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Ensemble Fontegara: Renaissance Recorders

This flexible ad hoc group is comprised of the Valley’s most experienced recorder players. The repertoire is 16th Century European music, offered by an ensemble that ranges from 4-7 players.

The ensemble plays a set of recorders made by David Ohanessian, suitable to music of that period. These instruments are voiced using a pure temperament, and have a fingering system that falls between the Swiss Virdung fingering charts of 1511 and the later Ganassi fingerings of 1535, published in his treatise La Fontegara. The recorders belong to the group’s founder and director, Pat O’Scannell.


Fontegara Alumni

While most players can play all voices, listed here the instruments folks have generally played with Fontegara.

Karen Basin
Karen Basin (1960-2020)
Rheumatologist and Baroque and modern bassoon. Alto and tenor recorders.
Tessa Brinckman
Tessa Brinckman
Renowned Contemporary flute and Transverse Baroque flute player and teacher. Tenor recorder.
tessabrinckman.com
Rob Lowry
Rob Lowry
Singer, keyboardist, choral director. Tenor and alto recorders.
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Kevyn Woven
Tenor and alto recorders.


Fontegara Current Players

Steven Bacon
Steven Bacon
Multi-instrumentalist and luthier. Bass and tenor recorders. www.bellwoodviolin.com
Harlan Bittner
Harlan Bittner
Recorder player and retired aerospace engineer.
Rebecca Bittner
Rebecca Bittner
Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Retired radiologist and piano tuner extraordinaire.
Luna Bitzer
Luna Bitzer
Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Alto and soprano recorders.
Sherril Wood
Sherril Wood
Modern and transverse Baroque flute. Alto and soprano recorders.
www.sherrilwood.com

Pat OScannell
Pat O’Scannell
Founder and Director. Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Musical director, recording artist. Soprano and alto recorders. www.musicamatrix.org


Fontegara Guest Artist

 George Simmons

George Simmons, multi-instrumentalist and recorder player.
George is a recent addition to our Ashland community, and plays all sizes of recorders from soprano to contrabass, capped double reeds and portativ organ.

He recently performed with Sine Nomine in Baltimore / DC, and with the Oregon Renaissance Band in Portland.


Ensemble Fontegara Renaissance recorders at Rotunda at SOU LibraryBuonconsiglio Loggia QuartettEnsemble Fontegara Renaissance recorders PerformanceCecco FluteplayerEnsemble Fontegara at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Medford, presenting their program: The Music of Shakespeare's England.Recorders

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