Muzijevic; and Mohammed Fairouz’s Tahwida with clarinetist David Krakauer at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Upcoming dates include David Coll’s Position, Influence and Matt Marks’s The Little Death, Vol. II for the MATA Festival, and a tour to Amsterdam and Ireland with Alarm Will Sound.
Motomi Igarashi — viola da gamba
Motomi Igarashi enjoys a rich and varied career on viola da gamba, double bass, violone and lirone. A native of Japan, she has played the double bass since the age of 12. Motomi holds a Bachelor of Music degree in double bass from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She pursued her graduate studies at the Juilliard School where she studied double bass with Eugene Levinson, Franco Petracchi and Duncan McTier. After graduating from Juilliard, she went to France to study viola da gamba, spending several years in intensive study with Marianne Muller, Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo and more recently studied lirone at the Accademia d’amore in Bremen with Erin Headley. She has been in high demand on the viola da gamba, violone, baroque double bass and lirone since her return from Europe, performing and recording with various groups including: The American Classical Orchestra, Anima, ARTEK, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Concert Royal, Foundling Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and REBEL both in the U.S. and Japan.
Greg Ingles — sackbut
Greg Ingles attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory. Two days after graduation Greg won the position of Solo Trombone in the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof, Germany. He returned to the United States and completed both a Master’s and Doctoral degree in trombone performance at SUNY Stony Brook, specializing in historic performance. Greg is a member of Piffaro and Ciaramella and has played with such ensembles as the American Bach Soloists, Chatham Baroque, Chiaroscuro, Concerto Palatino, Quicksilver and Tafelmusik. He is Music Director of the Dark Horse Consort, an ensemble devoted to rarely performed brass music of the 17th century. Greg was the adjunct trombone professor at Hofstra University for over a decade. He teaches sackbut at the Madison Early Music Festival each summer. He is newly appointed as the Lecturer in Sackbut at Boston University.
Linda Jones — soprano
New Orleans native Linda Lee Jones is active as a soprano, teacher and massage therapist in New York City and Central New Jersey. Her versatility as an ensemble singer has afforded her the opportunity to perform with the area's most prominent choral groups, including Musica Sacra, the New York Choral Artists, Mark Morris Dance Group, St. Mary the Virgin, St. Luke in the Fields, St. Ignatius Loyola, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, along with some of the world's finest orchestras and conductors. Ms. Jones is a member of the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, an a capella sextet dedicated to performance of a wide array of vocal genres and educational outreach. Ms. Jones hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Loyola University and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and Voice from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
James Kennerley — tenor
James Kennerley is Organist and Music Director at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York City. As a singer, Mr. Kennerley has performed with many groups, including New York’s Clarion Music Society, Rebel, Trinity Church Wall Street, and Amor Artis, in addition to many of the major ensembles in the U.K. Performances this season are scheduled for New York, Boston, London, and the south of France. He has studied singing with Robert Rice, David Lowe, and Braeden Harris. Mr. Kennerley made his New York conducting debut at Lincoln Center in November 2009, directing the contemporary operetta The Velvet Oratorio to great critical acclaim. A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley studied at Cambridge University and then became Organ Scholar at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, working daily with the world-famous choir of men and boys. He is also active as a collaborative pianist, and works with several major performers in the New York area.
Marguerite Krull — alto
Marguerite Krull has garnered praise worldwide for roles in both the soprano and the high-lyric mezzo soprano repertory, owing to her wide vocal range and excellent dramatic skills. She is at home performing music from the Baroque to the brand new, and recent performances include the soprano solo in premieres of Elena Ruehr’s cantata Averno, and Alix in Gretry’s 18th-century opéra-comique Le Magnifique with Ryan Brown and Opera Lafayette. Both works will be released on CD in the Fall 2012. Marguerite has sung principal roles with opera companies around the globe, including La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Argentina’s Teatro Colón; the New York City Opera; Washington National Opera; Teatro Colón in Bogotá, Colombia; Oper Leipzig; and Quebec Opera. In concert, she has performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bethleham Bach Choir, and members of the New York Philharmonic.
