UMD Baroque Project

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Donations will go towards concert expenses, purchasing instruments for students, secondary lessons, and fees for guest artist visits. Any contribution helps and we are grateful for your support! Donations are processed through the non-profit, Musicivic Inc., and are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

Past Concerts:

UMD Baroque’s first concert of the season! This very special program was supported in part by the M-cubator grant and featured esteemed early music alumni, David Dickey, Amy Broadbent, and Brad Tatum along with the UMD Baroque Orchestra. The concert will took place on Monday, Sept 18 at 5:15pm at the UMD Memorial Chapel followed by a small reception.

Musicians who have performed with UMD Baroque Project

Caitlin Cribbs, Violin/viola, DMA Student

Based in the DC area, historical violist and violinist Caitlin Cribbs performs regularly across the US, most recently with Mountainside Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, The Thirteen, Washington National Cathedral, and American Baroque Opera Company. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MM) and the University of North Texas (BM) and is in her second year of doctoral studies at the University of Maryland in 2022. Her classical dance and movement background heavily informs her historical and modern playing. Principal teachers include Cynthia Roberts (Baroque violin/viola), Susan Dubois, Katherine Murdock, Dan Foster, and Carol Rodland (viola); Christel Thielmann (viol), and Lyle Nordstrom (historical performance).

When not performing or teaching, Caitlin spends her time in the air on flying trapeze or at home writing knitting patterns.

Patricia Matos-Puente, Oboe, Community Participant 

Patricia Matos-Puente MD is a physician-musician, her oboe playing complimenting her career in Geriatric Internal Medicine. Pat has studied the modern oboe with Josef Marx, Fernand Gillet, Peggy Pearson, and most recently with Mark Hill. She was the principal oboist for the Stony Brook University Wind Ensemble for 18 years before moving to Washington DC this year. She started playing the baroque oboe in May and is studying with Meg Owens.

Amy Domingues, Baroque cello, Guest Artist

Amy Domingues performs on the cello and viola da gamba. Her early career found her honing her ensemble skills as a session cellist, recording and touring with rock and experimental bands in the USA, Europe, and Japan. Later, armed with a strong interest in music history, Amy turned her focus to the viola da gamba and baroque cello. Following several years of study, including masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo, and Philippe Pierlot, she earned a master’s degree in Early Music from Peabody Conservatory. Amy has enjoyed an ambitious career as a historically informed musician, performing on baroque cello and viola da gamba with groups as varied as The Valencia Baryton Project,  The Folger ConsortHesperus, and The Washington Bach Consort. Amy is a founding member of Sonnambula (Ensemble in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2018-2019), and co-founder of Corda Nova Baroque.  She is an avid educator and maintains a private studio of cello and gamba students. Ms. Domingues has served as faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival, the Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society, and appears on over 70 albums, most recently Sonnambula’s world premiere of Leonora Duarte’s Sinfonias (Centaur Records). She is a multiple recipient of the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Grant. Amy resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two cats. 

Paula Maust, Harpsichord, Guest Artist

Paula Maust is a performer, scholar, and educator dedicated to fusing research and creative practice to amplify underrepresented voices and advocate for social change. She is the creator of Expanding the Music Theory Canon, an open-source collection of music theory examples by women and composers of color. A print anthology based on the project will be released with SUNY Press in December 2023. Paula also researches the pejorative language used to describe early modern women on stage and harmony books by nineteenth-century women. She has published articles in Women and Music and the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and she is an Early Modern Area Editor for Grove Music Online’s gender and sexuality revision project.

As a harpsichordist and organist, Paula has been praised for combining “great power with masterful subtlety” (DC Metro Theater Arts) and as a “refined and elegant performer” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). As the co-director of Musica Spira, she curates provocative lecture-concerts connecting baroque music to contemporary social issues focused on women. Paula performs extensively as a continuo player with numerous ensembles in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region, including the Washington Bach Consort, the Folger Consort, Third Practice, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. She is currently working on a recording project of Elizabeth Turner’s c.1756 Six Lessons for the Harpsichord. Paula is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She holds degrees in harpsichord from Peabody (DMA ’19, MM ’16) and in organ from the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM ’12) and Valparaiso University (BM ’09). 

Leslie Nero, violin/viola, Guest Artist

A native of Washington, DC, Leslie Nero was professionally active for 15 years in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, playing in several orchestras.  Upon returning to the Washington metropolitan area, she began playing as a freelance violinist and violist with both modern and baroque ensembles.  She often performs with Opera Lafayette, Modern Musick, the Folger Consort, and the Washington Bach Consort.  She also enjoys teaching violin to many eager fourth and fifth grade students in the Alexandria City Public Schools. 

