A popular soloist in the Washington, DC area, the Washington Post described mezzo–soprano Barbara Hollinshead as singing with “an artful simplicity that illuminated the text and beguiled the ear.” Having studied with Max van Egmond in the Netherlands, she has since sung under the baton of Chrisopher Hogwood and Andrew Parrot, has appeared with many of the finest early music groups in eastern North America including Tafelmusik and Chatham Baroque, and is a regular guest artist with the Folger Consort, Opera Lafayette, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Washington Bach Consort. Ms. Hollinshead is a member of the NYC-based early music group ARTEK, and with the group has performed at festivals in California, Indiana, Mississippi, Austria, Germany and Scotland. She is also a member of an 8-voice ensemble in residence at the National Gallery of Art. On recordings you can find her featured in genres from Bach to Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. Ms. Hollinshead rounds out her musical contributions as an adjunct professor at American University and a cast member in the Washington Bach Consort’s much-celebrated program “Bach to School,” which brings Bach’s music to DC third graders. When she is not singing, you can find her sewing, listening to her sons sing evensong services and watching their ultimate frisbee matches.
Howard Bass has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and has been a guest accompanist with vocal and instrumental ensembles throughout the Washington area and beyond. He is a member of Trio Sefardi (with Susan Gaeta and Tina Chancey) and was a founding member of La Rondinella, with whom he recorded three CDs. He has also performed and recorded with HESPERUS, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, among others. In addition to ongoing collaborations with Barbara Hollinshead, he has performed extensively and recorded with Sephardic singer/composer Flory Jagoda. At the end of 2010, Howard retired from the Smithsonian Institution, where he produced programs, festivals, and recordings at the National Museum of American History (1981-2001) and the National Museum of the American Indian (2002-2010).