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).
Valerie Austin - Recorder & Renaissance winds
Valerie Austin is a professor of history and of music at Saint Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. As a musicologist and music educator her research areas include early instrumental music and 20th century American music, specifically the crossover between popular and ‘classical’ forms. She has presented numerous academic papers in the areas of musicology and music education. With musical origins as a symphonic trumpet player, Austin specializes on the cornetto and recorder. Austin is a member of the International Guild of Town Bands and Pipers and regularly travels to their international meetings to perform. She is the founding director of the early music group Greensleeves.
Lorraine Hammond - Folk music & plucked strings
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, Boston, Acoustic Music Camps. Lorraine performs and records with her husband, guitar virtuoso Bennett Hammond. Lorraine plays, performs on, and teaches dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and harp.
Phil Hollar teaches recorder, hurdy-gurdy, and early music in Greensboro, North Carolina. He serves as teacher and coach for Voce Ventus, a recorder ensemble formed to teach recorder technique and ensemble playing skills. Phil has served as faculty at the Atlanta Early Music Alliance’s Mid-Winter Workshop and at Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop. 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. Currently, he is music director for the Triad Early Music Society and serves as a board member for the American Recorder Society. Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Liza Malamut - Early brass
Liza Malamut, historical trombone, is an active performer throughout the United States and abroad. She has frequently appeared with groups such as Dark Horse Consort, Boston Camerata, Piffaro, and others. Liza has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance from Boston University. She received a 2017-2018 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for her work on the integration of historical pedagogy with mainstream teaching. Liza cares deeply about the accessibility and availability of historical performance and teaching to widespread audiences. Past projects have included family-friendly, community-centric performances of early music in collaboration with Musica Nuova, the Christ Church Schola Cantorum of Rochester, and the Weckmann Project. For these efforts she has been awarded the Paul R. Judy Polyphonic Grant and the Early Music America Outreach Grant. Liza was pleased to serve as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University in Spring 2015 and 2018. This season includes performances with Mercury Chamber Orchestra in Houston, the Folger Consort at Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and New York Baroque Incorporated at Carnegie Hall.
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. Holly has recently retired from The music faculty of Central Piedmont Community College where she taught the Early Music Ensemble and Baroque Performance class.
Jody is director of Lauda Musicam of Atlanta and teaches private recorder 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 throughout the country. 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 has premiered several of his compositions. Jody has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and the Victoria Bach Festival.
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. In her other musical life, she loves to harmonize on traditional tunes, and plays a mean banjo-uke. Pat is currently working with a group of musicians and dancers to develop a retirement community for dancers, musicians, artists, and other like-minded people.
Sue Richards - Folk Harp & Folk Music
Gwyn Roberts is one of America’s foremost performers on recorder and baroque flute, praised by Gramophone for her “sparkling technique, compelling musicianship, and all-around excellence.” She is also co-founder and -director of Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare, hailed by the Miami Herald as “the model of a top-notch period orchestra.” Now in the 15th season of its Philadelphia Concert Series, Tempesta di Mare tours from Oregon to Prague, recently released its 10th CD on the British label Chandos, and reaches audiences in 56 countries around the world with broadcasts of live performances.
Roberts’ soloist engagements include Portland Baroque Orchestra, Recitar Cantando of Tokyo, Washington Bach Consort and the Kennedy Center. In addition to Chandos, she has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Dorian, Sony Classics, Vox, PolyGram, PGM, and Radio France. Her latest solo recordings include the Fasch Recorder Concerto in F, Bach’s Concerto in G after BWV 530, and Sonatas by Francesco Mancini. She enjoys collaborating with living composers, recently recording James Primosch’s Sacred Songs and Meditations with the 21st Century Consort for Albany Records.
Roberts studied recorder and baroque flute at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands with Marion Verbruggen, Leo Meilink and Marten Root. She loves teaching, with recent masterclasses at the Curtis Institute of Music, Hartt School of Music, and Oregon Bach Festival. She is Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute at the Peabody Conservatory, Director of Early Music Ensembles at the University of Pennsylvania, and directs the Virtuoso Recorder Program at the Amherst Early Music Festival.
Gail Ann Schroeder studied viola da gamba performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussels, Belgium, with Wieland Kuijken, obtaining her First Prize and Higher Diploma, with distinction; and subsequently taught viola da gamba, pedagogy and directed the viol consort there from 1988 to 2002. Ms. Schroeder has performed extensively as soloist and in various chamber music ensembles, participating in numerous radio and television productions, and on CD recordings for such labels as DHM, Sony Classical, Ricercar and Erato. Ms. Schroeder is in demand as a teacher and ensemble coach at workshops for the Viola da Gamba Society of America, the Amherst Early Music Festival and Mountain Collegium. Currently living in North Carolina, she teaches privately, free-lances on viola da gamba and is artistic director of Asheville Baroque Concerts.
Katherine Shuldiner - Viol
Katherine Shuldiner graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in viola da gamba performance under the tutelage of Catharina Meints. She has performed with Chicago based ensembles such as BBE: Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Vox 3 Collective, and continues to perform with The Newberry Consort. Nationally, Katherine has performed with Washington Bach Consort, La Follia Austin Baroque, as well as performing Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion with Bel Canto Chorus and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Katherine is becoming a fixture in the Chicago baroque music scene, performing with Chicago based musicians such as Rachel Barton Pine, Mark Shuldiner, David Walker, Martin Davids, and more. Ms. Shuldiner served a two year term on the board of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and currently serves on the board for both the VdGSA Third Coast and the Oak Park Recorder School. She was also chosen to perform in the first Early Music America's Young Performers Festival during Boston Early Music Festival. When Katherine is not performing, she enjoys teaching the viola da gamba to children and adults alike. She has taught at Madison Early Music Festival, Whitewater Early Music Festival, and throughout the year teaches the viol at Nettlehorst Elementary School in Chicago.
Chrissy Spencer, Registrar - 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.
Anne Timberlake - recorder
Anne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres to Celtic tunes. She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alison Melville, and Indiana University, where she studied with Eva Legêne and won the 2007 Early Music Institute Concerto Competition. Critics have praised her "fine technique and stylishness," "unexpectedly rich lyricism" (Letter V), and "dazzling playing" (Chicago Classical Review).
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 San Francisco Early Music Society, the Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, and for numerous ARS chapters.
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.