Christopher Armijo is an instrumentalist specializing in the Baroque and Renaissance recorder. He is a performing member of Forgotten Clefs, Inc. (Bloomington, Indiana’s Renaissance wind band) for which he also serves as corresponding secretary. Christopher can be heard regularly as a soloist at Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, as well as several other venues in Monroe and Brown Counties in Indiana. He has participated and performed in early music workshops across the country including the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop, the Mountain Collegium Early Music Workshop, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he has studied with Bruce Dickey, and members of ¡Sacabuche!, the Flanders Recorder Quartet, and Tempesta di Mare. A diverse musician, Christopher has also recently begun performing on the cornetto and shawm in period ensembles. He is also the principal hornist of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. (B.A. in Music, Columbus State University, 2005; M.M. in Recorder, Indiana University – Historical Performance Institute, 2017).
Jack Ashworth - Viol, harpsichord, & other strings
Jack Ashworth retired recently from the University of Louisville, where he taught music history and directed the Early Music Ensemble after completing the DMA at Stanford University in 1977. As a specialist in early winds, strings and keyboard instruments, he has served on early music workshop faculties in the United States, England, Canada and Australia and has performed with Wieland Kuijken, Fretwork and Trio Settecento, among others. Jack wrote the article on “Keyboard Instruments” in A Performer’s Guide to Renaissance Music as well as co-authoring (with Paul O’Dette) articles on basso continuo in both this volume and the companion A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music. Running the Numbers, a handbook on continuo realization for keyboard players he co-authored with Frances Fitch, was published in 2011. Jack received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America in 1999 and was President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America from 1996-2000.
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.
Phil Hollar is a recorder player based in Greensboro, North Carolina. In addition to his recorder teaching studio, he serves as teacher and coach for the recorder ensemble Voce Ventus, an educational ensemble formed as a vehicle for teaching recorder technique and ensemble playing skills. Phil has also served as a teaching assistant for the Emory University Early Music Ensemble and as faculty at the Atlanta Early Music Alliance’s annual Mid-Winter Workshop from 2006 - 2009. He has many years’ experience leading American Recorder Society chapter playing sessions and has been invited to lead various local chapters’ sessions throughout the Southeast. Phil served as the president of the Atlanta Recorder Society from 2005 – 2009 and is currently the music director for the Triad Early Music Society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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.
Holly Maurer - Viol
Holly received a BA from St. Lawrence University in music and religion and the MM from The New England Conservatory in performance practice of early music where she studied with Grace Feldman. Since coming to Charlotte in 1993, Holly has been a member of Carolina Pro Musica performing throughout the Southeast including concerts at Wingate, Sweetbriar College of Virginia, Davidson College and Gardner Webb. The group performs on their own series in Charlotte and has been featured on concert series in Asheville, Columbia, Lincolnton and Belmont where Carolina Pro Musica is a resident artist ensemble at Belmont Abbey College. In 2005 the ensemble presented concerts in and around London, England and in 2009 performed at the Boston Early Music Ensemble. In addition to concerts with Carolina Pro Musica, Holly performed regularly with Carolina Baroque of Salisbury and has been a guest artist with several groups in the area. She is a member of the music faculty of Central Piedmont Community College where she directs the Early Music Consort and Baroque Performance Class.
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.
Will Peebles - Sacred Harp Singing
Will Peebles has taught courses in bassoon, music theory, music history, and world music at Western Carolina University since 1992, and served as Director of the School of Music from 2005-2014. In 1999, he established Western’s Low Tech Ensemble, which now performs on Balinese, Javanese, and Sundanese gamelan. Will's musical interests include shape-note singing, historical bassoons, and performance on Renaissance instruments such as the krummhorn, kortholt, and rackett.
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.
Sue Richards - Folk Harp & Folk Music
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.
Chrissy Spencer - Viol
Chrissy Spencer, viola da gamba and soprano, is a founding member of the Baranduin Baroque Ensemble in Vancouver, BC, the Atlanta-based viol ensemble Consort Atlantica, and vocal ensemble Uncommon Practice. On viola da gamba, she has performed with New Trinity Baroque, Ritornello, and Consort Atlantica. She specializes and thrills in consort playing, and teaches and coaches in the Atlanta area. She will soon end a six-year stint on the management team for the Viola da Gamba Society's annual workshop, and helps organize the Mountain Collegium and Music on the Mountain Workshops. As a singer, she can regularly be heard with the St. Bartholomew's Atlanta Compline Schola and the Atlanta Schola Cantorum. Chrissy lives in Atlanta, GA, where she is on faculty at the Georgia institute of Technology, advocates for alternative transportation, and raises chickens in the city.
John Tyson is a winner of the Bodky International Competition, the Noah Greenberg Award, and a former student of Frans Bruggen. He has appeared as soloist in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, Chile, Canada, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Australia and throughout the United States, as well as with major ensembles in Europe and the US. A recognized expert in Renaissance music and improvisation, Tyson is director of the Renaissance music and dance ensemble Renaissonics, director of the Boston Recorder Orchestra, director of the Corso di Flauto Dolce in Tuscany, Italy and is a member of the pop/classical/world music band Universal Village.
Tyson is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, an Emerson Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the Corso Internazionale di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy, and was Chair of the Department of Historical Performance at Boston University. In collaboration with The American Recorder Society and the National Endowment for the Arts, he produced an instructional video for recorder teachers entitled "Recorder Power!" Tyson has been Artist in Residence at Northeastern University, guest soloist at the Montréal International Recorder Festival and has taught at the Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Brandeis University, University of Connecticut, the National Center of Afro American Artists, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Institute.
In 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations.
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.