Daniel Lee — violin
Period violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. He has recently performed concertos with the American Baroque Orchestra and Sebastian Chamber Players and served as a guest concertmaster for the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Musica Raritana at Rutgers, and Yale Schola Cantorum. His performance as a finalist of 2011 York Early Music International Competition has been praised for its “smooth sophistication” [Yorkshire Post] and “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” [Early Music Review]. As a violino piccolo specialist, he has performed Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto with faculty members of Yale School of Music and given the modern-day premiere of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. He is on the violin/viola faculty at Connecticut College. More information can be found at www.danielslee.com.
Lawrence Lipnik — viola da gamba
Lawrence Lipnik performs with many acclaimed early music ensembles from ARTEK and Anonymous 4 to Piffaro and the Waverly Consort, and is a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia and vocal ensemble Lionheart. He has recently prepared a performing edition of Francesco Cavalli’s opera La Calisto, which was commissioned by the Juilliard School and performed by the San Francisco Opera, was continuo gambist and recorder player for a new production of Monteverdi's Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at Wolf Trap and gamba and recorder soloist in Telemann's Orpheus with the New York City Opera. He is music editor for an upcoming authoritative edition of the original songs from the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Dramatists. He has recorded for numerous labels including EMI, Angel, Nimbus, Virgin, Sony, Koch International and Cantaloupe, and has been a frequent musical collaborator with artist William Wegman.
Thomas McCargar — baritone
Thomas McCargar, baritone, launched his singing career with the Grammy award-winning male ensemble Chanticleer, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan during their 2005-2006 season. He now lives in New York City, where he is a member of the acclaimed Trinity Choir at Trinity Wall Street and Pomerium, which is celebrating its 40th season. Other ensemble engagements include Early Music New York, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, VOX Vocal Ensemble, the New York Virtuoso Singers and Miami's Seraphic Fire, which was recently nominated for two Grammy awards. Thomas recently performed in the chorus for Gotham Chamber Opera's presentation of Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione as well as Mark Morris Dance Group's Dido and Aeneas by Purcell. Recent solo work includes Die schöne Müllerin by Schubert, Vier ernste Gesänge by Brahms and Stephen Paulus's To be Certain of the Dawn.
Jason McStoots — tenor
Described by critics as “light and bluff, but neither lightweight nor bland, and with exemplary enunciation” and as having “a silken tenor voice” and “sweet, appealing tone” Jason McStoots has performed around the world and the US. His recent appearances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a Japanese tour of the St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Joshua Rifkin, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers and The Return of Ulysses in Seattle under Stephen Stubbs, and Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Boston Early Music Festival. He has appeared with such groups as Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Boston Camerata, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New Haven Symphony, Tragicomedia, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He can be heard on recordings with Blue Heron and Cut Circle, as well as on the Grammy-nominated recording of Lully's Psyché and on recordings of Charpentier and John Blow with the Boston Early Music Festival on the CPO label.
Robert Mealy — violin
Robert Mealy is one of America's most prominent historical string players; his playing has been praised by the Boston Globe for its “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring.” He has recorded and toured with many ensembles both here and in Europe, including Les Arts Florissants, Tafelmusik, American Bach Soloists, Sequentia, and Tragicomedia. A frequent concertmaster and soloist in New York, Mr. Mealy performs regularly in Trinity Wall Street’s weekly series of Bach cantatas. He has led the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra since 2004 in three Grammy-nominated recordings and many festival performances, including a special appearance in Fall 2009 at Versailles. He has also toured to Moscow with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and accompanied Renée Fleming on the David Letterman Show. A devoted chamber musician, he directs Quicksilver, whose debut recording was hailed as “breakthrough CD of the year” by the Huffington Post. Mr. Mealy was recently appointed Director of the distinguished Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School. In 2004, he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship. He has recorded over 80 CDs on most major labels.
Scott Metcalfe — violin
Canadian-American violinist and conductor Scott Metcalfe grew up in the Green Mountains of Vermont. He is the music director of Blue Heron, a vocal ensemble devoted to music of the 15th and 16th centuries which has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables,” and of New York City’s Green Mountain Project, whose performances have been hailed by The New York Times as “quite simply terrific.” Metcalfe has been invited to direct TENET (New York), Emmanuel Music (Boston), the Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC), Quire Cleveland, the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), and Early Music America’s first Young Performers Festival Ensemble at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival. He plays violin with Cleveland’s Les Délices, Montreal’s Arion and Les Boréades, and other ensembles. When not playing or conducting, he is at work on a new edition of the songs of Gilles Binchois (c. 1400-1460) and teaches choral repertoire and performance practice at Boston University, where he has recently been appointed co-director of the new Center for Early Music Studies.
