Karen Clark, voice
Singer, voice teacher, and Feldenkrais® practitioner, Karen Clark lives in Sonoma County,
California. Karen's varied career began when as a graduate student in Indiana University's opera program
she sang the roles of Erda in Wagner's Das Rheingold while concurrently preparing the modern
Thomas Binkley's reconstruction of the medieval Greater Passion Play (from the Carmina Burana
manuscript. With elaborate harp accompaniment provided by Cheryl Ann Fulton, Karen's performances of the role
of Maria Mater in the Cloisters in New York received praise from the New Yorker music critic
Andrew Porter who wrote of Karen's "fearless, affecting account."
Karen has sung with some of the world's leading early music groups, including Sequentia, Boston Camerata,
Newberry Consort, New York Early Music, Pomerium Musices, Project Ars Nova, Waverly Consort, and
Joshua Rifkin's Bach Ensemble. After a Town Hall Concert which featured Karen with the Waverly Consort,
New York Times music critic, James Oestreich wrote: "The most striking performance was with
who showed an astonishing range of expressive subtlety." In oratorio, Karen has performed Bach's
Mass in B-minor in Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall; with Rifkin in New York, Italy, and Western Australia.
In 2012, Karen premiered Ben Johnston's Parable on Rumi Poems on the Microfest series. Her first
experience singing in the microtonal system of Extended Just Intonation was called "miraculous" and
Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times wrote: " Karen Clark brought a rich intensity to the stories.
The performance was stunning." Last October, with the Galax Quartet, Karen premiered a newly
commissioned song cycle: Dream Drapery—Thoreau Songs by the two-time Grammy Award winning
and Pulitzer composer, Joseph Schwantner.
Karen is recorded on Dorian, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Focus, Musica Omnia, and New Albion Records.
Her recent recording with the Galax Quartet, On Cold Mountain—Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder,
(Innova label) continues to receive accolades from around the world. From Denmark, acclaimed
conductor/baritone Paul Hillier writes: "Karen Clark is the perfect singer for these pieces—a real
voice used in a direct and honest way."
Karen's articles on singing are published in the Feldenkrais Journal (2002, 2012). Karen's teaching
engagements as voice teacher and collegium director include the music departments of Princeton University,
Swarthmore College, Sonoma State University, the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern
California, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University.
Cheryl Ann Fulton, historic harps
Recognized as a leading pioneer in the field of historical harps and a popular performer and teacher of
Celtic lever harps, Dr. Cheryl Ann Fulton has had a successful, international performing,
recording, teaching and scholarly research career since 1984. She earned a BS degree in pedal harp,
and an MM and DM in early music/historical harp from the Jacobs School of Music of
Indiana University, Bloomington. During her graduate work at Indiana University she was a dedicated
student of Thomas Binkley, and served as Associate Instructor of Historical Harp. In 1987 she
received a Fulbright award for research and performance in Lisbon, Portugal and while there became
principal harpist for the Orchestre Gulbenkian.
Dr. Fulton is a contributing scholar for the latest edition of the
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and authored a chapter for
A Performers Guide to Medieval Music (IU Press, 2000).
She was awarded the Burton E. Adams Prize for Academic Research for her doctoral thesis on the
history of the triple harp.
Recent performances include a production of Monteverdi's Poppea with the West Edge Opera Company,
the Handel Harp Concerto with the Carmel Bach Festival and featured soloist for the 50th Annual
Conference of the American Harp Society in NYC. She has performed and recorded with many distinguished
early music ensembles including Ensemble Alcatraz, The Galax Quartet, Anonymous 4, Sequentia,
American Bach Soloists, American Baroque, The Boston Camerata, and Chanticleer. She has been on the
faculty for the Amherst Early Music workshops for over twenty-five years and was Co-Director with
Robert Dawson of the first San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval Music Workshop in 1988.
She is the founding President of the Historical Harp Society.
She is a highly sought after teacher of her Touch & Tone Technique for Harp(TM) and has a
private studios in Oakland, El Sobrante, Los Altos and also teaches via Skype. She is currently
on the faculty of The Thornton School of Music at USC. When she is not harping she is playing
with and training her Belgian Tervuren dogs or out riding her two Arabian horses on the trails in the
East Bay hills.
Rotem Gilbert, recorder
Rotem Gilbert, recorder and double reeds is a native of Haifa, Israel and a founding member of
Ciaramella. As a member of Piffaro (1996-2007), she toured the United States, Europe and South America.
