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Early Music Vocal Ensemble with Baroque Instruments

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Keith Collins (recorder, Baroque bassoon, early harp)

C. Keith Collins plays curtal (dulcian), baroque and classical bassoon, shawm, recorder, and harp. He is faculty at the IU Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute and at the University of North Texas. He has performed with many period orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Apollo's Fire, Folger Consort, Tafelmusik, San Diego Bach Collegium, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Echoing Air, and Grammy-nominated Musik Ekklesia. He is a founding member of the award-winning shawm and curtal band Ensemble Lipzodes, which specializes in the music of colonial Latin America. Collins studied at Berry College (B.Mus., B.S.) and Indiana University (M.M., D.M.). His D.M. is the first doctorate ever awarded in historical bassoon performance. He is the former music specialist at Conner Prairie Living History Museum. When not making reeds or music, Collins enjoys serving on the board of the Indiana Raptor Center, a non-profit hospital for injured and orphaned birds of prey. His duties include owl wrangling, vet trips, and presenting raptors to the public in educational talks.

Jeffrey Collier (recorder and Baroque flute)

Jeffrey Collier is a founding member of Echoing Air. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied singing with Mac Morgan and performed with the Emory Early Music Consort. Following his completion of Medical School he has remained an avid musical performer specializing in Early Music. He studied Baroque Flute with Barbara Kallaur, and he has participated in many intensive workshops and masterclasses with such artists as Christopher Krueger, Michael Lynn, Eva Legene, Janet See, and Stephen Preston. He currently calls Indianapolis home, and has performed on both Baroque Flute and Recorder with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Voltaire as well as ensembles throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He sings Tenor with the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. Reviews have praised his “pure and focused” playing (Classical Voice of North Carolina, March 2005), and one reviewer stated it was “like hearing the angels in heaven singing…”(University of Indianapolis Reflector, February 2005). When not practicing music, Dr. Collier practices Family Medicine in a private solo office in Carmel. IN.

Thomas Gerber (harpsichord)

Thomas Gerber is a founding member of–and harpsichordist in–two period instruments Baroque groups: the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Barthold Kuijken, artistic director; and the chamber music group Ensemble Voltaire.  Both organizations present annual concert series. The Baroque Orchestra plays throughout Indiana, and Ensemble Voltaire has toured the United States and Canada since 1988. Mr. Gerber is assistant professor of music and humanities at Marian University, Indianapolis, and also serves on the faculties of the University of Indianapolis, where he teaches music history and coaches the student Baroque ensemble, and Butler University, where he teaches harpsichord. Gerber is harpsichordist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (for "Messiah" performances), the Ann Arbor-based 17th-century-music chamber quintet Anaphantasia, the liturgical early music ensemble Musik Ekklesia, and the chamber group Echoing Air. He has appeared at the Early Music Festival of St. Louis and the Bloomington Early Music Festival, as well as with other period-instrument early-music groups, such as Catacoustic Consort, the Callipygian Players, Pills to Purge Melancholy, Ars Antigua Chicago, and Haydn-by-the-Lake. He can be heard on the Dorian, Concordia, Indie Barock, and Catalpa Classics labels. After receiving music degrees from Hillsdale College and Ball State University, Gerber went on to earn a Master of Music degree in harpsichord from Indiana University. His harpsichord teachers have included Fernando Valenti, Anthony Newman, and Elisabeth Wright.

