HOC General Director
“I have long admired Craig Trompeter's stylish musicality and proven leadership skills. He is a valuable part of the Chicago area's growing early music scene.” John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
“Tasteful…impressive in his mastery…delightful” Chicago Tribune
“First-rate…stalwart support” Chicago Classical Review
“Mastery of French baroque style” CCR
“Terrific playing in the restless, running cello passages” CCR
Meriem Bahri is a self-taught costume designer and maker. After completing a PhD in biology, she turned definitively to her great passion for costumes. Her interest for this field began with the Brazilian dance group Atabak in France and she has continued to enrich her knowledge with world-renowned companies such as Boston Early Music Festival, the Joffrey Ballet, and Opéra de Nice. Currently, she collaborates regularly with two groups specialized in baroque operas: Haymarket Opera Company in USA and Académie Desprez in Europe. She has also brought her costuming skills to dance and theater through the Beethoven Festival, Balam Dance Theater, Elements Contemporary Ballet, and International Voices Project. Outside of her work as a costume designer, she is a freelance illustrator providing unique and custom-made drawings. Meriem currently lives in Chicago after spending 18 years in France and 9 years in Tunisia. For more information, please visit meriembahri.com
Sarah Edgar, stage director, is a dancer, choreographer, and researcher specializing in eighteenth century performance. She is the associate director of The New York Baroque Company and an adjunct professor in dance at Northwestern University. With The New York Baroque Dance Company, she has performed at Drottningholm Theater in Sweden, the International Händelfestspiele Göttingen, Danspace at St. Mark’s Theater, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. From 2006-2012, she lived in Cologne, Germany, and toured Europe as a freelance dancer, performing in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and France. This season her choreography will be performed at Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany, in Danceworks at Northwestern, and in the spring dance concert at Saint Mary’s College. She is currently the period movement consultant for Joseph Caruana’s new work for Elements Contemporary Ballet, The Sun King, to be performed in fall 2014. She has taught master classes in baroque dance at numerous universities in the United States and in Germany, and has given several lectures at symposia for eighteenth century performance. She holds a BFA summa cum laude in dance performance from The Ohio State University, and an MA in Tanzwissenschaft from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
David Mayernik is an architect, artist, educator and author; he has won numerous grants, awards and competitions, including the Gabriel Prize for research in France, the Steedman Competition Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome, and the International Competition for the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds (with then partner Thomas Norman Rajkovich of Evanston); that project won an Arthur Ross Award from the Classical America society. In 1995 he was named to the decennial list of the top 40 architects in the U.S. under 40 years old. He studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame; he also studied fresco painting with renowned restorer Leonetto Tintori in Tuscany. He has taught at the New York Academy of Art, and is currently an Associate Professor with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Since 1996 Mayernik has been the campus architect for TASIS The American School in Switzerland. The TASIS Switzerland campus has been published widely, and his M. Crist Fleming Library there won a 2005 Palladio Award from Traditional Building magazine. His design work was included in the Third Biennale of Architecture, “Historicism Tendency,” in Moscow, May-June 2012. Mayernik is the author of Timeless Cities: An Architect’s Reflections on Renaissance Italy, Westview Press (Icon Editions). His forthcoming book The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture: Between Imitation and Invention will be published by Ashgate (UK).
