Columbia Baroque is a professional chamber ensemble in Columbia, SC comprised of leading Baroque music specialists from South Carolina and North Carolina, each with distinguished careers as chamber musicians, teachers and soloists. Our mission is bringing Baroque music to life for the modern audience through education and historically inspired performance. We present spirited concerts and offer educational events with varying combinations of voice, recorder, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord.
Columbia Baroque presents a concert series of four performances at USC School of Music featuring pre-concert talks presented by USC music history faculty prior to each performance. Admission to our concert series performances is free for all students. We perform run-out concerts at locations throughout the Midlands. In our most recently completed season, run-out concert locations included the Columbia Museum of Art, Sumter County Cultural Commission, and St. John's Church in Florence, SC.
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 SC Philharmonic's Link Up Concerts and SCAC grant-supported), concerts for elementary and middle-school students, mini-concerts in Seminar classes for USC music majors, and a Summer Recorder Institute featuring a series of weekly master classes for adult and youth recorder players and auditors. We have collaborated with the USC School of Music for our guest artists and ensemble members to present master classes, USC Colloquium talks and classroom visits for USC School of Music students plus collaboration with USC community programming such as Suzuki Strings at USC.
We are currently in our 10th Anniversary Season and our Summer Recorder Institute will celebrate its 10th year this July. Columbia Baroque ensemble includes Jean Hein, director and Baroque recorders; Jerry Curry, harpsichord; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano; Mary Hostetler Hoyt and Erika Cutler, Baroque violins. Recent guest artists have included Adam Knight Gilbert, Baroque recorder and bagpipes; Barry Bauguess, Baroque trumpet; John Lenti, theorbo; Thomas Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess, Baroque dancers, Hazel Ketchum, lute and soprano; Serena Hill-LaRoche, soprano; and Salomé Sandoval, soprano.