Martha Bishop - Viol
Martha Bishop has been a faculty member since Mountain Collegium's second session almost 50 years ago. She has an active studio of gamba (and cello students) and has taught workshops across the U.S. and in Europe, Canada and Puerto Rico. As a composer she has written over 200 compositions for both early and modern instruments and voices. She is past Music Director of the VdGSA, artist affiliate at Emory University and former cello/composition faculty at Agnes Scot College. She performs with New Trinity Baroque.
Kelly Brzozowski - Folk music & harp
Kelly Brzozowski holds a BMUS and a Masters Diploma in Harp Performance and Musicology from the University of North Wales. She has taught and performed throughout Europe and the U.S. Kelly lives in Atlanta where she has maintained a large teaching studio for more than twenty years and performs both classical and Celtic music. When she is not performing, teaching, or traveling, she is homeschooling her son. You will often find her designing and conducting experiments. Is it science or is it food?!?
Alison Crum - Viol
Alison Crum is one of the best-known British exponents of the viol. As teacher, performer, and moving spirit behind several well-known early music groups, she has travelled all over the world giving recitals and lectures and teaching on summer schools and workshops.
After considering a career in meteorology, she decided to read music at Reading university as a French horn player. While there she started playing the viol, and later went on to study it with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels and Jordi Savall in Basle. Since then she has made well over one hundred recordings with some of Britain's finest ensembles, including the Consort of Musicke, the Dowland Consort and Musica Antiqua of London. With the Rose Consort of Viols, Alison has made numerous CDs of English and continental consort music, and, as a soloist, she features on discs of Marais, Bach, and virtuoso Italian divisions.
Lorraine Lee Hammond - Folk music & plucked strings
Lorraine Lee Hammond’s grew up in rural New England when ballads and barn dances were part of community life. Lorraine plays, performs on, and teaches dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and harp. Her numerous credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher and multi-instrumentalist include two Appalachian dulcimer books with Yellow Moon Press, and many recordings. A former lecturer in American Folk Music and World Music at Lasell University in Newton, MA, she is Music Director for the WUMB/University of Massachusetts, Boston, Acoustic Music Camps. Lorraine performs and records with her husband, guitar virtuoso Bennett Hammond. They make their home in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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.
Shira Kammen - Medieval & Sephardic music
Multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, Rose of the Compass, Anonymous IV, the California Revels, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue, Green, Grande Ronde, John Day, East Carson and Klamath Rivers.
Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune’s Wheel: a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea; an English Country Dance band, Roguery, the early music ensembles Cançoniér and In Bocca al Lupo, as well as frequent collaborations in theatrical and dance productions. She has worked with students in many different settings, among them teaching summer music workshops in the woods, coaching students of early music at Yale University, Case Western, the University of Oregon at Eugene, and working at specialized seminars at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, and recently joined the music faculty of Mills College in Oakland, CA.
She has played on several television and movie soundtracks, including ‘O’, a modern high school-setting of Othello and ‘’The Nativity Story’, and has worked with many diverse artists in diverse projects, among them singers Azam Ali and Joanna Newsom, poet Jane Hirshfield, storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, medieval music experts Margriet Tindemans and Anne Azema, percussionists Peter Maund and Glen Velez. Some of her original music can be heard in an independent film about fans of the work of JRR Tolkien. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo.
Lee Knight - Folk music
Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee became interested in folk music while in high school. During college, he became familiar with the music and stories of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, as well as of the Adirondacks. He wanted to learn the music and stories from traditional sources--people who had them as part of their culture and community for generations. He also collected songs and stories from other parts of the world, including England, Scotland, Central Asia, Columbia and the Amazon region of Peru.
Lee currently works as a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, Elderhostels, festivals, camps and schools. He leads hikes, canoe trips and guides whitewater rafts. He plays various instruments, including the five-string banjo, various guitars, the Appalachian dulcimer, the mouth bow, the Cherokee flute and the Cherokee rattle, as well as the Native American drum.
