Constance WhitesideConstance Whiteside, Artistic Director and historical harpist, has been described as “a musician of uncommon depth” by the Washington Post. A highly knowledgeable specialist, scholar and performer on historic harps, she has performed for dignitaries including His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, at the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals, as guest artist at embassies, and with such acclaimed groups as Chanticleer. She performs and discusses music from the 12th through 17th centuries on historical re-creations of medieval, renaissance, double and triple row baroque harps. She performs regularly in the Washington DC area. Originally trained on classical pedal harp, she also continues free-lance pedal harp performance. Dr. Whiteside, a physician and graduate of Stanford University, and former tenured faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California Davis, was a founding member of Musica Coelorum, a medieval ensemble based in northern California, and is the founder of D.C. based Armonia Nova. She is former Chair of the Historical Harp Survey, and former Editor of the Historical Harp Society Journal. She is a co-founder and director of the Washington Early Music Festival.

Jay WhiteCountertenor Jay White has enjoyed a variety of performing experiences ranging from the works of Bach to Britten appearing with major early music ensembles across the U.S. Sought after as an interpreter of medieval, renaissance and baroque repertoire, he has appeared at national and international early music festivals. Dr. White sang eight seasons with the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Chanticleer, with whom he traveled to over 40 states and 15 foreign countries, appearing in major venues throughout the world and with whom he recorded 14 albums, including two GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. No stranger to the airwaves, Dr. White has also been heard on National Public Radio and Public Radio International programs throughout the world. Having received his training at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the School of Music at the University of Maryland, Dr. White has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Delaware, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University (IN). Dr. White is an active lecturer and clinician on the topics of the countertenor voice and vocal and ensemble pedagogy as well as vocal pedagogy and science. He has presented sessions at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national conferences and the Voice Foundation among others.

Marjorie BundayA critically-acclaimed oratorio and concert singer, Marjorie Bunday has been a featured soloist (both alto and mezzo-soprano roles) with many DC, Maryland, and Virginia based choral and chamber ensembles over the years, in US and European concerts, including Washington Bach Consort, Hesperus, Armonia Nova, Alexandria Choral Society, Cantate Chamber Singers, Musikanten, Cathedral Choral Society "Summer Sing," Washington Choral Ensemble, University of Virginia Glee Club, Woodley Ensemble, and Washington Men's Camerata. Outside of the Washington area, she has had solos with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Magnificat, (with a Denver Bach Society B Minor Mass coming up in October 2007); and she is an artist-in-residence with Musikanten Montana's Helena Choral Week yearly since 2004, performing and teaching workshops on choral technique and madrigal singing. Ms. Bunday, a near-life-long resident of the DC area, can be heard in many venues across the city, as she is in great demand as a professional chorister, small ensemble singer, and church singer. Although best-known for her performances of the early and baroque music repertoire, she has added her voice to many U.S. and world premieres of choral music, art song, and chamber music.

Douglas Wolters, vielle and viols, performs in the metropolitan Washington, DC area on historical and modern stringed instruments including baroque cello, the viola da gamba, and vielle. Mr. Wolters is the principal cellist of The Bach Sinfonia and the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and is a founding member of the baroque ensemble L‘Arabesque. Recent performances include a performance of the Bach Cello Suites at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater to accompany Tony Powell’s original choreography for his ballet company, recitals on the viola da gamba highlighting the French, German, and English baroque, the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra, and a Vivaldi cello concerto with The Bach Sinfonia. As a member of the critically acclaimed Cezanne Trio, he performed a series of concerts at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on new Czech music. He has appeared in recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, and in Washington at the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institution with the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Mr. Wolters also served as associate principal cellist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra for six years. A graduate of New England Conservatory, Mr. Wolters studied cello with Mihaly Virizlay and viola da gamba with Gian Lyman Silbiger. He has recorded for Orion and Northeastern. In addition to performing, Mr. Wolters teaches stringed instruments in the Fairfax County, VA school system and maintains a private studio.

Allison MondelAllison Mondel, soprano, received her M.M. in Early Music Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) in 2003. While at Longy, Allison had the extraordinary experience of studying with Laurie Monahan, and discovered a new love and inspiration: medieval music. She has engaged in extensive scholarly studies of the Montpellier and Las Huelgas manuscripts, and is a notation and performance specialist on the chants of Hildegard von Bingen. Her interpretation of Hildegard has led her to performances in the Boston Early Music Festival and special performances with the Ars Nova Singers (Boulder, CO) in The Passion of St. Ursula, an original passion play based on the martyrdom of St. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins. She has also led teaching and coaching sessions on the interpretation of Hildegard's chants and takes the utmost joy in sharing her love of this music with others. Also during her time at Longy, Allison engaged in several Baroque operatic productions, including Charpentier's Actéon, Lully's Le bourgeois gentilhomme and Jacopo Peri's Euridice. In 2001, Allison had the privilege of singing in the Boston Early Music Festival's production of Lully's Thesée and Rameau's La Guirlande presented at Jordan Hall and Tanglewood. In the fall of 2004, she sang the role of La Messaggiera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the Harvard Early Music Society. The Boston Phoenix noted her performance as "a powerful turn." More recently, Allison co-founded Williamstown Early Music, a concert series based in Western Massachusetts offering unique and adventurous programming. Stemming from her love of Renaissance choral music, Allison has spent many years singing professionally with various choral groups in the greater Boston area and NY Capital region. She has most recently moved to the Baltimore/DC area, where she continues to sing and teach early music.

