Emma Major, Directing Manager


Emma is long-time Art-Maker & Producer hailing from the east coast of Canada.  A folk-singer at heart, Emma has turned her love of storytelling into a full time career working across six performance art disciplines: theatre, music, dance, spoken word, film, and comedy.  She has worked as an educator, performance artist, Artistic Director, and Executive Producer on projects ranging from NYC public school programs to critically acclaimed world premieres.  Emma can't help tapping her toes and laughing and singing along!

Edwin Huizinga, Baroque Violinist

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Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga is quickly establishing a reputation as one of North America’s most versatile violinists. Performing both baroque and modern repertoire he enjoys performing with musicians from all kinds of genres worldwide.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Edwin has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Note Bene Ensemble, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the Georgetown Bach Chorale, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Sweetwater Music Festival, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and Banff Summer Arts Festival, among others.

As a baroque violinist, Edwin has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with the world-renowned baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, the Wallfisch Band, Aradia Ensemble, and Theater of Early Music. He is a founding member of the baroque ensembles Passamezzo Moderno and ACRONYM, and is a member of the string trio Academy.

Concert Series. Edwin has served as guest director of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, as a guest artist with I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, and as guest concertmaster of the New Dutch Academy and the Kansas City Baroque Orchestra.

As a modern violinist, Edwin has performed all over the US and Germany with The Knights NYC, and has recently joined the contemporary quartet OSSO based in NYC. Edwin has worked with notable conductors along the likes of James Gaffigan, Bruno Weil, Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, Paul Goodwin, Jane Glover, and more.

In addition to his career as a classical violinist, Edwin is a member of the Juno-nominated indie rock band The Wooden Sky. He has performed with Broken Social Scene and Jazz Mafia, and has recorded with The Mars Volta and Vanessa Carlton, Great Bloomers, the Minators, among others.

Edwin has a passion for bringing chamber music to the people and is a founding member of the Classical Revolution which began in San Francisco in 2006. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Toronto Chapter of Classical Revolution, which he founded in 2010. Through Classical Revolution, he and his colleagues are shaping a future of concerts and jam sessions in alternative spaces around the world.

Edwin’s dedication to music education led him to his current position as Artistic Director of the Big Sur Music Camp. He has coordinated outreach with the Banff arts Centre, Oberlin College, Panama City, Panama, the Carmel Bach Festival, and more. He also currently teachers with The Hammer Band’s Violence to Violins program in Toronto, reaching children in at-risk neighborhoods who may otherwise never have an opportunity to learn music or play an instrument.

Edwin has a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Nate Helgeson, Baroque Bassoonist


Nate Helgeson is in demand in the United States and abroad as a modern and historical bassoonist. He is a founding member of period instrument ensembles on both coasts, including SacroProfano, Grand Harmonie, and New Vintage Baroque. Nate also appears regularly with many of North America’s premier period ensembles, such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Baroque, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. On the modern instrument, he has performed throughout the country with a diverse range of ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and Callithumpian Consort. Nate is a graduate of the Historical Performance program at the Juilliard School, and holds degrees in modern bassoon performance from the University of Oregon and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Elliot Figg, Harpsichord, Organ, Conductor and Composer

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Elliot Figg is a keyboardist, conductor and composer from Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School where he studied harpsichord with Kenneth Weiss. He has also studied with Arthur Haas at the Yale School of Music. Elliot is an active member of several New York based early music and contemporary ensembles, including ACRONYM, New York Baroque Incorporated, and New Vintage Baroque. Recent engagements include: Conductor and harpsichordist for L'Amant Anonyme with Little Opera Theatre of New York; assistant conductor and harpsichordist for Cavalli's Veremonda with Spoleto Festival USA; assistant conductor and harpsichordist for Dido and Aeneas with L.A. Opera; assistant conductor and harpsichordist for Alcina and Orlando with WhiteboxLab. Elliot received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music composition from the University of North Texas where he studied composition with Cindy McTee and Joseph Klein, and harpsichord with Lenora McCroskey. His own works combine baroque performance techniques with altered tuning systems and modern formal approaches.