Ryan de Ryke is a young artist whose versatility and unique musical presence have made him increasingly in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. He has performed at many of the leading international music festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK and the festival at Aix-en-Provence in France. Apart from his exciting recital career, Ryan appears regularly as a soloist in much Oratorio work including Handel’s Messiah, the Passions by Bach and Schütz, Bach’s Weinachts-Oratorio, B-minor Mass, Magnificat and solo cantata Ich habe genug. He has worked with many early music ensembles including the Orchestra of the 17th Century, the Baltimore Handel Choir, the Bach Sinfonia, the Ciciliana Quartet, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the American Opera Theater. Ryan’s operatic roles include the title roles in Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, and Giove in Cavalli’s La Calisto. He has also performed the role of Nardo in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera with the Bay Area Summer Opera in San Francisco, and the role of Oberon in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ryan is equally at home in Romantic and Contemporary repertoire, regularly performing works like Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light. He has also given performances of Dallapicola’s Rencesvals with Neil Sissons, director of the Dallapiccola Ensemble in London. Ryan made his Weill Recital Hall debut as a finalist with the New York Oratorio Society, and later returned to the Zankel hall as a finalist in the Marilyn Horne masterclass competition. Ryan has studied at the Peabody Conservatory with John Shirley-Quirk, the Royal Academy of Music with Ian Partridge, and the National Conservatory of Luxembourg with Georges Backes. He is also an Alumnus of the Britten-Pears Institute in the UK and the Schubert Institute in Austria, where he worked with great artists of the song world such as Elly Ameling, Wolfgang Holzmair, Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, and Helmut Deutsch. Ryan feels fortunate to collaborate regularly with artists and friends including Daniel Schlosberg, Eva Menglekoch, Michael Shepard, Paul Lewis, Susan Yoens, and Roger Vignoles.
Noted for her “consummate stage presence” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and sensitive, engaging interpretations, soprano Erica Schuller brings committed artistry to a broad musical repertory. This season brings debuts with both Haymarket Opera Company (Vespetta in Telemann's Pimpinone) and Skylight Music Theater (Marzelline in Fidelio), as well as a concert of early Italian song in San Francisco in the spring of 2014 with harpsichordist Corey Jamason. Ms. Schuller recently completed a two year residency with the Florentine Opera Company (2010- 2012). In 2010 she garnered critical acclaim for her performance of Elvira in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, being praised for her “grace and strength” (Journal Sentinel) and “shimmering soprano sound” (Express Milwaukee). In both 2010 and 2011 Ms. Schuller was the soprano soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in their presentations of Handel’s Messiah, for which she received equally positive reviews. During the 2011-2012 season Ms. Schuller appeared as Mrs. Gleaton in Floyd's Susannah and as a soloist in Mozart's Idomeneo. She has been a frequent soloist with the San Francisco Bach Choir, performing in Bach’s Johannes Passion, Jesu meine Freude and Aus der Tiefe, and Handel’s Chandos Anthems. In 2009 she made her second appearance with the Boston Early Music Festival in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and was commended for performing her roles (La Fortuna/Damigella) with “skill and grace” by the Boston Globe. She can also be heard on the Festival’s Grammy-nominated recording of Lully’s opera, Psyché, which she performed in 2007. In addition, she sang the role of Marte in Duron’s Salir el Amor del Mundo, recorded for the Dorian Record Label. Other operatic credits include Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Amor in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Étoile, Euridice in Rossi’s L’Orfeo, and Axinia in Boris Goudenow by Johann Mattheson. Ms. Schuller received her Masters of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Pamela Fry and holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Kathryn Cowdrick.
Jeri-Lou Zike, concertmaster and board member, is a versatile, energetic musician who enjoys a variety of artistic activities in symphonic, baroque and chamber music. She is principal and founding member of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the Chicago Opera Theater. Additionally, she is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and has performed with the Grant Park Symphony. As a period instrument performer, Jeri-Lou is principal violinist of the renowned Baroque Band that performs regularly at Symphony Center and WFMT classical radio. She has played Music of the Baroque’s first performances on period instruments. She has also appeared as soloist with the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Apollo’s Fire, His Majestie’s Clerkes, Kansas City Music Consort and the James Chorale. She also performs regularly as concertmaster of the University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel Concerts. Jeri-Lou studied baroque performance practice with Monica Huggett and was a member of The City Musick and Basically Bach.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Craig Trompeter, President
Jeri-Lou Zike, Vice-President
Rupert J. Ward , Treasurer
Susan Rozendaal, Secretary
ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD
EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD
Jerry Fuller, Executive Director - Associated Colleges of Illinois