Alessandro Quarta, guest conductor

Alessandro Quarta, director e composer, Quarta gives particular attention to the vocal repertory of the Rennaissance and Baroque in the concert programming of his ensemble Concerto Romano (www.concertoromano.com – www.facebook.com/concertoromano). Concerto Romano has in fact received high praise from Italian and European audiences. (Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Tage Alter Musik-Herne, Rheingau Musikfestival, Niedersachsische Musiktage, Handels-Festspiele di Karlsruhe, WDR Funkhaus-Konzerte Koeln, Wiener …

Andrew Kane

Andrew Kane has been singing in the Twin Cities since his graduation from Augsburg College with a Bachelor of Music in voice performance, and has been involved in Consortium Carissimi projects since 2008. He is also enjoying his third season with The Rose Ensemble and his fourth with the Mirandola Ensemble. In addition, Andrew frequently works with Minnesota Bach Society, …

Angela Grundstad

Angela Grundstad, Soprano, graduated from Louisiana State University with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance.  She has performed a number of operatic roles with both Simpson College and LSU opera programs, sung and recorded with local bands and even sang backup vocals for an Elvis Performer. Before moving to Minneapolis, Angela taught voice lessons at Drake University, sang with …

Anna Christofaro, soprano

Anna Christofaro has been recognized for her vocal agility and natural stage presence.  She recently appeared as the soprano soloist in Benjamin Britten’s Return of the Lamb, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Bach’s Cantata BWV 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen.” Anna sings with the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Conspirare, based in Austin, TX, as well as …

Annalisa Pappano, Lirone/Viola da Gamba

Annalisa Pappano is the founder and artistic director of the Catacoustic Consort. She studied at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her playing has been described by critics as “mercurial and enchanting” and “with a sound that is lighter than air with the airy luster of gilding on the mirrors of a rococo drawing room.” …

Benjamin Severing

Bass Benjamin Sieverding has been recognized by critics nationwide for his “surprising depth” (Boulder Daily Camera), “natural gift for comedy” and “full, rich sound” (Ann Arbor Observer). This season he joins Minnesota Opera, also appearing as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, the Sacristan in Tosca, and the Ranger and Man-in-dog-mask in The Shining. Most recently, Sieverding reprised the roles he …

Bruce Jacobs, Keyboard

Bruce Jacobs is a talented organist and harpsichord continuo player based in the Twin Cities. Bruce has performed with the Waltham Abbey Singers, Ensemble Polaris, the Bach Society of Minneosta, the University of Minnesota Conducting Program, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Elm Ensemble, Hymnos, and the National Lutheran Choir. He studied pipe organ performance with Ruth Berge at Concordia College …

Carson King-Fournier

Canadian-born trombonist Carson King-Fournier is a freelance musician based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Carson earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City in 2013, and a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2015. His teachers include Joseph Alessi, Michael Mulcahy, R. Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, Christopher Davis, …

Craig Lemming, tenor

Zimbabwean tenor, Craig Lemming enjoys performing a wide variety of music, with a keen interest in repertoire from the Baroque and Classical eras.  Following his debut in the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo presented at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Herald Times reported, “Craig Lemming offered a tour de force as Orfeo, dispatching every ornate melody with ease, while imbuing the musical and theatrical aspects …

David Lee Echelard, counter-tenor

David Lee Echelard  While living in New York City as an early music specialist, he performed and recorded with Pomerium Musices, The Taverner Consort, New York Schola Antiqua and the Baltimore Consort. David has appeared at the Holland Early Music Festival, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and performed in a Medieval Drama and a Gregorian Chant ensemble at the South Bank …

Donald Livingston

Donald Livingston is sought after for his performance on harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, and collaborates with musicians from across the musical spectrum. A Candidate for the Doctor of Music in Early Keyboard from the Early Music Institute of the renown Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, he has studied with Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord), Larry Smith (organ), and has sung …

Douglas Shambo II, bass

Douglas Shambo, II has enjoyed a long career as a historical performance specialist, composer, and conductor. Mr. Shambo is a native of Watertown, New York. He holds degrees in voice and composition from Hartt College of Music, and a Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics earned under Robert Abrahamson. Douglas’ solo performance credits include three seasons with the American Music/Theater Group, and …

Elizabeth Motter, harp

Highlights in Elizabeth Motter’s career as a modern harpist include concerts with Singapore Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lancaster Festival, New World Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, a residency in Japan, and performing as a regular substitute in the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. She has had the privilege of playing in the backup orchestras of such legends …

Eric Sorum, bass-baritone

Bass-baritone Eric Sorum is active in the Twin Cities as a singer, conductor, and teacher of singing. After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2006, he has pursued a career in choral music. He sings with the Bach Society and serves as a lay clerke at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul. Eric is returning …

Erik Erlandson

Erik Erlandson, Baritone, obtained his Masters of Music from Louisiana State University studying under Dennis Jesse.  At LSU, he performed in the trio in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Thaiti, Harry Druggist in The Cradle Will Rock, and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Claudio in Béatrice et Bénédict, and Sykoš in Veselohra Na Mostĕ. While studying at LSU he sang with Opéra Louisiane in perforamnces of The …

Garrett Lahr

  Minneapolis-based musician Garrett Lahr has enjoyed success on both modern and historical brass instruments. He is in demand across North America as a tenor and bass sackbut specialist, having performed with many leading period instrument ensembles including Dark Horse Consort, Piffaro, Opera Lafayette, Clarion Music Society, ¡Sacabuche!, New York State Baroque, Pegasus Early Music, and Consortium Carissimi, among others. …

Garrick Comeaux

Garrick Comeaux

Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director of Consortium Carissimi, returned to the United States in 2005 after 25 years of life in Italy and Germany, with extensive experience in early music, both as a singer and as a conductor. Garrick began his musical formation at an early age in piano studies, bass viol and cello as well as private voice lessons. Comeaux …

Gary Ruschman

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as ‘funny and fresh-voiced’, Gary Ruschman has appeared with major and regional orchestras, ensembles, presenters, and opera companies across the U.S. and abroad, including the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Consortium Carissimi, Portland Opera, American Bach Soloists, Royal Opera House Oman, San Francisco Opera Center, Ballet San Jose, Birdland, and in …

Ginna Watson

Ginna Watson is a Minneapolis-based violinist who specializes in historically-informed performance. She plays baroque violin and viola with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and medieval bowed strings and harp with The Rose Ensemble for Early Music. Ginna also performs with Consortium Carissimi and Sprezzatura, ensembles dedicated to performing 17th-century music on historic instruments. Ginna has performed in concert series and festivals …