Daniel Swenberg specializes in historical plucked strings: Renaissance and Baroque lutes, theorbos, and Baroque and 19th-century guitars, and Baroque mandolino. He has performed regularly throughout North America with many leading ensembles and artists, including ARTEK, REBEL, the Metropolitan Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, Mr.
Christoph Hammer (returning as visiting professor in fortepiano), hailed as a “poet of the fortepiano” by the Italian press, was born in Germany in 1966. He studied organ at the Academy of Music and Theater in Munich, also attending courses and workshops with renowned specialists for historic keyboard instruments. In addition, he studied German Literature and Musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and at UCLA. Since 1989, Hammer has focused on playing historical keyboard instruments, especially the fortepiano.
Richard Sparks, Chair of Conducting & Ensembles, joined the faculty at UNT in 2009 with both a distinguished academic and professional career.
Allen Whear is Associate Principal Cellist of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Artistic Director of Pro Musica Rara, Baltimore, Maryland's premier early music ensemble. He is Principal Cellist and Recital Director of the Carmel Bach Festival in California. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, he was the recipient of an ITT International Fellowship and studied with Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam and holds a doctorate from Rutgers University.
Cynthia Roberts is one of America's leading baroque violinists and has appeared as soloist, leader, and recitalist throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has served as concertmaster of the New York Collegium, Apollo's Fire, Concert Royal, and Les Arts Florissants. She performs regularly with the Boston Early Music Festival, Tafelmusik, and the American Bach Soloists. She has appeared with the London Classical Players, Taverner Players, Clarion Music Society, and Smithsonian Chamber Players.
Kathryn Montoya earned her degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. Ms. Montoya has performed with many ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Ensemble Arion, the Cleveland Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Chicago Opera Theatre, Aradia Ensemble, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Apollo's Fire, Montreal, Washington Bach Consort, and Wiener Akadamie (Austria).
Paul Leenhouts, recorder, director of early music studies and the Baroque Orchestra, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was on the faculty as professor of recorder and historical development since 1993. He is a founding member of the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet since 1978. In 2002 he became director of the contemporary music collective Blue Iguana. He is also a composer, arranger and editor of numerous works for chamber music ensembles. Mr.
Multi-instrumentalist C. Keith Collins holds degrees in music education and German (Berry College in Rome, Georgia) and bassoon performance (Indiana University), and also holds the first doctorate awarded in historical bassoon performance. His graduate work in baroque bassoon was done at Indiana University's Early Music Institute, where he studied with Michael McCraw. He regularly performs on historical bassoons, recorder, and early harps.
Brad Bennight completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord at the University of North Texas where he studied with Lenora McCroskey and Christoph Hammer. Mr. Bennight has performed with many period-instrument ensembles locally and throughout the U.S., including Texas Camerata, Orchestra of New Spain, Mercury Baroque, La Folia Austin, Denton Bach Society, Camerata Ventepane, Texas Early Music Project, as well as at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston with Christopher Hogwood and as pianist and harpsichordist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.