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August 12 - 19, 2017
Masters and Mentors Through the Ages
Early Music Week 2017 offers joyful opportunities and challenges to players, singers and dancers of every level, from beginners to the highly experienced. Classes will explore the innovation and creativity that lie behind some of the world’s most vibrant and compelling music while strengthening technique and musicianship skills.
The week also offers an intensive program of High Renaissance Ensembles for advanced voices, viol and wind players with strong sight-reading skills (16th c. viols and recorders provided for student use).
Less experienced recorder players who want to focus on improving their technique and rhythmic skills can opt for Recorder Boot Camp classes.
Instrumentalists may focus intensively on their primary instruments, enjoying the opportunity to play with others in mixed ensembles and find time to explore something completely new. Singers can delve into early music repertoire in small groups and sing in a chorus and/or a mixed consort, and try an introductory instrumental class. Dancers (and those interested in dance) will find classes in English country dancing and historic dance. Everyone is invited to enjoy English country dancing, with instruction during the day for all levels. This elegant, low-impact, fun and welcoming style of participatory dance is the highlight of every evening. Dances are led by expert callers with music played by an elegant live band. All are warmly encouraged to participate.
The Week at a glance (see daily schedule for details):
- Each day will begin with Tai-Chi (pre-breakfast) and vocal and stretching warm-ups for those who wish immediately after breakfast.
- Morning ensembles are grouped by instrument and level and will also include a Baroque master class for more advanced players.
- English Country dancing instruction by level follows.
- Break for swimming/relaxing before lunch
- Afternoon offerings include:
- Collegium, open to intermediate level and up singers and players.
*(offered in AM only)
- Recorder Orchestra for high intermediate and up players (with wide range of repertoire)
- Recorder Boot Camp for upper beginner to Intermediate players
- Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque ensembles
- Loud Band
- Balkan and Mediterranean music class
- Playing for English Country Dance
- Body Mapping Class
- Introductory instrumental classes in flute, bagpipe, and *viola da gamba). Instruments are provided.
- Historic Dance
- Dinner followed by special events and dancing for all
Our outstanding faculty includes active professionals and acclaimed teachers and coaches of early winds (recorder, flute, capped reed/bagpipe, shawm, dulcian, sacbut, cornetto) strings (viola da gamba, Baroque violin, vielle, rebec), voice, chorus, harp, lute, and keyboard. The program also includes mini lecture/recitals by faculty as well as side-by-side play/sing-ins, with more advanced participants assisting those less experienced. The week closes with a faculty concert and student performances before a final banquet and celebration.
Experience this in-depth music and dance week surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, with time for relaxation -- swimming, hiking, canoeing -- and delicious home-cooked meals in the open-air dining hall. What better way to get inside music, and to bond with others of like mind, than to play, sing, dance, and learn together in this magical environment?
~ Larry Zukof, Program Director.
Lisa Terry will be the Viol Maven for Early Music Week this summer. She'll have a supply of nylon strings to sell, a few Sensicore strings to lend, and the expertise to get your pegs turning and your soundposts upright. See the Viol Maven each day during breakfast and lunch to make an appointment before first morning or afternoon class. Please read Viol Survival Tips, and put them in practice BEFORE camp!
Once again, we will be joined by the Sierra Club, with 20 people using camp as their home base while they do service work with the Wildlands Trust. They will eat with us and, during their off hours, they will join us for dancing, swimming and socializing.
Modeled on the late-16th-century Italian gatherings of a group of skilled peers working together to develop new ideas, this high-level intensive program/course is designed for advanced players and singers. We will focus on music from the High Renaissance and Early Baroque, culminating in a short concert at the end of the week. Only players and singers with advanced reading skills and solid technique will be accepted. Music will be selected based on the distribution of instrumentalists and singers accepted. We will work both as a full ensemble on larger works, and in smaller break-out sessions on vocal and instrumental chamber music. A limit of 15-18 participants will form three consorts: voices, viols and recorders (may double on flute or dulcian). Viol players and recorder players will have the use of matched Renaissance-style instruments for the week, provided by Pinewoods faculty members.
The members of the Accademia will work in three focused daily classes:
- In the morning class, all voices and instruments will work together, led by Sarah Mead and Michael Barrett. A breakout room will provide flexibility to work separately for part of the time.
- In the first afternoon class, voices will work with Michael Barrett, viols with Lisa Terry, and recorders with Emily O’Brien.
