The Band Musicians

Violins

joan planaCONCERT MASTER
Praised by his “…finger-­‐knotting virtuosity…” (Yorkshire Post, England), his “expressive performance” (New York Times) and his “spontaneity, polish and sweet tone” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), baroque violinist Joan Plana is the founding member of baroque ensemble CONCITATO. Based in New York, he is building an active career as a soloist, recitalist and concertmaster. This season he will continue his job as a leader of the American Baroque Orchestra and L’Academie Baroque Orchestra in Boston, as well as taking the position of concertmaster with Baroque Band in Chicago and The New York Society of Ancient Music.

With CONCITATO he has appeared in venues in New York, Chicago, Montreal, Cleveland and Spain. The ensemble was the only American group on the finals of the 2009 York International Young Artists Competition (England).

Joan Plana plays and records regularly with several baroque groups around the country, including Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Concert Royal, New York Baroque Incorporated, American Virtuosi, The American Classical Orchestra, and he has recently collaborated recording with the Italian group Il Pomo d’Oro. In 2011, he appeared around Europe as a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as William Christie, Jordi Savall, Harry Cristophers, Nicholas McGegan, Richard Egarr, Cristopher Hogwood, Enrico Onofri, Riccardo Minasi and Masaaki Suzuki, among others.

Joan became interested in Historical Performance Practice following his arrival to Cleveland in 2005. He joined the Case-­‐CIM Baroque Orchestra at Case Western Reserve University, where he studied with Julie Andrijeski, Cynthia Roberts and Miho Hashizume. He became concertmaster, soloist and guest conductor of the ensemble. In 2008, he received an Early Music Certificate from Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Music.

While attending the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, he received the Jeanne Lamon Scholarship Award. He also participated in the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin and the International Baroque Institute at Longy (Cambridge), studying with Jeanne Lamon, Marilyn McDonald and Elizabeth Blumnestock. Further lessons and masterclasses include Fabio Biondi, Manfred Kramer, Jordi Savall, and over the last few years he has studied closely with Enrico Onofri and Riccardo Minasi. Joan has taught baroque violin masterclasses and workshops at Baldwin-­‐Wallace College (Ohio) and Sarah Lawrence College (New York).

He was an inaugural member of the Historical Performance Program at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. While at Juilliard, he played with “Juilliard415” and “Juilliard Baroque” in concerts in New York, Madrid, Milan, Florence and Rome.

He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in baroque violin at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, studying with Robert Mealy and Cynthia Roberts.

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Violinist 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, Musica Angelica, Toronto’s Classical Music Consort, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra; and as soloist/concertmaster of Ars Antigua, Bloomington Early Music Festival Opera Orchestra, Mountainside Baroque, and St. Louis’s Kingsbury Ensemble. 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. 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. 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.

Matthew CataldiAs a period instrumentalist, Matthew Cataldi’s performances have been reviewed as “sweet and well-judged” (Cross Palms) and met with “clarity and strength” (Chicago Classical Music). His period performances can be heard on WFMT’s Live Music Mondays and he has recorded on Cedille & Naxos Records labels.

Matt has served as Baroque Band Concertmaster for the past two years. Performing with other period ensembles like the Callipygian Players, Rockford Bach Ensemble, and Chicago Opera Theatre, he has also participated in the U.S. premiere of La Buona Figola (The Good Servant Girl), and is a founding member of New Comma Baroque. As a guest lecturer, he has brought aspects of period performance practice to the classrooms at Columbia and Lake Forest Colleges and has even brought this expertise to modern groups such as the Renovo String Orchestra, a group for which he serves as Music Director.

The recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and scholarships at the local, state, and national levels, Matt received his Master’s degree from Northwestern University and Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

Find Matt online at http://www.matthewcataldi.com

MUSICIAN MOMENT

What convinced you that you wanted a career in music?
I never really thought of my career in music, it just happened that I was able to make a living at it. For me, music is a way to meet and perform with new and interesting people while simultaneously playing really awesome music. I’ve always loved the social aspect that music offers, with musicians and audience members alike. It’s always great to hear how music has impacted people’s lives in a significant way.

