Jennifer Paulino, soprano
Recognized as a versatile and accomplished chamber and concert artist, American soprano Jennifer Paulino has garnered praise and recognition as a significant interpreter of baroque and contemporary repertoire. Equally renowned for her stunning voice and dramatic capability, San Francisco Classical Voice has noted about her singing: “graceful yet powerful,” “sensitive and clear,” and “an expressive singing actress.”
Ms. Paulino’s concert experience includes many of the major works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, and Vivaldi. She regularly appears with California Bach Society (Paul Flight), Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (Ming Luke), San Francisco Choral Society ( Bob Geary), Pro Arte Voices ( Patrick Walders), San Francisco Bach Choir, and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida ( Timothy McDonnell. Some national and international credits include Leiden Baroque Ensemble ( Netherlands), Catacoustic Consort ( Cincinnati, OH), Seraphic Fire( Miami), Nova Silesia ( Poland), and the Southwest Florida Symphony ( Ft. Myers, FL).
Ms. Paulino studied baroque styles with Julianne Baird, Jill Feldman, and Michael Chance, and holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Netherlands and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University (Oakland). Whe resides in Oakland, CA and teaches voice in her home studio. When she is on the road, she is in demand as a vocal coach and Vocal Master Class leader.
Vicki Melin, traverso (classical, baroque and renaissance flutes, has performed in Bay Area early music ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, California Bach Society, MUSA, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, and as a founding member of Nash Baroque. Ms Melin attended Boston University for her Masters of Music, studying with Christopher Krueger and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Hague, The Netherlands, where she received an Advanced Diploma in Performance, studying with Wilbert Hazelzet. She has performed with orchestras and ensembles in The Netherlands and Italy, and is frequently a guest soloist with International Organ and Chamber Music Festivals in Krakow and Katowice, Poland. Vicki teaches traverso at UC Berkeley, at Waldorf school in San Francisco and privately.
Laura Rubenstein-Salzedo, violin performs regularly on period and modern instruments in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Asia. She has appeared as viola d’amore soloist with Juilliard415 and New York Baroque Inc., and has performed as violinist and violist under Nicholas McGegan (as principal second), Masaaki Suzuki (as violinist and principal violist), William Christie, Richard Egarr, Jordi Savall, Monica Huggett, Mark Morris, Manfredo Kraemer, and Jeffrey Thomas. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo teaches throughout the Bay Area and regularly coaches the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Workshop. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo studied with Elizabeth Blumenstock and at the Juilliard School with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She plays a 1690 Caspar Borbon violin, made in Brussels. When not making music, Laura enjoys baking, photography, knitting, and playing with her cat, Sherbert
David Wilson, violin is a founding member of Archetti, the Galax Quartet, and other ensembles. He earned the Doctor of Music degree in Early Music from Indiana University. In recent years he has performed and recorded classical music of India and the Ottoman Empire with Lux Musica (East Meets West Music and Golden Horn Records), contemporary music with the Galax Quartet (Innova Recordings), and 17th century sonatas with Heartland Baroque. He is the author of Georg Muffat on Performance Practice, published by Indiana University Press, and of the article on Muffat in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music.
Daria D’Andrea, viola, lives in San Francisco where she is a respected member of the early music community. Daria first became interested in early music while working with Laurette Goldberg at the San Francisco Conservatory. Much of her period instrument training was in Europe where she worked with outstanding leaders of the early music movement including Roy Goodman, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze and Jaap Ter Linden. While living in Oxford, England, Daria toured Europe extensively playing viola with the European Community Baroque Orchestra. Since 1996, she has specialized in solo recitals with fortepiano, exploring solo and chamber literature of the late 18th century. Along with her American Bach Soloists appearances, Daria has performed with Philharmonia Baroque, Magnificat, San Francisco Bach Choir, City Concert Opera, California Bach Society, Ensemble Mirable, Arcangeli Baroque and Trinity Consort(Portland,OR). Daria studied in Oxford, England with noted pedagogue Kato Havas. She is an alumnus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Reed College. Daria teaches violin and viola at the University of San Francisco and at the San Francisco Waldorf Schools.
Farley Pearce, cello and viola da gamba is a performer on both the various sizes of viola da gamba and the baroque cello. As a cellist he has performed widely in the Southeastern region of the US, most notably with the Spoleto Festival, with whom he has also played in Italy. For five years he was a member of the Charleston Pro Musica, and he has performed as a recitalist in Brazil and Uruguay. Since moving to San Francisco Farley has been an active free-lance performer with many of California’s orchestras and chamber ensembles. In the Bay Area he has performed on viola da gamba, violone, and baroque cello with Magnificat, the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Airs and Graces, and many other period instrument groups.
Katherine Heater, early keyboards, plays locally with early music groups such as Voices of Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Pacifica. She has performed throughout the United States, including with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival 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. Also an active teacher, Ms. Heater teaches harpsichord at UC Berkeley and at The Crowden Music Center, as well as privately.
Jennifer Meller, Director of SF Renaissance Dancers Dancers is the Bay Area’s newest historical dancer and researcher. She began her studies in 15th through 18th century dance while performing in the “Opera, Early & Ancient” series with San Francisco Renaissance Voices (SFRV). In 2012 Ms. Meller became the dance director for SFRV and started the dance troupe, San Francisco Renaissance Dancers. Ms. Meller is dedicated to building a Baroque dance community in the Bay Area and produces monthly workshops open to the public throughout the year. For more information: https://sfrenaissancedancers.weebly.com/workshops.html. She is honored to have worked with Catherine Turocy, producing this past Summer’s 2018 Historical Dance Workshop at San Jose State University and most recently, inaugurating the Bay Early Dance Festival (BEDFEST) in January 2019.