Almost every one of J.S. Bach's Cantatas requires instrumentation different from all the others. For this reason, all of our musicians will probably never perform together at the same event. Here are some of the musicians who have performed a Cantata with us.


Paul Carlson, Artistic Director

Pianist and Organist Paul Carlson appears often as a solo recitalist and a collaborative musician. He performs frequently with Lexington Symphony, with whom he has played solo concertos by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Amy Beach and Darius Milhaud under the batons of David Hoose, Jonathan McPhee and Anthony Princiotti. Music of living composers forms an important part of many of his recitals, as in his premiers of works by Boston-area composers Hayg Boyadjian, John McDonald, and Marti Epstein. His composition Sicilienne fugitif for oboe and strings premiered in May of 2012 by Lexington Symphony Chamber Players. Dedicated to music accessibility and audience engagement, he often accompanies his recitals with short lectures. His CD features the First Piano Sonata by Charles Ives and the Preludes by Ruth Crawford Seeger. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Gordon College, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He has taught at Gordon College and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  He lives in Westford, Massachusetts, and teaches at the Lexington Music School.

Paul Carlson's website 

Anne Black, violin and viola, Personnel Manager

Anne Black has extensive experience performing on period instruments (viola, violin, viola d'amore) with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Aston Magna Festival, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and many other groups across the US. She enjoyed the honor of performing on Mozart's Viola in June 2013 for a live performance and recording at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio, with Aston Magna Festival's Artistic Director, Daniel Stepner, performing on Mozart's Violin.  Her article about this experience was published in The “Journal of the American Viola Society” in December of 2013  She was a founding member of the Mannheim Quartet (flute and strings, using period instruments), which can be heard on Titanic Records.  As a modern instrumentalist, she performs with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as well as with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops as an extra violist. She is principal violist of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. She has a special love for the music of Bach, especially the Cantatas, and has performed them extensively with Emmanuel Music in Boston.  A passionate performer of chamber music, she is a founding member of the Opal Ensemble.  She has served as Personnel Manager for Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Assistant Personnel Manager for Emmanuel Music, and Office Manager and Executive Assistant at the Constellation Center Project in Cambridge.  She received her education at University of California, Los Angeles; Yale University School of Music; and Boston University. Also a visual artist, she has been a resident artist at the Arlington Center for the Arts since 2004.

Anne Black's website


 2016-2017 Peregrine Consort Performers

Julia McKenzie, Violin 

Violinist Julia McKenzie performs internationally on historical and modern violins in a wide range of musical styles with numerous ensembles, including the Handel+Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Shelter Music Boston, and Eudaimonia: A Purposeful Period Band. Also a dedicated teacher, she presents historically informed performance practice demonstrations and teaches students of all ages.

Julie Leven, Violin

Julie Leven is Founder and Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston. She was the first-ever classical musician to receive the Boston Neighborhood Fellow award in April 2014 and in 2013 was named a Social Innovator by the nationally renowned nonprofit accelerator: Social Innovation Forum. She is a member of the Handel + Haydn Society Orchestra and concertmaster of the Bach & Beyond Festival in Fredonia NY. International festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Casals Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and the Krakow/Warsaw Beethoven Festival. Ms. Leven has performed throughout the US, Japan, and Korea as a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She has been a member of the Jerusalem Symphony, and in Denmark, the Aarhus Symfonieorkester. Ms. Leven is a soloist on the Boston Baroque recordings of Handel Opus 6 Concerti Grossi and the Grammy nominated performance of the Monteverdi Vespers. She is a graduate of the BU School of Management Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Oberlin College, and Oberlin Conservatory with degrees in English and Violin Performance.

Sarah Freiberg, Cello

Sarah Freiberg is a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society. She has performed with Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Portland Baroque (Oregon), Seattle Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival, Blue Hill Bach, and Arion (Montreal). Cellist of the period instrument Rowe’s Lane Quartet and a performer with Music at Eden’s Edge, Sarah also plays in the duo “Tutti Bassi” with Colleen McGary-Smith. As corresponding editor for STRINGS magazine, she has contributed dozens of articles and reviews. Ms. Freiberg penned editions of the long forgotten Guerini cello sonatas, and recorded them and Laurenti sonatas for Centaur. She teaches at the Amherst Early Music Festival, as well as in Historical Performance at Boston University, and is Chair of Strings at the Powers Music School. Sarah received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, Brown University (in American Civilization) and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Freiberg can be heard on numerous recordings.

