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 …

Heather Cogswell, soprano

Heather Cogswell (soprano) joined Consortium Carissimi in 2010. Heather has also sung with The Bach Society of Minnesota, The Rose Ensemble, and The Gregorian Singers. A native Minnesotan, Heather completed her undergraduate work in vocal performance and music education at Illinois Wesleyan University and her graduate degree in music education at The University of St. Thomas. In addition to performing, …

Jack Visheski

Since moving to Minnesota in 2013, Jack Vishneski has specialized in the middle voices of the choral world, singing tenor, alto, and countertenor for repertoire ranging from the 12th century to the present. Alongside debuting with Consortium Carissimi, he regularly sings with St. Clements’ Episcopal Church, the Gregorian Singers, and MPLS-Impulse. He also serves on MPLS-Impulse’s board of directors. Jack …

Baroque Meets Jazz - Consortium Carissimi Jeremy Walker Ensemble

Jeremy Walker Ensemble

Jeremy Walker http://boot-music.com/ “JEREMY WALKER MAY BECOME THE DUKE ELLINGTON OF THE EARLY 21ST CENTURY.” — JAZZ INK Jeremy Walker is a prolific composer and jazz pianist. His evening-length work, 7 Psalms, was most recently performed in 2016 on Orchestra Hall’s main stage and featured the launch of American Public Media’s Radio Choir conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Other works include The Rage …

Julie Elhard

Julie Elhard

Julie Elhard, viola da gamba, appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including the St. Matthew Passion by Bach under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and is a founding member of Violes Egales and Glorious Revolution Baroque. …

Kathy Romey, guest conductor, Monteverdi Vespers

Kathy Saltzman Romey

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota, where she oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and conducts choirs. She is also Artistic Director of the 200-voice symphonic chorus The Minnesota Chorale, which serves as principal chorus for the Minnesota Orchestra. Romey has conducted the Chorale in regional, national and international forums and annually …

Kris Kwapis, baroque trumpet

Acclaimed for her ‘sterling tone’ in the New York Times, Kris Kwapis appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with period-instrument ensembles across North America, including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Pacific MusicWorks, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bach Society of Minnesota, Callipygian Players, Bourbon Baroque, and Lyra Baroque, making music with directors such as Andrew Parrott, Monica Huggett, Alexander Weimann, Barthold Kuijken, Jacques Ogg, …

Krista Costin

Mezzo-Soprano Krista Costin devotes her career to the fusion of music and yoga. Passionate about creating fully embodied performances, she has taught yoga to musical ensembles abroad and in the Twin Cities, and prioritizes the experience of sound in classes taught locally at Yoga Sol, a donation-based studio in Northeast Minneapolis. A graduate of Augsburg College and Indiana University in …

Linh Kauffman

Praised as “radiant” by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, soprano Linh Kauffman performs across the United States in oratorio, opera, new music and musical theater. Ms. Kauffman has appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival, Akron Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Festival Ensemble Stuttgart, among others. Stage credits include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), the Governess (Turn …

Lisa Drew

Lisa Drew, contralto, has recently joined the ranks of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Chorale under the leadership of Dale Warland singing most recently in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and has recently performed as soloist and in the Ensemble for Lyra Baroque Orchestra‘s production of Handel’s Esther. In addition, Lisa lends her voice to Consortium Carissimi‘s Project III …

Liza Malamut

Liza Malamut regularly appears as a sackbut specialist with the country’s premier early music groups. Recent engagements have included performances with the Handel & Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, The Boston Camerata, Trinity Wall Street Choir and Orchestra, and many more. Liza holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Boston University. She is currently a candidate for …

Marita Link, soprano

Marita Link has been singing in Minnesota for more than twenty years. Currently she teaches voice at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, enjoys performing a variety of music with the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence, Consortium Carissimi, and various ad hoc early music projects. She also serves as a cantor, section leader and chant schola director at St. Louis Church …

Mary Burke, viola da gamba

Mary Burke, viola da gamba, has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the US with numerous ensembles, including Consortium Carissimi, the Rose Ensemble, Ladyslipper Baroque, Cerulean Fire, Catacoustic Consort, Bach Society of Minnesota, Ensemble Polaris, Duo Geminiani, and Camerata Pacifica Baroque, and has toured with the crossover group Ensemble Galilei. She has performed at the Bloomington Early Music …

Michael P. Schmidt, baritone

Lyric baritone Dr. Michael P. Schmidt is heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as having a “mellifluous voice” with “unusual beauty,” and has been privileged enough to perform with many of the finest opera companies and orchestras in North and South America and Europe. He is a section leader for the acclaimed Minnesota Chorale and is the Bass section leader …

Mike Pettman, lute & tenor

Mike Pettman

Mike Pettman, a native of Mankato, is a freelance guitarist and lutenist in the Twin Cities. He plays archlute for Consortium Carissimi, and sings tenor. He has performed with the group since 2013. He can be seen playing lute and guitar at recitals and with local ensembles, and currently studies with Phil Rukavina. As a singer, Mike is an active …

Naxos: GRATIANI, B. – Adae / Filli Prodigi / 5 Motets

Link to Recording on Naxos The small-scale motet was at the heart of daily and weekly musical practice in the Roman Catholic Church of the mid-seventeenth century. One of the genre’s most distinguished exponents was the maestro di cappella in the Jesuit Church in Rome, Bonifazio Graziani. An ordained priest, he was commissioned by Pope Innocent X to compose solemn …

Paul Berget, lute

Paul Berget received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1972. After graduation, he continued his studies with the legendary Diana Poulton at the Royal College of Music in London, where he also studied with acclaimed lutenist Nigel North. In 1973, he appeared on Broadway in a musical production of Cyrano starring Christopher Plummer. In addition to playing …

Rockford Mjos

Rockford Mjos

Rockford Mjos performs as a accompanist and soloist on theorbo, archlute, Baroque and modern guitars, and ukulele. He has performed twice on the Minnesota Guitar Society’s Sundin Hall Series, has been a regular on the Twin Cities Lute Cooperative’s Lute Cafe season, and been a guest with many local soloists and ensembles including Jin Kim, Glorious Revolution Baroque and The …

Roy Heilman

A frequent tenor soloist, Roy Heilman has recently been heard in major works such as Mozart’s Requiem and Grand Mass in C, Haydn’s The Seasons, and as Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion. He also makes frequent ensemble appearances, most notably with Silver Swan, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Consortium Carissimi, and with the Oregon Bach Festival. Mr. …

Stephen Escher, cornetto

After receiving a B.A. degree at Luther College, Stephen Escher did post-graduate work at the University of Iowa and studied in Bologna with cornettist Bruce Dickey. He moved to the San Francisco area and in 1986 became a founding member of The Whole Noyse. Stephen has performed with numerous ensembles in Europe, North America and Mexico, among them The Taverner …