Adam Cockerham, Theorbo, Lute and Baroque Guitar

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Early music artist Adam Cockerham specializes in theorbo, lute, and baroque guitar. He has performed with ensembles such as Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY, TENET, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, El Mundo, and J415. He has been involved in modern world premiere performances of 17th-century operas with companies such as Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Le nozze in sogno), Ars Minerva (La Cleopatra, Le Amazzoni nelle isole fortunate), and world premiere performances of new operas with companies like the Prototype Festival (Pulitzer Prize-winning Angel’s Bone) and Opera Saratoga (A Long Walk).

Cockerham is currently a doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School after completing his Master of Music degree in Historical Plucked Strings. He also holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Partnering with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Danielle Sampson, he founded voice and guitar/lute duo Jarring Sounds.

Piramo e Thisbe with LOTNY


based upon the the story of
Pyramus and Thisbe
from Ovid's Metamorphoses
Opera by Johann Adolph Hasse
Libretto by Marco Coltellini

A collaboration with New Vintage Baroque

Directed by Philip Shneidman
Conducted by Elliot Figg

March 22-25, 2018



Piramo: Kristin Gornstein* / Sarah Nelson Craft+

Tisbe: Kelly Curtin* / Summer Hassan+

Padre: Brian Downen* / Glenn Seven Allen+

with Giovanni Da Silva & Hunter Hoffman

*Performances on Thursday March 22nd and Saturday March 24th
+Performances on Friday March 23rd and Sunday March 26th


Elliot Figg, Conductor
Philip Shneidman, Director
Neil Patel & Cate McCrea, Set Designers
Lara De Bruijn, Costume Design
Grant Yeager, Lighting Design
Alex Basco Koch, Projection Design
Robert Airhart, Production Manager
Giles T. Horne, Production Stage Manager
Brad Lemons, Fight Director
Jessica Fleischman, Assitant Stage Manager
John Erickson, Associate Projection Designer

SESSIONS Vol. III: The Baroque


Introducing Sessions, a new series from Amanda + James bringing you performances from rising classical musicians in intimate, informal settings.

Our third installment focuses on music of the Baroque. The vibrant young period orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, Praised by the NY TIMES for their "appealing energy" and "thoughtfully conceived programming," will present a joyous program that will interweave brand new Baroque arrangements by Jonathan Woody of some of our most iconic holiday songs such as "Have Yourself and Merry Little Christmas" and "Let it Snow"  with some of the most beautiful Baroque Christmas chamber music. 

Featuring excerpts from: 
Charpentier's Noel Sur Les Instruments H 534
Nativitatem Domini Canticum H 416
Corelli's Christmas Concerto

Owen McIntosh, tenor
Jonathan Woody, bass & arranger
Lindsay McIntosh, oboe
Jeff Girton, violin
Karen Dekker, violin
Anthony Albrecht, cello
Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord
Dylan Greene, percussion

Coburn Music: Music in the Meadow with Trails and Vistas

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Tickets: $35 Adult, $12 Student/Child
1/2 day art in nature experience with three extended musical performances
TIME:  9:00 am to 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Perazzo Meadows, HWY 89 North from Truckee, CA


This performance feature excerpts from Jean Frey Rebel's Characters of the Dance interwoven with songs from written and performed at the infamous 17th century Vauxhall Gardens in the Perazzo meadow. Joining Coburn Music is local musical historian Richard Blair, and folk singer and songwriter Angele Carroll.


Coburn Music: The Coburn Bacchanalia

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Coburn Music invites you to join us for our opening gala, The Coburn Bacchanalia on August 5th, 2017 at the Cedar House Sport Hotel. Truckee's first and very own Baroque chamber music series will launch the week with an evening of three courses of music paired with Stella's Pop-Up culinary excellence. 

$75 Admission: wine, canapés and music.
Limited seating

5pm: Arrival
5-5:45pm: Table music, mingling, canapés and cocktails. 
5:45-6:30pm: The Bacchanalia Concert
6:30-7pm: Table music, mingling, canapés and cocktails

Table Music

Table Music Brunch Series @ National Sawdust 

Table Music at National Sawdust is a one of a kind music series created and curated by Juilliard graduate and historical oboist Lindsay McIntosh, featuring a fresh and innovative young Baroque ensemble, New Vintage Baroque. 

Inspired by Café Zimmerman, the largest and most popular Kaffeehaus in Leipzig and a center for the middle classes during the eighteenth century, National Sawdust and James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly bring you a Sunday brunch series.  