- In the second afternoon class, Lisa Terry and Sarah Mead will coach mixed instrumental groups large and small, with breakout rooms to provide for up to four ensembles. Michael Barrett will direct the Chorus, which will include Accademia singers.
The second morning period will be left free so that members of Accademia may enjoy the English country dance classes that help to make CDSS Early Music Week at Pinewoods unique among summer workshops. All are encouraged to dance every evening with the rest of the camp participants.
All classes with viols will be held in enclosed spaces to minimize the effects of the inevitable humidity of our pond-side setting.
~ Sarah Mead, Lisa Terry, and Michael Barrett, Program Co-Directors
Accademia is intended for players interested in working on their ensemble skills and fluent with voice or on all instruments in a family, and able to:
- sight read all but the most virtuosic music
- play most of the ensemble repertory at an appropriate tempo without getting lost
- apply stylistic elements (articulations, bowings, ornaments, etc.) appropriately
- some familiarity with historical notation, or the willingness to learn more about it
Participation in Accademia will be invitational. If you would like to be invited to apply, you may submit a letter of application to Steve Howe. Please include the name and contact information of a teacher who has worked with you recently. You may also submit a video or recording to support your application if you feel it would help us to assess your qualification for the program.
Once invited, please fill out the regular Early Music Week registration and pay your deposit. Be sure to include a note: “I have been accepted into Accademia.”
Adventures in the Pinewoods Instrumentarium (for Beginners)
|7:00-7:30||Tai - Chi For All|
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|8:20-8:30||Vocal warm-ups For All|
|8:30-8:50||Stretches and warm-ups|
|9:00-10:25||Instrumental and vocal consorts grouped by level, Beg to Adv: Recorder, viol, voice, strings, harp, mixed instrument, and Accademia (see below for link to description) Voice Classes will include rhythmic, interval and sight reading exercises to strengthen the students’ musicianship.|
|(Instruments provided for the week. B, UB)||Strike the Viol: An Introduction to the Viola da Gamba||Lisa Terry|
|(I-HI)||Loud Band ensemble||Mack Ramsey|
|(Violin, viola, cello)||The Really Old-Time Fiddle ensemble||Brandi Berry|
|(Recorders, flutes, viols/cellos, keyboard players, limited to 10 people depending on instrumentation. A)||Baroque Master Class||Héloïse Degrugillier, Frances Fitch|
|(Pre-registration)||Accademia: Instruments and Voices||Sarah Mead, Michael Barrett|
|10:45-11:45||English Country Dance Classes|
|(B)||Absolute Beginner's Class (Sunday only)||Mary Briggs|
|(B and up)||English Country Dance for All||Gene Murrow|
|(A)||Advanced English Country Dance||Graham Christian|
|11:45-12:30||Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed, play-ins|
|1:45-3:00||1st PM Classes|
|(Voices, recorders, flutes, strings. I-HI)||Collegium “Titans of the Renaissance”||Chris Rua, Larry Zukof|
|(Voices, instruments, percussion. I-A)||Medieval Dances, Sung and Played||Christa Patton|
|(Recorders, flutes. HI-A)||Baroque Ensemble||Héloïse Degrugillier|
|(UB-LI)||Recorder Boot Camp||Alexa Raine-Wright|
|(Recorder, flute, string, harp, lute, sackbut. HI and up)||Rate The Professor: A Renaissance Ensemble||Mack Ramsey|
|(Any instrument. Players with reasonable sight-reading facility)||Playing for English Country Dance||Gene Murrow|
|(Dancers. A)||It’s Hip to Be Square||Graham Christian|
|(Open to all)||Body Mapping: What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body||Frances Fitch|
|(Pre-registration)||Accademia: Instruments and Voices||Lisa Terry, Michael Barrett, Emily O’Brien|
|3:20-4:35||2nd PM classes|
|(Singers. All)||Chorus: Networks -- exploring connections among Renaissance composers and their works||Michael Barrett|
|(Recorders, strings. HI and up)||Masters of Theater Music from 17th C. England and Spain||Brandi Berry|
|(Recorders. HI-A)||Recorder Orchestra: Banchetto Musicale||Larry Zukof|
|(Recorders. I-HI)||Music with Her Silver Sound||Eric Haas|
|(Recorders, strings, other instruments, including chordal instruments, percussion. I-A)||Balkan and Beyond: Ethnic Folk Music for Playing||Daphna Mor|
|(UB-I)||Recorder Boot Camp||Héloïse Degrugillier, Chris Rua|
|(Cornetto, shawm, sackbut, dulcian. HI-A)||Renaissance Loud Band||Mack Ramsey|
|Adventures in the Pinewoods Instrumentarium (for Beginners)|
|(Instruments available for loan. B)||Hark the Lark: An Introduction to the Baroque Flute||Alexa Raine-Wright|
|(Instruments provided for the week. B)||Follow the Piper: An Introduction to the Renaissance Bagpipe||Christa Patton|