Marc Molomot — tenor
Possessed of a rare high-tenor (haute-contre), Marc Molomot enjoys an international opera and concert career. While best known for appearances with early music ensembles and conductors, including William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, and Apollo’s Fire, Marc ventures far beyond the Baroque, performing repertoire from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, the protagonist in Evan Ziporyn’s A House in Bali, and a new role in Jean-Marc Singier’s Chat perché, presented at Paris’s Amphithéâtre Bastille. Marc’s comedic gifts have been showcased in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Les Arts Florissants), Offenbach’s Les brigands (Paris’s Opéra Comique), and Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias (Opéra de Lyon). Concert appearances have included signature performances of the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions with Andrew Parrott in New York; Kraków, Poland; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Trondheim, Norway. Marc’s recording of Lully’s Thésée with the Boston Early Music Festival received a Grammy nomination.
Nils Neubert — tenor
Tenor Nils Neubert holds degrees from The Juilliard School (B.M.) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A.), and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has also studied at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, the Festival de Musica Clasica de Puigcerda in Spain, and at Caramoor. Nils performs regularly in opera, concert, and recital, both in the U.S. and abroad. He won first prize in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, and was also a winner in the 2009 Friday Woodmere Vocal Competition, a grant recipient in the 2010 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and a finalist in the Liederkranz Competition (2010) and the Oratorio Society of New York's Lyndon Woodside Competition (2011.)
Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, he lives in New York City together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim. For additional information, please visit www.nilsneubert.com.
Johanna Novom — violin
Violinist Johanna Novom has been Associate Concertmaster of Apollo’s Fire since the completion of her Master’s degree at Oberlin Conservatory. A first prize winner of the ABS’ International Young Artists Competition, she also appears with period ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Chatham Baroque, Harmonious Blacksmith, the Dallas Bach Society, and Orfeo 55 in Paris. Festival engagements include the Boston Early Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, and in Russia, Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival with the Mark Morris dance company. Performing takes Johanna to concert halls throughout Europe and North America, recently Carnegie Weill, Alice Tully and Wigmore Halls. Johanna was a 2010-11 fellowship member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, and is currently based in New York.
Alex Opsahl — cornetto
Alex Opsahl studied recorder and cornetto at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2004 with 1st Class Honors. She went on to study privately with Bruce Dickey in Italy, continuing these studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. She works now both as a cornettist and recorder player across Europe and the US, and has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Apollo’s Fire, American Bach Soloists, Capella Artemisia and Barokkanerne. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, and played in both Glyndebourne Opera and Oslo Opera productions of “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”. She recently recorded the Vivaldi C- minor Concerto with the Norwegian period orchestra ‘Barokkanerne’ under the label ‘2L.
Molly Quinn — soprano
Praised by The New York Times for her “Radiant Sweetness”, Molly Quinn delights audiences with her thoughtful interpretations in a variety of styles. She has collaborated with many celebrated conductors and ensembles, including TENET, Andrew Parrott, Kent Tritle, Clarion Music Society and Seraphic Fire. Miss Quinn has been featured as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall, and with the New York Summer Mahler Project’s presentation of the Fourth Symphony. Miss Quinn is a member of the Trinity Choir, and can be seen throughout their concert season. Upcoming engagements include the role of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Seraphic Fire, and TENET’s Green Mountain Project. Miss Quinn is a native of North Carolina, and studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Mack Ramsey — sackbut
Mack Ramsey has been a life-long specialist in the performance of repertoires of the 15th to the 17th centuries. Playing sackbut, recorder, and Renaissance flute, he has been especially fascinated with the role of court and cathedral wind bands of the 16th century and the special skills and performance practices that help us interpret this music. He is a member of the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble and has often performed with other Renaissance bands, such as Piffaro, Concerto Palatino, and The Whole Noyse. Overseas, Mr. Ramsey has performed and recorded with the Taverner Players directed by Andrew Parrot, and the Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesh. In North America, he appears regularly with several ensembles, including Spiritus Collective, Tafelmusik, and the Toronto Consort.