Rotem has appeared with many American and European early music ensembles including Chatham Baroque,
King's Noyse, Newberry Consort and Capilla Flamenca, and has been featured as a soloist for the
Pittsburgh Opera (Corronatione di Poppea), the LA Opera (Britten's Noye's Fludde, Handel's Tamerlano,
and the Play of Daniel), and Musica Angelica (Brandenburg #4; Telemann Concerto). Last season
she performed as soloist in an all Handel program with the LA Phil as well as previous concerts
including Living Toys by Thomas Adès and The Flowering Tree with John Adams. After studies on recorder at
Mannes College of Music in New York, she earned her solo diploma from the Scuola Civica di Musica of Milan
where she studied with Pedro Memelsdorff. She earned her doctorate in Early Music performance practice
at Case Western Reserve University. She is an assistant professor at the USC Thornton School of Music
where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance performance practice courses and is an instructor of
early music winds. Rotem received the 2012 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching at USC.
She has been a regular faculty member of early music workshops in San Diego, Seattle, Madison,
Amherst, and Israel's Ayala and is currently the co-director of SFEMS Recorder Workshop. Rotem
can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana, Dorian, Naxos and
Yarlung labels. For more information see www.ciaramella.org.
Greta Haug-Hryciw is a third generation San Franciscan whose paternal family were symphony
musicians. She was influenced by this exposure to great music from early childhood, and it shaped
her love of early and classical music. As her musical interests diversified, she studied with
several Bay Area music professionals, including recorderist Hanneke van Proosdij, percussionist
Peter Maund and didgeridoo virtuoso Stephen Kent. She sang soprano with the world song ensemble
The Loose Canons for several years and served as music director for Half Moon Bay's
Coastal Repertory Theatre in 2004.
Workshop assistant and occasional teacher at summer workshops, Greta is also frequently a guest
conductor for various chapters of the American Recorder Society. She co-directed the
American Recorder Orchestra of the West (AROW) with Richard Geisler from 2005-2010
and currently co-directs the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (BCRO), now in its third season,
with Frances Feldon. Greta teaches recorder to students of all ages and is founder of the recorder
ensemble SDQ with whom she enjoys performing frequently. She also plays with the Peralta Consort,
Ensemble Trecento and the Sacramento (CA) based contemporary ensemble Uncorked.
She produces concerts and arranges music for small ensembles and recorder orchestra. Although she
considers herself primarily a recorder player, she also enjoys singing as well as playing percussion
and occasionally didgeridoo. Greta and her husband Lloyd live on the San Mateo (CA) Coast.
Greg Ingles, loud band
Greg Ingles attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory.
Two days after graduation Greg won the position of Solo Trombone in the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof,
Germany. He returned to the United States and completed both a Master's and Doctoral degree in
trombone performance at SUNY Stony Brook, specializing in historic performance. Greg is a member
of Piffaro and Ciaramella and has played with such ensembles as the American Bach Soloists,
Chatham Baroque, Chiaroscuro, Concerto Palatino, Quicksilver and Tafelmusik. He is Music Director
of the Dark Horse Consort, an ensemble devoted to rarely performed brass music of the 17th century.
Greg was the adjunct trombone professor at Hofstra University for over a decade. He teaches sackbut
at the Madison Early Music Festival each summer and will be teaching at the Amherst Early Music Festival
this year. He is newly appointed as the Lecturer in Sackbut at Boston University.
Shira Kammen, vielle and medieval music, music for story telling
Multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring
the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz
and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the
Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, Anonymous IV, the King's Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts,
the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music,
an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the
United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia and Japan, and on the Colorado,
Rogue, Green, Grande Ronde, East Carson and Klamath Rivers.
Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with
several groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune's Wheel; a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band,
Panacea; the early music ensembles Sitka Trio, Calextone, Cançonièr and In Bocca al Lupo;
as well as frequent collaborations with performers such as storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball,
medieval music expert Margriet Tindemans, singer Anne Azema, fiddler Kaila Flexer, and in many
theatrical and dance productions, including the California Revels and The American Repertory Ballet Company.
She has worked with students in many different settings, among them teaching summer music workshops in the
woods, coaching students of early music in such schools as Yale University, Case Western, the
University of Oregon at Eugene, and working at specialized seminars at the Fondazione Cini in Venice,
Italy and the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
She has played on several television and movie soundtracks, including O, a modern high
school-setting of Othello and The Nativity Story, and has accompanied many diverse
artists in recording projects, among them singers Azam Ali and Joanna Newsom. Some of her original music
can be heard in an independent film about fans of the work of JRR Tolkien. The strangest place Shira has
played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo. She has recently taken courses in Taiko drumming
and voiceover acting.
Anna Mansbridge, historic dance
Anna Mansbridge, Choreographer, Performer and Teacher, is originally from the U.K., and now resides in
Seattle, WA. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, U.K.,
and an M.F.A in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, CA. She is the founder (in 2000) and
Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, a company dedicated to recreating dances from the Renaissance
and Baroque periods. Her directing/choreographing credits include Venus and Adonis by John Blow (1683),
Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Emilio De' Cavalieri (1600), The Indian Queen
by Henry Purcell (1695), La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina (1625) for Cornish Opera Theater,
and Wayward Sisters, a contemporary performance for singers and dancers of seventeenth century
repertoire by Luigi Rossi and Domenico Mazzocchi, with Pacific Musicworks. In addition, Anna has directed a
DVD titled Baroque Basics: An introduction to the dance and the music of the Baroque Period.
