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Jennifer Carpenter's love for the recorder began while earning her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her pursuit of early music studies brought her to study at the University of North Texas where she received a Master of Music degree in musicology with an emphasis in early music performance and is ABD (all but dissertation) for her PhD in the same field from UNT. As a recorder player, Jennifer performs regularly as a soloist and in early music ensembles in both Texas and Colorado. She enjoys teaching as much as performing. In addition to teaching private lessons and coaching ensembles, Jennifer has been on the faculty of early music workshops in TX, CA, NM, and CO. Her enthusiasm for working with amateur recorder players has led her to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Recorder Society, where she was recently elected to her second four-year term. Jennifer was the music director of the Dallas Recorder Society from 2009-2014 and continues to mentor and coach ARS chapters across the country. As a musicologist, Jennifer worked as a teaching fellow at UNT and was an associate professor of music history at Collin College from 2008 until the birth of her son in early 2013. Now happily a resident of CO, she is enjoying integrating into the early music scene on the front range.

Mark Davenport is Professor of Music and Director of the Music Program at Regis niversity, in Denver, Colorado. He is the founding director of the Recorder Music Center (RMC) at Regis, an international repository for recorder music, instruments, and archival material related to the history of the recorder movement in America. He also directs the University’s Collegium Musicum and is a frequent faculty member for recorder workshops across the U.S. He served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors for the American Recorder Society (2004-2012), chairing its Education and Programs committees. His music publishing company, Landmark Press, is devoted to the publication of music for early instruments and voice.

Davenport was trained on the recorder from the age of three through studies with his father, LaNoue Davenport, the American recorder pioneer and first president of the American Recorder Society (1960). Mark has had an extensive performing career on the recorder beginning in the late 1970s when he first toured with the internationally renowned New York Pro Musica during their performances of the thirteenth-century liturgical drama The Play of Daniel. Since moving to Colorado in 1992 he has been a featured soloist with the Colorado Music Festival and Boulder Bach Festival Orchestras, and with his own groups Fiori Musicali and Trio Dolce.

Davenport holds the Ph.D., and Master of Music degrees in Musicology from theUniversity of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the recipient of the Gordon Getty Foundation Scholarship and Ogilvy Research Fellowship (Center for British Studies) for his doctoral work on the seventeenth-century English composer William Lawes. He did his doctoral research at the Bodleian and Christ Church Libraries in Oxford. Prior to his current position at Regis Mark served on the faculties of the State University of New York, the University f Colorado, and the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

John Tyson is a winner of the Bodky International Competition, the Noah Greenberg Award, and is a former student of Frans Bruggen. He has appeared as a soloist in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, Chile, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia and throughout the U.S. In 2010 he became the first American to be invited to perform at the Montreal International Recorder Festival. John has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Sine Qua Non, Titanic, and Ventadorn Records, and with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society under Christopher Hogwood. His solo CD Something Old Something New features baroque and contemporary music for recorder and strings. He is Director of the Renaissance Music and Dance Ensemble RENAISSONICS, The Boston Recorder Orchestra and the Corso di Flauto Dolce in Tuscany, Italy. He performs with the crossover band Universal Village, the Commedia dell’Arte troupe Pazzi Lazzi, is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, and is an Emerson instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He chaired the Department of Historical Performance at Boston University and has lectured at the Berklee School of Music and for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Institute.

John Orth is an instrument builder and has worked professionally as a luthier continually for more than twenty years. He is an obsessive recorder player and early world music and instrument enthusiast. He is also an avid mandolin player and has played guitar for more than thirty years. Continually studying the history and construction of early instruments, he also holds a master’s degree in history from Carnegie Mellon University.

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