Sarah Freiberg's website

Andrew Arceci, bass

Performer, composer/arranger, and scholar, Andrew Arceci has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In Europe, he has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (UK), Oxford Baroque (UK), and Collegium Musicum Den Haag (The Netherlands). In the United States, he has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Handel & Haydn Society, the Arcadia Players, Tempesta di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, The Folger Consort, Washington Bach Consort, Washington National Cathedral, TENET, and Harmonious Blacksmith. Currently, he directs the Collegium Musicum at Wellesley College, as well as the Winchendon Music Festival. Recording credits include soundtrack work for the BBC (UK), and the labôłt Records/Monotype Records (Polanels Novum (UK), Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Germany), Bd), and Cedille Records (US).



 Joyce Alper, Oboe

Joyce Alper has played historical oboe with many ensembles including the Boston Handel + Haydn Society, Boston Cecilia, Cambridge Concentus, Arcadia Players, Cambridge Bach Ensemble, Early Music New York, Baroque Band (Chicago), Musicians of Old Post Road, Harvard University Baroque Orchestra, Exsultemus, Blue Hill Bach (Maine), Texas Baroque Ensemble, Dallas Bach Society, Ars Lyrica Houston, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque, Cappella Barroca de México (Mexico City),  Concierto Barocco (Mexico City), Capella Guanajuatensis (Guanajuato, Mexico), Early Music St. Louis, and Locust Grove Chamber Players (Louisville, KY). For seven years she taught baroque oboe and coached early music ensembles at the University of North Texas; she has presented master classes, guest lectures, and workshops at many schools and museums including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Music School of the University of Mexico, Boston Conservatory, Louisiana State University, and University of Houston.

Carrie Cheron, Mezzo-Soprano

Praised for her "warm tone," and for having “the voice of an angel,” mezzo-soprano Carrie Cheron has performed as a soloist with and as an ensemble member of such groups as Boston Baroque, Handel + Haydn Society, The American Classical Orchestra, Arcadia Players, Newton Baroque, Exsultemus, Yale Choral Artists, and Skylark Vocal Ensemble, among others. A champion of contemporary classical composition, Carrie recently starred as Doctor/Loki in Guerilla Opera's presentation of Per Bloland's opera Pedr Solis. Later this season, she will join New Gallery Concert Series in Boston, for the world premiere of a piece by composer Marti Epstein, written specifically for Carrie's voice. Carrie is also currently preparing to record a series of Telemann Cantatas with some of the Boston area’s most sought after baroque players, a reprisal of the program they presented as a “fringe” recital at the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival.

Carrie is particularly proud to be a founding and core member of the newly formed Eudaimonia, a conductorless period orchestra that uses musical performance to support the social and humanitarian work of partner organizations. Their inaugural performance supported the work of Shelter Music Boston, with which she is also a performer. In addition to an active classical career, Carrie is a nationally recognized performing singer/songwriter. Her original compositions and singing have been recognized by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, NEMO Music Makers Competition, Great Waters Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. She has shared the stage with such acclaimed artists as Sweet Honey In The Rock, The Barra MacNeils, Northern Lights, David Jacobs-Strain, Anais Mitchell, and Edie Carey, and is on the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music.

Thea Lobo, Mezzo-Soprano

Hailed as "excellent", "impeccable", "limpidly beautiful", "impressive", "stunning", and "Boston's best", Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo's 2016-17 season includes performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bucknell Bach Festival, Halcyon Chamber Series, Guerilla Opera, Sunshine City Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sarasota Choral Society and The Shakespeare Concerts. She has recently appeared with fortepianist Sylvia Berry, Brandeis New Music, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, and Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lobo has appeared under conductors Gunther Schuller, Harry Christophers, Stephen Stubbs, Joshua Rifkin, Martin Pearlman, Helmut Rilling, and Andris Nelsons, and has been featured by the Firebird Ensemble, Carmel Bach Festival, Boston Baroque, Handel + Haydn Society, The Bermuda Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart. Her dedication to new music, art song, and early music has seen her featured on True Concord's Grammy winning recording of Stephen Paulus's 'Prayers & Remembrances', invited to the Carmel Bach Festival as an Adams Fellow, a prizewinner at the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers, a grant recipient of the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, a featured recitalist for the Boston Portuguese Festival, and performing as a soloist under the direction of composers Steve Reich, Fred Lerdahl, Christian Wolff, and Louis Andriessen. Thea Lobo is a graduate of New England Conservatory and Boston University, and represented by Vocal Artists Management.

