Carol Deihl

Carol Deihl discovered the viol at the Fall Toot’s beginning viol class many years ago, and was immediately smitten. She was a founding member of the Dallas Consort of Viols and the piano player for Martha’s Maggot English Country Dance Band before moving to the rather remote mountains of Ouray, Colorado with her reclusive husband and fellow viol player Kim Shrier.

Carol develops software to support her music habit. Carol also plays recorder, keyboards, and various other instruments, has an unused degree in physics, and thinks that most of the good music was composed before 1750.

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Jane Leggiero

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Jane Leggiero, now based in Austin, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. She has performed with ensembles across the country including the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra under Jeannette Sorrell, the Boston University Baroque Orchestra under Martin Pearlman, Seraphic Fire, La Follia Austin Baroque, Texas Early Music Project, the Buxtehude Consort, and L’Academie. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Boston University Baroque Orchestra, Cambridge Concentus, and the orchestra of the St. Cecilia Concert Series in Austin.

An avid chamber musician, she has been an active member of many ensembles, including Les Pommes et Les Roses and Rossignol. She has performed with Long and Away: A Consort of Viols, the Boston University Consort of Viols, and is co-artistic director and founding member of Consort Conspiracy.

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Rosamund Morley

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On treble, tenor and bass violas da gamba, and their medieval ancestors, Rosamund Morley has performed with many distinguished early music ensembles as diverse as ARTEK, The Boston Camerata, Piffaro, The Catacoustic Consort, Sequentia and Les Arts Florissants. She is a member of Parthenia, New York’s premiere consort of viols, and a founding member of the Elizabethan ensemble My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort. For many years she toured worldwide with the Waverly Consort and she developed an interest in contemporary music while playing with the New York Consort of Viols.

Her busy teaching schedule has included numerous national and international workshops such as Charney Manor and the Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin, UK, Triora Musica in Liguria, Italy, the Cammac Music Center in Quebec, Amherst Early Music in New England, the Port Townsend workshop in Seattle and the annual conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. She directs the Viols West Workshop in San Luis Obispo, California and teaches the viol consort for the Collegium Musicum at Yale University.

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Stephanie Noori

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Stephanie Raby Noori was first inspired by authentic historical performance as a girl living in England. During her undergrad years at the University of North Texas, she was presented with the unique opportunity to study the field, and it was there that she learned about the viola da gamba.

Her studies as a baroque violinist with Cynthia Roberts and as gambist with Patricia Nordstrom and Allen Whear had such an impact that she went on to complete a Master’s in Early Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Throughout her time there she was privileged to study with Stanley Ritchie (violin) and Wendy Gillespie (viol), among others.

Currently Ms. Noori is an active violinist, violist, and gamba player performing with such groups as Mountainside Baroque, La Follia Austin Baroque, Texas Early Music Project, and Queen City Musicians, as well as a founding member of Les Touches Viol Consort.

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Mary Springfels

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For most of her adult life, Mary Springfels had devoted herself to the performance and teaching of early music repertoires. She earned her stripes performing with many influential pioneering ensembles, including the New York Pro Musica, the Elizabethan Enterprise, concert Royal, and the Waverly consort.

For 20 years she directed the innovative Newberry Consort, and can be heard on dozens of recordings. In 2006, Mary moved to the mountains of New Mexico, where she is active in the formation of an intentional community called the Wit’s End Coop. She continues to teach and perform extensively. Most recently, she has taught at the San Francisco Early Music Society, The Viola da Gamba Society of America, Amherst Early Music, and the Pinewoods Early Music Week.

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Brent Wissick

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Brent Wissick is the Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Term Professor in the Department of Music at UNC-CH, where he has taught cello, viola da gamba and chamber music since 1982. A member of Ensemble Chanterelle and principal cellist of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, he is also a frequent guest with early music performing groups throughout the US and internationally. He has recorded for the Centaur, Albany, Koch, Radio Bremen, Bard and Dux labels as well as in the soundtrack for the Touchstone film “Casanova”. He served as president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America from 2000 through 2004 and chaired its international Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering in Hawaii during the summer of 2007.

Wissick’s current research and performance interests include the cello music of Benjamin Britten, Chopin’s Cello Music on period instruments and French Gamba Music. A graduate of the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College in NY and of Penn State (MM cello, 1978), he also studied with John Hsu at Cornell University and was an NEH Fellow at Harvard in the 1993 Beethoven Quartet Seminar. He has taught at the College of St Scholastica in Minnesota (1978-82), Chautauqua Institution and the 1997 Aston Magna Academy at Yale; and has presented lectures, master classes and recitals at schools, colleges and workshops throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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