How did you choose your instrument?
There was a point where I almost chose the cello instead of violin to pursue my musical ventures. However, I thought about carrying it around all the time and thought eventually that “lighter is better” (at least to a 10-year-old it was). Cello playing also came much more naturally to me than violin and I remember at one point being better at cello than I was at violin. People usually get confused and ask me why I didn’t pick the cello if it came so naturally. I love a challenge. The only reason I get up in the morning is to see what the dawn has in store for me. I’m glad I chose the violin. It has and continues to provide not only many opportunities for me, but challenges that will last me a lifetime.

What could you tell music lovers about your instrument?
I currently perform on two instruments. The first one is a violin made in 1703 that Baroque Band has generously loaned me. This violin is rich in its texture and offers real insights into period instruments of that time. This violin was also loaned to me to help me as I searched for a new violin.

I have looked long and far and, ironically, the best violin I have found is my second violin which dates from around 1840 and is by an unknown maker. This instrument is much more dramatic and has a core sound that is very easy to play. There are a lot of difficulties with period performance, mostly the gut strings, shorter bow etc. but this instrument takes all that away and is simply marvelous.

How did you become interested in period instrument performance?
I have always been interested in period performance, ever since I first heard it on the radio station in Columbus, Ohio where I grew up. I was raised on a very traditional violin curriculum and it was not until my later years in college that I got exposure to period performance. I met up with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University where I did my undergraduate work, taking his Intro to Unaccompanied Bach class and was hooked from the first seminar. I took some private lessons from him while I was there and then later with Mary Springfels at Northwestern where I did my graduate work.

What’s your favorite Chicago hangout?
I love to frequent Gigio’s Pizzeria in Evanston and Trattoria Demi, a simply must-visit Italian Bistro. Along with Kansaku Sushi in Evanston that has the best green tea I’ve had to date, I have also found a new place in Wicker Park called Pizza Metro that is simply to die for. Traditional Italian-style square pizza, delicious!

Where else can music lovers hear you besides Baroque Band?
I perform all over the place! I perform a lot of chamber music around the city (Logan Square Chamber Players, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, Wicker Park Summer Chamber Series, etc.).

Anything we haven’t asked about but you would like music lovers to know?
I have really enjoyed directing. I love the challenge of taking a group of musicians and working together to create a great experience not only for the audience, but for themselves as well. I’m currently music director for the Renovo String Orchestra and in the Chicago Folks Operetta orchestra.


Dahl PhotoViolinist Emily Dahl is an active performer known for her inventive and intuitive style. She enjoys a diverse career ranging from broadway musicals to baroque opera. Emily’s concentration in historical performance has led to her playing internationally under luminaries within the early music field including Rachel Podger, Maasaki Suzuki, and John Eliot Gardiner. Performing works from the most grand to the most intimate, career highlights include the St Matthew Passion at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and a Beethoven-themed salon concert using an 1807 Broadwood piano. Emily’s poised and gracious sound can be heard throughout Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society, Les Bostonades, and many others. Venturing further afield, she appears regularly with the American Baroque Orchestra (New Haven) and Baroque Band (Chicago). After studying abroad at the Royal Academy in London, Emily now lives in Jamaica Plain where happily investigates local bakeries and ice cream.

J-DavisJanelle Davis is a violinist who performs throughout the United States, and is co-director of the early music chamber ensemble Generation Harmonique. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, specializing in historical violins and music from the 17th and 18th centuries

Janelle is a devoted educator having served in various capacities as a studio teacher, classroom orchestra director, and youth music festival clinician. She also volunteers with Early Music In Motion—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting schools and communities underserved by the arts. Additionally, Janelle works as a writer, podcast co-host, and production assistant for the syndicated early music radio program, Harmonia.

MUSICIAN MOMENT

What convinced you that you wanted a career in music?
I’ve always had varied interests-science, writing, history, teaching-but performing and communicating through music is my first love. I am so privileged to get to do this for a career.

How did you choose your instrument?
As a kid, I wanted to play several other instruments like the flute and piano. But the violin is where I really found my passion. Besides the violin, I also play viola and have recently taken up the viola da gamba.

What could you tell music lovers about your instrument?
My baroque violin doesn’t have a label so its maker is unknown, but it was probably made in a workshop in Klingenthal, Germany in the 18th century. Violin construction changed quite substantially over the next hundred or so years, but my instrument was never altered to modern specifications.