Sarah Weiner, Oboe, Guest Artist

Sarah Weiner, is an historical oboe and recorder player based in the Washington, DC Metro area. She plays with various ensembles around the country including The Washington Bach Consort, La Follia Austin Baroque, Tempesta di Mare, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and New Trinity Baroque. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sarah migrated east via Ohio, where she completed her Master of Music in Historical Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana where she continued her studies at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. For many years Sarah was a member of the Annapolis based Celtic/Early Music group Ensemble Galilei. Sarah has recorded for Telarc, Dorian, and Maggie’s Music.

Yu-Shin Lee, violin, Junior undergraduate student 

Yu-Shin Lee is a junior majoring in Violin Performance at the University of Maryland, and is currently studying under Dr. James Stern. She has had Baroque violin experiences last year with the UMD Baroque Ensemble, and has played alongside the Relic Ensemble and Aisslinn Nosky. She is passionate about Baroque music and is really excited for another opportunity to perform on period instruments!

Amy Broadbent, Soprano, Featured Alumni Guest Artist 

Acclaimed for vibrant and engaging performances of oratorio, art song, opera, and chamber music, Amy Nicole Broadbent is a sought-after interpreter of a wide range of vocal music, from the music of Bach & Handel through newly-composed works. Amy has performed as a soloist for the Oregon Bach FestivalStaunton Music FestivalBach Choir of BethlehemWashington National CathedralWashington Bach ConsortThe ThirteenFolger ConsortReading Choral SocietyWashington Master Chorale, and New Dominion Chorale, and as a recitalist for Dumbarton Concerts (upcoming), Music on the Lake, and the Chautauqua Institution. She created the role of Sebastian in Scott Ordway’s opera, The Outer Edge of Youth, her recording of which was acclaimed by Opera News (Critic’s Choice), Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine. Other stage roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), La Statue Animée (Pygmalion), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Elsie (The Yeoman of the Guard), and Ms. Jessel (The Turn of the Screw). Amy won first-place in the Audrey Rooney Bach Competition (Kentucky Bach Choir) and the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Winston Voice Competition, and was a prizewinner for the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition (New York Oratorio Society) at Carnegie Hall, the Annapolis Opera Competition, the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers (Bach Choir of Bethlehem), and the Franco-American Grand Concours Vocal Competition. 

A multi-faceted musician devoted to ensemble music, Amy is a founding member of vocal quartet The Polyphonists, and has lent her voice to award-winning ensembles including The CrossingSeraphic FireTrue ConcordThe Choir of Trinity Wall StreetSanta Fe Desert Chorale, and the Choir of the Basilica. Amy is passionate about promoting and programming classical music written by women. Amy’s own compositions and arrangements have been performed at venues including the White House, Washington National Cathedral, and the Basilica of the National Shrine, sung by ensembles including the Thirteen, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, the Cleveland Chamber Choir, and the Air Force Singing Sergeants. Her piece Wartime Christmas, written for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, was broadcast nationally in 2018. From 2018-2020, she served as Assistant Conductor for the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, where her conducting was hailed as “stellar… a balletic piece of choreography” (Ruby Griffith Award) in performances of The Gondoliers, Princess Ida, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance.  She is the Assistant Conductor of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, the official chorus of the U.S. Navy. Amy studied voice and conducting at the University of Maryland, and her teachers include Elizabeth Daniels, Gran Wilson, Carmen Balthrop, and Edward Maclary. 

David Dickey, oboe, Featured Alumni Guest Artist 

David Dickey earned a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he focused primarily on historical oboes. A native of Bowie, Maryland, he received his bachelor’s degree in both oboe and voice performance from the University of Maryland. He currently resides in New York City, where he performs with groups such as Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, and Opera Mission.

Recent performances in Boston have brought him into the company of the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. As a soloist, Dickey performed the Dittersdorf Concerto for Oboe d’amore with Juilliard415 under the leadership of Monica Huggett in the Music Before 1800 concert series. In summer 2017, Dickey was an artist-in-residence with Festival Daniou in Brittany, France.

