Type of Organization
Columbia Baroque is a professional chamber ensemble in Columbia, SC. We present spirited performances with varying combinations of voice, recorder, violins, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.
Our mission statement, “Bringing Baroque music to life for the modern audience through education and historically inspired performance,” defines our programming. Our concert series performances feature pre-concert talks, “Concert Conversations,” presented by University of South Carolina School of Music music history faculty scholars. Admission to our concert series performances is free for all students. We perform run-out concerts at locations throughout the Midlands and beyond including the Columbia Museum of Art, Sumter County Cultural Commission, St. Paul's Church in Augusta, GA and many more. In addition to pre-concert talks, we provide educational opportunities for persons of all ages including Interactive Baroque Recorder Demonstrations for elementary school children (in collaboration with the South Carolina Philharmonic's Link Up Concerts), collaborations with the Suzuki Academy of Columbia and Tri-District Arts Consortium, plus a Summer Recorder Institute of weekly master classes for adult and youth recorder players and auditors. We collaborate with the UofSC School of Music for our guest artists and ensemble members to present master classes, Colloquium talks, and classroom visits for music students. We want to thank Dean Tayloe Harding and the UofSC School of Music for their generous support in providing our rehearsal and performance venues.
Members of the ensemble include Jean Hein, director and baroque recorders; Mary Hostetler Hoyt, baroque violin; Erika Cutler, baroque violin; Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Jerry Curry, harpsichord. “Concert Conversations” are hosted by scholars Peter Hoyt and Sarah Williams. Guest Artists have included Adam Knight Gilbert, baroque recorders and bagpipes; Nicholas Jones, scholar and baroque recorder; Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird, baroque dancers, Barry Bauguess, baroque trumpet; Webster Williams, viola da gamba and violone; and Salomé Sandoval, soprano and guitar.