The Catacoustic Consort is in its eleventh season of presenting early music concerts, from Renaissance chamber music to baroque opera. In addition to its Cincinnati, Ohio series, Catacoustic offers educational music workshops for amateur and pre-professional musicians, viola da gamba rentals, touring programs, an early music scholarship program for Cincinnati-area residents to attend national workshops, educational guest lectures, and outreach programs for the elderly. The Catacoustic Consort was a Grand Prize winner of the national Early Music America/Naxos Recording Label
Recording Competition and made a CD recording of an Italian laments program on the Naxos label, which was released to international critical acclaim.
Wildcat Viols was formed in 2003, bringing together three of the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite early string specialists, Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey and Elisabeth Reed. Praised for their musical rapport and the shared enjoyment that radiates from their performances, the Wildcats have been hailed as “refreshing,” “sensuous,” “gutsy,” “incredible artists,” and for their “breathtaking ensemble.” Early Music America magazine called their debut concert at the 2004 Berkeley Early Music Festival a “wonderful offering…beautifully played.” In 2010, at the invitation of Artistic Director George Benjamin, Wildcat Viols performed the complete 3- and 4-part Fantazias of Henry Purcell at the Ojai Music Festival, receiving lavish audience and critical praise: “[They] articulated fluently…with impeccable intonation” (The Classical Review); “The expert period instrument group produces a focused ensemble sound…and delivered the music in all its intricately designed, soothing glory” (Santa Barbara News Press); “A balm…endlessly absorbing” (The London Financial Times); “Spellbinding…fantastic.” (WQXR, the Classical Music Station of NYC). In May 2010 Wildcat Viols released their first recording, Fairest Isle, featuring music by Purcell, Locke and Hingeston.

About the Musicians

Joanna Blendulf (viola da gamba) holds performance degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Alan Harris. In 1998, she was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate for her accomplishments on baroque cello from Indiana University. She is currently performing with the Portland Baroque and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestras, Musica Angelica and American Bach Soloists. Ms. Blendulf is also an active chamber musician, touring with La Riche and Co., Ensemble Mirable, Reconstruction, the Streicher Trio and Wildcat Viols. She was named runner-up in the 2000 Early Music America/Dorian Competition for her recording of the complete cello sonatas of Jean Zewalt Triemer. Ms. Blendulf ’s summer engagements have included performances at the Bloomington, Boston, and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival, where she was the principal viol player.

Baritone Mischa Bouvier is winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Called a “delight to encounter for the first time” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and noted by the New York Times for his “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line,” Mischa continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability. Mischa has worked with many leading conductors, composers, collaborators and ensembles, including Lori Laitman, James Levine, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Yegor Shevtsov, Anonymous 4, Ira Siff, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, Sting, Mohammed Fairouz, American Bach Soloists, Folger Consort, Charles Fussell, 5 Boroughs Music Festival, Chatham Baroque, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Band, Bruno Weil, Doug Fitch, DuPage Opera, Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, Long Island Philharmonic, and Paul Moravec. Mischa holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Katherine Heater (chamber organ) frequently plays with early music groups such as Magnificat and Voices of Music. She has performed throughout the United States, including with Catacoustic Consort in Ohio, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho, the Berkeley, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, and the Tropical Baroque Festival of Miami. She received an Arts Bachelor from the University of California, Berkeley in music and a Masters of Music in historical performance from Oberlin Conservatory. At the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam Ms. Heater studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen and fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland. Ms. Heater also is an active teacher of harpsichord, privately and at UC Berkeley.

