Annette Bauer

Annette Bauer is a recorder player and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Germany, she holds a diploma in medieval and Renaissance music from the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland (2001), and an MA in music from the University of California in Santa Cruz (2004).

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From 2001-2012 she called the San Francisco Bay area her home. There, she studied North Indian classical music on sarode, a 24-stringed lute, with her teacher Ali Akbar Khan, and worked as a freelance musician with early music groups all over the United States, including Piffaro, Texas Early Music Project, Magnificat, Cançonier, Les Graces, and Farallon Recorder Quartet. From 2012-2020, she spent eight years touring the world as a musician for the Cirque du Soleil.

Since 2020, Annette is now making a new home with her partner and young daughter in Montréal. She is currently sharing her love of music by offering online instruction to students of all ages in her private studio, including an ongoing class on 14th-16th-century notation through Amherst Early Music, as well as teaching early music and recorder workshops.

She spent a few weeks this spring (2023) as returning resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon. There she composed and improvised music inspired by the visual beauty of nature, and worked on her pipe and tabor, double recorder, and bagpipe skills. She is also the new director for the San Francisco Early Music recorder workshop 2023.

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Jennifer Carpenter

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Jennifer Carpenter’s love for the recorder began while earning her Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her pursuit of early music studies brought her to study at the University of North Texas where she received a Master of Music degree in musicology with an emphasis in early music performance and is ABD (all but dissertation) for her PhD in the same field from UNT.

As a recorder player, Jennifer performs regularly as a soloist and in early music ensembles in both Texas and Colorado. She is a member of Parish House Baroque, Colorado Springs’ early music ensemble, which performs concerts along the Front Range.

She enjoys teaching as much as performing. In addition to teaching private lessons, both in person and online, and coaching ensembles, Jennifer has been on the faculty of early music workshops in TX, CA, NM, CO, and AZ. Her enthusiasm for working with amateur recorder players has led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Recorder Society. Jennifer was the music director of the Dallas Recorder Society from 2009-2014 and continues to mentor and coach ARS chapters across the country. She is also the president of the Board of Directors for the Boulder-based early music ensemble Seicento Baroque Ensemble. Happily a resident of Colorado Springs, CO, she is enjoying integrating into the early music scene on the Front Range.

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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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Therese Honey

Therese Honey has been performing, studying, researching and teaching harp in the Houston area since 1968. She performs early music with the Texas Early Music Project and La Follia Austin Baroque and more, and performs Celtic music at the North Texas Irish Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, and more, in addition to nationally broadcast PBS Christmas Specials.

She has presented concerts and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Honey has published several books of arrangements of Celtic and Early Music for Celtic harp, and has recorded 4 solo CDs.

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Danny Johnson

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Award-winning director, international performer, and recording artist Daniel Johnson has been the artistic director of the Texas Early Music Project since its inception in 1987. Johnson has performed and toured both as a soloist and ensemble member in such groups as the New York Ensemble for Early Music, Sotto Voce (San Francisco), and Musa Iberica. He can be heard on various recordings for Koch International, Foné Records (Rome), Amherst Festival Productions, and the Texas Early Music Project label.

Johnson was the director of the UT Early Music Ensemble, one of the largest and most active in the U.S., from 1986-2003. In 1998, he was awarded Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award for university ensemble directors. He is also the recipient of the 1997 Quattelbaum Award at the College of Charleston. Johnson teaches master classes in performance practice and also serves on the faculty, staff, and the Executive Advisory Board of the Amherst Early Music Festival. He has been on the faculty of the Texas Toot since 1994.

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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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Susan Richter

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In the early music world, Susan Richter’s primary instruments are recorders and Renaissance double reeds: shawms and dulcians. Susan also enjoys singing in various church and early music groups. She has been a performing member of Texas Early Music Project (TEMP), St. David’s (Episcopal Church, Austin) Compline Choir, and the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and teaches adult beginning recorder at Austin’s Lifetime Learning Institute.

Susan is on the board of TEMP, was a Board member of the ARS 2008-2012, is a music leader at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, and is Administrator of the Texas Toot early music workshops. She enjoys tending her wild Hill Country yard, feeding and watching birds, and occasionally playing penny whistle duets with her husband, Win Bent. Susan is now happily retired from gainful IT employment.

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Frank Shirley

Dr. Frank Shirley holds a Master of Music degree in musicology from the University of Texas, where as a Ph.D. in mathematics he teaches courses in math for non-math majors. He has performed in early music ensembles in Ithaca NY, Dallas, and Austin, and has taught for several years at the Fall and Summer Toots. He has studied recorder in workshops with Saskia Coolen, Reine-Marie Verhagen, and Aldo Abreu. In addition, Dr. Shirley has performed as a bass chorister in the UT Early Music Ensemble, the Austin Civic Chorus, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Dallas area Renaissance Polyphony Weekend.

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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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Héctor Torres

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As an active early music performer, Héctor Alfonso Torres González regularly plays baroque guitar, theorbo, lute, and other period plucked instruments with chamber groups across the U.S., including the Texas Early Music Project, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Lumedia Musicworks, Orchestra of New Spain, La Follia Austin Baroque, Ensemble Fantasmi, and others.

Recently, he finished his Doctorate in Musical Arts in classical guitar performance with a related field in Early Music at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he served as Teaching Fellow of classical guitar and Teaching Assistant for the UNT Baroque Orchestra, and was a frequent soloist playing works like Antonio Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D major RV 93. He was selected as one of Early Music America’s 2021 Emerging Artists.

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