Donald Wilkinson, bass-baritone

Bass-Baritone Donald Wilkinson enjoys a distinguished career in concert, opera, oratorio, recital and contemporary music, and has appeared throughout the United States and Canada. He made his European debut performing the role of Dionysos in the World premiere of Theodore Antoniou’s opera, The Bacchae, at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Since that debut, he has appeared in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, England and Holland. Mr. Wilkinson has performed as soloist with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood and the Handel and Haydn Society (a U.S. tour of Bach’s Missa Brevis in G Minor) and the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Evansville, Jacksonville, Springfield (MA), Portland (ME), and Vermont. Since 1984, he has been a soloist in Emmanuel Music’s famed Bach Cantata Series, under the direction of the late Craig Smith, John Harbison, and presently Ryan Turner. He celebrated his 30th Anniversary with Emmanuel Music in 2014. Highly sought after for his interpretations of Bach, in 2003 he made his debut at the Northwest Bach Festival (Spokane) in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of Gunther Schuller and is now a frequent guest artist for the festival. He has also appeared at the Bach Festivals of Carmel and Philadelphia, and is featured on Emmanuel Music’s recordings (Koch International Classics) of Bach’s Christmas Cantatas, St. John Passion (1725 version) and Cantatas for the 1st and 2nd Sundays after Trinity. His Discography also includes the role of President Abraham Lincoln in the World Premiere recording of Eric Sawyer’s Our American Cousin on BMOP Sound and the soon to be released World Premiere recording of Ned Rorem's, Our Town, also on BMOP, the title role on the internationally acclaimed Johnny Johnson by Kurt Weill on Erato Disques, Angels with the Boston Camerata (Erato), John Harbison’s Recordare on Koch International Classics, David Patterson’s song cycle Last Words on Albany Records and the recently released The Jesuit Operas with Ensemble Abendmusik on Dorian Recordings. In 1990 he was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood. Mr. Wilkinson teaches voice at Phillips Academy, Andover. He also maintains a private studio at his residence in Nahant, Massachusetts.

Jonas Budris, Tenor

Tenor Jonas Budris is a versatile soloist and small-ensemble singer, engaging new works and early music with equal passion.  He is a featured soloist in Boston Baroque Grammy-nominated recording of Monteverdi's opera "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria." He performs frequently with the Handel and Haydn Society as a soloist and choral singer.  Mr. Budris also enjoys performing in more intimate musical settings; he recently made his debut with Blue Heron, and he is a longstanding member of the Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Mr. Budris is a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Felllow at Emmanuel Music, where he performs regularly in the Bach Cantata and evening concert series. On the opera stage, he has performed principal and supporting roles with numerous musical organizations, including Opera Boston, OperaHub, Guerilla Opera, and Odyssey Opera. Originally from Martha’s Vineyard, Mr. Budris holds a degree in Environmental Sciences & Engineering from Harvard College.


Peregrine Consort Past Performers

Shari Alise Wilson, soprano

Soprano Shari Alise Wilson is among the new generation of singers specializing in early and modern music, demonstrating great versatility and stylistic sensitivity. Recent highlights include performances with Sydney Skybetter & Associates and Ear Heart Music in David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Conspirare at the Victoria Bach Festival, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Pegasus Early Music and New York Baroque (BEMF performance in June), a world premiere performance and recording of music by Gavin Bryars with Crossing Choir and Prism Quartet and a world premiere performance of John Luther Adams: Sila at the Lincoln Center. She made her New York City solo debut at Merkin Hall in the world premiere performance of Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s Cantata: To One in Paradise, and has travelled to the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, where she performed in choral concerts and operas, most notably working with Gian Carlo Menotti in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Wilson is an active ensemble singer, performing with the Grammy-award winning ensemble Conspirare (Austin), Crossing Choir (Philadelphia), Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Spire Ensemble (Kansas City), Publick Musick (Rochester), and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Blue Heron, and Emmanuel Music. She can be heard on the newly-released Blue Heron discs of Nicholas Ludford’s “Missa Regnum mundi” and “Missa Inclina cor meum”, Conspirare’s Grammy-award winning “Sacred Spirit of Russia”, and Kile Smith’s “Vespers” with Crossing Choir and Piffaro. 

Jesse Levine, Trumpet

Jesse Levine has performed on both period and modern trumpet throughout the US and internationally. On Baroque Trumpet he has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Academy of Ancient Music and numerous others. Internationally he has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Proms Festival and in Mexico City. On modern trumpet he has played principal trumpet of the New Hampshire Symphony, and has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Portland Symphony, and Springfield Symphony

Jesse Irons, Violin

Jesse Irons can be found on stages throughout Boston enjoying a busy and excitingly diverse musical life. As a member and co-artistic director of A Far Cry, he recently received a GRAMMY nomination, and has appeared in concert across North America, Europe, and Central and Southeast Asia. His playing has been described as "insinuating" by the New York Times, and he's pretty sure they meant it in a good way. Mr. Irons enjoys exploring music outside the classical mainstream, and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble as well as with the cutting-edge new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. His baroque-violin-playing alter ego appears with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and numerous small ensembles around Boston, including the recently formed quintet Gut Reaction. Before completing his studies at New England Conservatory, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, serving as graduate assistant in chamber music. His mentors include Pamela Frank and Nicholas Kitchen. You can keep up with Jesse's performance schedule, as well as follow along with his research of historical performance practice, at his website.