Craig RestaCraig Resta holds degrees from the University of Maryland College Park, Indiana University, and Baylor University. His principal violin teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Stanley Ritchie, and Davis Brooks; research and performance practice mentors are Marie McCarthy, Thomas Binkley, and Harry Elzinga. Performing opportunities have included programs at The Round Top Festival, The Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals, and The Bloomington and Washington Early Music Festivals; with concert and recital appearances in Texas, Indiana, California, Georgia, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Virginia, and abroad in Switzerland and Germany. Instrumental experience includesthe modern and baroque violin and viola, as well as the medieval vielle and rebec. Also a string pedagogue, Dr. Resta is currently Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Kent State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in string pedagogy, pre-service music teacher education, and music education foundational studies.

Yayoi BarrackYayoi Barrack studied the viola da gamba with Anneke Pols in Utrecht and The Hague in the Netherlands, where she also took masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken and Christophe Coin. Her repertoire ranges from medieval to contemporary music, including a few pieces which were written for her. For several years she was the viola da gamba soloist in the yearly Domkerk performances of J.S. Bach's Passions of St. Matthew and St. John in Utrecht. She has performed with well-known groups such as the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet and with members of the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, and in addition to concerts in the Netherlands and the U.S., she has given concerts in Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

Countertenor Corey McKnight studied vocal music at the University of Idaho, working privately with Soprano, Dorothy Barnes, and later studied with Tenor, William Miller, Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois. In 1991, Corey was summoned by the two-time Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, touring several countries and all 50 states in the U.S. While with Chanticleer, he had the privilege of collaborating with the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Alcatraz. Corey has had the fortune of singing on 12 Chanticleer recordings. Two of the songs from those recordings are also part of the movie soundtrack for the Jack Black film Nacho Libre. Corey has also sung with The American Bach Soloists, The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and The Schola Cantorum at the Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, in San Francisco, the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Baroque Orchestra, Opera Idaho, and the Langroise Trio. Since living in the DC area for the past year, Corey has sung the Alto solos from “Messiah” for the Saint Luke Catholic Church, and performed regularly with The Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes with Owen Burdick. Corey has recorded on the Chanticleer, Lyrichord, Koch, Swansea, Teldec and Warner-Elektra labels. He has also released two solo recordings, “My Solitude” and “Warm Christmas Morning,” which can be found on cdbaby.com and with other retailers.

Evanne Browne, soprano: Sensitive musicianship and a voice described as “clear” with “sweet highs” and “an impressive range” have brought soprano Evanne Browne engagements with many outstanding early music ensembles including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Folger Consort, The Orchestra of the 17th Century, and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble. She is a frequent performer of Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval works with period instruments including staged versions of the medieval Play of Daniel, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneus at the Kennedy Center, and a celebrated performance of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo virtutum at the Washington National Cathedral.  Currently living in Colorado, she has also been soloist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Boulder Bach Festival, and in 2011 founded Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Colorado’s  premier choir specializing in performance of baroque music.  This spring she sings French Baroque with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and a concert of American music in Vienna, Austria, with Musikanten.  Evanne previously performed with Armonia Nova for the Washington Early Music Festival and at DePauw University where they presented a Hildegard von Bingen as part of the Performing Arts Series. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music and studied Baroque performance practices with baritone Max van Egmond at the Sweelinck Conservatory while living in Amsterdam.

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano, is a member of the world famous vocal quartet Anonymous 4, performing all over the world and recording many award-winning CDs, including the Billboard chart-topping American Angels. She was also a featured soloist on the Grammy award-winning album Calling All Dawns. In addition to her work with Anonymous 4, she also has a reputation as a versatile and accomplished soloist, performing music from Bach to Babbitt. Solo work has included Bach cantatas with The Washington Bach Consort DC and the Bach Sinfonia DC, Bach and Handel arias at Carmel Bach Festival with Bruno Weill, When Musick and Sweet Poetry Agree, a program of Elizabethan song and poetry with the viol consort Parthenia, and the world premieres of Richard Einhorn’s new oratorio about Charles Darwin, The Origin, at SUNYOswego, and The Loathly Lady, a comic opera by Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner at the University of Pennsylvania. Jacqueline is also a voice teacher. She has a thriving studio in NYC and is a member of the faculty at the annual choral workshop Musica Deo Sacra at the National Cathedral in DC. She gives master classes all over the US and also gives ensemble technique workshops in NYC, DC and beyond. Her website is jacquelinehorner.com.