University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty & Lecturers

Voice

Erin Bryan

Soprano Erin K. Bryan has been praised for both her “deft” operatic characterizations and a voice that is “a lyric soprano of exceptional beauty.” In addition to work with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, she has regularly sung concerts and recitals as a member of the Wisconsin-based Mendota Consort. She teaches at Central College in Pella, IA, and is currently completing a DMA in voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Paul Rowe.

William Chin

Bill Chin is founder and director of The Oriana Singers, an a cappella ensemble that has performed in the Midwest, Europe, and Central America since 1979. He is a founding member of Schola Antiqua of Chicago and King Solomon’s Singers. Bill is also Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Artistic Director of the Pro Musica Youth Chorus, and conducts the choral recording sessions for GIA Publications.

Matthew Dean

A medievalist and folklorist with “ringing sound, cantorial fluency, and elegance,” tenor Matthew Dean has studied in Spain and Siberia, and appears and records with The Newberry Consort, The Rose Ensemble, Bella Voce, Third Coast Baroque, and Schola Antiqua. As artist in residence at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel since 2005, the Tribune’s John von Rhein has praised his “firm vocalism and beautiful timbre” as Evangelist and soloist in concerts featuring the Haymarket Opera Orchestra.

Jerry (Chiwei) Hui

Jerry Hui is active as a conductor and singer of both early and contemporary music, and is the assistant conductor at the Madison Early Music Festival. Based in Eau Claire, WI, he is currently directing ensembles Eliza’s Toyes, Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire, the Menomonie Singers, and teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. A prize-winning composer, Dr. Hui’s music has been performed frequently and internationally. More at jerryhui.com

Chelsie Propst

Chelsie Propst (soprano) is a performer of early and modern music. She is a member of the Rose Ensemble and has performed with Piffaro and the Madison Bach Musicians. In addition to her ensemble work, Chelsie regularly appears as a soloist throughout Wisconsin. She has appeared as L’Amour in Rameau’s Pygmalion, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology at UW-Madison.

Paul Rowe

Paul Rowe, MEMF Artistic Director and baritone, is Professor of Voice at UW–Madison. He has performed with many of the leading American musical organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston, and Carnegie Hall in New York, American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera, and Kennedy Center and Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. He has appeared with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Alabama and Arkansas symphony orchestras, the Folger Consort, and the Ensemble for Early Music, among many other groups. As a member of the Waverly Consort, Mr. Rowe toured the United States, Asia, and South America, and participated in the Consort’s regular series at Alice Tully Hall and the Cloisters in New York. In addition, he performed for two years as a member of the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, touring the United States and former Yugoslavia.

Strings

Brandi Berry Benson

Violinist and 3Arts awardee Brandi Berry Benson, whose “four-string acrobatics” and “indispensable skill” (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as “alert [and] outstanding” (Chicago Classical Review), as her “riffs.. powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled out with irresistible glee” (Washington Post).  She’s appeared with Kings Noyse, Newberry Consort, Ars Lyrica Houston, and many others. Brandi’s on faculty at DePaul University and Artistic Director of the BBE (bbexperience.org).

Robert Mealy

Robert Mealy is one of America’s most prominent Baroque violinists. He has recorded over 80 CDs of early music on most major labels. He is Orchestra Director for the Boston Early Music Festival and happily co-directs the seventeenth-century ensemble Quicksilver. Mr. Mealy is Director of Juilliard’s Historical Performance Department, and also taught for many years at Yale and Harvard. In 2004, he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship.

Eric Miller

Eric Miller is a gambist and cellist in Madison. In addition to solo performances around Wisconsin, he is a member of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and plays cello with Indie Folk artist Katie Burns with whom he has recorded five albums. Eric directs the Madison Youth Viol Consort, teaches Suzuki cello lessons, and has also taught in the Madison schools since 2009. Eric holds degrees from Northern Illinois University and UW-Madison.

Phillip Serna

Phillip W. Serna performs with Black Tulip, New Comma Baroque, the Spirit of Gambo, et al. Earning his doctorate from Northwestern University, Phillip is on faculty at Valparaiso University, North Central College, the Music Institute of Chicago, Naperville’s J.S. Bach Academy and co-directs Illinois’ premiere public-school period-instrument Baroque and viols program at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. His program Viols in Our Schools earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award for 2010.

