Performing Ensembles – Early Music Ensemble (EME)
Jane Hershey began her training in the Boston area,
with Gian Silbiger (viol) and Marleen Montgomery (recorder). She
continued her studies at The Hague Conservatory, where she studied
with Frans Brueggen, and Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken. Upon returning
to the Boston area, she began a stint as a member of the Boston Camerata,
performing, touring in the US and Europe and recording with Harmonia Mundi
and other labels. She has played both violone and viola da gamba with
Arcadia Players of Western Massachusetts since its founding in 1986.
As a player of both of these instruments, she has performed with many
ensembles and in festivals, such as Monadnock Music, Hesperus, Emmanuel
Music, the Santa Fe Baroque Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and Aston Magna.
Ms. Hershey's viol playing is well-known to Boston audiences through
her many performances with Laura Jeppesen in Trio Charivary, and in the
Carthage Consort of Viols. Their performances, with Emily Walhout, of music
from the court of Henry VIII, for the Cambridge Society for Early Music,
were applauded in a Jan. 2010 Boston Musical Intelligencer review: "...when
bow and string weave strands whose every note must match the gesture, the
precise contextual timing of the moment, the hand-off of leading or
commenting voices...their deft and subtle playing spread smiles and shared
delight among the audience." The Carthage Consort also performed in a 2005
production of Marlowe's 'Dido, Queen of Carthage' at the American Repertory
Theater in Cambridge. As a soloist on the viol, Ms. Hershey can be heard
on a 2005 Centaur release of music by E. Jacquet de la Guerre, with Frances
Fitch and friends.
An active teacher, Ms. Hershey accepts private students of all ages
of the Powers Music School, where she also coaches viol consort classes.
At The Longy School of Music, she teaches in both the Conservatory (M.Mus.)
and Community Programs divisions; in addition, she has directed the Tufts
University Early Music Ensemble since 1995. A frequent coach for the VDGSA
Annual Conclave and an active member of the New England chapter, Ms. Hershey
currently serves on the Board of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.