|(Pre-registration)||Accademia: Instruments only||Sarah Mead, Lisa Terry|
|5:15-6:15||Free time: Informal camper music making, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|Music Play-in (includes singers and instrumentalists) for all levels: sit side-by-side (next to a more advanced player/singer) if you wish|
|8:15||English Country Dancing For All Camp Dance|
|9:45-10:45||Special Events: madrigal sing, skit night, auction, parties|
Lawrence (Larry) Zukof (recorder and voice) has performed extensively with numerous renowned professional performing groups. He toured the U.S. and Europe with the Boston Camerata and has been a recorder soloist with Civic Orchestra of Boston, Orchestra New England, the Baroque Orchestra of Holy Lutheran and Trinity Church. He sang regularly with the Pro-Arte Singers, Connecticut’s pre-eminent professional chamber choir. As a singer and recorder soloist, Mr. Zukof has also performed with Cappela Cantorum and at the Yale Norfolk Summer Festival, the Yale Center for British. He currently sings with Yale Camerata, the Chamber Chorus and is the baritone section leader at the historic Center Church on the New Haven Green. Mr. Zukof teaches privately and is a regular workshop leader for various chapters of the American Recorder Society (ARS), including the Connecticut Recorder Society, Eastern Recorder Society of CT, the New York Recorder Guild, and Long Island. He has been on the recorder faculty at Amherst Early Music Festival, and has taught early music workshops at Westminster Choir College, Skidmore College, and Early Music Week at Pinewoods where he is the director (2015-16). He is currently a recorder teacher for the ARS national Traveling Teacher Program. Recently, Mr. Zukof stepped down as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School (1996-2014), one of the ten largest community arts schools in the country. Before coming to New Haven, Mr. Zukof was the Director of Brookline Music School, MA (1984-1996). He received his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA) in early music and continues his musical journey currently focusing as well on viola da gamba and violin. www.lawrencezukof.com
Anney Barrett, soprano, holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame in Vocal Performance and Great Books and an MM in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music. An enthusiastic and adventurous musician, Anney is delighted to be a frequent collaborator with local composers in presenting and recording new solo and choral works, including a recent project with the Boston Composers' Coalition. She performs regularly throughout the greater Boston area with her professional quartet, Anthology, singing 40s jazz, folk, and world music. Recent collaborations include work with Cambridge Concentus, Labyrinth Choir, Schola Cantorum of Boston, The Boston Cecilia, Convivium Musicum, the Boston Concerto Soloists and the Boston Modern Opera Project. Anney co-owns and manages The Green Room, a new arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where she also maintains a private voice studio. She is the resident soloist at Christ Church Andover, under the direction of Barbara Bruns. Anney is currently pursuing an MA in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University.
Michael Barrett is a Boston-based conductor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher. He has performed with many professional early-music ensembles, including Blue Heron, the Boston Camerata, the Huelgas Ensemble, Vox Luminis, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Netherlands Bach Society), L’Académie, Seven Times Salt, Schola Cantorum of Boston, and Exsultemus. He can be heard on the harmonia mundi, Blue Heron, and Coro record labels. Michael has served as music director of Convivium Musicum since 2007. He also directs the Meridian Singers, a vocal ensemble based at MIT, and has served as guest director of Cantilena, a women’s chorus in Arlington, and as a visiting lecturer in choral conducting at Bridgewater State University. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music, where he teaches conducting courses for undergraduates. He is also Lecturer in Music at Boston University, where he teaches seminars in Renaissance and Baroque choral repertoire for graduate choral conducting students. With his wife Anney he is co-owner of The Green Room, a multipurpose arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where he maintains a private studio for lessons in voice and music theory. Michael earned an AB in music from Harvard University, an MM in choir conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a First Phase Diploma in Baroque and Classical singing from the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2015 he completed his DMA in choral conducting at Boston University.
