Cynthia Black, baroque viola
A native of Dallas, Texas, Cynthia Black enjoys performing and studying baroque and modern viola, and more recently the baroque violin. After completing undergraduate and graduate studies with Robert Vernon and Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she is currently a student at Case Western Reserve University under Dr. Julie Andrijeski. As a baroque violist and violinist, Ms. Black has most recently performed with Apollo's Fire, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, Three Notch'd Road, and Publick Musick. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Black has appeared in performance alongside artists such as Barry Shiffman, Denis Brott, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Matt Haimovitz, and has spent summers at the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Banff Centre's Chamber Music Residency, Kneisel Hall, and Sarasota Music Festival.
Mary Boodell, baroque flute
As Principal Flutist of the Richmond Symphony, Mary Boodell has won acclaim not only for her orchestral playing but for her numerous chamber music performances as well. Equally at home in baroque and contemporary music, Ms. Boodell has performed at festivals across the US and Europe, including at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, the Eastern Music Festival, the Staunton Music Festival and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Since 2004, she has also played baroque and modern flute with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia (www.cmscva.org), an organization dedicated to bringing world class chamber music to Richmond. Born in Chicago, Ms. Boodell received her Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory and her Master of Music at Northwestern University.
Bassoonist Stephanie Corwin plays extensively on baroque, classical, and modern instruments. As a soloist, she was named the inaugural winner of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition and was a semifinalist in the 2007 Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition. Stephanie is based in New York City and enjoys playing with ensembles across the country, including Handel and Haydn Society, the American Classical Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Apollo’s Fire, Philharmonia Baroque, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra (NYC). Stephanie has also held teaching positions at the University of Virginia and Hunter College. After attending Davidson College, she earned degrees in music performance from Yale University (MM) and Stony Brook University (DMA). Stephanie also holds a Performer Diploma in historical bassoons from Indiana University.
Daphne Gerling, baroque viola
Violist Daphne Gerling currently enjoys a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist and solo performer. Her performances have taken her to leading venues in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Italy, Austria, England, the Netherlands, and Germany, and to music festivals including Aspen, Bowdoin, Encore, NYU, Sarasota, Bad Leonfelden, Norfolk (UK), Staunton (VA), Festival de Cordas Nathan Schwartzman (Uberlândia Brazil), Düsseldorf-Benrath, Karlsruhe International Händel Festspiele Opernwerkstatt, Internationale Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe, and Neuburg, Bavaria. Born in Brazil, she is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Music. She has been a guest artist at James Madison University, Rice University, Illinois State University, Florida State University, University of South Carolina, Sewanee, University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, Valdosta State University, Texas Tech University, and University of Virginia, among others. In summers she is on the faculty at the Rafael Trio Chamber Music Workshops and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. Since the fall of 2011 she has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music, where she teaches viola and chamber music.
Anthony Harvey, theorbo
Anthony Harvey is Artistic Director for Middleburg Musick and teaches at James Madison University. He performs regularly as soloist and as a continuo player on theorbo, baroque guitar and baroque lute. He currently performs with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Vermillian, Three Notch’d Road, The Washington Bach Consort, Chatham Baroque, and co-directs James Madison University's The Valley Collegium among others. Mr. Harvey holds multiple degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied theorbo and baroque lute with Richard Stone. He has also previously served on faculty at Washington College.
Marta Howard, baroque viola
Marta Soderberg Howard, violist, performs throughout the Washington DC area with groups as diverse as the Folger Consort and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and in venues ranging from the National Cathedral to Signature Theater. She performs regularly with Virginia Virtuosi, the Washington Bach Consort and the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Umbria, Italy. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, she attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds degrees in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin, the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Iowa. Dr. Howard has served on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Georgetown University. She currently teaches only violists in her active home studio.
