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Sandra Mangsen (harpsichord) retired to North Bennington in 2011 after teaching musicology, harpsichord, and historical performance at the University of Western Ontario  (London, Ontario) for twenty-three years.  She has also taught at McGill, Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and Temple University and holds degrees in musicology (Cornell University) and harpsichord performance (McGill University), and an undergraduate degree in sociology (Oberlin College).  She founded Bennington Baroque in 2012 in order to present historically informed performances of baroque music and to justify giving her two harpsichords house space. Sandra's book, Songs without Words: Keyboard Arrangements of Vocal Music in England, 1560 to 1760, was published by the University of Rochester Press (Eastman Studies in Music, 2016). Her 1992 recording of French harpsichord music, Entretiens, is available from CDBaby. 


A performer and scholar, Mathieu Langlois (flute) holds degrees from Western University (Canada) and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (The Netherlands), and has held grants from the Canadian Bureau for International Education and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A student of Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark, Mathieu has concertized on baroque and renaissance flutes with the Attaignant Consort, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, the Rotterdam Baroque Ensemble, the Musica Viva Orchestra, the Bach Orchestra of The Netherlands, and Bennington Baroque. Mathieu is currently completing a Ph.D. in musicology at Cornell University. Mathieu was director of Cornell's performance practice ensemble, Les Petits Violons, from 2010-2012, and was the founding director of Cornell’s Renaissance Wind Consort in 2013-2014.



André Laurent O'Neil (viola da gamba and cello) performs up and down the East Coast and across the Atlantic. In Albany he plays cello, fortepiano and viola da gamba with Capitol Chamber Artists, who have also premiered his compositions. André has just returned from his fifth visit to Belgrade, Serbia, where he performed several concerts at the Belgrade Early Music Festival under the auspices of New Trinity Baroque, on whose Vivaldi Concertos CD he is a featured soloist. With NTB he was also in residence five times at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and performs frequently in Atlanta. André also played with the Handel and Haydn Society for two seasons in Boston’s Symphony Hall. He studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands, and has completed workshops with eminent gamba performers Wieland Kuijken, Vittorio Ghielmi, Sarah Cunningham, Juan Manuel Quintana and Paolo Pandolfo. André has collaborated with Bennington Baroque since its inception.



Emily Hale has performed in the US and Europe, on BBC4, with the Early Opera Company, Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Aulos Ensemble and Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. She was a founding member of Consort 21, commissioning new works for period instruments, and has performed at the Valetta International Baroque Festival, London Handel Festival, St. John’s Smith Square and the National Gallery. Ms. Hale was viola d’amore soloist with the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra in the Brandenburg Choral Festival. She is curator and director of Vanitas: Catch It While You Can, a concert experience exploring the differences between live and recorded performance through art and music of the Baroque era and today, which premiered in the RCM’s Great Exhibitionists series. As a post-graduate, Emily joined the faculty of the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music as their first historical strings coach for Baroque ensembles.

Ms. Hale completed an MPerf in Historical Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music in London, winning the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music, and also holds degrees in Violin Performance from Houghton College (BMus) and Penn State University (MMus). Emily received a full scholarship to the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Her teachers have included Cynthia Roberts, Julie Andrijeski, Catherine Martin, Adrian Butterfield, James Lyon and Lin He.


Kerry Ryer-Parke is a performer of many musical styles, from oratorio, opera, early music and new works to folk, jazz and rock. She has been the Director of the Bennington Children's Chorus since 1994 and the Bennington Voice Workshop since 2002. Member of the Core Music Faculty at Bennington College, she is an Artist Associate in Voice at Williams College. As soprano soloist she has appeared with the Foundation for Baroque Music, Adirondack Baroque Players, Bennington Baroque, Cantata Singers, Williams Chamber Players, Berkshire Symphony, Sage City Symphony, Danbury Symphony, Skidmore College Choirs, Williams College Choirs, Williamstown Early Music, The New Opera, Aoede Consort, Battenkill Chorale, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, Northern Berkshire Chorale, and the Bennington County Choral Society. She is the lead singer and bass player in the Catbird Trio, and the rock band The Prescription.