Cellist, Sarah Biber, lives on Capitol Hill and performs regularly with Soul’s Delight, a New York based early music ensemble. She enjoys teaching privately in the area. With generous grants from the Classics for Kids Foundation and Capitol Hill Foundation, Sarah recently purchased a set of string instruments for use in DCPS after school programs in the area. Sarah graduated with a double-degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and recently finished a doctorate at Stony Brook University. She spent the last two years teaching theory and cello at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
Hsuan-Wen Chen, pianist and harpsichordist, is a native of Taiwan. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree in Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord performance at Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas. Ms. Chen has been Assistant Director for the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, and Baroque Academy at Amherst Early Music Festival. She is the artistic director of The Soul’s Delight, a period instrument chamber ensemble that seeks to explore the broad spectrum of music of the 17th and 18th century. As an active soloist and chamber music player, Ms. Chen has performed in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan.
Flutist Sang Joon Park was the recipient of the prestigious 2005 Samuel Baron Prize awarded at SUNY Stony Brook University where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under Carol Wincenc. He studied with distinguished flutists such as Wilbert Hazelzet, Sandra Miller, Janet See, Stephen Schultz, Jed Wentz, Linda Chesis, Judith Mendenhall and Thomas Nyfenger, and participated in Amherst Early Music Festival, Longy Baroque Institute, and Vancouver Early Music Programme. He is the artistic director of the Baroque trio Aula Harmoniae, and is a member of several Baroque chamber groups including Rossignols Amoureux, The Soul’s Delight, Ensemble La Sylva, Newton Baroque, La Donna Musicale, Catacoustic Consort, Bacchanalia Baroque, Empire Viols, Concert Royal, and The Grand Tour Orchestra, with performances in Canada, Peru, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United States.
Jason Priset is a regular teacher and performer in the New York metropolitan area as a soloist and chamber musician. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in guitar performance, and specializes in a variety of plucked and guitar-related instruments, including: lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, six-course guitar, 19th century guitar, and modern guitar. Dr. Priset has performed in concert with the award-winning Stony Brook Baroque Players, SBU Blowage, the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, New York Continuo Collective, Brandywine Baroque, Kairos: A Consort of Singers, Kleine Musik, and The Soul’s Delight. During the summer, Dr. Priset has worked for the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, Amherst Early Music, and Lute Society of America festivals. He is currently serving as Executive Director of the Lute Society of America festival and is the Assistant to the Director of the Amadeus Conservatory in Chappaqua, NY.
Soprano Amanda Sidebottom is increasingly sought after as a soloist and chamber singer. Recent solo credits include Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Jesu maine Freude with Mark Morris Dance Group, Charpentier Te Deum and Scarlatti Stabat Mater with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, and Messiah with the American Classical Orchestra. Her duo Well-Tuned Words with lutenist Erik Ryding just returned from a successful European debut tour to Milan, Paris, and Amsterdam. In addition to her work with period chamber ensemble The Soul’s Delight, she can also be heard in concert this season with Brooklyn Baroque. As a founding member of the nine-voice Etherea Vocal Ensemble, she can be heard on their lauded debut album Ceremony of Carols and the upcoming January 2013 release Hymn to the Dawn, both on the Delos label.
Beth Wenstrom‘s performances have been described by The New Yorker as “elegant and sensual, stylishly wild.” Ms. Wenstrom is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Competition. As concertmaster she has performed under the direction of William Christie in Les Rencontre Musicales en Vendee in Thiré, France and has performed as violin soloist and concertmaster for Christopher Hogwood in Juilliard415. She also serves as co-concertmaster of New York Baroque Incorporated. Ms. Wenstrom can be heard performing in such ensembles as Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble, Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Brandywine Baroque and Early Music New York (Fred Renz, director).