Denver Early Music Consort


PO Box 18632

Denver, CO 80218-0632


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Denver Early Music Consort

Marjorie Bunday, Artistic Director

 

About the Performers
2013-2014 Season

Marjorie Bunday,
artistic director and alto


Marjorie BundayA resident of Denver since 2011, Marjorie Bunday founded the Denver Early Music Consort in 2012. She is a critically acclaimed oratorio and concert soloist known not only for her “warm and pure-toned mezzo ” voice (Joe Banno, Washington Post 6/18/2010), but also for impressive range, versatility, and musicianship. An October 2010 Denver Post review praised "Bunday's honey-toned, refined reading of [Monteverdi's] 'Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius' motet," and other critics have noted her "strong, soaring tone," and her talent for "deeply conveying the passion in the words with sonorous intensity" (Bach's Christmas Oratorio).

Noted for excellence in early music and baroque repertoire, Bunday has appeared as a soloist with Washington Bach Consort, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Denver Bach Society, Monteverdi 2010 in Boulder and Denver, and Musikanten Montana, as well as many other ensembles. She has sung both contralto and mezzo-soprano roles in, among many other works, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and many cantatas; C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat; Vivaldi's Gloria; Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus; Mozart's Requiem; Pergolesi's Stabat Mater; Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610; and the role of Testo (narrator) in Stradella's La Susanna. She is a regular collaborator with Constance Whiteside's Washington, DC-based early music group Armonia Nova, which has performed at the 2011 Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, DePauw University in Indiana and the Washington Early Music Festival. Bunday has also sung with Philip Cave's early music vocal ensemble Magnificat, Tina Chancey's Hesperus, and has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" both with Magnificat and with a pick-up group of musicians performing Mexican and Spanish Baroque villancicos for a Christmas program.

For more information on Ms. Bunday's career as a soloist, including upcoming concerts, please visit www.marjoriebunday.com.

Cyrissa Anderson, soprano
Cyrissa AndersonCyrissa Anderson has been an active performer in the Denver area for nearly twenty years. Her passion is Baroque and Classical sacred literature, to which she has been said to apply not only “clear singing,” but “emotional commitment and musicianship...in keeping with the passion of their declamation.” Favorite solo performances include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's virtuosic motets for solo soprano. Ms. Anderson has been repeatedly featured on the prestigious concert series at Denver's St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, performing works such as Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Bach's Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, and Vivaldi's In furore iustissimae irae, and has performed as the soprano soloist in the Cathedral's noted annual production of Handel's Messiah. She was a soloist in the 2003 and 2004 Denver Handel Festivals performing Handel's motet, Salve Regina, and the beautifully melodic Nine German Arias.  In Fort Collins, Anderson performed Mozart's Grand Mass with the Larimer Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of Catherine Sailor. She has appeared with numerous Denver ensembles including The Colorado Chamber Orchestra, The Mercury Ensemble, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Kantorei, The Colorado Chorale, The Cherry Creek Chorale, and the early music ensemble Diverse Passions. She can be heard on Liszt Digital's recordings of Rheinberger's Mass in C and Liszt’s Via Crucis – Stations of the Cross.  Musical theater credits include Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, Marion Paroo in The Music Man, and Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury.

Currently, Anderson is the soprano soloist and section leader at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver, a cantor at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and the soprano soloist at Temple Emanuel during the High Holy Days. She also performs recitals with her husband, organist Richard Robertson. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, cum laude, with a minor in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. When not performing, Ms. Anderson works as a chemist in methods research and development for the U.S. Geological Survey and greatly enjoys biking and archery with her three very energetic boys.

Amanda Balestrieri, soprano 
Amanda BalestrieriAmanda Balestrieri, soprano, was born in England, won two scholarships to Oxford University where she received her BA/MA in German and French, studied voice in London and Milan, and performed in London and Germany, after which she moved to the United States. Her varied career has included work with symphony orchestras around the country, including several appearances with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and Christopher Hogwood in works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams. Renowned for her 'radiant intelligence' and the 'luminous warmth' of her voice, Ms. Balestrieri is in high demand for her musicianship and for her skills in baroque repertoire. She has appeared with the major period instrument ensembles throughout the U.S., such as New York Collegium, Concert Royal and the New York Baroque Dance Company, St. Thomas Choir New York, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Four Nations Ensemble, the Folger Consort, the Washington Bach Consort, Musica Angelica, American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Recitals have taken her to the 92nd Street Y in New York, and the Phillips Collection and French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has been critically acclaimed for her performances of Messiah, and has appeared in several baroque operas, notably with Opera Lafayette in Washington, D.C. in cantatas and operas of the French baroque, and with the Folger Consort in English baroque opera. She was nominated for a 'Wammie' as Best Classical Vocalist in Washington D.C. in 1999, and has recorded with the Dorian, Koch, and Virginia Arts labels. She was a highly valued member of the voice faculty at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2009. Now residing in the Denver area, she is appearing this season with Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Ensemble Pearl, Denver Early Music Consort, Seicento Baroque Ensemble (for whom she is also Artistic Advisor), Montana Early Music Festival, and as soprano soloist and Artist Faculty for the Boulder Bach Festival in 2014 under the leadership of its new director, Zachary Carettin. www.amanda.balestrieri.com

