With a voice described as “honey-coloured and warm, yet robust and commanding” (The Globe and Mail), baritone Tyler Duncan has performed worldwide to great acclaim in both opera and concert repertoire. Recent and upcoming engagements in 2021/22 include Handel’s Messiah with TENET Vocal Artists, Schubert’s Winterreise with the Aspect Chamber Music Series and selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Early Music Vancouver. In 2022, Mr Duncan will appear with Arizona Early Music in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Bach’s Ich habe genug, join Vancouver Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, returns to the Handel and Haydn Society in C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, re-join Music of the Baroque as the bass soloist in Haydn’s Creation and reprise Bach’s Ich habe genug with Mercury Chamber Orchestra. Read full bio.
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Catharina Meints grew up in the Chicago area in a musical family. Loving orchestral playing from a young age, she played in local orchestras and started to attend the National Music Camp at Interlochen, MI when she was thirteen. Five summers there reinforced her dream to be part of a great orchestra. She attended the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship, and while in school she played in the Rochester Philharmonic and the summer Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. After graduation, because of her professional background, she was immediately hired to join the newly formed, but short-lived Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia. The orchestra of 36 was made up of recently retired Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, a few recently graduated musicians at the beginning of their careers, and some mid- career artists who wanted to be part of a wonderful small orchestra. Unfortunately the orchestra ran out of money after only two years, but five recordings made for RCA are collector's items. Read full bio.
Charles Weaver teaches historical plucked instruments, Baroque music theory, and improvisation at Juilliard. He is also a visiting artist at Case Western Reserve University and has served as adjunct faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, Baruch College, Brooklyn College, Queens College, and St. Joseph’s Seminary and College. He has been assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera and has participated in opera productions at the University of Maryland, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Princeton University, Yale University, and the Boston Early Music Festival. As a continuo player, he has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. In addition to being a regular member of the ensemble Quicksilver, his chamber-music projects have included engagements with Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Apollo's Fire, Blue Heron, the Newberry Consort, and Musica Pacifica. He is organist and choirmaster at St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he specializes in the liturgical performance of medieval and renaissance music. He holds a BM in Lute Performance from Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and an MA in Music Theory and Analysis from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently pursuing a PhD in music theory at CUNY, with a research focus on the rhythmic interpretation of plainchant.