How did you become interested in period instrument performance?
I am a 21st-century person. I love my ipod just as much as the next person and can’t imagine how I ever functioned without the internet! But with ensembles like Baroque Band, I get to perform on period instruments in a way that lets old music speak as vibrantly as it did to the people who first heard it. Despite all of our technology, in some very basic ways, humanity hasn’t changed all that much, and this music still speaks to the core of the human experience.

What music are you listening to right now?
Right now it’s 17th-century German music. But check back tomorrow … it’ll be different!

What is on your nightstand/iPad, Kindle etc.?
Short stories—most recently ones by Lysley Tenorio and Maile Meloy.

Besides your instrument, what is your most treasured possession?
My mother’s art.

Where did you perform before coming to Chicago?
I lived in Texas, where I performed with lots of different ensembles around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

What’s your favorite Chicago hangout?
I love coffee! So depending on what part of town I’m in, I like to take a break at either Metropolis or Intelligentsia!

Where else can music lovers hear you besides Baroque Band?
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, ¡Sacabuche!, Exordium, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Generation Harmonique.

Jeri-Lou ZikeJeri-Lou Zike is a versatile, energetic musician who enjoys a variety of artistic activities in symphonic, baroque, and chamber music. As a period instrument performer, Jeri-Lou is Baroque Band’s principal violinist, performing regularly at Symphony Center and WFMT classical radio. She has also appeared as soloist with the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Apollo’s Fire, His Majestie’s Clerkes, Kansas City Music Consort and the James Chorale. She is concertmaster of the Haymarket Opera Company which she started in 2011 with Craig Trompeter, with whom she leads the orchestra.

Jeri-Lou is also principal and founding member of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the Chicago Opera Theater. Additionally, she is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and has performed with the Grant Park Symphony and Music of the Baroque (including their first performance on period instruments). Jeri-Lou studied baroque performance practice with Monica Huggett and was a member of The City Musik and Basically Bach. She performs regularly as concertmaster of the University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel Concerts. Being a savvy businesswoman, Jeri-Lou is known as a contractor of musicians, providing orchestras for many of Chicagoland’s finest choirs such as Apollo Chorus, Chicago Chorale, the Cathedral Singers, and St. Clement Church. Many churches and country clubs also rely on her expertise to provide exciting programming and excellent musicians. She is a founding member and leader of Trio Elan as well as a frequent performer with the Chicago Classical String Quartet. She is heard frequently on WFMT and has recorded with GIA, Centaur, and Cedille Records. Her secret passion is competitive racing in triathlon; swim, bike, run whenever possible! Jeri-Lou lives in downtown Chicago on the lakefront with her husband and business partner, Jim Friedkin. Together, they partner in real estate development and rental property.

MUSICIAN MOMENT

What convinced you that you wanted a career in music?
Had to make a living somehow! Music sounded totally possible, and it worked out great.

How did you choose your instrument?
I started piano at age 3. My mother was my piano teacher. I hated it. Changed to violin when I was 11 after seeing a beautiful woman violin soloist playing with a symphony orchestra and told my mom I wanted to be her.

What could you tell music lovers about your instrument?
I love my baroque violin. It is an original old 1700’s instrument that was never modernized.

How did you become interested in period instrument performance?
I always knew Bach sounded wrong when I held the bow at the frog, so in college I started creeping up high on the bow and it just felt right. Then I fell in love with recordings from the great early music orchestras … Amsterdam, Harnoncort, Age of Enlightenment.

What music are you listening to right now?
Christian rock/pop. I like to run to music of worship.

What is on your nightstand/iPad, Kindle etc.?
Every kind of sports magazine possible based on running, biking or swimming.

Besides your instrument, what is your most treasured possession?
My instrument is not my most treasured possession.
My family and the Word of God (the Bible). And then my bike

What’s your favorite Chicago hangout?
The Lake front. North Avenue beach.

Where else can music lovers hear you besides Baroque Band?
Chicago Opera Theatre

Anything we haven’t asked about but you would like music lovers to know?
I am a perfectionist in everything I do. I must complete my list of things to do before I sleep. I love to serve people. I love the business side of music. I love having a large business with my husband in real estate. I never run out of energy. Musicians are warriors. They are the most hard-working souls I know.

