Martha Bishop, viola da gamba and composer, will be teaching a viol class and holding ad hoc reading sessions for viols in the evening. She has quite an active studio of viol (and cello) students at all levels of playing, both privately and in ensembles. For Mountain Collegium she has composed a 50th Anniversary piece, “Mountain Estampie.” Her connection with Mountain Collegium dates back to its beginnings in at Emory in Atlanta when Karl Neumann, Bill Lemonds, George Kelischek, Arnie Grayson, Valerie Horst, Gian Lyman Silbiger, Richard Tauruskin, and others bring back fond memories of the early days….not to mention when the workshop moved to Brasstown, and son Gregory was small enough to sleep in a dresser drawer.
Emily O’Brien is a native of Washington, DC where she played recorder from a young age. She studied recorder and french horn at Boston University, and recorder and Baroque flute at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. She performs in recorder ensembles and historical chamber music, as well as English Country Dance bands. As a teacher, she works with private students and ensembles in the Boston area as well as teaching at various summer workshop such as CDSS’s Early Music Week at Pinewoods and Amherst Early Music Festival. Emily’s solo album, “Fantasies for a Modern Recorder” explores the variety and possibilities over four centuries of repertoire offered by the Helder Harmonic Tenor recorder. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance cycling.
Emily O’Brien’s website