Violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, leader, collaborator, and educator. He has appeared as soloist and leader with Early Music New York, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Yale Schola Cantorum, and many others. He is founding member and co-director of the early music ensemble The Sebastians. He has studied at the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and the University of Connecticut. In demand for lectures and master-classes across the country, he currently teaches early music and chamber music at Yale School of Music.
Boston-based baritone Andrew Padgett is an accomplished interpreter of both baroque and medieval vocal music. He has collaborated with early music luminaries including Masaaki Suzuki, Paul O’Dette, and Benjamin Bagby, and has appeared as a soloist with The American Classical Orchestra, Dartmouth Handel Society, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Early Music, and Concordian Dawn, among others. He is featured as a soloist on two recently released commercial recordings with Brandywine Baroque and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Andrew holds a B.S. in physics and an M.M. in voice from U.C. Santa Barbara, and an M.M. in early music, oratorio, and chamber ensemble from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music.
Mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland is dedicated to detailed, stylistic interpretations of early and new music. Highlights from this upcoming season include an appearance with Contemporaneous, the role of "Conversation" in Charpentier's Les Plaisirs de Versailles with TENET Vocal Artists, and a program of Buxtehude and Bach duet cantatas with Apollo’s Fire. Elisa sings frequently with the top ensembles of the United States, including The Crossing, TENET Vocal Artists, Roomful of Teeth, Seraphic Fire, and Clarion Choir. She has a special passion for one-on-a-part vocal chamber music and is a core member of Ekmeles, a sextet dedicated to exploring microtonal tuning and extended techniques, and a co-founder of the early and new music sextet Variant 6.
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.
On treble, tenor and bass violas da gamba, and their medieval ancestors, Rosamund Morley has performed with many 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.
The musicians performing with Elm City Consort in 2021-2022
Period violinist Dongmyung Ahn is a performer, educator, and scholar, whose interests span the twelfth to eighteenth centuries. She is a co-founder of Guido's Ear, an ensemble specializing in Renaissance and Baroque. Ahn regularly performs with the Sebastians, TENET, Early Music New York, Pegasus, The Green Mountain Project, Concert Royal, Sinfonia, Clarion, and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. A dedicated educator, Dongmyung is director of the Queens College Baroque Ensemble and the string instructor for the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop. She is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
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.
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, enjoys an international career with many of the world’s finest conductors and ensembles. In 2021, she has appears as soprano soloist in Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with the Orchester Wiener Akademie in the famed Musikverein in Vienna. Other recent performances include Vivaldi opera and oratorio arias with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Handel’s Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan and many others, a US tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Bach Collegium Japan, Handel’s Atalanta, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Joseph and his Brethren, and “Italian Baroque Music from the Jewish Ghetto” with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the title role in the Boston Early Music Festival’s concert performances of Handel’s Almira. Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.
Elm city consort
Soprano Elizabeth Baber Weaver has been widely acclaimed for her performances as soloist with groups including the Masterwork Chorus, Voices of Ascension, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, TENET, Ensemble Viscera, the New York Consort of Viols, Mountainside Baroque, Music in the Somerset Hills, Guido’s Ear, Hesperus, Parthenia, and Ex Umbris, and in the revival of The Play of Daniel at the Cloisters. Elizabeth has performed and recorded masterpieces of Renaissance music as a member of the vocal chamber group Pomerium. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the acclaimed quartet New York Polyphony, including their Grammy-nominated album Sing thee Nowell.
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.
Nathan Hodgson is a tenor based in New York who specializes in early and chamber music. He sings regularly in the Schola Cantorum at The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer in New York and performs with ensembles across the nation. Past performances include appearances with Ensemble VIII in Austin, Skylark Vocal Ensemble in the Greater Boston area, and with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland. Before moving to New York, Nathan sang in the Dallas area with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Bach Society, and Denton Bach Society.
Parker Ramsay’s career on harpsichord and harp is unique in its integration of contemporary music and historical performance. Equally at home on modern and period harps, Parker is dedicated to invigorating the existing canon while delving into new and underperformed works. In 2020, his recording of his own transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the King’s College, Cambridge label was widely hailed as a major success. Parker began harp studies with his mother at a young age before moving to the UK with an undergraduate organ scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge. Parker has performed at the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), the National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (Seoul), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), and Alice Tully Hall (New York).
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.
Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has devoted his career to tearing down the arbitrary walls of what it means to be a classical singer, an artist, and citizen for justice. He enjoys a robust, international presence in early music, orchestral music, and art song. Recent solo work has included his solo debut at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts for a live-streamed recital with pianist David Fung and an innovative appearance for Kaufmann Center’s Music Storefront Concert Series in New York City. He was featured in two recordings nominated for Grammy Awards in 2021: Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road (recorded with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of NY), and Ethel Smyth’s The Prison (with James Blachly, Sarah Brailey, and The Experiential Orchestra, and which won the Grammy Award for Best Solo Vocal Classical Album).
Grant Herreid performs frequently on early reeds, brass, strings, and voice with many US early music ensembles. 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.
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.
Tenor Daniel McGrew performs in a broad range of repertoires spanning opera, musical theatre, early music, and new music. Recent appearances include a debut with the New York Festival of Song, as well as Daniel’s second summer in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival. Daniel has appeared in operatic roles including Harlekin in Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and the title roles in Bernstein’s Candide and Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers. For the Tanglewood Music Center’s recent celebration of Bernstein’s centennial, Daniel sang François in A Quiet Place. As a recitalist, he has performed recently for Five Boroughs Music Festival, Brooklyn Art Song Society, and the Mirror Visions Ensemble. Daniel holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University; he is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Michigan.