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Lori Ashikawa was born in Oakland, California and received her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Southern California and University of California, Santa Barbara. In her rather diversified career Lori has performed on modern violin with the San Diego Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Grant Park Orchestra; worked in ballet, opera, and theater with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Chicago Opera Theater and Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters; and explored the contemporary music realm with Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the experimental music ensemble, Tomorrow Music Orchestra. On Baroque Violin Lori has worked with Christopher Hogwood at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, with Libby Wallfisch at the Carmel Bach Festival, and played with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Basically Bach Orchestra, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, and Newberry Consort.

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Pascal Innocenti grew up in Monaco (south of France) and began his violin studies at age 7. Then went on to Paris where he received first prize at the Rueil conservatory. While there, He was member of the Orchestre des prix du CNSM de Paris.

Just before making his way to the U.S. to play at the Aspen Music Festival for three summers, he appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonic de Monte-Carlo. Pascal earned his Master in violin performance at the University of Cincinnati (CCM).

In 2009 Pascal Innocenti made his way to Chicago to join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.  Two years later he moved to Montreal where he performed with L’Opéra Bouffe du Québec 
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An avid chamber musician and traveler, he then formed the Adagio Strings to perform on board of Holland-America line sailing all over the world while exploring the string quartet repertoire.

Founder of The Innocenti Strings LLC, a contracting company who provides musicians all over the US for special events, Pascal is now settled in Chicago with is wife Isabelle Rozendaal who also plays with Baroque Band. Pascal is an active freelancer in the Chiocagoland and can be seen with various groups including the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his chamber music and orchestral work, Pascal loves baroque music and performs with period instrument groups like Baroque Band, the Callipygian Players, and Ars Antigua. When he isn’t performing, he enjoys cooking, long distance running and yoga.


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klkKangwon Lee Kim is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21stcentury using both baroque and modern violins.  She has performed internationally giving solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Norway, and Czech Republic. Ms. Kim has recorded for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and CRI labels, and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser.  As a baroque violinist, Ms. Kim has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Brandywine Baroque, the Classical Symphony, Baroque Band, and Calisto in San Francisco.  She has also appeared in the faculty recital at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin and has given guest recitals at Pomona College and the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim was assistant professor in violin and chamber music at Biola University in CA and has also taught at Ripon College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Lawrence University Conservatory.  During the summers, she teaches at Credo Chamber Music Festival.  Currently she is the concertmaster of Madison Bach Musicians where she often leads and plays solo with the ensemble.

Violas

Elizabeth HagenElizabeth Holzman Hagen, viola, enjoys an active performance career on both Baroque and modern violas. In addition to her position as principal violist of Baroque Band she is principal violist for Music of the Baroque. She has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, Callipygian Players and The Metropolis Symphony. Other appearances have been with Lyric Opera Chicago, the Newberry Consort, and Chicago Philharmonic. From 1995-2006, she was a member of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire. Elizabeth is an active participant in Chicago’s freelance music scene.

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A violist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique, Dave Moss enjoys a vibrant career as a solo artist, chamber collaborator, and orchestra musician. His technical and musical insight, ranging from early baroque performance practices to the most progressive contemporary music, are tremendous assets praised by colleagues and critics alike.

An accomplished chamber musician, Moss has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Jamie Laredo, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Ying Quartets. He has appeared on the world’s finest concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kimmel Center, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. He has recorded for Cedille Records, Naxos and Sony Records and has been heard on the BBC, PBS, and is a frequent guest on Chicago’s WFMT.

Moss is a passionate champion of contemporary music and has performed with the worlds leading ensembles including dal niente, Continuum, The International Contemporary Ensemble, and with Pierre Boulez and ensemble intercontemporain. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is highly sought after as a guest principal.

Moss received his Masters degree from The Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond fellow, where he served as teaching assistant to Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. He earned his Bachelors degree from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Peter Slowik.

Cellos


Anna SteinhoffAnna Steinhoff is a cellist whose “soulful cello” has been described by critics as “the rhythmic heart of the ensemble.” Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Anna completed degrees in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University before making her home in Chicago. She specializes in early instruments such as the baroque cello and viola da gamba, in addition to the playing the modern cello. She is a regular member of Baroque Band, and has performed with ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, Callipygian Players, Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, and Madison Bach Musicians. She is also a founding member of Wayward Sisters, who won the 2011 EMA/Naxos competition.