Kurt-Owen Richards — bass
Kurt-Owen Richards is an accomplished performer in a wide range of styles, from chant to experimental music-theater. Well known for his beautiful, warm and lyric "basso cantante" sound, he is a founding member of Lionheart, the renowned American men's vocal ensemble dedicated to the exploration of medieval and Renaissance chant and polyphony. In addition to over three decades of work with Pomerium, he has appeared as soloist with such distinguished ensembles as The American Bach Soloists, Anima Antiqua, The Bach Ensemble, Concert Royal, New York's Ensemble for Early Music, Tafelmusik, and the Waverly Consort. Mr. Richards has recorded widely, including solo work in Heinrich Schutz’ Kleine Geistliche Konzerte with New York Baroque and Schutz' Musikalisches Exequien and Bach's Cantata 4, "Christ Lag in Todesbanden" with the American Bach Soloists. He can also be heard on all of Lionheart’s recordings, including their most recent release, “John The Revelator”, a modern mass written by Phil Kline for Lionheart and the post-classical string quartet Ethel.
Melanie Russell — soprano
Melanie Russell is currently touring internationally with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach. Noted for her “steely sparkle and almost impossibly fast, clean runs” in Handel’s Messiah (The Wall Street Journal), she is a member of the professional choir of Trinity Church Wall Street. Her choral and chamber music career also includes performances and recordings with Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Ensemble VIII, Oregon Bach Festival Choir, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Yale Schola Cantorum, and the Yale Voxtet. Solo engagements in opera, musical theater, and concert repertoire have taken her from her hometown of New Orleans (Die Fledermaus, The Buddy Holly Story, Mozart’s Requiem) to New York (Opera Omnia’s The Coronation of Poppea, Fauré’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Bach’s Cantata No. 51 at St. Paul’s Chapel), and to Moscow where she covered roles in Mark Morris’ Dido and Aeneas. Recent NYC performance highlights include music of Lisa Bielawa presented at The Stone with Einstein castmates, and a recital with classical guitarist Simon Powis. www.melanierussellsoprano.com.
Erik Schmalz — sackbut
Erik Schmalz received degrees in trombone performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Two years after graduation, he was introduced to period instruments and early music. At that point, the decision was made to specialize in early brass instruments and their music. Since then, Erik has had the opportunity to perform on historic trombones with many of the most respected ensembles in North America including Tafelmusik, Ciaramella, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Ciaramella, and The Toronto Consort. In addition, he is a founding member of Dark Horse Consort and can be heard on numerous recordings. Erik is currently a freelance performer and private teacher residing in Collinsville, Connecticut.
Ezra Seltzer — cello
Lauded for his "beauty of tone and keenness of musicianship" (Opera Britannia), cellist Ezra Seltzer graduated from the inaugural class of Juilliard's historical performance program. This season he has performed with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, at the 4x4 Baroque Music Festival, and as a soloist and chamber musician at the Boulder Bach Festival. As guest principal cellist of Musica Angelica, he toured the west coast with Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor. He also recently completed a tour of Mexico as principal cellist of the Orchester Wiener Akademie. Ezra is a co-founder and principal cellist of the Sebastian Chamber Players, who are currently finalists of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. He attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Music in cello, studying with Aldo Parisot and Ole Akahoshi. He was also a post-graduate fellow in the Yale Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Robert Mealy.
Aaron Sheehan — tenor
Grammy-nominated tenor Aaron Sheehan has quickly established himself as one of the leading American tenors of his generation. His voice is heard regularly in the U.S. and Europe, and he is equally comfortable in repertoire ranging from oratorio and chamber music to the opera stage. His singing has taken him to many festivals and venues, including Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington National Cathedral, the early music festivals of Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Tucson, Washington, D.C., and Madison. Known especially for his Baroque interpretations, Aaron has made a name as a first-rate singer of oratorios and cantatas. He has appeared in concert with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Boston Cecilia, Charleston Bach Festival, Baltimore Handel Choir, Pacific Chorale, Boston Early Music Festival, Tempesta di Mare, Aston Magna Festival, Washington National Cathedral, Bach Collegium San Diego, Tragicomedia, Folger Consort, and Les Voix Baroques.
Geoffrey Silver — tenor
Geoffrey Silver is a choral specialist with 25 years experience. He was a boy chorister at Westminster Abbey and later sang at Trinity College and St John's College, Cambridge University, where he studied music and history to post-graduate level. From 2003, he built a large voice studio at Christ Church, Greenwich, CT, later returning as director. As a soloist he has sung live on the BBC, and at the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, London, and in the US with Clarion Music Society, Trinity Church and at Alice Tully Hall. He has appeared over 30 recordings, most recently as the proud founding tenor of New York Polyphony, the “vocal string quartet.” He now devotes his energies to his record label Acis. Notable teachers include David Lowe, Braeden Harris and Clara Rottsolk.