Lisa Terry

Lisa Terry is an avid chamber music performer and soloist on viola da gamba and violoncello. From her home base in New York City, she performs with Parthenia and Dryden Ensemble. She is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra. She has appeared to great acclaim as soloist in the Passions of J.S. Bach throughout her career, and she serves the Viola da Gamba Society of America as President.

Winds & Brass

Priscilla Herreid

Priscilla Herreid plays recorders, period oboes, and a multitude of renaissance wind instruments with some of the finest ensembles in the US and abroad. She appears regularly with Piffaro, The Handel + Haydn Society, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Hesperus, Tempesta di Mare, and The Sebastians, and is often seen with Portland Baroque, Tenet, Philharmonia Baroque, The Waverly Consort, New York Baroque Inc., and The City Musick. Priscilla is a graduate of Temple University and The Juilliard School.

Greg Ingles

Greg Ingles attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory and SUNY Stony Brook. He is the music director of the Dark Horse Consort. Greg is a member of Piffaro and and made his Carnegie Hall debut with Quicksilver last season. He has played with the American Bach Soloists, Concerto Palatino, The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and Tafelmusik. He played with the Globe Theater in their Broadway debut. Greg is currently the Lecturer in Sackbut at Boston University.

Joan Kimball

Joan Kimball, Piffaro’s artistic co-director and founding member, has concertized with the ensemble throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America, and has performed with leading early music artists and ensembles in this country. With Piffaro she has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Dorian Recordings and PARMA/Navona. She is widely known in the early music community as a teacher of recorder, early double reeds and bagpipes, and is on faculty at early music festivals and workshops nationwide.

Liza Malamut

Liza Malamut regularly appears as a sackbut specialist with the country’s premier early music groups. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Liza has performed with Piffaro, Dark Horse Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Camerata, Boston Baroque, and others. She holds a DMA in Historical Trombone from Boston University, and was the recipient of an American Association of University Women Fellowship for her work in historical trombone pedagogy.

Laura Osterlund

Laura Osterlund (M.A., Case Western, 2018 & B.Mus., McGill University, 2012) is a founding member of Chicago Recorder Quartet and Ensemble Musica Humana. She has performed with Opera Theater of St. Louis, Cleveland Opera Theater, Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, Ensemble Scholastica, New Comma Baroque, and The Marion Consort. Laura taught recorder at Keiskamma Music Academy in South Africa and was a research assistant for McGill’s Distributed Digital Music Archives and Libraries Lab.

Kiri Tollaksen

Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto, has been praised for her “stunning technique, and extreme musicality.” She has performed and recorded extensively throughout North America and Europe, with groups including Apollo’s Fire, Dark Horse Consort, Tenet, Concerto Palatino, and La Fenice. With degrees from Eastman, Yale, and the University of Michigan, Kiri has taught at Indiana University, the Amherst and Madison Early Music Festivals and Brass Antiqua. She maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor.

Robert Wiemken

Robert Wiemken, Director, Advanced Loud Band intenstive and historical double reeds, is Artistic Co-Director of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, with which has performed worldwide, recorded extensively, built over 130 programs of Renaissance and early Baroque music and commissioned new works for early winds and chorus. He has performed with many of the world’s leading early music ensembles, in festivals in North and South America and across Europe. He also teaches regularly at festivals and workshops throughout the country.

Continuo

John Chappell Stowe

John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord and organ, is Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Eastman School of Music. Dr. Stowe presently is Associate Director/Director of Graduate Studies of Mead Witter School of Music. Besides teaching organ and harpsichord, his instructional activities include improvisation, basso continuo and figured bass, and the UW-Madison Collegium Musicum.

Grant Herreid

Grant Herreid performs regularly on early winds, strings, percussion and voice. He was the recipient of Early Music America’s Laurette Goldberg award for excellence in early music outreach and education. He directs the Yale Collegium Musicum, and is artistic and music director of the Yale Baroque Opera Project (YBOP). Grant directs the New York Continuo Collective, devoting much of his time to exploring the unwritten traditions of early music with Ex Umbris and Ensemble Viscera.

James Kennerley

Hailed as “a great organist” displaying “phenomenal technique and sheer musicality” (Bloomberg News) and an “excellent, true-toned tenor” by critic Alex Ross, James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, keyboardist, singer, and composer. A recognized specialist in the realm of early music, performances this season include concerts at Alice Tully Hall, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum, and a recording of Handel’s Messiah with the choir of Trinity Wall Street.