Anna is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, and she also teaches at the
Creative Dance Center. She is a regular faculty member of the Accademia d'Amore,
a summer workshop directed by Stephen Stubbs for musicians, singers and dancers. Anna is thrilled to be
teaching at the Medieval and Renaissance workshop again this year.
Peter Maund, percussion
A native of San Francisco, Peter Maund studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of
Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley.
A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance, he has performed with early and
contemporary music ensembles including Alboka, Anonymous 4, Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players,
Chanticleer, Davka, El Mundo, The Harp Consort, Hesperion XX, Kitka, Los Cenzontles, Musica Pacifica,
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Voices of Music, among others. Presenters and venues include
Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall, Celtic Connections (Glasgow); Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato),
Confederation House (Jerusalem); Edinburgh Festival; Festival Interceltique de Lorient;
Festival Pau Casals; Folkfestival Dranouter; Horizante Orient Okzident (Berlin); The Kennedy Center;
Lincoln Center; Palacio Congresos (Madrid); Queen Elizabeth Hall (London); and Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg).
He is the author of "Percussion" in A Performers Guide to Medieval Music
(Indiana University Press, 2000). He has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley
as well as in workshops sponsored by Amherst Early Music, the San Francisco Early Music Society,
the American Recorder Society and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Described by the Glasgow Herald as
"the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists" he can be heard on over 50 recordings.
Eric Mentzel, voice
Eric Mentzel returned to the United States in 2002 after living in Germany for 15 years. He has enjoyed an
international career as an early music specialist, working with such conductors as Andrew Parrott,
Howard Arman, Paul van Nevel, and Jean Tubery. He has appeared at major festivals and concert venues
across Europe, including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw,
the Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
in Birmingham; concert tours have taken him as far as Japan and Australia. Mentzel is also known for
his close collaboration with the most highly regarded ensembles in the early music field, such as Sequentia,
the Ferrara Ensemble, and the Huelgas Ensemble. He has appeared on more than 40 CDs for Sony, Decca,
BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Arcana, Opus 111, Raumklang, Naxos and others, and his recordings have been
awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Grammy), the Diapason d'Or de l'Annee,
and the Choc de Musique (French recording awards). In 1998 he founded Vox Resonat, an ensemble devoted
to the performance of medieval and Renaissance vocal music, which has recorded two CDs for the
Marc Aurel Edition label.
In addition to his work in early music, Mentzel has long been involved in contemporary music,
premiering new works by Alfred Schnittke, Henri Pousseur, Andrew Toovey, Johannes Fritsch, and
Volker Staub both in the US and abroad. Most recently, he sang the role of Galileo in the world premiere of
Stargazer, an opera by American composer Garrett Fisher.
Mentzel serves as Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Oregon and is frequently invited to
teach workshops and master classes in Europe and North America. He has done several residencies at the
Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, culminating in a 4-month study/recording project in 2010, and
he performs and teaches each year at the Mexican summer course for singers, Ars Vocalis Mexico. He is a
guest professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and has also taught at the Vancouver
Early Music Programme and the Amherst Early Music Workshop.
Tim Rayborn, medieval strings; music for story-telling
An internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Tim Rayborn plays dozens of musical instruments
from medieval Europe, the Middle East, and the Balkans. In addition to solo work, he co-directs the medieval
ensemble Cançonièr with recorder virtuosa Annette Bauer, performs with Celtic harpist
Patrick Ball, and regularly works with Shira Kammen, as well as collaborates with vocalist Rita Lilly.
Tim lived in the UK for seven years, studying for an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the
University of Leeds, and working as a musician. He has toured the U.S. and in Europe extensively
(from Ireland to Turkey), performing concerts at both the York and Beverley Early Music Festivals (UK),
Alden Biesen Castle (Belgium), Bunyola (Majorca), and the Spitalfields Festival (London).
He has given a number of performances for BBC in the UK and Channel Islands, toured in Canada and Australia,
and worked with folk musicians in Marrakech and Istanbul. Recent concerts include the MusicSources series,
the Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival,
the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress, Tucson Early Music, Early Music in Columbus, SFEMS 2012-13 season, the
San Diego Early Music Series, Houston Early Music, and St. Cecilia's Music Series (Austin, TX).
