Valerie Austin - Recorder & Renaissance Winds
Valerie is a long time faculty member at Mountain Collegium. A native of Massachusetts, she now makes her home in the sand hills of eastern North Carolina where she is a professor of history and music at St. Andrew’s University in Laurinburg. She has presented numerous academic papers in the areas of musicology and music education, both nationally and internationally. Valerie is the founder of the Greensleeves consort, and also performs with the Sandhills Consort.
A native of Los Angeles, Robert Bolyard moved to Indianapolis from Seattle in 2016, and currently serves as Music Director at St. Francis In-The-Fields Episcopal Church. While in Seattle, he served as Minister of Music/Organist at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, Lecturer of Music History/Director of the Vocal Ensemble at DigiPen Institute of Technology, and Music Director of the Seattle Jewish Chorale. After receiving a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music in 2008, Robert moved to Atlanta and became an active church musician, as well as a member the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, a founding member of Coro Vocati, guest clinician in local middle school and high school choruses, and even improvised music for live comedy shows every weekend. Robert is active in the viola da gamba community, both as a performer of solo and consort repertoire and as a member of the management team for the Viola da Gamba Society of America's annual summer workshop. Robert is also the founding director of Uncommon Practice: an Atlanta-based collective of vocalists specializing in early and contemporary music now in its seventh season. Robert and his husband Andrew, a professor of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, live in downtown Indianapolis with their cat, Margo.
Lorraine Hammond - Folk Harp & Dulcimer
Lorraine Lee Hammond’s numerous credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher and instrumentalist include two Appalachian dulcimer books with Yellow Moon Press and numerous recordings. She lectures in American Folk Music and World Music at Lasell College in Newton, MA, and is Music Director for the WUMB/fm Acoustic Music Camps program. Lorraine performs and records extensively with her husband, guitar virtuoso Bennett Hammond. She is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society of North America governing board.
A specialist in historical woodwinds, Wayne enjoys a multifaceted career. He has performed 10 productions with Cirque du Soliel, most recently Torruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar. His teachers include Shelley Gruskin, David Hart, Michael Schneider and Mattius Maute. Hankin has performed in every major city in the United States and Canada as well as 4000 performances worldwide. He teaches and lectures at the Chatauqua Institute and Interlochen Center for the Arts. A gold member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists, Hankin has won over 20 awards in composition from ASCAP to The National Endowment of the Arts. Wayne has performed on films from The Lego Movie to The Good Dinosaur. Television includes Disney’s Princess Adventures to Breaking Bad, as well as video games from Pixel Privateers to Hero’s Charge. In the opera world Mr Hankin made his debut at the Houston Grand Opera conducting Meredith Monk’s Atlas.
Lisle is a long time staff member at Mountain Collegium, teaching and playing viola da gamba, recorder, voice, harpsichord, and rebec. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory and is a founding member of the Sephardic music group, Voice of the Turtle, with whom she has made 12 recordings. She has performed in many Revels with additional 3 recordings and is a sought-after teacher/performer.
Jody is director of Lauda Musicam of Atlanta and teaches private recorder and French horn lessons in the Atlanta area. Previously, he has served on the faculty of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance Mid-Winter Workshop and has taught recorder workshops through the Atlanta Recorder Society, the Birmingham Recorder Society, and the Memphis Flute Society. Miller performs most frequently with Ritornello Baroque Ensemble, but often collaborates with modern instrumentalists when performing his favorite works--contemporary chamber music for recorder. He works closely with composer Timothy Broege and is currently working on a compact disc recording of the recorder music of Broege. Jody has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
Pat holds an MFA in Early Music Performance from Sarah Lawrence College. A Director Emerita of Amherst Early Music, she is a regular faculty member at that and many other weekend and week-long workshops. Her vocal group Fortuna recorded on the Titanic label; she also conducted the Amherst Festival Choir on a recording of the music of Heinrich Isaac. She performs on recorder and other early winds, and has appeared with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She has coached early music ensembles at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An ARS certified teacher, she teaches recorder, early music, and English country dance in North Carolina and at workshops around the country, and has a passion for playing from facsimiles of early 15th-century music.
