baroque ensemble

In 2016-2017 I established and co-coached a new student Baroque Ensemble at the Maritime Conservatory. I also undertook training to tune and maintain the Maritime Conservatory harpsichords so that they could be used regularly by faculty and students. Thanks to our collaboration with the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia, we also have access to Baroque bows, instruments, and other resources. This ensemble performs at the Maritime Conservatory and at Early Music Society events.

Current Ensemble students: scroll down for scheduling information.

Most of the 2018-2019 Baroque Ensemble after performing pieces by Monteverdi at the Maritime Conservatory, Feb. 3, 2019

The Baroque Ensemble rehearsing before a Woodwind Department recital, June 1, 2018.

The interior of one of the MCPA harpsichords.

Visiting harpsichordist Marie Bouchard coached our ensemble and held a masterclass and a continuo workshop at the Maritime Conservatory, Nov. 2-4, 2018.

The first incarnation of the Baroque Ensemble, 2016-2017.


Baroque Ensemble: Repertoire and Personnel, 2018-2019

Tutti Ensemble: Iste Confessor and O Rosetta che Rosetta by Monteverdi
Sub-group #1: Bach Trio Sonata in Gmaj, BWV1039, mvts 1&2: Indi & Andre (violins), Russell (bassoon), and Matthew (harpsichord)
Sub-group #2: Händel finale duet “Per abbattere il rigore” from Aminta e Fillide: Eve & Tarah (sopranos), Andre & Indi (violins), Mary (harpsichord), and Chris (cello)
Sub-group #3: Quantz Trio Sonata in Cmaj, 2 movements: Miriam (traverso), Daniel (recorder), Russell (bassoon), and Alfhild (harpsichord)
Sub-group #4: Mixed consort. Various short pieces: Daniel, Miriam, Steve (tenor viol), and Alfhild (traverso), with Jen floating
Sub-group #5: Händel “Se pietà di me non senti” from Guilio Cesare: Lindsay (soprano), Mary (harpsichord), Steve (tenor viol), and Andre (violin)

Baroque Ensemble: Proposed Performances Jan to June 2019

 - Sat. Jan. 26, 7:30pm (run-through at 6:30pm), Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Ave. Halifax: Early Music Society of Nova Scotia's "Mid-Winter Tune-Up". Tutti: the Monteverdis.
- Sun. Feb. 3, 3:30pm: Maritime Conservatory winter senior general recital. Tutti: the Monteverdis.
- Fri. Apr. 5, 8pm (Adult) or Sun. Apr. 7,  2pm (Senior): Maritime Conservatory spring general recitals. Sub-group repertoire. Your group(s) will perform on whichever date suits you and all the members of your group. Confirmed for Apr. 5: Sub-group #4, Mixed Consort (run-through at 6:30pm). Confirming for Apr. 7: Sub-group #1, Bach.
Sat. May 25, 6pm: Maritime Conservatory Birks Ensemble Concert. Whichever groups wish to play and are available can play, including tutti Monteverdis if everyone is available (may have to limit to 1 movement each for time constraints). Confirmed: Sub-group #3, Quantz.
- Sun. June 2, 7:30pm: Joint full concert with Maritime Conservatory Traditional Music Ensemble in Lillian Piercy Concert Hall, Maritime Conservatory. For all sub-groups, plus O Rosetta. Garth MacPhee is assisting on harpsichord for any missing players.
- Sat. June 15, afternoon, exact time and venue TBA: The annual general meeting of the Early Music Society of NS, which includes a short concert. Sub-group repertoire.

Baroque Ensemble: Upcoming Rehearsals
(all in Room 12 unless otherwise stated)

Sub-group #3, Quantz: Sun. Jan. 6, 3:30pm

Lesson for cello with Hilary Brown: Fri. Jan. 11, 7pm.

Sub-group #2, Händel Aminta e Fillide: Sun. Jan. 13, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Sub-group #1, Bach: Sun. Jan. 13, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Sub-group #5, Händel Guilio Cesare: Sat. Jan. 19, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Sub-group #4, mixed consort: Sat. Jan. 19, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Lesson for violins with Karen Langille: Sat. Jan. 19, 4:45-5:45pm

Tutti Monteverdis: Sun. Jan. 20, 3:30-5:00pm Dress rehearsal CANCELLED for weather forecast (see below).

Tutti Monteverdis: EMSMS Mid-Winter Tune-Up dress rehearsal (rescheduled from Jan. 20) and performance: We are going with PLAN B below:

  • Plan B: Sat. Jan. 26, 4:30 at Maritime Conservatory in Room 12: dress rehearsal. Bring snacks and water for in between if you can't go home. Commute afterwards to Bethany United, 7171 Clinton Ave. Halifax.
    6:30 at Bethany United: Run O Rosetta.
    7:30 Tune-Up begins.

Tutti Monteverdis: Sun. Feb. 3, warm up 2:30, concert starts 3:30pm: arrive to run through pieces before performance in the second of the two MCPA senior winter recitals. Warm-up in Room 12, recital in the Lilian Piercy Concert Hall (same floor), Maritime Conservatory.

Sub-group #2, Händel Aminta e Fillide: Sun. Feb. 10, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Sub-group #3, Quantz: Sun. Feb. 10, 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Lesson for viol with Hilary Brown: Fri. Feb. 15, 10am, Room 12.

Sub-group #4, Mixed consort: Fri. Feb. 15, 6:30pm-7:30:pm

 Sub-group #5, Händel Guilio Cesare: Fri. Feb. 22, 7:00-8:00pm. Guest instructor: Garth MacPhee.

Sub-group #1, Bach: Sun. Feb. 24, 3:30-4:30pm. Guest instructor: Karen Langille.

Sub-group #2, Händel Aminta e Fillide: Sun. Mar. 3, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Guest instructor: Andrew Pickett.

Sub-group #4, Mixed consort: Sun. Mar. 3, 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Sub-group #3, Quantz: Fri. Mar. 8, 7:00pm-8:00pm. Guest instructor: Ivor Rothwell.

Sub-group #1, Bach: Sun. Mar. 10, 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Sub-group #4, Mixed consort: Sat. Mar. 16, 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Sub-group #3, Quantz: Fri. Mar. 22, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Guest instructor: Ivor Rothwell.

Sub-group #4, Mixed consort: Fri. Mar. 22, 7:30pm-8:30pm.

 Sub-group #5, Händel Guilio Cesare: Fri. Mar. 29, 8:00pm-9:00pm.

Sub-group #2, Händel Aminta e Fillide: Sun. Mar. 31, 3:00pm-4:00pm.

Sub-group #1, Bach: Sun. Mar. 31, 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Any sub-groups: You have the option to play if you wish to in the Adult General Recital Fri. Apr. 5 at 8:00pm or the Senior General Recital Sun. Apr. 7 at 2:00pm. Jennifer will not be present for the Apr. 7 Senior recital because of rehearsal for St. Matthew Passion, but can set up harpsichord and a contact person as needed. Confirmed for Apr. 5: Sub-group #4, Mixed Consort (run-through at 6:30pm). Confirmed for Apr. 7: Sub-group #1, Bach.

 Sub-group #5, Händel Guilio Cesare: Fri. Apr. 26, 8:00pm-9:00pm.