Nash Baroque was formed in 2013 by traverso player Vicki Melin, and harpsichordist, Katherine Heater to present chamber concerts in stylistically varied and engaging programs on period instruments. Having met while receiving advanced degrees from the Royal Conservatory, the Hague and Sweelinck Conservatory respectively, both are SF Bay Area musicians who join forces with an array of accomplished instrumentalists, vocalists, and period dancers, to perform repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Nash Baroque has performed in Music on the Hill, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, and in several invitation concerts in New England. In July 2014, they performed a special program honoring the town of Guilford, Connecticut, for the 375th Anniversary Festival of its founding. The program, which was performed first at the Berkeley Festival Fringe 2014, featured music of the British Isles and the early American colonies and was later featured on WSHU CT Public Radio’s program “First Fridays” with host Kate Remington as one of most notable concerts of 2014. They have recently joined forces with Jennifer Meller and her historical dance troupe, San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, for collaborative projects in 2019, 2020!
The Ensemble is named after Thomas Nash, a forbear of a founding ensemble member, who as a blacksmith and colonist in New Haven colony was one of the original 25 signees of the Guilford Plantation Covenant of 1639. In July of 2014, Nash Baroque was invited to perform a special program as part of the Summer festivities honoring the Town of Guilford and the 375th anniversary of its foundation.