Annalisa Pappano - Viol
Annalisa Pappano is the founder and artistic director of the Catacoustic Consort. She studied at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her playing has been described by critics as “mercurial and enchanting” and “with a sound that is lighter than air with the airy luster of gilding on the mirrors of a rococo drawing room.” She has performed throughout Belgium, England, Ireland, Colombia, Canada, and the U.S. and has appeared on nationally syndicated radio and has played at the Berkeley and Vancouver Early Music Festivals and the Ojai Music Festival. Pappano is a member of WildCat Viols and Atalante (England), and the recording she performed on with Atalante won a Diapason d’Or and Gramaphone Award. She has performed with numerous other ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Cleveland Opera, the Portland Opera, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Les Voix Baroques, Opera Atelier, the Toronto Consort, the Concord Ensemble, Cappella Artemisia (Bologna), and Consortium Carissimi. She has taught at Viola da Gamba Society of America national conclaves, the Viola da Gamba Society Pacific Northwest and Northeast chapters, the San Diego Early Music Workshop, ViolsWest, the Madison Early Music Workshop, and has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities. Pappano led the Catacoustic Consort to win the grand prize in the Naxos / Early Music America Live Recording Competition and recorded a program of Italian laments on the Naxos label. Pappano teaches viola da gamba at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
In recent seasons Gwyn has been a featured recorder and traverso soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Hesperus, Recitar Cantando of Tokyo, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. American Record Guide has called her “a world-class virtuoso”, and the Washington Post remarked, “with her sparkling technique and sensitive attention to musicality, she infused the music with operatic drama.” Her recording of Veracini Recorder Sonatas earned a five star rating from BBC Music Magazine . As co-director of Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare, she leads the ensemble in frequent performances from Oregon to Prague, records for Chandos (UK), and appears frequently on NPR's Performance Today . Other recordings include Deutsche Grammaphon, Dorian, Sony Classics, Vox, PolyGram, PGM, Newport Classics, and Radio France. Ms. Roberts is Director of Early Music at the University of Pennsylvania and is on faculty at Peabody Conservatory. She studied recorder with Marion Verbruggen and Leo Meilink and baroque flute with Marten Root at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. (Photo credit: Bill Cramer | Wonderful Machine)
Erik Schmalz – Sackbut & Loud Band
After receiving degrees in trombone performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and embarking on a modern orchestral career, Erik was introduced to period instruments and their repertoire—an event that reshaped his chosen path. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to perform with many of the most respected ensembles in North America, including Tafelmusik, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Piffaro, and Ciaramella, and is a founding member of the newly formed brass ensemble, Dark Horse Consort. In addition to performing on period trombones, renaissance slide trumpet and recorder, he regularly co-directs masterclasses throughout the country with other members of Ciaramella and Dark Horse. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Erik currently resides in Collinsville, Connecticut where he also teaches early and modern low brass privately.
Gail-Ann Schroeder, Assistant Director - Viol
Gail holds a Bachelor of Music in Music History University of Michigan, First Prize and Higher Diploma Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussels - She has taught at Royal Conservatory, Brussels as well as being a member of Huelgas Ensemble, Capilla Flamenca, and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.
Anne has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label.
Anne is a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. In 2011, Wayward Sisters won Early Music America's Naxos Recording Competition. Wayward Sisters released their debut CD on the Naxos label in 2014.
Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing. In addition to maintaining private and online studios, Anne has coached through Indiana University's Pre-College Recorder Program, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, and for numerous ARS chapters. Students have ranged in age from 6-83, and in level from beginning to pre-professional. Teaching is a passion for Anne!
A versatile and engaging musician, Barbara Weiss’ diverse musical experiences range from recording and performing ancient classical Cambodian music to directing a baroque opera company to chairing a university’s early music program. She has been on the faculty of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, as well as Concordia College and the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania. She has taught at summer workshops such as the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Recorder Academy. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she performs with Muses Delight. Her collaborations include Belladonna, the Newberry Consort, Quicksilver, Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the King's Noyse, Apollo's Fire, the Chicago Opera Theater, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Vermillion and Piffaro. Ms. Weiss has recorded with the Dorian, Flying Fish and Harmonia Mundi labels. She is the director of western North Carolina’s first melodica band, One Road Over.