Charles Humphries was born in the United Kingdom, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London and was honored with the letters ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. Known for his intelligent interpretations of baroque and renaissance music, he has been one of the most sought after countertenors worldwide for the past twenty years in concert, recital and Opera. With a discography of over forty recordings with all the world’s specialist ensembles, both as a soloist and as a consort singer, he has been paired with a number of very distinguished conductors and directors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the late Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Trevor Pinnock and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Charles left the UK and now resides in Washington DC where his career continues to flourish. Whilst living on the East coast collaborations with major baroque ensembles have taken him as far afield as California (Bach Collegium San Diego), Texas (Ensemble viii) and New York (John Scott) to name just a few whilst also remaining close to home groups worked which include the Washington Bach Consort and the Bach Sinfonia. Charles is in high demand as a vocal consultant and has a highly successful private studio in Washington DC. He is a visiting professor at George Washington University and has held master classes at Catholic University, Washington DC and San Diego state, California.
Christopher Jacobson, organ
Christopher Jacobson is currently Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina where he assists in directing and training the cathedral choirs and plays for weekly Eucharist and Evensong liturgies. Mr. Jacobson also teaches organ at the University of South Carolina School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Trinity Cathedral he was Assistant Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. In April he was named Organist of Duke Chapel at Duke University and assumes his new position this summer. Mr. Jacobson holds the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and the Sacred Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music as well as the Associate diploma from the American Guild of Organists. At Eastman he studied organ with David Higgs, and improvisation and continuo with William Porter. Mr. Jacobson received his Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in Organ Performance from St. Olaf College where he studied with John Ferguson and Catherine Rodland. He is a graduate of Woodberry Forest where he began his organ study with French organist Yvaine Duisit, and the American Boychoir School where he was a treble chorister under James Litton. As an organist, Mr. Jacobson has won first prize in several organ competitions including the 2005 John R. Rodland Scholarship Competition, the 2003 American Guild of Organists/Quimby Region VI Competition for Young Organists. He was a finalist in the 2006 AGO National Young Artist Competition. Most recently in 2013, Mr. Jacobson performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a two-day marathon concert in Savannah, Georgia.
Rebecca Kellerman Petretta, soprano
Hailed as a soprano with “grace and elegance” by the Washington Post, Lyric Soprano Rebecca Kellerman Petretta is fast becoming one of the most exciting prospects in Early music. Throughout the Washington DC area, Petretta sings with groups such as The Washington Bach Consort, The Bach Sinfonia, Opera Lafayette, The National Gallery Vocal Ensemble, Chatham Baroque as well as the newly formed group, Fanfare Barok in Northern Virginia and Conductors she has worked with include Daniel Abraham, Reilly Lewis, Robert Shafer, Jan Wachner, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert King, Jane Glover, Leonard Slatkin, and Ryan Brown. Most recently Rebecca's solo appearances have included a program with the Bach Collegium San Diego entitled “When Cupid Strikes” featuring the music of Handel, Purcell, Bach and Monteverdi. Other recent concerts include JS Bach Cantata’s #119, #69, #167, Handel’sDixit Dominus and Scarlatti’s Missa Breve, La Stella with The Washington Bach Consort. In Europe she has worked with members of Fretwork and "The English Cornet and Sackbut ensemble." Her career has taken her to various countries throughout Europe as a soloist and chorister including England, France, Italy, Austria, The Czech Republic and Germany.
Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord
Mark Shuldiner, historical keyboards, is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's Historical Performance program, where he studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. Mr. Shuldiner has also enjoyed additional instruction from such keyboard luminaries as Emanuel Ax and Davitt Moroney. Recent projects have included playing harpsichord, celeste, and organ for staged productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten as well as a production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea under the direction of Stephen Stubbs. Mark led a performance of Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants to great acclaim on a fringe concert at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival. A rising star of the Chicago early music scene, Mark has performed with Chicago-based ensembles such as The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Band, the B.B.E., and Rook. While maintaining a rigorous performing schedule, Mark also runs his own harpsichord repair and rental workshop and has provided tuning and maintenance solutions to many notable clients including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Opera Theater.