Christa Patton

Christa Patton, Director, Early Opera and harp, is a historical harpist and early wind specialist. She has performed with many of today’s premier early music ensembles including Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, The King’s Noyse, Folger Consort, Newberry Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Parthenia and ARTEK. As a baroque harpist, Christa has performed with New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Tafelmusik. Presently faculty at Rutgers University and the Graduate Center at CUNY, she is musical director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, specializing in 17th-century opera

Avi Stein

Avi Stein teaches vocal repertoire at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, continuo accompaniment at the Juilliard School, and harpsichord at the Longy School. Recently featured in Early Music America magazine in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field, Stein has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Central America. Director of the 4×4 Baroque Music Festival, he studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.

Charles Weaver

Charles Weaver is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches Historically Informed Performance on Plucked Instruments. In 2016, he was the assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. He is associate director of music at St Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, specializing in Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant.

Musicology, History, Culture

Michael Alan Anderson

Michael Alan Anderson specializes in a wide range of issues related to sacred music from the fourteenth through the sixteenth century, with emphasis on the saints and lay devotion. He is the author of St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics and a two-time winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for outstanding writing about music. Anderson is a founding member of Schola Antiqua and has served as its artistic director since 2008.

John W. Barker

A faculty member in the UW History Department for nearly four decades, John W. Barker was a Medievalist, specializing in Byzantine, Crusading, and Venetian history and civilization, with a sideline in multimedia introduction of music into the mix.  He has been a record reviewer for over 60 years, and is also the classical music critic for Madison’s Isthmus.  He has published books and articles on both history and music.  For some 15 years he served on the MEMF Advisory Board.

Maximilien Brisson

Maximilien Brisson regularly performs as a sackbut player with Canadian early music groups ¡Sacabuche! and La Rose des Vents in addition to freelancing in Europe. He studied trombone and sackbut at the Université de Montréal before obtaining an Artist Diploma in early music perfroamnce from McGill University, where he also studied orchestral conducting. He has studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and is now a masters student at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

Jost Hermand

Jost Hermand, Vilas Research Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Honorary Professor, Humboldt University-Berlin. Publications on German music: Konkretes Hören. Zum Inhalt der Instrumentalmusik (1981), Beredte Töne. Musik im historischen Prozess (1990), Beethoven. Werk und Wirkung (2003), Glanz und Elend der deutschen Oper (2008), Mehr als tönende Luft. Politische Echowirkungen in Lied, Oper und Instrumentalmusik (2017), Co-editor: Writings of German Composers (1985), Re-Reading Wagner (1993), Sound Figures of Modernity: German Music and Philosophy (2006).

J. Michael Allsen

Dr. J. Michael Allsen is professor emeritus of music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A specialist in the sacred music the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, he has published articles and reviews in several scholarly journals and standard reference works. An active program annotator, he has written for orchestras and festivals around the country since 1984. Allsen is also a performer, playing with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (bass trombone) from 1983-2018.

Dance

Peggy Murray

Peggy Murray, Historical Dance, is a dancer, scholar and instructor and holds a Ph.D. in performance studies from Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts. A former ballet and jazz dancer, Murray is now works extensively with Renaissance and Baroque dance, and studies the role and development of dancing in Europe and the Americas during the colonial period. She has performed and taught in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Argentina.

Conductors

Grant Herreid

Grant Herreid performs regularly on early winds, strings, percussion and voice. He was the recipient of Early Music America’s Laurette Goldberg award for excellence in early music outreach and education. He directs the Yale Collegium Musicum, and is artistic and music director of the Yale Baroque Opera Project (YBOP). Grant directs the New York Continuo Collective, devoting much of his time to exploring the unwritten traditions of early music with Ex Umbris and Ensemble Viscera.

Jerry (Chiwei) Hui

Jerry Hui is active as a conductor and singer of both early and contemporary music, and is the assistant conductor at the Madison Early Music Festival. Based in Eau Claire, WI, he is currently directing ensembles Eliza’s Toyes, Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire, the Menomonie Singers, and teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. A prize-winning composer, Dr. Hui’s music has been performed frequently and internationally. More at jerryhui.com

James Kennerley

Hailed as “a great organist” displaying “phenomenal technique and sheer musicality” (Bloomberg News) and an “excellent, true-toned tenor” by critic Alex Ross, James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, keyboardist, singer, and composer. A recognized specialist in the realm of early music, performances this season include concerts at Alice Tully Hall, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum, and a recording of Handel’s Messiah with the choir of Trinity Wall Street.