Keith Collins is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical tastes range from medieval Welsh harp music to baroque orchestral repertoire to the traditional music of his ancestral Appalachian homeland. Praised for his “mastery…and most perfect intonation possibly imaginable,” Keith has as a bassoonist performed or recorded with many of today’s leading period instrument ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, Washington Bach Consort, and the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra. He is a founding member of Heartland Baroque, a chamber group that will release a new recording of early 17th century instrumental repertoire in the fall of 2018. Keith can be heard playing recorder, curtal, and shawm with the early wind band Forgotten Clefs. He is keenly interested in the harping traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; his Irish harp is a copy of the ca. 1600 ‘Castle Otway’ instrument and is strung with brass and silver strings. The music of the southern Appalachians holds a special place in his heart, and he enjoys exploring that music with fretless banjo and Appalachian dulcimer, and through the shape-note and unaccompanied ballad traditions. Keith makes his home in Brown County, Indiana where he is a volunteer at the Indiana Raptor Center, a wildlife hospital for injured and orphaned birds of prey. He is adjunct instructor at the Historical Performance Institute of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and at The University of North Texas in Denton.
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, baroque cellist, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, studied with Phoebe Carrai at the Hilversum Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands. While in Europe, she participated in several performance and CD recording projects with Concerto Köln, including performances at the Paris Opera House and The Palace of Versailles. A specialist in the continuo of 17th and 18th-century music, Ms Krumdieck performs in many baroque chamber ensembles and along with her sister Frances Blaker is a founding member of Ensemble Vermillian which has recorded 3 CDs of 17th century German chamber music. She is also cellist with Heartland Baroque whose first CD titled “The Benevolent Monarch” will be released in September of 2018. Barbara may also be heard on a CD of Music by sons of Bach, where she plays cello in all 3 of the piano quartets of CPE Bach with renowned forte pianist Andrew Willis and period flute player Rebecca Troxler. Ms Krumdieck is the co-founder and personnel director of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, a period instrument orchestra which performs instrumental concerts under the conductor Frances Blaker, as well as concerts with various choirs throughout the southeastern United States, including Bach Akademie of Charlotte, S.C. Bach, and Raleigh Bach Soloists. She is the artistic director of Music at St. Alban’s concert series in Davidson, NC and former artistic director of Center City Concerts in Charlotte, NC. In 2015 she founded Early Music for Grace, a 5 day concert festival in Berkeley, CA in memory of her daughter.
Martie Perry has developed a vibrant national career as a respected baroque specialist on both violin and viola. Her playing has been called “…ideally realized…taut and loaded with nuance” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and “highly expressive” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Martie performs with many North American period instrument and choral ensembles including the Indianapolis, North Carolina, and Atlanta Baroque Orchestras, Bourbon Baroque, ¡Sacabuche!, Spire Chamber Ensemble Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Wyoming Baroque, Alchymy Viols, and the newly-formed Bach Akademie Charlotte, as well as with Heartland Baroque, whose debut recording “The Benevolent Monarch” will be released in 2018. She has appeared in productions with Three Notch’d Road, Chatham Baroque, Foundling Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Washington Concert Opera, at Wolftrap, for the Magnolia, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Berkeley, Sackville, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, the Victoria Bach Festival, in Colonial Williamsburg, and in Italy’s Musica nel Chiostro. Performing for the 2013 Public Radio International Christmas program, “Glad Tidings,” Martie has also been heard in a live international broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT radio, on the early music program “Harmonia,” and on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and has recorded for IndieBarock, Edition Lilac, ATMA Classique, Musica Omnia, Naxos, WFIU, Cedille, the National Cathedral, and Concordia Publishing. She earned a Master of Music in Early Music Performance/Baroque Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in its esteemed Historical Performance Institute, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie and served as the graduate assistant for the baroque orchestra.
William Simms is an active performer of early music. Equally adept on lute, theorbo and baroque guitar, he regularly performs with Apollo’s Fire, The Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, Modern Musick, Ensemble Vermillian, Heartland Baroque and Three Notch’d Road. He has performed numerous operas, cantatas and oratorios with such ensembles as The Washington National Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Opera Lafayette, Opera Philadelphia and American Opera Theater. Venues include The National Cathedral, The Kennedy Center, The KImmel Center for the performing arts and The Barns at Wolftrap. Summer festival performances include Tanglewood, Caramoor and Ravinia. He has toured and recorded with The Baltimore Consort and Apollo’s Fire. His recording with Ronn Mcfarlane, Two Lutes, was CD pick of the week on WETA in 2012. He has recorded for the Centaur, Sono Luminus and Eclectra labels. Mr. Simms received his Bachelor of Music from the College of Wooster in Ohio and his Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He is Instructor of Guitar at Mt. St. Mary’s University and Hood College, where he is founder and Director of the Hood College Early Music Ensemble.
Baroque violinist David Wilson plays regularly with Ensemble Vermillian and Heartland Baroque and he is a founding member of Archetti, the Galax Quartet, and other ensembles. He has taught baroque violin at Indiana University, where he earned the Doctor of Music degree in Early Music, and he holds degrees in violin from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He teaches violin and chamber music and directs the orchestra at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s annual Baroque Workshop. His interests outside of music include cosmology, zymurgy, and science fiction (and he would love to discover a science fiction novel about a homebrewing cosmologist). In recent years he has performed and recorded classical music of India and the Ottoman Empire with Lux Musica, contemporary music with the Galax Quartet, and 18th century concerti with Archetti. He is the author of Georg Muffat on Performance Practice, published by Indiana University Press, and of the article on Georg Muffat in the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music.