Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, the Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and art song and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring in the U.S. and abroad, they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia and the CBC’s OnStage. They have also enjoyed many teaching residencies at K-12 schools, as well as at the Madison Early Music Festival and other university engagements.
Mary Anne Ballard (viols, rebec) researches many of the Consort’s programs. She also plays with Galileo’s Daughters, Brio, Fleur de Lys, and the Oberlin Consort of Viols. Formerly, she directed or coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she founded the Collegium Musicum and produced medieval music drama. She is now on the faculty of the Oberlin’s summer Baroque Performance Institute. Currently a resident of Indiana, she has appeared recently with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.
Mark Cudek (cittern, viol, recorder, crumhorn, early guitars) is Director of the Early Music Program at the Peabody Conservatory and also Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. In recognition of his work as Founder/Director of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and also the High School Early Music Program at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Mark received from Early Music America the 2001 Thomas Binkley Award and the 2005 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Early Music Education. He has regularly performed with Apollo’s Fire, The Catacoustic Consort, and Hesperus.
Larry Lipkis (viol, recorder, crumhorn, gemshorn) is Composer-in-Residence and Director of Early Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem PA. His cello concerto, Scaramouche, appears on the Koch label, and his bass trombone concerto, Harlequin, was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to rave reviews. The trilogy was completed when his bassoon concerto Pierrot was performed by the Houston Symphony. He has also served as Director of Pinewoods Early Music Week, and is currently a Music Director for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
Ronn McFarlane (lute) has released over 25 CDs on Dorian, including solo music of John Dowland, lute song recitals, and recordings with the Baltimore Consort. Inspired by the lutenist-composers of the Renaissance, he has also composed over 35 new lute solos, many of which are on his new CD release, Indigo Road. In 1996 Shenandoah University conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate for bringing the lute and its music to a worldwide audience. He has taught lute at the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University, in addition to many summer workshops. Visit www.ronnmcfarlane.com.
Mindy Rosenfeld (flutes, fifes, recorder, crumhorn) a founding member of the Baltimore Consort whose playing graced our first decade, is also a long-time member of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Playing both historical wooden and modern flutes, she typically appears on tour with 15 instruments. Mindy is a frequent guest/soloist with numerous early music groups and Principal Flute in several symphony orchestras. Also the mother of five boys, besides performing, recording, and teaching, she loves dancing and her Mendocino garden.
José Lemos (countertenor), in 2003 received his MM from the New England Conservatory and won the International Baroque Vocal Competition in Chimay, Belgium. A native of Brazil and Uruguay, Mr. Lemos has appeared in opera roles at Tanglewood (Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2004) and with Boston Baroque (Giulio Cesare). In 2005, he performed in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Cecilia Bartoli at the Zürich Opera under Marc Minkowski, and in 2006 was Arnalta in Monteverdi’s Poppea in Buenos Aires. In the last year, he has sung opera roles in Seattle (Ottone in Poppea), at the Göttingen Handel Festival (Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare), the Boston Early Music Festival (Silenus in Lully’s Psyche), and with Wm. Christie’s production of Il Sant’Alessio for Les Arts Florissants throughout Europe.
Danielle Svonavec (soprano) is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BS in Mathematics, 1999, and MM in Voice, 2003) where she won the Concerto Competition and now teaches voice. While still a student, she first appeared with the Baltimore Consort in 1999, on short notice for a nine-concert Christmas tour. Since then she has toured with the Consort and appeared with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Pomerium, the South Bend Chamber Orchestra and Fleur de lys; and currently serves as the Cantor for the nationally televised mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. She has also become the mother of three small daughters, and lives with her husband and family in Goshen, Indiana.