Although the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach are a particular focus of the ensemble’s programming, a diversity of other Baroque and pre-Baroque repertoire is explored to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation, and mastery of a broad range of styles and techniques. Guest instructors and lecturers are invited on an annual basis to give special topic presentations or to coach students in approaches to Baroque style. Baroque bows are provided for string players, and a collection of Baroque instruments are available for students’ use through the program, including a Coolsma Baroque flute, a set of recorders, and the George Taylor portativ organ on permanent loan. A one-manual Flentrop practice organ is available for keyboardists, in addition to the John Schreiner continuo organ, Hubbard one-manual harpsichord, and Goldfarb two-manual harpsichord used regularly in Baroque Ensemble rehearsals and performances.
Renée Anne Louprette, director
Renée Anne Louprette maintains an international career as an organ recitalist, accompanist, conductor, and teacher. As director of the Bard Baroque Ensemble, she leads an annual series of Bach cantatas presented in Bard’s Chapel of the Holy Innocents and at venues throughout the Hudson Valley region. She is director of the National Competition in Organ Improvisation and a 2022 U.S.-Romanian Fulbright Scholar. Recent recitals include such venues as Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Royal Festival Hall, London; Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series, Eastman School of Music; Washington National Cathedral; the United States Military Academy at West Point; and the Bard Music Festival.