John Dornenburg has performed as soloist across Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.A. His recordings for the Centaur, Meridian, Dorian, Musica Omnia, Koch, Music and Arts, and MHS labels include solo works by J.S. Bach, Marais, Telemann, Handel, and C.P.E. Bach. He was awarded the Soloist's Diploma in viola da gamba from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague for his studies with Wieland Kuijken, and he also studied performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Mr. Dornenburg teaches the viola da gamba on the faculty at Stanford University and lectures in music history at California State University, Sacramento. He is founder of the baroque ensemble Music's Re-creation and the S.Chordę Consort of Viols and has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Magnificat, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Aston Magna, Ensemble Rebel, Chatham Baroque, and the Carmel Bach Festival, among others.
Julie Jeffrey appears regularly with S. Chordę Consort of Viols, Magnificat, Distant Oaks, Hausmusik, and many other groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. While studying musicology at the University of Chicago, she served as Assistant to Howard Mayer Brown, and performed extensively with the Harwood Early Music Ensemble. She has recorded for the Centaur, Northern Wind, and Harmonia Mundi labels. Ms Jeffrey has served as president of the Viola da Gamba Society, Pacifica Chapter, and is a frequent instructor at early music workshops across the country. She has performed in Ireland, Germany, Australia and Mexico, has appeared with the Newberry Consort in Chicago, and has toured domestically and abroad with the Terra Nova Consort.
David Morris received his M.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, where he was the recipient of the Eisner Prize for excellence in the performing arts. As a baroque cellist and violist da gamba, he has performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, the Mark Morris Dance Company, Musica Pacifica and Tempesta di Mare. Founder and musical directer of the Bay Area baroque opera ensemble Teatro Bacchino, he produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society series. In addition to his performing career, he has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College, a guest conductor of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and conductor, ensemble coach and Dean of Students at The Crowden School in Berkeley, whose orchestra he directed on three European tours. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, New Albion, Dorian and New World Records.
Farley Pearce is a performer on both the various sizes of viola da gamba and the baroque 'cello. As a cellist he has performed widely in the South-Eastern region of the US, most notably with the Spoleto Festival, with whom he has also played in Italy. For five years he was a member of the Charleston Pro Musica, and he has performed as a recitalist in Brazil and Uruguay. Since moving to San Francisco Mr. Pearce has been an active free-lance performer with many of California's orchestras and chamber ensembles. In the Bay Area he has performed on viola da gamba, violone, and baroque cello with the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, S.Chordę Consort of Viols, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Airs and Graces, and many other period instrument groups.