GUEST PERFORMERS

Dan McCarthy, viola

Dan McCarthy's playing has been described as “virtuosic” by Seen and Heard International. He was a part of the first class of baroque violists accepted into the historical performance program at The Juilliard School. There, he was also featured in performances on violin, viola da gamba, and viola d'amore. He enjoys a varied career that takes him everywhere from Myanmar to England and his hometown New York in between.

Dan has served as section violist with the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, concertmaster of the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and tenor gambist with Parthenia. He has also toured extensively throughout North America, East Asia, and Europe with artists and groups such as Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. On the east coast, he plays with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Washington Bach Consort, Clarion Music Society, Grand Harmonie, Artek, REBEL, Teatro Nuovo, Queens Consort, Academy of Sacred Drama, and New Amsterdam Consort. Dan leads the recently founded Emfindsamer Ensemble, which presents the music of the Emfindsamer Stil or the 'sensitive style' of the mid 18th century.

Macarena Sánchez, cello

Macarena Sánchez is an award-winning cellist from Spain. She graduated with honors in cello performance by the Professional Conservatory of Music in Madrid and holds degrees in Romantic cello from The Superior Conservatory of Music of Castilla y León and in Baroque cello from The Royal Music Conservatory in Madrid. In 2009 she was recognized for her outstanding performance at the Community of Madrid Music Performance Competition.  

Over the course of her musical career, she has received Master Classes by renowned cellists as Maria Kliegel (Cologne), Peter Bruns (Leipzig), Roel Dieltiens (Zurich), Marc Coppey (Paris) and Jaap ter Linden (The Hague) among others.

Macarena has offered many baroque concerts and workshops in Germany, Italy and Spain. She has collaborated on several performance projects with Transbaroque Ensemble, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Community of Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Musicalis Symphony Orchestra, to name a few, and was awarded first prize at the FEMUBA Baroque Festival Competition with her Ensemble, “La Rejouissance”. Solo performances include the Vivaldi Cello Concerto RV418 with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid Baroque Orchestra in 2017.

Macarena moved recently to Georgia, where she intends to continue her career as a musician and where she collaborates with Amethyst Baroque Ensemble and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Erik Schmalz, sackbut

Erik Schmalz, an early brass specialist, can be heard on numerous recordings, including a 2013 Grammy-nominated album by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and The Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Erik works internationally with prestigious ensembles, including Piffaro, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Green Mountain Project, Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, and Dark Horse Consort, performing on Renaissance through romantic period trombones, Renaissance slide trumpet, and recorder. In addition, he was cast as one of the seven instrumentalists in the Globe Theater’s productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night, the first time Broadway has used period instruments exclusively. Erik received degrees in trombone performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He resides in Collinsville, Connecticut.

Will Peebles, dulcian

Will Peebles has taught bassoon, music theory, and world music at Western Carolina University since 1992.  He received his masters degrees in Music from Michigan State University where he studied with Edgar Kirk, Richard Beene, Barrick Stees, and Robert Williams.  Will plays a variety of early woodwinds, including the dulcian and Baroque bassoon.  He has a small collection of historical bassoons that he uses to study the development of bassoon fingering systems.

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