Julie Jeffrey (viola da gamba) began her career in early music while pursuing graduate studies in Musicology at the University of Chicago. She plays with Magnificat, American Bach Soloists, the Newberry Consort, the Catacoustic Consort, Scaramella, and the Terra Nova Consort. She has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, the California Shakespeare Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival, and the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico). She is a member of Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, the founder and creative mastermind of Wildcat Viols, half of the viol duo Hallifax & Jeffrey, and co-director of Barefoot Chamber Concerts. Devoted to promoting all aspects of interest in her instrument, Ms. Jeffrey is a frequent instructor at early music workshops. She is a co-founder and active member of the Viola da Gamba Society, Pacifica Chapter, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

Youngmi Aria Kim (soprano) won the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and was the third prize winner of the 2010 Louisville Bach Society Gerhard Herz Young Artist Competition. She was hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as having a “silvery, strand-of-pearls” voice, by The Columbus Dispatch for “the liveliness of her voice.” The Flint Journal noted, “from her petite frame and gentle presence bellowed a forceful, yet very graceful and flowing voice.” Ms. Kim began her training at the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and continued her studies at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studied with Professor Mary Henderson-Stucky, received her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts, and won the Emilie Dieterle award. In addition, she has studied baroque singing technique with soprano Julianne Baird and worked in master classes with Elly Ameling and Alan Smith. She currently teaches voice at Wilberforce University. As an early music singer, Ms. Kim is a regular featured vocalist with the Catacoustic Consort. She also has performed with La Donna Musicale and Apollo’s Cabinet. Recently, Ms. Kim released the virtuoso Italian madrigal recording Le Stagioni with the early music ensemble Gravitación. In her hometown of Seoul, Korea, Ms. Kim has appeared in concerts with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with James Judd, and Fauré’s Requiem. She also was featured as a soloist in Brahms’s German Requiem with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra led by Myung-Whun Chung. She participated in the Vancouver Early Music Festival, where she performed the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas and appeared as Nissa in Landi’s opera La mort d’Orfeo with L’Accademia d’Amore, where she worked with Stephen Stubbs.

David Morris (viola da gamba) is a member of Musica Pacifica, The King’s Noyse, and Sex Chordae Consort of Viols. He has performed with Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle Baroque Orchestras, Musica Angelica, and the Mark Morris Dance Company. He was the founder and musical director of the Bay Area baroque opera ensemble Teatro Bacchino and has produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society series. Morris received his M.A. in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been a guest instructor in early music performance practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, and Oberlin College. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, New Albion, Dorian and New World Records, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday (with The King’s Noyse), and New Line Cinema.

Annalisa Pappano (viola da gamba) is the founder and artistic director of the Catacoustic Consort. She studied at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her playing has been described by critics as “mercurial and enchanting” and “with a sound that is lighter than air with the airy luster of gilding on the mirrors of a rococo drawing room.” She has performed throughout Belgium, England, Ireland, Colombia, Canada, and the United States, appeared on nationally syndicated radio, and played at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Ojai Music Festival. Pappano is a member of the Oberlin Consort of Viols and Atalante and has performed with numerous other ensembles, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Cleveland Opera, the Portland Opera, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier (Toronto), the Toronto Consort, the Concord Ensemble, Cappella Artemisia (Bologna), Wildcat Viols, Consortium Carissimi, Mélomanie, and Bella Voce. She has taught at Viola da Gamba Society of America national conclaves, the Viola da Gamba Society Pacific Northwest and Northeast chapters, the San Diego Early Music Workshop, Viols West, and the Madison Early Music Workshop, and has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities. Pappano led the Catacoustic Consort to win the grand prize in the Naxos/Early Music America Live Recording Competition and recorded a program of Italian laments on the Naxos label. Pappano teaches viola da gamba at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.

Elisabeth Reed (viola da gamba) was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. She teaches viola da gamba, baroque cello, and ensembles at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at the University of California at Berkeley. She performs with many local and national early music ensembles including the Seattle, Portland, and Reno Baroque Orchestras, the Baroque Orchestra of Colorado, American Bach Soloists, Voices of Music, the Novello String Quartet and Wildcat Viols. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, she can be heard on the Virgin Classics, Focus, and Magnatune recording labels. She is also a Guild certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais® Method.