Recent 3Arts awardee and Violinist/Fiddler Brandi Berry, whose "four-string acrobatics" and "indispensable skill" (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as "alert [and] outstanding" (Chicago Classical Review), has also been noted for her "riffs.. powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled out with irresistible glee" (Washington Post). She has appeared with numerous ensembles including but not limited to Kings Noyse, Apollo's Fire, Newberry Consort, Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Musica Angelica, Toronto's Classical Music Consort, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Mountainside Baroque, and Ensemble Phoenix Munich. Ms. Berry has also performed on numerous series throughout the U.S. and Canada including at the Library of Congress, a repeat performer on the Dame Myra Hess series, Ars Musica Chicago, the 2010 CMC Springtime Handel Festival in Toronto, the Boston, Berkeley, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Madison Early Music Festivals, Kansas City's Friends of Chamber Music, Early Music Now, Chicago's Classical Music Mondays at the Cultural Center, and the Academy of Early Music in Ann Arbor. She has also appeared with various bluegrass and country bands in Texas and in Chicago as part of the Chicago Barn Dance Company, the Irish American Heritage Center, Glenwood Arts Festival, and others. On the air, Ms. Berry has been heard on the Live and Impromptu series of Chicago's WFMT classical radio station, WNUR, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Brandi serves on the faculty of DePaul University as co-director of their Baroque Ensembles program, as string faculty for the Madison Early Music Festival and fiddle faculty for the Old Town School of Folk Music. A student of Stanley Ritchie and Cynthia Roberts, she holds degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and the University of North Texas. Ms. Berry is artistic director of the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble.
Graham Christian started dancing English and Scottish at Swarthmore College. He has taught English country dance all over the U.S. as well as in England and Europe. He has studied Renaissance and Baroque dance with Dorothy Olsson, Kaspar Mainz and Ken Pierce, and has created many reconstructions of Playford-era dance. In 2015, CDSS published, as part of its Centennial celebrations, The Playford Assembly, a major collection of more than 125 historical dances interpreted for modern dancers, with scholarly apparatus; that volume is now in its second printing. He is the author of the popular dance history column Tell Me More for the CDSS News. He is also a stage director: past projects include Trial by Jury, The Pirates of Penzance, H. M. S. Pinafore, Patience, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, and Brigadoon. He is the co-founder of the acclaimed art song concert series Songs and Serenades with soprano Libby Maxey, and has recently begun concertizing as a solo pianist, with a repertoire that extends from Schubert and Bach to contemporary rags.
Héloïse Degrugillier (recorder) has worked extensively as both a recorder performer and teacher throughout Europe and the U.S. She has performed with leading period ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, Newport Baroque, Harmonious Blacksmith, the Dunya Ensemble and L'Academie. Recent performances include a concert at the Indianapolis Early Music festival that was praised by the Indianapolis Nuvo: “Recorder players Justin Godoy and Héloïse Degrugillier blended their dissimilar-looking instruments to near perfection.” Héloïse also enjoys an active teaching career, working with the Boston Recorder Society, Recorder Guild of New York and others. She has recently completed her studies in the Alexander Technique and has a Masters in Music from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She studied recorder with Heiko ter Scheggett, Saskia Coolen and Pedro Memelsdorff.
* Frances Fitch
Frances Conover Fitch has toured extensively in North America and Europe and performs with many prominent early music ensembles. She helped found the groundbreaking ensemble for 17th-century music, Concerto Castello, and has been described as a “delightfully inventive and compelling” continuo player. Ms. Fitch has participated in major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence, Pepsico Summerfare, Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Festival de Musica Antigua in Mexico. Ms. Fitch has made more than a dozen recordings, including a double CD of music by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, featuring something from every compositional genre she explored. Her playing has been noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit.” She was a member of the faculty of the Longy School of Music for nearly three decades, and served as Chair of the Early Music department there. In 2006, Longy awarded her the George Seaman Award for Excellence in the Art of Teaching. Ms. Fitch is on the faculties of Tufts and Brandeis Universities and The New England Conservatory. In 2012-13, she was Guest Professor at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan. With Jack Ashworth of the University of Louisville, she is co-author of the figured bass workbook, Running the Numbers. She also maintains a private studio in the Boston area, and is Minister of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, MA.
