meet the baltimore consort

The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. The Baltimore Consort's arrangements of early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain speak to the heart as well as the mind, and their love for the early music of English/Scottish heritage has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian mountains and Nova Scotia. More recently, the group has explored the extraordinary repertory from the Iberian peninsula awill in a program entitled "Cancionero: Early Music from Spain."

The Consort tours all regions of the USA, has also appears frequently in Europe, and has held residencies at the Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Its performances on such syndicated radio programs as Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, Millennium of Music, Harmonia, and Onstage (CBC) have broadcast its music far and wide.

The Consort has recorded fourteen discs on the Dorian label (click on Recordings link above). The group also performs with orchestra, in a family-friendly show entitled O'er the Hills and Far Away, which is a set of symphonic arrangements created by Consort member and composer Larry Lipkis.

Our vocalists this season will be two young future superstars, the phenomenal countertenor Jose Lemos and the brilliant soprano Danielle Svonavec. Their biographies appear below.

introducing...the members of the consort

Mary Anne Ballard (viols, rebec ) also plays with Galileo's Daughters, Brio, and the Oberlin Consort of Viols. Formerly, she directed and coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania (where she founded the Collegium Musicum), and she currently serves on the faculty of the summer Oberlin Baroque Institute and various viol workshops. She researches and annotates most of the Consort's programs.

Mark Cudek

Mark Cudek (cittern, viols, Renaissance guitar) is the Founder/ Director of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble at Johns Hopkins University and the High School Early Music Program at the Interlochen Arts Camp. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Thomas Binkley Award for Outstanding Collegium Director, awarded by Early Music America. Mark also performs with such ensembles as Hesperus and Apollo's Fire and is the newly-appointed director of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. (

Larry Lipkis (viols, recorders) is Composer-in-Residence and Director of Early Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. His cello concerto, Scaramouche, appears on the Koch label and his bass trombone concerto, Harlequin, was premiered in 1997 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His bassoon concerto, Pierrot, was premiered by the Houston Symphony in January, 2002. Larry is also a music director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and a former director of Early Music Week at Pinewoods. He is on the board of managers of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Click below to access Larry's own website,


Ronn McFarlane a Grammy-nominated lutenist, strives to bring the lute--the most popular instrument of the Renaissance--into today's musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. He has over thirty recordings on the Dorian label, including the solo albums, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort, and Blame Not My Lute, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word by Robert Aubry Davis. Recently, Ronn has been engaged in comosing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries. His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009. The CD release One Morning, features "Ayreheart," a new ensemble brought together to perform's Ronn's new music. Click on the link to access Ronn's own website Also check out Ronn on You Tube, playing his own compositions, Cathedral Cave and Pinetops at

Indigo Road:
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as well as a sarabande by Weiss (


Mindy Rosenfeld, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort whose flute-playing graced our first decade, including our New York debut(...a "serene and beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon"--the NY Times), has since 1989 been a member of San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra ("the country's premier early music ensemble" --New York Times). A frequent guest artist with numerous other West Coast early music ensembles, Mindy is a mother of five (all boys) who divides her time between performing, teaching, her family, and an organic garden, the fruits of which she enjoys sharing at farmers' markets near her Mendocino, California home.




Jose Lemos (Guest artist, countertenor) won the 2003 International Baroque Vocal Competition in Chimay, Belgium.  A native of Brazil and Uruguay, he has since appeared in operas across the globe: Tanglewood—Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Boston Baroque—Handel Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), Zurich Opera—Giulio Cesare (Nireno) and Agrippina (Narciso), Buenos Aires—Monteverdi Poppea (Arnalta)), Seattle Early Music Guild—Poppea (Ottone), Göttingen Handel Festival—Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo), and Boston Early Music Festival—Lully Psyche (Silène). He has also performed with Wm. Christie’s Les Arts Florissants throughout Europe and at Lincoln Center, and in 2008 he sang the role of Darius in The Cloisters Play of Daniel.

Danielle Svonavec, (guest artist, soprano) is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BS in mathematics, 1999, and MM in Voice, 2003) where she won the Concerto Competition and now teaches voice. While still a student, she first appeared with the Baltimore Consort in 1999 on short notice for a nine-concert Christmas tour. Since then she has toured with the Consort and appeared with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Pomerium, and the South Bend Chamber Orchestra; and currently serves as the Cantor for the nationally televised mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. She has also become the mother of three small daughters, and lives with her husband and family in Goshen, Indiana.