The Practitioners of Musick ensemble was founded to survey the musical riches of 17th and 18th century Great Britain and Ireland and the Colonial and early Federal periods in America. The ensemble has presented or supported scholarly programs under the auspices of the National Park Service, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the National Trust of Great Britain, Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University, Historic Deerfield, Colonial Williamsburg, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, New York State Historical Association, The Holland Society of New York, New Jersey Historical Society, Princeton University Library, and the Yale Center for British Art amongst many others.
John Burkhalter, recorders, studied early music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under Daniel Pinkham and the performance of Baroque music at Harvard University under the noted Dutch recorder virtuoso Frans Bruggen. In addition, he received instruction from the distinguished Swiss Baroque oboist and recorder virtuoso Michel Piguet. Mr. Burkhalter, founder of The Practitioners of Musick, also performs with Le Triomphe de l'amour, Brandywine Baroque, the newly formed Princeton University group Early Music Princeton and "Les Agrements de musique".
Donovan Klotzbeacher studied organ at the University of Minnesota under Heinrich Fleischer and continued his musical studies under Mary Krimmel and George Markey at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has performed throughout the Northeast as a harpsichordist and appeared in a series of New Jersey Network [NJN] broadcasts featuring period music in 18th century houses and taverns in the state. For many years he has been Director of Music at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, New Jersey.