Find Anna online at http://annasteinhoff.com


Patti GarveyPatti Garvey has been performing for over 20 years throughout North America, South America and Europe, playing in Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Miami’s New World Center, Teatro Teresa Carreño of Caracas, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, and Konzerthaus of Berlin. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, she began her studies of the cello at age nine in the public schools and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She studied baroque cello and viola da gamba at Case Western Reserve University while in school at CIM. After school, Patti joined the cello section of the Rochester Philharmonic, the New World Symphony and now plays with the Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies. While living in Los Angeles she won a job with the Santa Barbara Symphony and enjoyed performing and recording cello and viola da gamba in a wide variety of musical styles including on American Idol, the Voice, X-Factor, Glee, with Bono and the Edge, DJ Skrillex, and in movie soundtracks like A Good Day to Die Hard, The Woman in Black, and Wolverine. She maintains an active interest in early music playing the bass, tenor, and treble viols and baroque cello and is a cellist and viola da gamba player with the Grammy nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire. In Chicago, Patti regularly performs with local orchestras and as an improvising rock and jazz cellist. A dedicated music teacher for 13 years, she has taught in a variety of settings from music schools to prisons, to students aged 2 – 72. She studied the techniques of Venezuela’s music program, El Sistema, in Caracas and El Sistema USA in Los Angeles. Patti spends her time performing all over the US but lives in Chicago where she maintains an active freelance and teaching career.

Bass

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Developing a varied career as performer, composer/arranger, and scholar, Andrew Arceci performs regularly on the viola da gamba (viol), violone, and double bass throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  In the United Kingdom, he has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Cöthen Baroque, and Oxford Baroque.  In the United States, he has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Harmonious Blacksmith, Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, and Musica Sequenza; he currently serves as principal bassist with Boston’s L’Académie Baroque Orchestra and Chicago’s Baroque Band.
 
Festival highlights include the Brighton Early Music Festival (UK), Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik (Germany), MUPA International Festival (Thailand), the Shandelee Music Festival (US), Artscape (US), the Aspen Music Festival-Opera Theater Center (US), Indianapolis Early Music Festival (US), Washington Early Music Festival (US), and the 2011 Focus! Festival (US).
 
He has given workshops at the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Edinburgh (UK), the Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan), and Burapha University (Thailand).   Additionally, Arceci has presented at several musicology conferences––I Encontro Ibero-Americano de Jovens Musicólogos (Portugal), Music & the Seicento (UK), and the Royal Musical Association (UK).  Upcoming engagements include projects throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and Thailand.
Find Andrew online at http://www.andrewarceci.com

 

Harpsichord


David SchraederEqually at home in front of a harpsichord, organ, piano, or fortepiano, David Schrader is “truly an extraordinary musician…(who) brings not only the unfailing right technical approach to each of these different instrument, but always an imaginative, fascinating musicality to all of then.” (Norman Pelligrini, WFMT).

Currently, David is on the faculty of Roosevelt University and has served as the organist of the Church of the Ascension for over twenty years. As well as Baroque Band, David also leads an active musical life by performing with Music of the Baroque, the Newberry Consort, Bach Week in Evanston, and is a frequent guest on WFMT. Find David online at http://www.davidschrader.com.

Flute


Leighann Daihl, historical flutist, has concertized throughout central Europe as well as the United States both as a soloist and as a collaborator of chamber and orchestral music.  Her playing has been regarded as “invigoratingly fresh and perky” (Bachtrack) as well as “some of the most spirited, stylish, and nuanced playing” (Chicago Classical Review).  Leighann regularly plays with period instrument ensembles throughout the Midwest, like New Comma Baroque, Baroque Band, the Newberry Consort,  and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble.  Her performances can frequently be heard on Chicago’s Classical Radio Station WFMT, 98.7.  In the spring of 2014 she was chosen to give a Dame Myra Hess Memorial concert which was broadcast live on WFMT.  In addition, she has been fortunate enough to work under such notable conductors as Jeffrey Thomas, Barthold Kuijken, Jeanne Lamon, Stanley Ritchie, Harry Bicket, and Peter Kooij.  In addition to performing, Leighann is an avid teacher, teaching both flute and piano, in the greater Chicago-land area as well as in Southern Indiana.  Leighann also gives Baroque performance practice workshops to modern and period instrumental players.  Leighann holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern flute from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) as well as a Master’s degree in modern flute from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN).  In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in traverso from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague (The Hague, The Netherlands) and a Master’s degree in traverso from Indiana University.  Leighann has also been the recipient of the prestigious Netherland-American fulbright grant.