Join us for a unique and warm dining experience, where you can enjoy live historically informed performance (HIP) music in a non traditional way. Not only does this series create a laid back environment for customers to come in and listen - it also gives a much needed arena for young performers to perform and practice HIP music of the eighteenth century.


New Vintage Baroque

New Vintage Baroque is the resident group for the Table Music Series.

Check out the Spring dates for brunch!

Past Dates:

September 11, 2016 @ 12-3pm

September 25, 2016 @ 12-3pm

October 9th, 2016  @ 11-2pm

November 13th, 2016 @ 11-2pm

December 11, 2016 @ 11-3pm


New Vintage Baroque

with special guest from Broadwood Juntion

Francis Liu, violin
Sarah Stone, violoncello
Patrick Jones, square piano

Broadwood Junction was formed after the chance discovery of an 1810 Broadwood square piano at an estate sale in Virginia. The must-have instrument of the late 18th century, square pianos paved the way for the middle class to make music at home, finding their way into the parlors of Jane Austen, Thomas Jefferson, Marie Antoinette, and Johann Christian Bach.

Broadwood Junction is dedicated to bringing the unique stories and timbres of our square piano to the public. Made up of alumni from Juilliard's Historical Performance program, the trio is passionate about exploring, experimenting, and performing repertoire from the early Classical to the Romantic era.

Dates include: 

July 31st, 2016 11-2pm

August 14th, 2016 12-3pm

August 28th, 2016 12-3pm

Check out this new article from Early Music America!!!! 

Check out this new article from Early Music America!!!! 

A note from the curator: Lindsay McIntosh   Finding new and innovative ways to perform and keep HIP alive has been my mission since attending The Juilliard School. The HIP department and faculty at Juilliard were so inspirational to so many of us young and aspiring musicians that I feel inclined to do my part to make early music approachable and sustainable in the 21st century. National Sawdust and Paola Prestini have been invaluable to helping me bridge this gap between the traditional concert space and a venue that allows us to reimagine the world of HIP.
A note from the curator: Lindsay McIntosh 
Finding new and innovative ways to perform and keep HIP alive has been my mission since attending The Juilliard School. The HIP department and faculty at Juilliard were so inspirational to so many of us young and aspiring musicians that I feel inclined to do my part to make early music approachable and sustainable in the 21st century. National Sawdust and Paola Prestini have been invaluable to helping me bridge this gap between the traditional concert space and a venue that allows us to reimagine the world of HIP.

Wolf in Skins

”Wolf-in-Skins” is an evening-length “dance-opera” choreographed and directed by Christopher Williams and composed by Gregory Spears. Kings, foundlings, wolves, hounds, fay milkmaids and other mythical characters fill this dance opera that draws inspiration from a cycle of Welsh romance tales that preserve pre-Celtic and pre-Christian elements. It views marginalized or outmoded cultural relics, celebrating the “otherness” inherent in early Welsh literature, through a contemporary lens.

Driven by choreographed operatic sequences supported by supertitles, the work combines live music, dance, puppetry, and visual design to re-imagine lost mythology as a staged ritual. Singers performing in a quasi-archaic English represent the libretto’s human characters, whereas dancers embody its supernatural characters. A choir of shadow figures singing in Welsh represents the voices of the supernatural characters. The complete work strives to dovetail the traditional live performance genres of opera, dance, theater, and puppetry into a visual, sonorous, and spatial "polyphony" that forges new territory as its own performance hybrid carrying forward the tradition of Wagnerian “Gesamtkunstwerk” and Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes.”

Wolf-in-Skins is currently in development in American Opera Projects’ “First Chance” and “Dance Opera Initiative” programs, supported by funding through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and in partnership with Philadelphia Dance Projects, supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Additional development of Wolf-in-Skins has been supported in part by funds from the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and the O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation and provided through residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, One Arm Red, Dance New Amsterdam, the Joyce SoHo as part of a Rockefeller Dance-Theater Planning Residency, and at Watermill - a laboratory for performance.

Photo by Andrew Jordan

Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe !

New Vintage Baroque players are perfect chameleons, chugging along like a rock band one moment, a jazz band the next, and a Baroque ensemble only fleetingly.
— Allan Kozinn, the Wall Street Journal
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New Vintage Baroque (NVB) and Oracle Hysterical (OH) round out their 2016-17 series at National Sawdust with a very special closing show. New Vintage and Oracle present 6 previously unreleased songs from their album, "Passionate Pilgrim" (VIA Records). The set includes 4 original songs by composer Majel Connery (deemed “thoroughly Schubertian” by Allan Kozinn, Wall Street Journal) that set the course for the album more than a decade later. The June 3rd show also marks the release of the Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe Album on VIA Records. In addition to this special offering, other music on the program ranges from freshly-minted re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh) and Elliot Cole's striking living-room opera, Babinagar, based on a folktale from Afghanistan. 



 New Vintage Baroque presents Apocrypha

What happens when fate separates a work from its creator? What meaning is gained or lost from a piece devoid of a clear history? In chis concert, members of New Vintage Baroque wade into the ambiguous territory of anonymous, misattributed, and spurious works. Accompanying them on this journey will be the composing-singing-bards of Oracle Hysterical, writing companion pieces to the Passionate Pilgrim, an anonymous anthology of 20 poems once attributed to one 'W. Shakespeare." Featuring new works by Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Elliot Cole, and Majel Connery. 

Venues: The Whitebox Gallery and The Danner Loft New York, NY
Concert Dates: 8, 9 May 2015

The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

Lewis Walpole Library presents New Vintage Baroque “The Grand Tour”

The Grand Tour of the Eighteenth Century is know for its rich array of incredible music making, art, food and saucy social gatherings. New Vintage Baroque takes to the stage with quaint, joyful and luminous works heard on the road while Walpole toured the western world. This concert, presented by the Lewis Walpole Library, will take you on a similar journey of sounds and senses enjoyed by Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray. From luscious arias written for the most famous castrati to delightful Galant trio sonatas, Walpole's personal transcribed collection of manuscripts will transport you back to the 1740 Grand Tour itself.

Venue: First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington CT.

Date: 5 November 2016

L'Amant with LOTNY



By Chevalier de Saint-Georges, libretto by Desfontaines after Mme. de Genlis

MAR 12, 2016 - MAR 20, 2016

Conductor: Elliot Figg
Adaptor & Director: Philip Shneidman
Art Director: Sanford Biggers
Lighting Designer: Nick Solyom
Production Stage Manager: Aaron Heflich Shapiro
Asst Stage Manager: Giles Horne

In collaboration with New Vintage Baroque


Valcour: Everett Suttle *, Bernard Holcomb +
Léontine: Jennifer Moore *, Jenna Siladie +
Ophémon: Jesse Malgieri *, Joseph Flaxman +
Jeannette: Marie Masters *, Lily Arbisser +
Colin: , Anthony Webb +,Vincent Festa * 
Dorothée: Aude Cardona

*performances on 3/12, 3/15, 3/17, 3/19
+performances on 3/13, 3/16, 3/18, 3/20

The Grimm's Fairytales


New Vintage Baroque presents The Grimm’s Fairy Tales @ National Sawdust

New Vintage Baroque and Oracle Hysterical join forces to premierea full length song cycle of the Grimm Brothers for Baroque chamber ensemble and vocalists. These Grimm’s stories live in the world of oral folk tales -- which are variously funny, poignant, and macabre.  The appeal of these folk tales connects the 21st century to archetypal dream-memory, where the essential questions of family, adventure, justice, and transformation work out over countless generations.  

Venue: National Sawdust 80 N6th Street, Brooklyn NY.

Date: 21 October 2016

Grim fairy tales: Baroque band plays creepy kids’ stories
— Brooklyn Paper

The Characters and the Catch

Lewis Walpole Library presents New Vintage Baroque “The Characters and the Catch”

Inspired by the “Character Mongers” fall exhibition at the Lewis Walpole Library, New Vintage Baroque presents an evening of Characters and the Catch. The 18th century saw rise to the most historic and prosperous middle class. Master craftsmen, merchants, joiners, tailors, brewers, tutors, clothiers and professionals alike labored hard and played even harder. Leisure time activities became a force unto themselves and music was at the very top.  

The masses flocked to opera houses, theaters, churches, music clubs, and pleasure gardens. Thanks to the printing press, collections of the most popular arias, airs, catches, rounds and glees were at everyones fingertips. To keep up with the demand for entertainment amateur musicians played part books filled with sonatas, duets and trio sonatas. But these weren't your average amateurs, these musicians were almost as exceptional as the music they were playing.

Venue: First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington CT.

Date: 23 September 2016