* Eric Haas
Eric Haas has taught at New England Conservatory, Tufts University and Wheaton College, as well as numerous early music workshops, including Amherst Early Music, the Long Island Recorder Festival and the Mideast Workshop. Mr. Haas is well known for his many transcriptions and editions for recorder. He performs on recorder and early flutes with lutenist Chris Henriksen as Pentimento and with the Renaissance flute consort Travessada. He served for many years as Music Director of the Boston Recorder Society and manages the retail division of the von Huene Workshop, Inc.
* Sarah Mead
Sarah Mead teaches, performs, and proselytizes polyphony in the Boston area. She is a Professor of the Practice of Music at Brandeis University where she has directed vocal and historical instrument ensembles and taught music history since 1982; she currently chairs their interdepartmental program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In 2007 she received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a collegium musicum. She served as Music Director of the annual Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America for seven years and oversaw their 50th anniversary celebration. Overseas she has performed and taught in Brazil, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and is a sought-after lecturer and ensemble-coach in the US, where she is a founding member and music director of Nota Bene Viol Consort. Her editions and commentary on both recent and historical works for viols are published four times a year in the Newsletter of the VdGSA under the title "NewsMusic," and her original music for viol consort is published by PRB.
Daphna Mor has performed throughout Europe and the U.S. as a soloist and as an ensemble player. Her appearances include solo recitals in Croatia, Germany and Switzerland; Recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Trinity Church, New York; Soloist with The New York Collegium; Soloist with New York Early Music Ensemble; Soloist at Carnegie Hall with Little Orchestra Society, Orchestra member with the New York Philharmonic; City Opera, Mostly Mozart. Lincoln Center; Piffaro- The Renaissance Band and Repast. Awards include First Prize in Settimane Musicali di Lugano Solo Competition and two-time winner of The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition. Ms. Mor received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory with highest honors as Valedictorian of the class of 2000. Ms. Mor acts as musician to the education department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a frequent teacher in early music workshops around the U.S. Ms. Mor is frequently involved in performing of contemporary music. This season she was featured as a soloist with The Metropolis Ensemble, performing the world premiere of Tears, Puffes, Jumps, and Galliard by David Bruce. In 2009 she joined St Luke’s Orchestra to perform the NY premiere of The Flowering Tree, composed and conducted by John Adams. Ms. Mor is an active World Music musician as well. Ms. Mor has appeared on such prestigious stages as Summer Stage, Central Park, NY; and in festivals all over the U.S., Canada, Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Greece and Israel. She appears on Sting’s New CD If On a Winter’s Night on the Deutsche Gramophone label and is a musician at residence at B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in New York City.
* Gene Murrow
Gene Murrow has been an English country dancer and musician since 1965 and has taught and called since 1988 at clubs, workshops, festivals and balls throughout the U.S. as well as Britain, Europe and Japan. As a dance musician he performs on recorders and concertina, has made four CD recordings for dances of Fried Herman and Gary Roodman, and is the Producer of the series of English dance recordings featuring the Boston-based band Bare Necessities. At the 2001 EFDSS/Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society conference in London he was invited to present a paper tracing the history of English country dancing in America, and in 2004 he was honored as the featured country dance caller and teacher at the gala 50th anniversary of England’s Sidmouth International Festival. He has returned to England many times to teach Festivals, Gatherings, and club dates across the country. In 2006, he toured Japan for two weeks teaching English dance workshops, where he returned in 2011 to instruct over 200 folk dance teachers at the National Folk Dance Federation annual conference. Gene approaches English country dance as a medium in which dancers and musicians alike participate in the realization of works of art. His dance workshops strive to make their richness of structure, musical form, texture, and affect enjoyable and appreciated by dancers of all abilities. Gene is the founder and Executive Director of Gotham Early Music Scene, a service and advocacy organization for early music in New York City, and has served on the Board of Directors of CDSS, Early Music America, and the American Recorder Society. He currently is a member of the Board of Pinewoods Camp, Inc.
Emily O'Brien is a native of Washington, DC where she played recorder from a young age. She studied recorder and french horn at Boston University, and recorder and Baroque flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. She performs in recorder ensembles and historical chamber music, as well as English Country Dance bands. As a teacher, she works with private students and ensembles in the Boston area and at summer workshops. Emily's solo album "Fantasies for a Modern Recorder" explores the variety and possibilities over four centuries of repertoire offered by the Helder Harmonic Tenor recorder, including a variety of flute and violin music usually inaccessible to the recorder as well as new works commissioned for the project. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance cycling.