Trumpet


jbJustin Bland is a versatile musician, performing on both historical and modern trumpets. He specializes in early music, most notably in difficult high-register music for Baroque trumpet. Before formally studying Baroque trumpet, Justin won first prize in multiple historical instruments divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. Justin is now often sought as a Baroque trumpeter by numerous ensembles throughout North America. He has performed on period instruments with Musica Angelica, Apollo’s Fire, the American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego, Baroque Band, Madison Bach Musicians, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Magnolia Baroque Festival, the Washington Bach Consort, Chantry, Orchestra of the 17th Century, and the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.

In addition to be being a trumpeter, Justin is also a countertenor and has sung with Apollo’s Fire and Opera Cleveland. While in Ohio, he was an alto section leader in the chamber and chancel choirs at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland and was the countertenor with Cantores Cleveland (now Contrapunctus). In addition, Justin briefly served as a bass section leader at Church of the Covenant in Cleveland. Justin also plays recorder.

Justin recently earned his DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his MA in early music performance practices from Case Western and his BM in trumpet performance from the University of Maryland. His primary trumpet teachers include Chris Gekker, Barry Bauguess, Steven Hendrickson, Steven Trinkle, and Justin Emerich. He has studied voice with Delores Zeigler, Ellen Hargis, and Aaron Sheehan.

for more info about Justin visit http://justinblandtrumpet.com

Horn


Cara Sawyer began a successful career in French horn at the age of 18, a career that has taken her from her native Chicago to Russia, Spain, Belize, and beyond. The San Francisco Examiner hails her natural horn playing as “outstanding [and] skilled.” Ms. Sawyer is also a skilled modern horn player, and has been heard most
recently performing with The Forty-Second Parallel (42nd ||), a conductorless, Chicago-based orchestra. She was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2011-2013, and has performed and toured with Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Tenerife Symphony, and the Village Theatre (creators of Million Dollar Quartet), and has played at the Bellagio Hotel’s Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas. She recently graduated from the YOA Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program, a program designed to train young musicians to become agents of social change, and currently volunteers as an advisor for those in the program. She recently completed a one-year position as Administrative Director for a youth orchestra with The People’s Music School.Ms. Sawyer holds a MM from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and a BM from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She holds certificates in natural and modern horns from the Superior Music School of Catalunya (ESMúC) in Barcelona, Spain.

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Michael Holmes has always been active in a wide spectrum of musical pursuits.  After spending much of his early career performing as a modern hornist in several orchestras, including eight years with the Richmond Symphony, his interests gradually shifted toward conducting and early music. He has performed extensively as a conductor in Europe, leading performances with orchestras including the Filharmonia Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), the Slezske Divadlo (Silesian State Opera) and the Varna (Bulgaria) Philharmonic, where he gave the first performance in Bulgaria of Sibelius’s 7th Symphony.  With the Filharmonia Sudecka (Poland), he premiered the Symphony No. 1 by American composer Kris Brooks. In Finland, he performed with the early music ensembles Juhanna-herttuan sinkkit ja pasuunat and Sonus Borealis. 

His artistic focus in North America deals mostly with early music and musicological pursuits.  Currently he serves as music director and principal conductor of the Orchestra of the 17th Century and artistic director of theWashington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble.  He has also performed on various historic wind instruments (natural horn, sackbut, cornetto, and recorder) with ensembles such as Piffaro, the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Artek, Stylus Luxurians, the Washington Bach Consort, theWashington Concert Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, Musica Antiqua, theWashington Baroque Trio, and Abendmusiken at the Amherst Early Music Festival

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David Victor wears many hats in the Chicago music community as a go-to Timpanist, Percussionist, and Drum Set artist. David enjoys playing all styles of music, from Baroque to Broadway; Bach to Bebop.

David has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Minnesota Opera. He is also the Principal Percussionist of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, a position he won in 2013. David can be heard on recordings from BIS, Mode, and Naxos.

David earned his Master’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. An Illinois native, David completed his undergraduate studies at Roosevelt University.

David is the proud father of twins. In his spare time (yeah right…), David enjoys running, watching English Premier League Soccer, and collecting vintage drums.