Yayoi Barrack, viols & vielle
Yayoi BarrackYayoi Barrack, viol and vielle player, early music specialist and composer, obtained both her pedagogical and performing degrees for the viola da gamba at the Music Conservatory in Utrecht, the Netherlands, studying with Anneke Pols in Utrecht and taking masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken and Christophe Coin.  Among others, she was a member of a Dutch medieval and renaissance music group focused on improvisational interpretations of early and Sephardic music that won first prize in a national ensembles competition in the Netherlands. For several years she was the viola da gamba soloist in the yearly performances of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions in the Dom cathedral in Utrecht. She performed internationally with well-known groups such as the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet and with members of the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, toured Germany and Portugal as a soloist in Bach's St. John Passion, and for some years was the solo continuo player in productions of the operas of Henry Purcell in France.  In the U.S. she has performed in the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the Washington DC Early Music Festival, with ensembles which include the baroque group Ensemble Gaudior and the medieval and renaissance group Armonia Nova, and in the Happy Hour Concerts in Denver with Denver Early Music Consort, and as a soloist with Frank Nowell.  In addition to improvisations on medieval and renaissance music, and Sephardic and Eastern European music, both traditional and contemporary, she has made arrangements of Middle-Eastern and Indian music as part of a cross-cultural music project, and composed music for lyra viol, bass viol, viol consort and voice and piano.

Evanne Browne, soprano
Evanne Browne“Sensitive musicianship” and a voice described as “clear” with “sweet highs” and “an impressive range” have brought soprano Evanne Browne solo engagements with many of the US’s outstanding chamber music ensembles, including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort, the Folger Consort, Hesperus, Texas Baroque Ensemble, the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, the Handel Festival Orchestra, and The Orchestra of the 17th Century. She has performed in master classes with Emma Kirkby, in recital with baritone Max van Egmond, and twice in concert under Tallis Scholars’ conductor Peter Phillips. Ms. Browne has appeared in recital and as soloist at Christ Church in Oxford, England; Lahti, Finland; Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Venice, Spain, Portugal, Bosnia, and Slovenia; in historic settings in St. Mary’s City and Annapolis, Maryland; and widely in the Nation’s Capital including the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s historic Hall of Musical Instruments. Her solo singing has been heard on National Public Radio in broadcasts of live concerts from Texas and the French Embassy. Her ensemble performance in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo virtutum at the National Cathedral, was featured on the cover of Early Music America magazine, and she is on recording in the chorus of Opera Lafayette with director Ryan Brown on Naxos.

Ms. Browne performed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (BCOC), playing the “delightful” witch (Denver Post) in Dido and Aeneus, and has enjoyed several other appearances in BCOC’s choral works. Since moving to Colorado in 2005, she has also been soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival, Saint Martin’s Chamber Singers, Armonia Nova, Ars Nova Singers, and on multiple international tours with Musikanten.

Ms. Browne has performed for the Washington Early Music Festival and is a regular guest artist and instructor for Montana’s Early Music Festival. In 2011, she founded, and is Artistic Director of, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Colorado’s only choir specializing in historically-informed performance of baroque music. This year she tours to Vienna, Austria, with Musikanten; is guest artist for Washington, DC–based Armonia Nova for their concert, "Medieval Women: Saints & Sinners;" and is soloist, along with DEMC Director, Marjorie Bunday, for the Montana Early Music Festival, performing Bach’s B Minor Mass. Frequently asked to present on early music topics, she has presented workshops on baroque ornamentation and reading music in original manuscript for past Fall Festivals for Early Music Colorado. Earlier in 2012, she was guest lecturer for a series on sacred music at Denver’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, speaking about the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. In November she presents a workshop on music for voices and viols for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and studied Baroque performance practices with baritone Max van Egmond at the Sweelinck Conservatory while living in Amsterdam.

Adam Ewing, baritone
Adam EwingAdam Ewing, lyric baritone (BsEd, Northwest Missouri State University; MM, Indiana University), is a student of Patrick Mason and currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A native of Hiawatha, Kansas, Ewing has performed throughout the Denver area as part of the Central City Opera’s “Inside the Orchestra” outreach program. Among his favorite roles are the Celebrant (Bernstein’s Mass), the Count (cover, Le nozze di Figaro), and Gianni Schicchi. In 2012, Ewing premiered the role of the Poet in the first act of Ludlow, a collaboration between composer Lori Laitman and Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason. An avid choral musician, Ewing was one of the founding members of the ensembles Vox Reflexa and An die Musik. He has sung in masterclasses and recitals with William Bolcom and Roger Vignoles, as well as many internationally renowned singers and coaches at the Vancouver International Song Institute in 2011. He is currently active as a teacher, coach, pianist, and ecclesiastical musician in Boulder. Ewing is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national men’s music fraternity.