Recently, Lee released the CD FROM THE APPALACHIANS and is currently working on a new CD of folk songs from the Adirondacks. In August 2003, Lee recorded with Chinese pipa artist Wu Man, who has recorded with Yo Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet. He is currently working on a book of Adirondak ballads and folk songs as recorded by Majorie Lansing Porter in the 1940's and 1950's. In addition to having performed throughout much of the eastern United States and Canada as well as Scotland and Tashkent, Lee appears regularly at the Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Song Festival and the Lake Junaluska Folk Festival.
Lee did the music and voice-over for the documentary video The Nantahala: Land of the Noonday Sun. He has participated in artist-in-residence programs with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation & the Georgia Arts Council.
Liza Malamut - historical brass
Liza Malamut regularly appears as a trombonist, teaching artist, and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed with Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, the Handel & Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street, Boston Camerata, Apollo’s Fire, Dark Horse Consort, and many other ensembles. Her playing can be heard on the Musica Omnia, Naxos, Hyperion, and George Blood Audio labels. A passionate teacher and researcher, Liza has presented masterclasses, lecture recitals, and papers at conferences and institutions throughout the country. Her work was supported by an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (2017-2018). Liza served as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University in spring 2015 and 2018, and taught as applied instructor in sackbut at Tufts University. She coedited and contributed to the forthcoming book Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy: New Perspectives (Indiana University Press) with Rebecca Cypess and Lynette Bowring. Liza holds a DMA in Historical Performance from Boston University, where she studied with Greg Ingles. Her dissertation, a method book for modern trombonists, integrates historical techniques with mainstream playing and introduces eighty-eight solo etudes for trombone transcribed from historical sources.
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.
Sarah Mead - Viol
Sarah Mead is a sought-after teacher of viol and Renaissance performance practice who has performed in consort and as a lyra-viol soloist around the USA, and overseas in places as far apart as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Brazil and the UK. She served for seven years as Music Director of the annual VdGSA Conclave, and edits a quarterly selection of music and commentary on both recent and historical works for viols for the Society. Her performing editions of historical and original works for viols are published by PRB Productions. In 2007 she received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America for her work with the Early Music Ensemble at Brandeis University, where she is a Professor of the Practice of Music and has chaired the program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She is a founding member and the musical director of Nota Bene Viol Consort. Their 2020 CD of Pietro Vinci features a set of Brescian-style Renaissance viols.
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 Amethyst Baroque Ensemble, but he is also a member of contemporary music due Eighty-Eight & Eight with Lisle Kulbach and Ritornello Baroque Ensemble. Miller 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, capped reeds
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.
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 performs with Chicago based ensembles such as BBE: Bach and Beethoven Experience, Bella Voce, and 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, David Schrader, Mark Shuldiner, 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, Mountain Collegium and throughout the year teaches the viol at Nettlehorst Elementary School in Chicago.
Anne Timberlake - Recorder
Anne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres. She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, Critics have described her playing as "dazzling" (Chicago Classical Review) and "preternaturally persuasive" (The Ann Arbor Observer). A Fulbright grantee, Anne won Early Music America’s 2011 Naxos Recording Competition with her ensemble Wayward Sisters. Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing, and is a regular instructor at workshops coast to coast. Find Anne at www.annetimberlake.com
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 started out as a clarinet and piano player and learned recorder in high school. She studied recorder and shawm at Indiana University, where she had opportunities to perform Brandenburg concertos and the Telemann suite - what fun! In addition to being the director of Recorder Society chapters in Michigan and Minneapolis, she has been on the faculty of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute. She has taught at summer workshops such as the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the Madison Early Music Festival, Mountain Collegium, and Indiana University’s Recorder Academy. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she performs with Muses Delight, Pan Harmonia, and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. 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, Ensemble Vermillion and Piffaro. Shes has recorded with the Dorian, Flying Fish and Harmonia Mundi labels. She is currently selling recordings of her accompaniments to Baroque solo pieces for treble instruments. Luckily for her, she is the director of western North Carolina’s first melodica band, Next Road Over, and, sometimes, cursing technology, is teaching harpsichord long distance at Swarthmore College.