Our next concert will be Christmas 2014!

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A founding member of The King’s Trumpetts & Shalmes, a Bay Area renaissance wind band. Trained as a mechanical engineer, he has crafted professional- quality replicas of renaissance and baroque double reed instruments since 1981. In addition to the King’s Trumpetts & Shalmes, he has performed with San Francisco Bay Area early music ensembles that include the Zink Consort, Alta Sonora, the Stanford Renaissance Wind Band, and the Stanford Baroque Orchestra, and he has played modern bassoon with the Nova Vista Symphony and the Redwood Symphony. He has also served on the faculty of the Amherst Early Music summer workshop. All of the shawms and the curtal used by the Festival Consort were built by Mr. Cronin.

Christopher Fritzsche, countertenor, is a performing artist, educator, frequent soloist with Bay Area vocal and instrumental ensembles, and currently serves as Music Director for the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa. He is a member of the vocal ensemble Clerestory. He can be heard on well over a dozen recordings on Warner Classics’ Teldec. From 1992 to 2003, he performed with the world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer, performing over 1,000 concerts world-wide, appearing with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Santa Rosa Symphony in some of the world’s most prestigious venues: The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and national concert halls across Asia and Europe, including London’s Wigmore Hall. As a member of Chanticleer he earned two Grammy awards for the CDs Colors of Love and Lamentations and Praises. As an educator Christopher served on the voice faculty of his alma mater, Sonoma State University, from 2004 to 2009, and continues to lead vocal workshops for choral and solo singers of all levels.

Carol Menke, soprano, studied at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria and coached with some of Europe’s finest recitalists, including Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus, and Norman Shetler. She has appeared in numerous chamber and solo recitals in universities, colleges, churches, and concert halls in both the United States and abroad. Ms. Menke holds her M.A. in Vocal Performance from Chico State University, Chico, Californiia. She is a member of the music faculty at the Santa Rosa Junior College and is Director of Music at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa.

As a founding member of the King’s Trumpetts & Shalmes, led by David Hogan Smith, Alan Paul has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area early music scene for many years. In addition to shawm, crumhorn, and recorder, he plays baroque oboe and has performed with numerous groups in the Bay Area and southern Oregon, including the Pacific Collegium, City Concert Opera, Baroque Etcetera, and the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra. He has participated in several different “fringe” concerts at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.

David Hogan Smith holds a D.M.A. degree in Performance Practice from Stanford University. He edits and publishes music for wind instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and is author of the book Reed Design for Early Woodwinds, published by Indiana University Press. He performs on a variety of early woodwinds and brasses, including recorders, crumhorns, douçaine, sackbut, shawms, and baroque bassoon, and has been a faculty member of the San Francisco Early Music Society Workshops and the Amherst Music Festival. He is also founding director of the King’s Trumpetts & Shalmes -- a renaissance wind band based in San Francisco.

Joanna Bramel Young studied recorder and early music at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, with Nikolaus Delius, and at Stanford University with George Houle. She taught the recorder at Santa Rosa Junior College for many years, was a regular faculty member of the San Francisco Early Music Society Recorder Workshop, a founder of the SFEMS Music Discovery Workshop, and on the recorder faculty of Courtly Music Unlimited’s workshops at Lake George, New York. As a founding member of the Festival Consort she toured the United States for Community Concerts, sponsored by Columbia Artists; and she performs as a founding member of the baroque ensemble Nota Bene.