Spectra Musica

    Spectra Musica was formed in 1980 as an ensemble dedicated to the performance of early European music. They produce an average of three main programs a year of music from about 1400 to 1700 AD. The ensemble specializes in music for winds. Late Medieval and Renaissance music is performed with Renaissance recorders, kortholts, flute, rackett, dulcian, and violas da gamba, with a small Italian harpsichord as continuo. They have performed extensively throughout the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and Delaware.

    Groups of two to four players are available to provide music for festive occasions. The musicians wear costumes, if requested, and play Renaissance music on authentic instruments of the period. Spectra Musica also provides lecture recitals and instrument demonstrations for those interested in learning about early musical instruments and the music written for them.

    Orum Stringer studied Baroque recorder technique with Prof. M. S. Rubin in New York. After coming to Philadelphia in 1973, he extended his studies to include music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. He mastered the Renaissance cornetto and kortholt and sang with the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Renaissance Choir under the direction of Edward Handy. He teaches recorder and cornetto and has directed large ensembles both in meetings of the American Recorder Society and in workshops of the Historical Brass Society. He served two years as President of the Princeton Recorder Society and directs two professional early music ensembles: The Gloria Consort (Baroque) and Spectra Musica (a Renaissance wind band).

    Ernest Meyer holds degrees from Temple and New York University. He has performed extensively in the Philadelphia area as an oboist with such ensembles as Concerto Soloists, Pennsylvania Pro Musica and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Gloria Consort as a harpsichordist in 1999. He was an instrumental music teacher in the Philadelphia public schools for many years.

    Kenton Meyer holds BFA, MM and MLIS degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied flute with Israel Borouchoff and Samuel Baron. He earned a PhD in musicology at the University of Iowa, specializing in performance practices and the history of musical instruments. His dissertation, The Crumhorn, was published by the UMI Research Press in 1983. He served on the faculties of Marquette University, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee early music ensemble Les Jongleurs. For twenty-six years, Dr. Meyer was Assistant Librarian at the Curtis Institute of Music.

    Elizabeth Horn graduated from Harvard University with a degree in ecology, but music is an equally important part of her life. She has been a singer for many years in both choirs and small groups, singing in the Princeton University Chapel Choir for over 20 years. She is a founding member of both The Engelchor Consort and Armonia, a Renaissance and a Medieval group respectively, where she sings and plays recorders, crumhorns, violas da gamba and various percussion instruments. Although she is a self-taught recorder player, she has studied viola da gamba with Mary Springfels, Mary Ann Ballard and Rosalind Morley.

    Photos and references on request.

    Standing (L-R): Kenton Meyer, dulcian; Ernest Meyer, kortholt; Orum Stringer, alto cornetto; Steven Moise, Lyzzard. Seated (L-R): Anne Bonn, treble cornetto; Martha Bixler, tenor sackbut.

    For further information on Spectra Musica, contact: Orum Stringer 1109 Gloria Lane Yardley, PA 19067 215.295.7149

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