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Performing Ensembles – Early Music Ensemble (EME)

Director Biography

Jane Hershey

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.

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