Soprano Ellen Hargis is one of America’s premier early music singers, specializing in repertoire ranging from ballads to opera and oratorio. She has performed with many of the foremost period music conductors of the world, with leading ensembles such as Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, the American Bach Soloists, Seattle Baroque and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. She has appeared at many of the world’s leading festivals including the Adelaide Festival (Australia), Utrecht Festival (Holland), Resonanzen Festival (Vienna), Festival Vancouver, The Monadnock Festival, Tanglewood, the Berkeley Festival, Boston Early Music Festival and New Music America Festival. Ms. Hargis is a Grammy award nominee for her recordings of Lully’s Thésée and Conradi’s Ariadne on CPO. Ellen Hargis teaches voice at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and The Music Institute of Chicago, and is Artist-in-Residence with the Newberry Consort at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Lutenist Paul O’Dette is one of the most influential figures in his field, defining the technical and stylistic standards to which 21st-century performers aspire. With more than 100 recordings to his name, he has been nominated for Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Year Award and been recognized with multiple Grammy nominations. In addition to his solo work, Paul O’Dette is also highly sought as a continuo player, performing with today’s most respected conductors and ensembles. He is an avid researcher and has published numerous articles on issues of historical performance practice. O’Dette is Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music and Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.