Avi Stein — harpsichord
Avi Stein teaches vocal repertoire at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, continuo accompaniment at the Juilliard School, harpsichord at the Longy School and is the music director at St. Matthew & St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The New York Times described him as "a brilliant organ soloist" in his Carnegie Hall debut and he was recently featured in Early Music America magazine in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field. Avi has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Central America. He is an active continuo accompanist who plays regularly with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Trinity Church Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra, the Clarion Music Society and Bach Vespers NYC. Avi directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles including the Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia and a critically acclaimed annual series called the 4x4 Festival. Avi studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.
Daniel Swenberg — theorbo
Daniel Swenberg specializes in historical plucked strings: Renaissance and Baroque lutes, theorbos, Baroque and 19th century guitars, and Baroque mandolino—and yes, it takes a lot of time to tune them. He performs regularly throughout North America with ensembles such as Artek, Rebel, the Metropolitan Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction, Ensemble Viscera, New York City Opera, Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik, Catacoustic Ensemble, the Four Nations Enmble, Apollo’s Fire, the Green Mountain Project, and with soprano Nell Snaidas. He has accompanied Renee Fleming and Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall. Daniel received awards from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (2000) for a study of 18th century chamber music for the lute, and a Fulbright Scholarship (1997) to study in Bremen, Germany, at the Hochschule für Künste (studying with Stephen Stubbs and Andrew Lawrence King). He studied previously with Pat O’Brien at Mannes College of Music, receiving a Masters Degree in Historical Performance (Lute).
Lisa Terry — viola da gamba
LISA TERRY practices, performs and teaches viola da gamba and violoncello in New York City, where she is a long-time member of Parthenia and the Dryden Ensemble, and also a member of BaroQue Across the River and the Lyra Consort. Lisa is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra. She was a founding member of ARTEK, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concert Royal, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, Four Nations Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Chicago Opera Theatre. She earned her degree in cello performance from Memphis State University and continued her studies in New York with Richard Taruskin, viol, and Harry Wimmer, cello. Ms. Terry teaches viola da gamba and cello at the French-American School of Music in New York, and at workshops around the country. She is the Vice-President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.
Sumner Thompson — tenor
Praised for his “elegant style” (Boston Globe), Sumner Thompson is one of today’s most sought-after young baritones. His appearances on the operatic stage include roles in productions from Boston to Copenhagen, including the Boston Early Music Festival’s productions of Conradi’s Ariadne (2003) and Lully’s Psyché (2007), and several European tours with Contemporary Opera Denmark as Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. He has performed across North America as a soloist with Concerto Palatino, Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, Les Boreades de Montréal, Les Voix Baroques, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the King’s Noyse, Mercury Baroque, and the symphonies of Charlotte, Memphis, and Phoenix. Highlights include Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Les Voix Baroques and Houston’s Mercury Baroque, Mozart’s Requiem at St. Thomas Church in New York City, a tour of Japan with Joshua Rifkin and the Cambridge Concentus, and a return to the Carmel Bach Festival.
Kiri Tollaksen — cornetto
Kiri Tollaksen (cornetto) enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. Praised for her "stunning technique, and extreme musicality," she has performed and recorded extensively throughout North America and Europe. She is a founding member of the early brass ensemble Dark Horse Consort, and has taught at Indiana University (Bloomington) and the Amherst Early Music Festival. As a professional trumpet player, Kiri performs with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue, freelances throughout Michigan and maintains a teaching studio. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Ron and 4 cats. For upcoming concerts, please visit www.KiriTollaksen.com.
Anne Trout — violone
Bassist Anne Trout has performed, toured and recorded widely in music of the baroque and classical periods for two decades. She is regularly engaged by major ensembles large and small throughout North America including Trinity Wall Street, REBEL, Aston Magna, Vivaldi Project, Sarasa, Boston Early Music Festival, Philharmonia Baroque, Tafelmusik, Boston Bach Ensemble, Boston Baroque, Tempesta di Mare, America Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal, Handel & Haydn Society, among many others. She has appeared at important historical venues abroad such as the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Regensburg Festival, Pamphili Palace in Rome, London Proms. She serves on the faculties of Longy School of Music of Bard College, International Baroque Institute at Longy (IBIL), Early Music for Modern Instruments (EMMI) and Boston College. Ms. Trout is privileged to play the 1610 "Delmas" Maggini.