Christine Kyprianides (viola da gamba and Baroque cello)

Christine Kyprianides was for many years a leading Baroque cellist and gambist in Germany, performing internationally with Huelgas Ensemble, Musica Antiqua Köln, Das Kleine Konzert, Diapente Consort, Collegium Carthusianum, Accademia Filarmonica Köln, Les Arts Florissants, Ganassi-Consort, Les Adieux, and the La Roche and Finchcocks String Quartets. Kyprianides has also been a long-time collaborator of fortepianist Richard Burnett in England. Her recording credits include over 70 albums for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, RCA, Capriccio, Virgin Classics, Globe, and other labels as well as radio and television productions for the major German radios, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Radio France, and many more. Kyprianides holds degrees in performance from the Peabody and New England Conservatories and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and was awarded the Gregor Piatigorsky Cello Prize at Tanglewood. More recently, she received the Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches Baroque cello. She has also held faculty positions at the Lemmens Institute (University of Louvain), the Musikhochschule of Cologne, and the Dresden Academy of Early Music and has given seminars in historical performance practice at the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, the Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, the Conservatory of Church Music in Halle/Saale, the Early Music Summer Seminar in Wallonia, and elsewhere. Kyprianides is a member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Voltaire. She continues to perform in Europe and is active as a scholar. Her research interests as a musicologist include the social and cultural history of music, particularly that of Victorian Britain.

Nathan Medley (countertenor)

Nathan Medley has emerged in recent years as one of the leading younger-generation countertenors, with notable success internationally in concert and opera. Since graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, he has sung at some of the major stages of the world including the English National Opera and Barbican Centre in London, La Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais de Musique in Strasbourg, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Recent performances have brought him to the Boston Early Music Festival (Ottone in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea), the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Lucerne Festival, Opera Omaha, Pacific MusicWorks, Mercury Baroque, Seraphic Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Cincinnati Collegium, Miami Bach Society, and Dayton Bach Society. Medley made his professional debut in 2012 in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. He returned to Los Angeles in 2013 for Peter Sellars’ staging of the same work, which then toured to Switzerland and New York City. Under the baton of John Adams in 2015, he performed Olga Neuwirth’s staged song/play, Hommage á Klaus Nomi. He made his English National Opera debut in 2014 in Adams’ The Gospel According to the other Mary, also staged by Peter Sellars. Other opera credits include Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina (Opera Omaha), Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Boston Early Music Festival), Athamus in Semele (Pacific MusicWorks, Seattle), Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dema in Cavalli's L'Egisto, Le Peinture in Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, Acteon in Charpentier's Acteon, and Ottone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, where critics in Cleveland praised him for an interpretation "sung with baroque perfection.”

Steven Rickards (countertenor and founder)

Steven Rickards, countertenor, is the founder of Echoing Air. He has received international acclaim as one of America’s finest countertenors. Performing credits include Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble, the American Bach Soloists, Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices, Chanticleer, the Gabrieli Consort, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, the New London Consort, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Santa Fe Opera, and numerous domestic and international symphony orchestras. He was a winner of the countertenor prize from the Oratorio Society of New York and the ‘s-Hertogenbosch International Vocal competitions. Rickards was vocal soloist in the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna and Her Omnipotence at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and was featured in the premiere of John Adams’s oratorio El Niño at the Châtelet Opera in Paris. He has since performed El Niño with the Adelaide Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and the Malmo Opera (Sweden). He has recorded for Chanticleer, Decca, Dorian, Four Winds, Gothic, Harmonia Mundi, Koch, Newport Classics, Smithsonian, and Teldec. Rickards can also be heard on the Naxos label where, with lutenist Dorothy Linell, he recorded two solo albums of the songs of John Dowland and Thomas Campion. Rickards received his BME and MM from Indiana University, where he now serves on the faculty of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music. With a Fulbright and Rotary Grant, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He received his doctorate from Florida State University. His compendium Twentieth-Century Countertenor Repertoire is an invaluable tool for aspiring young singers as well as teachers. He currently lives in Indianapolis where he teaches singing at Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute, Butler University, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis.

Board of Directors

Timothy Brei
Jeffrey Collier
Kurt Homann
Henry Leck
Nathan Medley
Sue Meyer
Karen Monesmith
Steven Rickards
John Seest
Charles Webb
Donna Worth

Advisory Board

Julianne Baird
John Gingrich
Kathleen Hacker
Jeffrey Kite-Powell
James Lemler
Donald Oglesby
Joshua Rifkin
Susan Zurbuchen