Meet The Artists
Jerry Curry, Harpsichord, is well-known throughout the southeast as a consummate performer of Baroque music. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where since 1970 he taught, and after retiring in 2007, continues to teach undergraduate and graduate music theory and harpsichord. In addition, he is sought after for his knowledge of Baroque performance practice.
Dr. Curry has performed as soloist and chamber musician with numerous musical groups at the university, in the state and around the region. He was harpsichordist with the Columbia Consort and plays continuo with the South Carolina Philharmonic.
In the late 1960's, while at the University of Iowa working on a Ph.D. in music theory, Dr. Curry performed in an ensemble directed by the well-known early music specialist Robert Donington. That experience began a life-long fascination with Baroque performance practice. He subsequently studied in master classes with the French harpsichordist Kenneth Gilbert.
Jean Hein, Baroque Recorder, is a founding member of Columbia Baroque. She was previously a member of the Baroque Soloists of Illinois, Director of the St. Luke’s Recorder Ensemble in Oklahoma City and featured as recorder soloist on the St. Luke’s “Sunday at Five” Concert Series in Oklahoma City. Hein has toured Ireland and Wales performing Baroque and Celtic music and presented recorder recitals in the Midwest, Southwest and several Southeastern states. She has studied recorder with Barbara Weiss and Michael Lynn.
Ms. Hein has extensive experience as a clarinetist. Currently Hein is Instructor of Clarinet at Claflin University and teaching for the Palmetto Center for the Arts. She maintains a large clarinet studio in Columbia. Hein has performed as a clarinetist with orchestras and ensembles throughout the Midwest and Southeastern US. She has been on the faculty of Columbia College, Cornell College and Coe College. Honors include the Berry Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Legacy Award received with Timothy Hein for founding and serving as Executive Director for “Arts at St. Luke’s.” She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University, with further study at the University of Iowa, and summer study at Indiana University and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
Brittnee Siemon, mezzo-soprano, is an avid performer of concert,
recital, and opera. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, she holds degrees
in Voice Performance and Music Therapy, and carries Academic and
Performance Distinction from Ohio University, the University of South
Carolina, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Her accomplishments include premieres of early and modern works,
a debut at Jordan Hall in Boston, and international appearances in
Austria, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and Belize. With an expertise and
commitment to the historically accurate performance of early music, she
is in her ninth season as the principal vocalist for Columbia Baroque.
As an early music specialist, she has also been affiliated with
well-known ensembles at Boston’s Old South Church, The Handel and Haydn
Society, Boston Baroque, Muses Delight, and the Harvard Early Music
Dr. Siemon is an expert studio teacher and clinician. She
serves on the voice faculty at Brevard College and the Brevard Music
Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Dr. Siemon’s students have been
featured on both national and international stages, and have been
accepted into some of the finest music programs in the world. Many have
also gone on to represent the profession of music therapy, and
regularly contribute to Alzheimer and Autism research.
She lives in Brevard, North Carolina, with her husband, two beloved kitty cats, and four backyard chickens.
Gail Ann Schroeder, Viola da Gamba, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music in Music History. She then furthered her performance studies on the viol at the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels, where she subsequently taught from 1988-2002.
She has performed as guest artist with numerous ensembles including Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Huelgas Ensemble, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, has participated in radio and television productions throughout Europe, and on CD recordings for DHM, Sony Classical, Ricercar and Erato.
Since returning to the USA in 2006, she has taught at numerous workshops for the Viola da Gamba Society of America, the Amherst Early Music Festival and Mountain Collegium.
Erika Cutler, Baroque Violin
Erika Cutler has performed across the United States with ensembles such as the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Baroque Orchestra, Dayton Bach Society, Tempesta di Mare, El Mundo, and Chatham Baroque. She has been a featured soloist on the Music Sources concert series in Berkeley, CA, and performed with chamber groups in the Piccolo Spoleto, Bloomington, Sacramento, and Amherst Early Music Festivals. She is an active performer on both baroque and modern violin, and plays regularly with Columbia Baroque and the South Carolina Philharmonic here in Columbia.
Ms. Cutler earned her Bachelor’s degree in Baroque Violin Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and completed a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Duquesne University.
Marie Hostetler Hoyt, Baroque Violin
Mary Hostetler Hoyt joined the first violin section of a Dutch orchestra. While in Holland, she began studying baroque violin with Jaap Schroeder, perhaps the world's foremost exponent of historically informed approaches to the violin. Upon returning to North America, she began performing and recording with many prominent authentic instrument ensembles including Canada's Tafelmusik, England's Hanover Band, Aston Magna, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, as well as New York's Concert Royal and Ensemble for Early Music.
She appears often in chamber music ensembles, working with such soloists as soprano Julianne Baird, baritone Max von Egmond, cellist Anner Bylsma, flautist John Solum, and harpsichordist Jerry Curry. In recent years she has joined Jaap Schroeder as a recital partner in Europe and at Yale University. She has appeared on more than two dozen CDs, recording for such labels as Sony Classical, Telarc, Centaur, Pro Arte, Vox, and Newport Classics. Ms. Hoyt has always enjoyed teaching and since moving to South Carolina has worked with elementary school string programs in Lexington-Richland District 5.