Grant Herreid performs frequently on early reeds, brass, strings, and voice with many US early music en-sembles. A specialist in early opera, he has played theorbo, lute, and baroque guitar with the Chicago Opera Theater, Aspen Music Festival, Portland Opera, and New York City Opera. He is the recipient of Early Music America’s Laurette Goldberg Award for excellence in early music outreach and education. He directs the Yale Collegium Musicum, the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the New York Continuo Collective, and recently played in the Broadway productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III. Grant devotes much of his time to exploring the esoteric unwritten traditions of early music with the ensemble Ex Umbris.
On treble, tenor and bass violas da gamba, and their medieval ancestors, Rosamund Morley has performed wit renowned early music ensembles as diverse as ARTEK, The Boston Camerata, The Folger Consort, Lionheart, Piffaro, and Sequentia, as well as the Elm City Consort. She is a member of the viol consort Parthenia in New York, with whom she enjoys playing contemporary as well as the historical repertoire. She has toured worldwide as a long-standing member of the Waverly Consort and has appeared as soloist at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Les Arts Florissants. Her busy teaching schedule has included numerous national and international workshops, and she is the Music Director of the Viola da Gamba Society of America's annual Conclave.
Michael Rigsby is founding member of the Elm City Consort and currently serves as the group's director. He has performed on vielle, viola da gamba, and violone with groups including ARTEK, the Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the Yale Collegium. He studied music at North Carolina School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. Michael is also a physician and is recently retired from his position as the Medical Director of Yale Health. He graduated with honors from Yale Medical School and is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases.
Harpsichordist Stephen Gamboa-Diaz studied harpsichord at UC Berkeley with Charlene Brendler and Davitt Moroney, and at Yale and Stony Brook with Arthur Haas. He is the recipient of the Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts and Menn Memorial prize from Berkeley and was a laureate of the 2012 Westfield Center International Harpsichord Competition. He performs regularly as a soloist and as a member of the duo Zweikampf. In the New Haven areas he as appeared with the Yale Schola Cantorum, the Yale Baroque Opera Project and the Elm City Consort.
Based in New Haven, Catherine Slowik performs on viola da gamba, cello, and baryton. Her teachers have included Rachel C. Young, Catharina Meints, and Kenneth Cooper. She holds a B.A. in art history and anthropology from Columbia and is currently a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at Yale, where her dissertation considers "Cantus Firmus Techniques in English Instrumental Music (1540–1680)." She co-founded and directs the Yale Consort of Viols, and appears regularly with the Elm City Consort, the Smithsonian Consort of Viols, the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the Yale Collegium Musicum. In 2020 she was a Smithsonian Chamber Music Fellow.
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion — all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Priscilla Herreid, the world renowned pied-pipers of Early Music present an annual subscription concert series in the Philadelphia region; tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and South America; and appear as performers and instructors at major Early Music festivals.
In addition to her work with the Elm City Consort, Priscilla Herreid plays renaissance winds with Piffaro, The Waverly Consort, Hesperus, The Rose Ensemble, The Bishop's Band, The Dark Horse Consort, and The City Musick, and early oboes and recorder with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Handel + Haydn Society, The Sebastians, Boston Baroque, and Tempesta di Mare. She appears regularly with Portland Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque, TENET, Venice Baroque, and New York Baroque Inc. Priscilla was part of the onstage band for the 2013-2014 Shakespeare on Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance. She is a graduate of Temple University and The Juilliard School.
Gold medalist of the 7th International Bach-Abel Competition, Arnie Tanimoto is equally at home on the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He was the first-ever viola da gamba major at The Juilliard School, where he soloed on both instruments. Arnie has performed and recorded with Barthold Kuijken, the Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, and the Smithsonian Consort of Viols. As a teacher, he serves on the faculty at the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy and the Viola da Gamba Society Conclave, as well as maintaining a private studio in New York City. He holds degrees and certificates from Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.