Julian Wachner — Conductor
Trinity Wall Street Director of Music and the Arts, Julian Wachner, is one of North America’s most exciting and versatile musicians, sought after as both conductor and composer. His position at Trinity Wall Street complements his roles as music director of The Washington Chorus and former principal conductor of Opera McGill, Montreal. Wachner serves as principal conductor of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and NOVUS NY, Trinity’s new music ensemble. Wachner has also made memorable guest appearances with such major orchestras as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphonies, and the Boston Pops. Recordings of his performances are available on the Musica Omnia and Titanic labels including Israel in Egypt, which received a Grammy nomination for best choral performance in 2012.
Emily Walhout — viola da gamba
Emily Walhout grew up playing the cello and piano, but it was not until college that she discovered her love for Baroque bass lines. At Oberlin Conservatory she took up Baroque cello and viola da gamba, thus launching an active career in early music. She was a founding member of La Luna, an ensemble of two violins and continuo devoted to music of the 17th century, and from 1987 through 2004, she was a member of the King’s Noyse. She has played viola da gamba, lirone, or principal violin for the Boston Early Music Festival, Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, Seattle Baroque, Portland Baroque, New York Collegium, Trinity Consort (Portland, Oregon), Les Violons du Roy, Les Boreades (Montreal), and the Montreal Baroque Festival. Current chamber ensembles include the Carthage Consort of Viols and Les Delices. She has toured as a chamber musician throughout North America and Europe, and has recorded extensively with the Boston Camerata, La Luna and The King’s Noyse. Her playing has been described as “soulful and expressive” by the New York Times.
Virginia Warnken — alto
Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant ... rich-toned alto” with “riveting presence,” American mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken is known for her heartfelt interpretations of the sacred works Bach and Handel. A lifelong lover of both solo and chamber ensemble repertoire in the Early Music genre, Ms. Warnken has been a soloist and ensemble member with the renowned Trinity Church Wall Street Choir, TENET, Clarion Music Society, Musica Sacra, Oratorio Society of New York, Green Mountain Project, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. In recent seasons, she has appeared on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s C Minor Mass. Ms. Warnken is also an advocate of contemporary music, and has performed and premiered works by numerous prominent composers, including Louis Andriessen, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Judd Greenstein, and Steve Reich. Ms. Warnken also joined the highly exclusive Yale Voxtet at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Kenneth Weiss — harpsichord
Performing highlights of his 2011-12 season include solo recitals in New York ( Music before 1800), Tokyo, San Fransisco, Tel Aviv, Paris and guest conducting The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen and Divino Sospiro in concerts in France, Denmark , Portugal and Spain. This year he has recorded the complete violin sonatas of Jacquet de la Guerre with the violinist Lina Tur Bonet and Bach's violin and harpsichord sonatas with the violinist Fabio Biondi. Kenneth Weiss is Professor at the Juilliard School and the Paris Conservatory.
Zachary Wilder — tenor
Described as possessing a “remarkably clear, flexible lyric tenor,” and a “radiant tone,” Zachary Wilder is a much sought after performer on both the operatic and concert stage. He made his European debut with Mercury Baroque as Renaud in Lully’s Armide at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers. He returned to France in summer 2011 to perform as Coridon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Festival D’Aix en Provence and again at La Fenice in Venice in fall. He was named a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Virginia Best Adams Fellow, and Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. He can be heard on Boston Early Music Festival's grammy nominated recording of Lully's Psyché, and their recordings of Charpentier's Actéon and John Blow's Venus and Adonis. He will be joining the cast of Le Jardin des Voix in an international tour with William Christie in 2013.
Jonathan Woody — bass
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone, is a member of the Trinity Choir of historic Trinity Church Wall Street in New York and performs as chorister and soloist across the U.S. and Canada. He most recently covered the role of Aeneas in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. As a concert artist, he has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Kennedy Center with ensembles including the Clarion Music Society, Spire Chamber Ensemble, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy and La Chappelle de Québec, the Theatre of Early Music, the Washington Bach Consort, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Gentlemen of St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, and the Bach Sinfonia of Washington, DC. He now resides in Brooklyn, NY.