C. KEITH COLLINS
C. Keith Collins occupies himself with the performance practice of historical woodwinds, and as such is adjunct lecturer in historical bassoon at Indiana University's Historical Performance Institute. He has performed with many of North America’s leading early music ensembles, and in 2008 completed the first doctorate in historical bassoon performance at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Other musical interests include the early American banjo tradition, shape-note singing, Appalachian ballads, and the harp music of Ireland and Highland Scotland. When not practicing or making reeds Keith enjoys volunteering at Indiana Raptor Center, a hospital and conservation facility for birds of prey. He serves on the Board of Directors and gives educational presentations about raptor ecology and conservation to the public. He’s not supposed to have favorites, but Eastern screech owls are awesome.
Baroque cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, studied with Phoebe Carrai at the Hilversum Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands. While in Europe, she participated in several performance and CD recording projects with Concerto Köln, including performances at the Paris Opera House and The Palace of Versailles. A specialist in the continuo playing of 17th and 18th-Century music, Ms Krumdieck performs in many baroque chamber ensembles, and along with her sister Frances Blaker is a founding member of Ensemble Vermillian which has recorded three CDs of 17th-Century German chamber music. Ms Krumdieck is the co-founder and executive director of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (www.ncbaroqueorchestra.org), a period instrument orchestra which performs instrumental concerts under the conductor Frances Blaker, as well as concerts with various choirs throughout the southeastern United States, including S.C. Bach, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Charlotte Master Chorale and Raleigh Bach Soloists. She is the artistic director of Music at St. Alban’s concert series (www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org) in Davidson, NC and former artistic director of Center City Concerts in Charlotte, NC. In 2015 she founded Early Music for Grace, a 5-day concert festival in Berkeley, CA in memory of her daughter.
Martie Perry, founder and artistic director of Heartland Baroque, has developed a vibrant national career as a respected baroque specialist on both violin and viola. She performs with many North American period instrument and choral ensembles including the Indianapolis, North Carolina, and Atlanta Baroque Orchestras, ¡Sacabuche!, Spire Chamber Ensemble Baroque Orchestra, Wyoming Baroque, Alchymy Viols, and Bach Collegium Ft. Wayne. Over the years she has also regularly performed with Bourbon Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, Three Notch’d Road, Chatham Baroque, Foundling Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and for many early music/baroque festival performances around the country. Performing for the 2013 Public Radio International Christmas program, “Glad Tidings,” Martie has also been heard in a live international broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT radio, on the early music program “Harmonia,” and on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and has recorded for IndieBarock, Edition Lilac, ATMA Classique, Musica Omnia, Naxos, WFIU, Cedille, the National Cathedral, and Concordia Publishing. She earned a Master of Music in Early Music Performance/Baroque Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in its esteemed Historical Performance Institute, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie and served as the graduate assistant for the baroque orchestra.
William Simms is an active performer of early music. Equally adept on lute, theorbo and baroque guitar, he appears regularly with Apollo’s Fire, The Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Vermillian, IndyBaroque, The Thirteen and Three Notch’d Road. He has performed numerous operas, cantatas, and oratorios with such ensembles as The Washington National Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Opera Lafayette, and American Opera Theatre. Venues include The National Cathedral, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Library of Congress, The Corcoran Gallery, The Kennedy Center and The Barns at Wolftrap. He has toured and recorded with The Baltimore Consort as well as with Apollo’s Fire. He performed on the Grammy winning Songs of Orpheus with Apollo’s Fire and Karim Sulayman. His recording with Ronn McFarlane, Two Lutes, was the CD pick of the week on WETA in Washington DC in 2012. Mr. Simms received a Bachelor of Music from The College of Wooster and a Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory. He serves on the faculties of Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College, and is the founder and director of the Hood College Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Dorian, Centaur, Naxos and Eclectra labels.
David Wilson has been playing violin since 1963, when his parents enrolled him in the then-nascent Suzuki program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and as they say, the rest is history. Though he was drawn primarily to the physical sciences throughout his childhood, by the time he was in high school it had become clear that nothing would do but a life in music, and in due time he earned several degrees in violin performance and held a number of professional orchestra jobs. He had been very interested in baroque instruments since he was a teenager and listened to the old Harnoncourt recording of Bach’s Mass in B minor with chills running down his spine. In 1989 it finally occurred to him to get some actual training in baroque music; so he went off to the Early Music Institute at Indiana University and he has been playing baroque violin ever since. His interests outside of music include cosmology, zymurgy, and science fiction—and he would love to discover a science fiction novel about a homebrewing cosmologist.