He has taught at the SFEMS Medieval/Renaissance summer workshop, and Pinewoods Early Music week in MA,
and has collaborated and performed with many artists, including Ensemble Alcatraz, Susan Rode Morris,
Margriet Tindemans, Mary Springfels, Sinfonye, and members of the Harp Consort and Theater of Voices.
He has recorded to date on more than 35 CDs for a number of labels, including Gaudeamus, Wild Boar,
Magnatune, EMP, and Harmonia Mundi. He has been heard on BBC, NPR, and various radio stations worldwide.
His new book, The Violent Pilgrimage, a study of the early crusades, is now available from
Jeff Raz, story telling and theater arts
For the last 35 years, Jeff Raz has performed nationally and internationally with circuses and
theaters including Cirque du Soleil, The Pickle Family Circus, Lincoln Center Theater,
Vaudeville Nouveau, Dell'Arte Players, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin and S.F. Shakespeare Festivals,
TheatreWorks and Marin Theater Company. He has written 15 plays, including adaptations of Oedipus and the
Book of Esther and his most recent play, Road to Hades, based on three Aristophanes comedies about war.
Jeff's directing credits include Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite Park, a number of puppet plays with
Lunitique Fantastique and The Bright River, a hip-hop retelling of Dante's Inferno.
With Cirque du Soleil, Jeff played the lead role in Corteo for over 500 performances in the US and
Japan and has offered theater workshops for the casts of Quidam, OVO and Corteo.
He is the founder of The Clown Conservatory with students currently performing in circuses and theaters
around the world. Jeff continues to work in theaters and circuses and is the Artistic Director of the
Medical Clown Project in San Francisco as well as a director for the global consulting firm Stand & Deliver.
Mary Springfels, viola da gamba
Mary Springfels began performing early music professionally at the age of 21 with the New York
Pro Musica and since that time has been a teacher and innovative performer with countless American ensembles.
For 20 years, she directed the acclaimed Newberry Consort, was a member of the Second City Music,
and a soloist with and advisor to baroque productions at the Chicago Opera Theater,
appeared as a continuo soloist with The New York City Opera, and taught at the University of Chicago and
Northwest University. In 2006, she moved to New Mexico. She is teaching actively throughout the United States.
Mary has been working most recently with the Live Oak Baroque Orchestra in California, The Broken Consort of
Boston, the Folger Consort, Music of the Baroque in Chicago, and the Ars Lyrica and Mercury Baroque Orchestras
of Houston. In March she traveled to Australia to teach and give concerts in Sydney and Brisbane.
Jordan Sramek, voice
Jordan Sramek (tenor) is Founder/Artistic Director of The Rose Ensemble (Saint Paul, Minnesota),
and enjoys an active career as a performing musician, scholar, teacher, and arts entrepreneur.
Jordan studied early vocal performance and harpsichord at the College of St. Scholastica and has spent time
learning from such early-music experts as Benjamin Bagby, Eric Mentzel, Dom. Daniel Saulnier,
Margriet Tindemans, and Crawford Young. He is highly respected for his meticulous research of music
rarely heard in the concert hall and has championed vocal repertoire from Renaissance Poland, Bohemia,
and Sweden, as well as Baroque Mexico and 19th-century Hawaii. Now in frequent demand as performer and
clinician, Jordan has led musical workshops and master-classes at universities and festivals across the
U.S., and with The Rose Ensemble he has developed several award-winning educational programs for young people.
Jordan's honors include a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for Performing Musicians; a Jerome Foundation
Travel/Study Grant; the 2010 Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal;
and the 2012 Next Step Fund award from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.
Tom Zajac, all-workshop Collegium
Multi-instrumentalist, Tom Zajac is a member of the well-known Renaissance wind band Piffaro, a
guest with the Folger Consort, Newberry Consort, Boston Camerata, and Cançonièr, and recently
performed with the Tallis Scholars to sold-out houses in Washington DC. He has toured extensively, having
appeared in concert series and festivals in Hong Kong, Guam, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Colombia, Bolivia,
Mexico, and throughout Europe and the United States. He can be heard on over 40 recordings of everything
from medieval dances to 21st-century chamber music. With his group Ex Umbris, he performed 14th-century
music at the 5th Millennium Council event in the East Room of the Clinton White House and 18th-century music
for the score of the Ric Burns' documentary on the history of New York. He's played hurdy gurdy for the
American Ballet Theater, bagpipe for an internationally broadcast Gatorade commercial and serpent in a
PDQ Bach piece live on A Prairie Home Companion. He also performs on santur, miskal and zurna with the
Boston-based Turkish ensemble, Dünya. In August 2011, he was invited by the Polish government to
take part in a research visit to hear and meet Polish early music ensembles. Tom teaches at recorder and
early music workshops throughout the US, is on the faculty of the Madison and Amherst Early Music Festivals
and directs the Medieval & Renaissance week of the SFEMS workshops as well as the early music ensembles at