Christa Patton, historical harpist and early wind specialist, has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan with many of today’s premier early music ensembles including Piffaro the Renaissance Band, Early Music New York, The King’s Noyse, Folger Consort, Newberry Consort, Apollo’s Fire, The Toronto Consort, Parthenia, ARTEK, Pegasus, New York State Baroque Orchestra, and many others. As a baroque harpist specializing in 17th century opera, Christa has performed in many early opera productions including New York City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. She can be heard playing baroque harp and a multitude of other instruments on recordings such as "Istampitta" [Lyrachord] "Chacona" and "Trionfo d'Amore e della Morte" [Dorian] and Nobile Donna on ATMA among others. Christa is on the faculty of Rutgers University and the Graduate Center at CUNY. She is also musical director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, specializing in the works of early 17th century composers, which she started with co-director David Ronis.
Equally at ease on the traverso and recorder, American/Canadian Alexa Raine-Wright maintains an active Montreal-based performance career. Winner of several national and international competitions, Alexa was awarded the Devonna & Amos Gerber Grand Prize and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Prize at the 2016 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition. She also won First Prize at the 2015 National Flute Association's Baroque Flute Artist Competition in Washington DC, as well as Second Prize at the 2015 Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition in New Brunswick. Alexa is a member of the award-winning ensembles Infusion Baroque and Flûte Alors! Alexa has performed with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Clavecin en concert, I Musici, La Bande Montréal Baroque, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of McGill University.
Mack Ramsey has been a lifelong specialist in performance on early instruments, playing sackbut, recorder, Renaissance flute and classical era trombones. He is a member of the early brass ensemble, Dark Horse Consort, and he frequently appears with baroque orchestras, such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Clarion Society, Apollo’s Fire and Mercury Houston. Other ensembles include New York’s Green Mountain Project, Tenet, Piffaro, Toronto Consort, and Pacific Musicworks. Overseas, he has performed and recorded with the Taverner Consort, directed by Andrew Parrott and with the Gabrieli Consort, directed by Paul McCreesh.
Chris Rua( recorders, winds) has completed a 10 year world tour with Cirque du Soleil and is very happy to be home and looks forward to returning to Pinewoods. She graduated magna cum lauda from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, NY with a focus in oboe. After moving to Boston in the late 70s, she became inspired by the teachings and approach to sound of Marleen Montgomery, an innovative music teacher of the time. Chris then became involved in early music and since has taught, performed, recorded and toured with such ensembles as the Early Music New York, The Christmas Revels, Piffaro, and Ex Umbris. Chris has played for English Country dancing from California to England, with Bare Necessities, at English Country dance Balls and at other dance weeks including the Berea Christmas Week, Buffalo Gap and English & American Week at Pinewoods. It has been one of her most favorite ways of making music. Besides teaching for many years at Pinewoods, Chris also directed Early Music Week from 1999-2001.
Cynthia Shaw, classical pianist, singer, and actor has been playing for English country dancing in New York since 1995. As one New England dance caller has noted, she plays '...springing and spirited backups for other instruments, and her solos positively sparkle…’. She has been on the vocal and piano accompanying faculties of Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, The John C. Campbell Folk School, Third Street Music Settlement Chamber Music Program and The Brooklyn Friends School and plays for English Country Dances at CD*NY, LITMA and Princeton Country Dancers. She is a professional choral singer and sang with the NY Philharmonic when they won two Grammy Awards. She is the former musical director for the New York Christmas Revels and is writing a one-woman solo show, Velvet Determination, about her classical piano journey from Pueblo, CO to The Manhattan School of Music in NYC. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, David Simonoff.
* Lisa Terry
Lisa Terry (viola da gamba, violoncello) practices, performs and teaches viola da gamba and violoncello in New York City, where she is a member of Parthenia and the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton). Lisa is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra, and she serves the Viola da Gamba Society of America as President. Lisa teaches viola da gamba and cello privately in New York and at workshops around the country, with expertise in technique analysis and discovery; baroque viol solo repertoire; lyra viol; and ensemble coaching (especially ‘how to work well as a chamber ensemble’). 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, Winter Park Bach Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Concert Royal, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, Four Nations Ensemble, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Chicago Opera Theatre.
* ADVISORS, PLUS