Last updated on: June 23, 2021
The Seattle Recorder Society
Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
TISH BERLIN, RECORDER, California
Letitia Berlin teaches recorder and coaches ensembles in California and at workshops around the country, including the Amherst Early Music Festival, and the Oregon Coast Winds and Waves recorder workshop. She is the director of the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar program (Carmel Valley, CA) and directed the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Music Discovery Workshop for young children for ten years. Ms. Berlin received a master’s degree in early music performance practices from Case Western Reserve University.
ASTRID ANDERSSON, RECORDER,
Astrid was born in Denmark and moved with her family to the United States in 1989. She earned a bachelor's degree in early music from the Early Music Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied with her mother, Eva Legéne. She completed her studies with Matthias Weilenmann at the Zurich Conservatory with a concert diploma. She was a finalist in the "Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Playing Competition" in London, where she won second place and the audience award. She teaches recorder at Calw Music School.
EVA LEGENE, RECORDER, Germany
Eva Legéne born as a member of a family of musicians in the third generation in Holland. She studied recorder at the Koninklijk Conservatory in The Hague with Frans Brüggen and was a lecturer at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. After her marriage in Denmark, she was a lecturer at the Det Kongelige Conservatory in Copenhagen. In 1985, she was appointed Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute. She was also director of the annual Recorder Performers Seminar and the Summer Recorder Academy at Indiana University.
SASKIA COOLEN, RECORDER, Netherlands
Saskia studied the recorder with Kees Boeke and Walter van Hauwe at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, as well as musicology at the University of Utrecht. For many years, she has been a member of La Fontegara and Camerata Trajectina, which have given numerous concerts at home and abroad. She has also played in the Taverner Players, the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Gabrieli Consort, Tragicomedia, the King's Consort, and other major ensembles throughout Europe. Saskia Coolen gives courses and master-classes throughout Europe and America, and she teaches at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
VICKI BOECKMAN, RECORDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Seattle, Washington
International performing and recording artist now based in Seattle, Vicki has taught at workshops all over the United States and in Canada. Performs with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra, Gallery Concerts, Medieval Women’s Choir, Ensemble Electra, Wood’N’Flutes and Opus 4. Teaches privately and at the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle. Recordings for various Danish and American labels.
FRANCES BLAKER, RECORDER, California
Frances received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne. She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands. She performs as a soloist and in ensembles including Vermillian Trio and Farallon Recorder Quartet. She is the author of The Recorder Player's Companion and the "Opening Measures" column in American Recorder Magazine, and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of recordings.
JO BAIM, ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, Seattle, Washington
Sr. Jo Baim is Music Director at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle. She earned degrees in organ performance from Walla Walla College and the University of Oregon, and a doctorate in musicology from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She is the Artistic Director of the Trinity Consort, and oversees the concert program at Trinity Parish. Beside being the Administrator for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, she is also administrator of the Pacific Northwest Viols Workshop.
CAROLINE NICOLAS, VIOLA DA GAMBA, Seattle, Washington
A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Caroline was first introduced to the cello by her mother, an elementary school music teacher. After falling in love with the expressive possibilities of gut strings, she studied with Phoebe Carrai at The Juilliard School and Christophe Coin and Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. As the winner of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance concerto competition, she made her solo debut in Alice Tully Hall, New York City. She has taught at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Victoria and at the University of Washington School of Music. .
ISABELLA PAGEL, RECORDER, Seattle, Washington
Originally from Seattle, Isabella Pagel (she/her) is a recorder player and teacher who has taught and performed around the world. Isabella started playing the recorder when she was nine years old and since then she has studied with Nina Stern, Vicki Boeckman, and Bart Spanhove. A dedicated educator, Isabella teaches students of all ages and is the Communications Coordinator for S’Cool Sounds, an NYC based organization committed to bringing music into the lives of children. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, she traveled with S’Cool Sounds to Kenya to teach students in the Kibera slum. She recently co-wrote the S’Cool Sounds Curriculum with Nina Stern.
ANNA MANSBRIDGE, DANCE, Seattle, Washington
Historical dance specialist Anna Mansbridge, originally from the UK, now resides in Seattle, WA. She holds a First Class Honors Degree in Dance and Education from Bedford College, UK, and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, CA. Anna has been performing, choreographing, and teaching historical court and theater dances for over 25 years both in Europe and the USA. In 2000 she founded Seattle Early Dance which specializes in reconstructing dances from the 15th-18th century dance manuals and treatises.
CLEA GALHANO, RECORDER, St. Paul, Minnesota Canceled due to unforeseen family health issues
Internationally renowned recorder player. Performs contemporary, early and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. She is the Executive Artist Director of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, serves on the faculty of Macalester College, and is the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest in Bloomington, Indiana. Ms. Galhano has several recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado labels.
ERIC MENTZEL, CHOIR, Eugene, Oregon
Eric has enjoyed an international career as a singer, teacher, and ensemble director. During 15 years living abroad he appeared at major venues across Europe, and as far afield as Japan and Australia. He is also known for his close collaboration with the most highly regarded ensembles in the early music field, and he has appeared on more than 50 CDs. Eric Mentzel is Professor of Voice at the University of Oregon, has served as Artistic Director of Seattle's Medieval Women’s Choir since 2015.
PHILIP NEUMAN, RECORDER, SACKBUTT, RENAISSANCE WINDS, Portland, Oregon
Performer on recorder, sackbutt, and numerous other wind and string instruments, cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band. He has performed on three continents, and teaches Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band Classes at the Community Music Center in Portland. He teaches Music History at Marylhurst University, is a member of the Trail Band, and has performed under the baton of Christopher Hogwood and Nicolas McGeegan. Philip has composed, arranged and transcribed over a thousand works for early instrument ensembles, and builds crumhorns, cornamusen, douçaines and racketts.
GAYLE STUWE NEUMAN, RECORDER, SACKBUTT, RENAISSANCE WINDS, Portland, Oregon
Vocalist and performer on violin, recorder, sackbutt, and many other instruments, has received acclaim for her renditions of the "Song of Seikilos," and the "Chorus from Orestes," from De Organographia's "Music of the Ancient Greeks." She cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, is a member of the Trail Band. She teaches early music classes at Portland's Community Music Center, and Music History at Marylhurst University. Gayle is also a builder of vielles, crumhorns, cornamusen, douçaines and racketts.
MARY SPRINGFELS, VIOLA DA GAMBA, Cerrillos, New Mexico
Mary began playing professionally at the age of 21 as a gambist with the New York Pro Musica. Over the span of her long career, Mary has worked with innumerable ensembles, including the Waverly Consort, the Philharmonia, Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, Les Filles de Sainte-Colombe, The Second City Music, Parthenia, the Chicago Opera Theater, the New York City Opera, and many others. For 25 years, she was Musician-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where she founded and directed the Newberry Consort. She teaches year-round at SFEMS, VDGSA and Amherst Early Music workshops