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The Teares Of The Muses

The Teares of the Muses, a consort of viols, is a versatile New York University performing arts ensemble directed by the Teares’ first-chair player, Margaret Panofsky. She has been an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Arts and Science Music Department since 1989. Made up of proficient musicians from the student body, faculty, and N.Y.U. community, the Teares of the Muses is part of the Music Department’s Viol Program. The Teares of the Muses performs elegant and lively renaissance and baroque repertory for viols, often adding favorite guest artists to expand the compass of its concerts. It delights in reviving great music which has all but vanished in the present day. Soprano soloists Kathleen Cantrell and Campbell Rightmyer have performed with the Teares since the consort’s residency began at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in 2007. The Teares of the Muses’ first enthusiastically received concert with these singers was “Vater unser im Himmelreich”; it took place in April 2010, supported by a N.Y.U. Creative Collaboration Support Grant. Since then, the singers and violists have made seventeenth-century German music their speciality, culminating in the production of a CD, "Ein Lämmlein," released on October 12, 2011: “The themes of the recording are complex and interesting, and these singers make repeated listening a real pleasure. The viol consort functions impressively as a single entity, coordinated at repeats and moments of heightened emotion, yet each individual voice is clear. Although passion music is associated with a specific time of the year, the uplifting quality of the music and performance on this CD belongs to a timeless season” "Viola da Gamba Society of America Newsletter." The recently recorded "The Lord’s Prayer, Vater unser im Himmelreich," is available as a digital single. It will appear in a soon-to-be published book and CD set: "Notre Père à travers les âges, dans les trois traditions chrétiennes" by Jean-Paul Lécot of Lourdes, France.

Margaret Panofsky, a performer and well-known viol teacher, has been a director and faculty member for numerous early music workshops. She has made guest appearances with many ensembles, including the New York Consort of Viols, Le Triomphe de l’Amour, Ensemble Soleil, and Parthenia. She performs frequently as an instrumentalist with the Choir of Corpus Christi Church and St. Michael’s Choir. Her comprehensive book, "The New Bass Viol Technique," will be available in 2012. She received a B.A. from Stanford and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory.

Christina Brandt-Young plays the bass, tenor, and treble viols and has master's degrees in musicology from Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During the day, she is an appellate attorney and represents domestic violence victims for the New York Legal Assistance Group.

Jeremy Brandt-Young plays both bass and tenor viols and holds a Bachelor's of Music in classical saxophone from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied under James Houlik. He currently funds his music addiction as Director of Information Security for a financial services firm.

Caroline Marris plays treble, tenor, and bass viols. She is a senior at N.Y.U. who began studying the viol with Margaret Panofsky in January 2010. She is currently pursuing B.A.s in English and history, with a minor in art history. In her spare time she writes, plays the violin, and works at an indie press.

Guest Artists
Kathleen Cantrell, soprano soloist at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, performs regularly with the Teares of the Muses. She has appeared with Apollo's Fire, the Choral Arts Society of Louisville, the Louisville Bach Society, and several groups in New York. She holds an M.A. in Early Music Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University and a B.M. from the University of Louisville.

Campbell Rightmyer, mezzo-soprano, currently performs with New York choral groups Ghostlight and St. Michael’s Choir. She recently sang as a soloist in the Monteverdi "Vespers" of 1610 and Bach’s "Magnificat" with the Choral Arts Society in Louisville, KY. She also performed Mrs. Noye in Britten’s "Noye’s Fludde" at St. Michael’s. During the day, she is a mechanical engineer at Hatch Mott McDonald.

Carlene Stober, is continuo cellist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity and is a member of Empire Viols and the Grenser Trio. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, she serves as adjunct music cataloger at New York University and at the Morgan Library.

John Edward Cantrell, organist with the Teares, is comfortable performing in many genres; he is known to his colleagues as a "musician's musician." From Carnegie Hall to rock arenas, Mr. Cantrell has performed as a pianist, organist and multi-instrumentalist throughout the United States, Ireland, England, and Europe. He is organist and choirmaster at St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

The art on the album cover "The Lord's Prayer, Vater unser im Himmelreich" is by the contemporary Bulgarian artist, Ilian Rachov. It is a detail from his painting, "Medusa." A highly regarded multi-talented painter and fashion designer, he lives in Turin, Italy. He is the artist-of-choice for The Teares of the Muses' posters, programs, and albums. Margaret Panofsky is the album cover designer.

The art on the album cover "Ein Lämmlein" is by the seventeenth-century Portuguese artist, Josefa de Ayala. It is a detail from her painting "The Sacrificial Lamb" at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Margaret Panofsky is the album cover designer.