Jesse Irons' website

Jason Fisher, Viola

Baroque violist Jason Fisher is a native of Seattle who currently calls Boston his home. A Carnegie Hall Fellow and a Peabody Singapore Fellow, Jason is also a founding violist of A Far Cry, Boston’s self-directed chamber orchestra. As a passionate explorer of early music, he plays baroque viola with a bicoastal variety of ensembles including Gut Reaction, Antico/Moderno, Quince, Ignoti Dei, L’Academie, Aulos Ensemble, The Handel & Haydn Society, and the Seattle and Portland Baroque Orchestras. On modern viola, Jason has performed with members of the Florestan Trio, and the Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, Mendelssohn, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. He also appears regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and is on the faculty of the Caritas String Summer School in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Guy Fishman, Cello

Israeli-born cellist Guy Fishman is active as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He is Principal Cellist of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, with which he made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005. Mr. Fishman is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and abroad, having performed in recital and with Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Museum Trio, Arcadia Players, and El Mundo. He performs on standard cello with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Mark Morris Dance Group, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Springfield Symphony, where he has been guest principal cellist. He has performed in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Eliot Fisk, Daniel Stepner, Lara St. John, Richard Egarr, and Mark Peskanov, and has toured and recorded with pop artist Natalie Merchant.  Guy Fishman has performed in chamber music recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Sanders Theater, and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, and BargeMusic in New York.

He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Chautauqua, Aston Magna, Connecticut Early Music, and Musicorda festivals. He was a member of the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  He has also appeared on NPR broadcasts. His playing has been praised as “plangent” by the Boston Globe, “electrifying” by the New York Times, and “beautiful....noble” by the Boston Herald. A critic for the Boston Musical Intelligencer, listening to Guy’s recent performance of Haydn’s C-major concerto, related that he “…heard greater depth in this work than I have in quite some time.” 

Guy Fishman has recorded for the CORO, Telarc, Centaur, Titanic, and Newport Classics labels. Recordings of sonatas by Andrea Caporale (world premiere, Centaur) and duos for cello & bass (Centaur) were warmly received. Forthcoming releases include Vivaldi cello concerti with the Handel and Haydn Society and the cello sonatas of Beethoven. Mr. Fishman started playing the cello at age 12, and at 16 began his Baccalaureate studies with David Soyer at the Manhattan School of Music. He subsequently worked with Peter Wiley, Julia Lichten, and Laurence Lesser, with whom he completed Doctoral studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition, Mr. Fishman is a Fulbright Fellow, and spent his fellowship year in Amsterdam studying with the famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma. He is on the faculty at New England Conservatory of Music.  Mr. Fishman’s cello was made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.  

Erik Higgins, Bass

Erik Higgins is a member of A Far Cry, Boston's acclaimed self-directed chamber chamber orchestra, and also performs with the Handel and Haydn Society.. After graduating from Indiana University, Erik moved to Munich where he completed a two-year apprenticeship with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra und chief conductor Mariss Jansons. There, he was fortunate enough to study with members of the orchestra, participate in eye-opening tours to Japan, the U.S., and across Europe and work with great conductors, including Ricardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt and Charles Dutoit. In 2009, Erik joined the Opera/Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamburg, under chief conductor Simone Young, where he enjoyed traveling with the orchestra to Australia, Austria, and Slovakia as well as the daily fare of murder, intrigue, betrayal, unrequited love, lust, and martyrdom that is opera. Erik also enjoys playing chamber music immensely and does so whenever he can. He is a frequent guest by the Hamburg-based chamber group ‘Ensemble Resonanz’ and also enjoys playing baroque bass with Hamburg’s ‘Elbipolis’ baroque orchestra and various ensembles throughout northern Germany. Erik’s most recent adventure has been as a faculty member at the ‘Festival Internacional de Música Erudita de Piracicaba’ in Brazil, where, for the past two summers, he has had the great opportunity to learn from hard-working, passionate students and play a great deal of chamber music with other faculty members.

In addition to dabbling in many different kinds of music with both a funk/rock band and an acoustic folk/pop group, Erik enjoys cooking, traveling (lots of traveling), swing and blues dancing, slacklining, surfing (whenever there’s an opportunity, which isn’t often) and drinking coffee on rainy mornings.

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