- About Us and our Instruments
Jann Cosart plays bowed string instruments from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries, and concertizes on vielle, rebec, crwth, period violins, and early violas with leading early music groups across the country, including the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Altramar. In addition, she serves as Assistant Professor of Musicology and Director of the Early Music Ensembles program at Baylor University. She is the author of The Monophonic Tropes and Conductus of W1 (A-R Editions), and has published articles in Early Music, Proceedings of the Conference on Early Music in Higher Education, and Early Music America Bulletin. Her research interests include the investigation, employment and pedagogy of historical performance practice in all periods; archival, paleographic and musicological study of historical manuscripts; the preparation of editions and new music for medieval music performance; and, as an overarching scholarly ethos, the synthesis of research and performance across historical epochs. Jann has also played a key role as soloist, section-leader, or concertino member in multiple recordings of medieval and Baroque repertoire on the Dorian, Titanic, and L'Oiseau-Lyre labels. She is also active in contemporary music, appearing with numerous symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Japan, and has worked with Native American communities as violist of the Dakota String Quartet. She is currently a member of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
Angela Mariani is a specialist in the performance practice of medieval music, whose career has included experience in rock, folk, and traditional styles. She is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Texas Tech School of Music, where she teaches seminars on early music topics, pedagogy of music history, and undergraduate musicology courses, and directs the Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble. She is a Board Member of Texas Tech’s new Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the TTU Teaching Academy, and recently inaugurated a Graduate Certificate Program in Early Music Performance Practice at TTU. Angela also hosts the nationally-syndicated early music radio program Harmonia and is a member of the Board of Directors of Early Music America. She has a strong interest in folk musics, including sacred chant from around the world, and also performs Irish traditional music with the group Johnny Faa. In her copious free time, she is writing a book about the pedagogy of improvisation in medieval music, and attempting to learn how to play the viola da gamba.
David Stattelman, a native Iowan, received his earliest musical training through participation in the Roman Catholic liturgy, and has remained an active church musician. Since earning a Master’s degree in Early Music Vocal Performance from Indiana University’s prestigious Early Music Institute, where he studied with Thomas Binkley and Paul Elliott, he has performed with Altramar, Magnificat, Theater of Voices, and other ensembles, recording and touring both nationally and internationally. Most recently he has maintained an active career as a freelance performer and church musician in Southern Michigan. David’s main areas of scholarly interest are chant, liturgical music and early vocal performance practice. Should you wish to relocate to Southern Michigan, David also sells real estate.
Chris Smith is Associate Professor and Chair of Musicology/Ethnomusicology and director of the Vernacular Music Center at the Texas Tech University School of Music, and founder and director of the TTU Celtic Ensemble. He is a member of TTU’s Teaching Academy, and in 2010 was a recipient of TTU’s prestigious President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Indiana University and as a guest lecturer at University College Cork, in addition to Texas Tech, and leads a yearly roving field-trip for TTU students in the West of Ireland. His research interests are in American and African-American Music, 20th Century Music, Irish traditional music and other folk musics and cultures, improvisation, music and politics, performance practice, and historical performance; and he has published and presented extensively in these areas. He leads the Irish traditional band Johnny Faa, the Juke Band (pre-WWII blues and jazz), and has lectured or performed at hundreds of colloquia, concerts, workshops, and pub sessions across the U.S.and in Europe. A multi-instrumentalist, he concertizes on Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, button accordion, slide guitar, saz, lute, gittern, Turkish lavta, and percussion.