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"The faculty concert is a high point of the week!"


Ken Pierce

Jane Hershey

Jane Hershey

Viol, co-director

Jane Hershey began her training in the Boston area, with Gian Silbiger (viol) and Marleen Montgomery (recorder.)  She continued her studies at The Hague Conservatory, where she studied with Frans Brueggen, and Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken.  Upon returning to the Boston area, she began a stint as a member of the Boston Camerata, performing, touring in the US and Europe and recording with Harmonia Mundi and other labels.  She has played both violone and viola da gamba with Arcadia Players of Western Massachusetts since its founding in 1986.  As a player of both of these instruments, she has performed with many ensembles and in festivals, such as Monadnock Music, Hesperus, Emmanuel Music,  the Santa Fe Baroque Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and Aston Magna.  Her viol playing is well-known to Boston audiences  through her many performances with Laura Jeppesen in Trio Charivary, and in the Carthage Consort of Viols.  Their performances, with Emily Walhout, of music from the court of Henry VIII, for the Cambridge Society for Early Music, were applauded in a Jan. 2010 Boston Musical Intelligencer review:  "… when bow and string weave strands whose every note must match the gesture, the precise contextual timing of the moment, the hand-off of leading or commenting voices ... their deft and subtle playing spread smiles and shared delight among the audience."  The Carthage Consort also performed in a 2005 production of Marlowe's 'Dido, Queen of Carthage' at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. 

As a soloist on the viol,  Ms. Hershey can be heard on a 2005 Centaur release of music by E. Jacquet de la Guerre, with Frances Fitch and friends.   An active teacher, Ms. Hershey accepts private students of all ages of the Powers Music School,  where she also coaches viol consort classes.  At The Longy School of Music,  she teaches in both the Conservatory (M.Mus.)  and Community Programs divisions;  in addition,  she has directed the Tufts University Early Music Ensemble since 1995.   A frequent coach for the VDGSA Annual Conclave and an active member of the New England chapter, Ms. Hershey currently serves on the Board of the VIola da Gamba Society of America. 

"Larry's lecture was excellent"
Larry Wallach

Larry Wallach

Keyboard, recorder, co-director 

Larry is a keyboard player, composer, and musicologist who teaches at Bard College at Simon's Rock. He was trained at Columbia University where he studied music history with Paul Henry Lang, performance practices with Denis Stevens, and composition with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson, and Charles Wuorinen. He earned a doctorate in musicology in 1973 with a dissertation about Charles Ives. In 1977, he attended a year-long NEH seminar on performance practices in earlier piano music, participated in the Aston Magna Summer Academy in 1980, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and has studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas in summer workshops at the University of Indiana and at the Longy School. He has performed chamber music on both harpsichord and piano with artists such as Bernard Krainis, Kenneth Cooper, Nancy Bracken, Ronald Gorevic, Lucy Bardo, Stephen Hammer, Eva Legêne, and Anne Legêne, performing on both modern and baroque keyboard instruments. He performs on harpsichord, organ, and piano with the Berkshire Bach Society, of which he is a founding member.  He has been playing for English Country Dances for thirty-five years and enjoys dancing with the Berkshire Morris Men.

"Pam's enthusiasm and knowledge are impressive.
I was challenged and inspired."

Pamela Dellal


Mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal is an acclaimed soloist and recitalist whose singing has been praised for her "exquisite vocal color," "musical sensitivity," and "eloquent phrasing" (Boston Globe). Ms. Dellal made her Kennedy Center debut under Julian Wachner in the B-minor Mass, and her Lincoln Center debut under renowned conductor William Christie in Messiah. She has also performed under such acclaimed conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Bernard Labadie and Roger Norrington. Operatic appearances include leading roles in the operas Alcina, Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, La Clemenza di Tito, Così Fan Tutte, Vanessa, The Rape of Lucretia, and Winter’s Tale. Her repertoire encompasses an astonishing range from the 12th to the 21st century, including US, European and Australian tours with Ensemble Sequentia, and a London premiere of a John Harbison chamber work, The Seven Ages. Passionate about chamber music, early music, and contemporary music, she performs frequently with Boston Musica Viva, Ensemble Chaconne, Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Favella Lyrica and the Musicians of the Old Post Road. She has been a regular soloist in the Emmanuel Music Bach Cantata series for over thirty years, having performed almost all 200 of Bach's sacred cantatas. She has a wide-ranging discography of over thirty titles for Arabesque, Artona, BMG, CRI, Dorian, Meridian, and KOCH among others.  Ms. Dellal is on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is highly sought after as a translator of lyric texts, and her translations of the complete texted works of Bach are available on the Emmanuel Music website.

"Roy - good teaching,
lots of individual attention"

Roy Sansom

Roy Sansom


Roy Sansom has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, New World Symphony in Miami, Boston Baroque, BEMF Orchestra, New York City Opera and (most proudly) Emmanuel Music. Roy composes for the recorder, scores for films and makes recorders at the vonHuene Workshop.

"Feldenkrais - a wonderful tool,
and Josh is a very good practitioner!"


Josh Schreiber Shalem 

Feldenkrais®, Viola da Gamba (and sometimes vielle)

Josh studied 'cello at Bennington College with Maxine Newman, graduating with a BA in 1994. While there, he was a member of the Early Music Ensemble, where he first became acquainted with the viola da gamba. Chronic hand pain necessitated a hiatus in his playing activities, until he discovered the Feldenkrais Method®. Now a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Josh has a private practice with an emphasis on functional movement for musicians.

Recently Josh completed an MM in Early Music Performance at Longy and performs with the English consort Seven Times Salt, the viol consort Long & Away, Capella Clausura (vielle), and Musica Nuova.

In addition, Josh is active in Boston's Jewish community as an educator and cantorial soloist.

Ken Pierce

Ken Pierce


Ken Pierce trained in ballet and modern dance, studying on scholarship at both the American Ballet Theatre School and the Merce Cunningham studio. He has specialized in early dance—especially, late-Renaissance and Baroque dance—for the past three decades, as choreographer, reconstructor, performer, and teacher. Companies he has performed with include the Court Dance Company of New York, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Ris et Danceries (Paris), Danse Baroque Toronto, and the baroque dance trio Hémiole (Paris), of which he was a co-founder. He directs his own company, the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, for which he has choreographed or reconstructed dances for performances with Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, The King’s Noyse, Handel & Haydn Society, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Choreographic credits include dances for Les Élémens, Les Festes d’Hébé, Tirsi e Clori, and les Festes de l’Amour et de Bacchus; King Arthur at the Boston Early Music Festival, and such twentieth-century premières as Le Carnavale Mascarade; Les Plaisirs de Versailles, with Ex Machina Baroque Opera Ensemble; the masque Oberon, at Case Western Reserve University; and le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos at the Amherst Early Music Festival. He was assistant choreographer for Quelques pas graves de Baptiste, Francine Lancelot’s baroque-style piece for the Paris Opera Ballet, whose cast included Rudolph Nureyev. Mr. Pierce has taught at summer dance and music workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He directs the early dance program at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.