Brad Tatum, horn, Featured Alumni Guest Artist

As a performer and teacher, Dr. Bradley Tatum is in demand throughout the DC, MD, and VA area. He performs regularly as Principal Baroque Hornist with the Washington Bach Consort and the Minnesota Bach Society. In addition, he is Co-Principal horn of the Apollo Orchestra and a section hornist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Washington Concert Opera. In the summer, he can frequently be heard at the Endless Mountain Music Festival and Staunton Music Festival. Dr. Tatum holds a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland in Horn Performance, an M.M. from the Lynn Conservatory of Music, and a Performance Certificate from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. As a natural hornist, Dr. Tatum’s dissertation focused on the blending of technique between modern horn performance and historically informed performance practice. This led him to a thorough study of period performance including multiple trips to Indiana University’s Natural Horn Workshop and Brandeis University’s Aston Magna Early Woodwind workshop. He has also done lectures and recitals at James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Tech University, Messiah College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia and more. As a music teacher, Dr. Tatum currently teaches Band and Orchestra at Elizabeth Seton High School. He is also the director and founder of the DC Horn Choir Camp and Seton Summer band program. Outside of school, he maintains one of the largest private horn studios in the DC/MD area. These students have received top honors in County and State Solo Festivals, All-County and All-State Band, the Interlochen Fine Arts Camp, various youth orchestras, and included a finalist in the Navy Band’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Wesley Hornpetrie, cello, DMA Student

Cellist Wesley Hornpetrie enjoys diving into chamber music and interarts collaboration as a performer and improviser. She is most energized developing works with friends who feel the same urgency that concerts should infuse feelings of place, community, and belonging for all folks present.

A native of Oklahoma City, cellist Wesley Hornpetrie now enjoys performing, collaborating, and teaching around the Washington D.C. region. She is mostly active as a member of Virago, a mixed quartet that melds free improvisation and contemporary chamber music into a contagious headspace of out-of-the box expression. She is currently a DMA cellist at UMD studying with Dr. Eric Kutz.

Maximillian Jacobs, violin, Graduate Student

Maximilian Jacobs is a classically trained violinist native to Baltimore City  known for his virtuosic playing in many different styles of music, including swing, klezmer, bluegrass, and blues. Max has played alongside notable musicians such as clarinetist Seth Kibel in the 27th Street Klezmer Band and guitarist Michael Joseph Harris in the 2021 and 2023 Charm City Django Festival. Max currently attends the University of Maryland where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in violin performance. 

Emily Bussa, viola, Junior Undergraduate Student

Emily Bussa is a junior viola performance and English double major from Long Island. She began playing with the UMD Baroque Ensemble during her sophomore year. She has also collaborated with members of the UMD dance department on a performance that investigated the relationship between dance and music. Outside of class, she is co-president of UMD’s Academic Quiz Team.

Asa Dawson, bass, Undergraduate Alumni

Asa Dawson recently graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Double Bass Performance, studying under Anthony Manzo. Professor Manzo, known as “Tony” to most, is the owner of the instrument Asa will be using for this concert. Asa has also enjoyed many music-filled summers, participating in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, Eastern Music Festival, and National Orchestral Institute + Festival. Asa has also performed with the National Philharmonic and local orchestras in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This concert will mark Asa’s second performance with the UMD Baroque Ensemble; an ensemble which has ignited a passion for baroque music in him. Outside of his studies with the double bass, Asa enjoys composing, film scoring, and woodworking.

Nailah Harris, cello, Undergraduate student

Nailah Harris is a senior transfer student majoring in English and cello performance at the University of Maryland and is currently studying under Rachel Young. They have always been interested in baroque instruments and jumped at the opportunity of playing in the UMD Baroque Ensemble when they were given the chance. This is Nailah’s first performance with the group and on period instruments, and they look forward to playing more on period instruments in the future!

Jing Fan, violin, Freshman undergraduate student

Jing Fan is a freshman majoring in Violin Performance and Biology at the University of Maryland. She is currently studying under Professor David Salness. She won the Peabody Concerto Competition last year and has played with the Musicians in Movement Ensemble. She is excited to be playing on period instruments and fascinated by the great differences of modern and baroque styles. 

Megan Hurley, Horn, Guest Artist

Megan Hurley is passionate about symphonic literature and historical brass playing. She is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where she earned her Master’s degree in modern French Horn while also studying classical and baroque horn. She performed frequently with Juilliard’s Historical Performance department, including a Netherlands tour under renowned historical performance specialist Paul Agnew. Her quintet, Pentharmonia, was recently featured by Gotham Early Music. At age 16, Megan won a section horn position with the US Army Japan Band in Tokyo. She won the 2nd horn position in the Sarajevo Philharmonic and moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2022, Megan began an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute. Shortly after she was appointed 2nd horn in The Phoenix Symphony. Megan performs regularly on Broadway’s Wicked and studio soundtracks, including Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Group photos from rehearsal
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