La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble
Rainer Beckmann, recorders, performs with a large variety of early music ensembles in the Philadelphia Tri-State area. He is a founding member of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble and a member of Vox Renaissance Consort. As featured soloist and guest musician, he has appeared with Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra, Piffaro – The Renaissance Band, Camerata Ama Deus, Melomanie, Buxtehude Consort, Curtis Opera, West Jersey Chamber Music Society, and Early Music New York. Rainer is a first-prize winner at the Holland Open Recorder Festival Competition and the Performance Contest of the Dutch Concert Agency. As a founding member of Il Flauto Giocoso and the Landini Consort, he performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, and Israel. In Brazil, he taught recorder and music history at the State University of Ceará for five years, and collaborated with the ensembles Ad Libitum and Syntagma that specialize in early music as well as Brazilian popular and traditional music. Rainer is the director of the Greater Philadelphia Area Recorder Academy and the Lancaster Recorder Academy. He is the music director of the Philadelphia Recorder Society since 2011 and teaches recorder at the Community College of Philadelphia. In addition, he continues to be regularly invited to American Recorder Society workshops and meetings in the Mid-Atlantic region. Rainer is a graduate of the Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands, where he studied recorder with Heiko ter Schegget, Baldrick Deerenberg, and Marion Verbruggen.
Donna Fournier plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with Mélomanie and Triomphe de l'Amour and has been a guest artist with such groups as Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, Philomel, Brandywine Baroque, The Buxtehude Consort, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Classical Symphony. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaimed her solo work as "poised, soulful ... [and] played with particular depth." She specializes in repertoire from the French Baroque period as well as works featuring solo viola da gamba by J.S. Bach. She studied privately with Laurence Dreyfus supplemented by master classes with John Hsu and Wieland Kuijken. Donna is affiliate faculty at Temple University where she coaches viol players from the Early Music Ensemble. She has recorded Buxtehude cantatas for PGM, Telemann trio sonatas for the Lyrichord, Boismortier trio sonatas for A Casa Discos, Jaquet de La Guerre complete cantatas for Plectra Music, and new music for baroque ensemble for Meyers Music.
Marcia Kravis plays historical keyboard instruments and has been the harpsichordist for The American Society of Ancient Instruments. She has performed solo and ensemble recitals and has accompanied voice master classes by Julianne Baird and recorder master classes by Marion Verbruggen, Han Tol and Saskia Coolen. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with John Gibbons. She taught harpsichord to students at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College and she teaches harpsichord privately at her studio in Philadelphia. Marcia was a music and drama specialist at The Philadelphia School from 1983-2006. She is currently working as a Certified Music Practitioner, playing the hammered dulcimer bedside to patients in hospice and hospital settings and as a drama teacher and play director at Haverford Friends School.
Praised for her ‘impeccable tone, pitch, dynamics and phrasing’ (Chestnut Hill Local), violinist Rebecca Harris performs on both period and modern instruments.
In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Rebecca has been presented by Tempesta di Mare’s Artist Recital Series, the Society for Eighteenth Century Music and Haydn Society of North America, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Live Connections, University of Pennsylvania Composers Forum and Department of Music, Fringe Arts Philadelphia, Sofar Sounds, Westminster Choir College Faculty Recital Series, and the American Bach Soloists Academy.
A specialist in the field of historically informed performance, Rebecca joined Tempesta di Mare in 2007, and appears on the ensemble’s orchestral recordings for Chandos. Rebecca serves as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in their series Bach @ 7, in collaboration with Choral Arts Philadelphia.
Rebecca is a member of the Teaching Artist faculty of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program, and will return to the faculty of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program in 2015.
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Rebecca studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Ireland, after initial studies as a scholar in the specialist music program at Wells Cathedral School.
Philadelphia native Amy Leonard received viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied baroque viola at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute. Principal teachers have included Leonard Mogill, Jeffrey and Lynne Ramsey Irvine, Karen Ritscher, Charles Bruck, and Jane Starkman.
Though much of her career has been devoted to the teaching and performing of orchestral music, Amy is also an active recitalist and chamber musician, participating in a number of music festivals in North America and Europe such as Aspen, Banff, Spoleto USA, and Mostra Mozart in Venice, Italy. Amy also enjoyed a decade-long relationship with the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine, first as student, then as administrator and director of the school’s chamber music series. Past orchestral positions have been with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL), and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where Amy performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise”. Amy taught viola at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana for four years; her students are now members of the Mississippi and Baton Rouge Symphonies.
Currently Amy maintains a large and lively studio teaching viola and violin at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA and at home. Recent recital appearances have been at Rowan University, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Calvary Episcopal Church in Wilmington, DE, and at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. She is also very much in demand as a free lance musician, performing as a member of the contemporary ensemble Relâche, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the baroque ensembles Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. Amy also performs frequently with other ensembles such as the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, and in recent years has been a guest artist with groups such as the Copeland String Quartet, La Bernardinia baroque ensemble, and Melomanie.
Chad Fothergill has served as Cantor at University Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, since August 2013, and is a visiting faculty member at the University of Delaware where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history.
He holds a M.A. in Organ Performance from the University of Iowa where he is also a candidate for the Ph.D. in Musicology. Principal teachers and mentors for his studies in liturgy, organ, music history, improvisation, and choral conducting have included Gregory Aune, William Beckstrand, Delbert Disselhorst, David Fienen, Christine Getz, Patricia Kazarow, and Rachel Larson.
He has been active in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) as a chapter Dean, Education Chair, and national conference presenter. From 2010–12, he served as Vice President for Region III of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM), and is a regular contributor to the Association’s tri-annual journal, CrossAccent.