Eric Harbeson, percussion
Eric HarbesonPercussionist Eric Harbeson received his training in Ohio, where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra members Tom Freer and Donald Miller at Cleveland State University, and with Tom Fries at the College of Wooster.  He has since performed widely in the Cleveland, Washington, DC, and Central Illinois regions.  Before moving to Colorado, he was librarian for, and performed with the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and gave several well-regarded performances as principal timpanist with the Prairie Ensemble and the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.  Locally, he has performed with the Seicento Baroque Ensemble, the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ars Nova Singers, among others.

By day, Eric is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder, serving as music special collections librarian and curating the American Music Research Center collections.  His research focuses on intellectual property issues as they relate to music and libraries, a topic for which he is in demand as a speaker.  In addition to his percussion work, he has been known to play recorders and crumhorns, and to don a kilt and perform on the great highland bagpipes. His critical edition (with William R. Martin) of the Motecta (1590), by Orazio Vecchi, is due out from A-R Editions in November.

Linda Lunbeck, recorder
Linda LunbeckLinda Lunbeck (recorder) performs solo and ensemble music around the Rocky Mountain region and on the East Coast, ranging from medieval to contemporary  repertoire.  A member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, she has also performed with the Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Up Close and Musical, Musica Sacra, at the Boston Early Music Festival, on National Public Radio, with SoHIP (Boston area), Manet Consort (Maryland) and others. She co-founded Diverse Passions early music ensemble, and was music director for their collaborative staging of “The Delights of Posilipo”, a 17th-century operatic work.  While living in Boston, Linda performed and toured with the innovative recorder quartet For Four, including premieres and newly commissioned works.  Linda holds a Master’s degree in Early Music Performance from New England Conservatory of Music (Boston), and a BA in Music Education (University of Delaware).  Her background includes study and coaching with leading early musicians from around North America and Europe, as well as clarinet study with Anthony Gigliotti of the Philadelphia Orchestra.   A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops both regionally and nationally, Linda maintains an active private studio in the Boulder area. She has served on the faculty of several music schools, and on the boards of musical organizations including Early Music Colorado. Linda founded and directed the Colorado Recorder Academy (2003) for accomplished young recorder players from around the US, several of whom are now pursuing performance careers. Twice, a student of hers was selected as a finalist in Piffaro’s  young recorder players competition (Philadelphia). Linda holds Level III certification in the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music and movement education.  She enjoys singing with Seicento Baroque Ensemble, a semi-professional chamber choir specializing in Baroque choral repertoire, and is delighted to be working with the fine musicians of the Denver Early Music Consort.

Carla Sciaky, viols & rebec

Carla SciakyCarla Sciaky is a multi-instrumentalist based in Denver, Colorado.  As a solo folksinger and songwriter, she toured the US extensively through the 1980s and 90s, recording first on her own Propinquity Records and later on Green Linnet and Alacazam Records, compiling a discography of eight solo albums and appearing on many group efforts, compilations, and colleagues' collections.  Her songwriting won her awards and/or recognition in such arenas as the Kerrville New Song Competition, the Louisville, Kentucky songwriting competition, the Colorado Arts and Humanities Fellowship for Composition, the Billboard Songwriting Competition, and the Colorado, Utah, and Kansas Artist in Residence programs in the schools.  At present, Carla performs with the Folkaltones, in ballad concerts with Harry Tuft, and in the blockbuster series “Jews Do…” (Cohen and Dylan to date), as well as teaching classes in guitar and Jewish songs and traditions at the Denver Waldorf School.

In the classical/early music world, Carla performs on baroque violin with Sémplice, a Denver quartet specializing in baroque music on period/replica instruments, as well as being a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado since its first season.  She plays rebec, viola da gamba, and violin with the Denver Early Music Consort, and modern violin with Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.  She is certified in Books one through four of the Suzuki pedagogy, and maintains a small private studio at home, as well as being an adjunct faculty member of Boulder Suzuki Strings.  She also has students on recorder and piano, and teaches chamber music and recorder classes at the Denver Waldorf High School.

Outside of music, Carla is deeply committed to the world of alternative medicine, is certified as a Natural Vision Improvement Coach, and studies methods of energy healing and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).  She and her husband Dan are passionate about Waldorf education, the raw milk movement, community supported agriculture, and organic and gourmet cuisine.  Their daughters Chloe and Rachel are both violinists, preparing to carry music out into the world.  And together, they all dote on their loving and happy-go-lucky labradoodle, Bella.
www.carlasciaky.com