Ann Marie Morgan, Founder and Artistic Director
Founded in 2016 by artistic director Ann Marie Morgan, STRING is an ensemble of three musicians, performing music from the renaissance on all members of the Viola da Gamba family of instruments. Residents of the Denver/Boulder area of Colorado, Ann, Sandy and Sarah join together to form a Consort of Viols, ever popular amongst professional and amateur players alike during the late 16th and early 17th centuries in Europe. While the greatest expanse of the repertoire comes from the likes of William Byrd, Henry Purcell and their English colleagues, there is a wealth works written to suit the viol consort from other parts of Europe.STRING's first season (2016-2017) includes invitations to collaborate with Boulder's premiere vocal ensemble Ars Nova Singers and with the Denver Early Music Consort/Early Music at Metro. The ensemble will also appear as its own entity in October at St. John's Cathedral on their Music at Noon Concert Series and in January 2017 on the popular chamber series in Denver - Happy Hour Concerts.
Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her
“beguiling musicality” Ann Marie Morgan is a frequent guest
artist on viola da gamba and has performed in the Bach St. John and St. Matthew
Passions with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras. She is a regular
guest at numerous Bach Festivals including Oregon, Bethlehem, and Boulder and
has been concerto soloist with Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. This season she returns to work with The Cleveland Orchestra as viola da gamba soloist in Bach's St. John Passion. A frequent chamber music collaborator and recording artist,
she can be heard on twenty commercially released recordings. Recent live performances
include concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; in Istanbul, Turkey; in
Santa Fe and at the University of Minnesota. Ms Morgan has served on the early
music faculties of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
(Baltimore, Maryland) and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen,
Michigan). She received her
Bachelor of Music (cello) from Peabody and her Artist Diploma on scholarship
(viola da gamba and baroque cello) from Oberlin. An active participant in
Denver/Boulder’s choral scene, Ann Marie serves as a choral pro in Ars Nova
Singers and a staff singer at St John’s Episcopal Cathedral. To see a list
of recording and to stay informed of upcoming events and news, please
visit her website: stringperformer.com
Cellist Sarah Biber has played across the United States, Australia and China. In recent collaborations with dance, she has been featured with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach for the company’s first performance with period instruments (hailed as "bracing" and "nuanced" by the New York Times); with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance at the premiere of Treize en Jeu” an evocative 45 minute ballet for 13 dancers set to Franz Schubert’s Trio in E Flat Major. Sarah earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University with Colin Carr after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College. In Australia, Sarah performed in the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony under numerous conductors including Gianluigi Gelmetti and Vladmir Ashkenazy. Sarah has attended or been a fellow at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Mannes Beethoven Institute, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. As cellist of Kentucky’s premiere period ensemble, she collaborated in a performance of a Vivaldi Concerto, called “Passionate and insightful” and aired on NPR’s Performance Today. In 2012, Sarah was appointed professor of cello at Montana State University. She recently relocated to Golden, Colorado.
Sandra Miller, originally from the Boston area, currently lives in Golden, Colorado and is an active performer on the viola da gamba as well as baroque and modern cello. She enjoys performing regularly with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and with Seicento Baroque Ensemble and has collaborated with nationally and internationally recognized early music specialists including Mimi Mitchell, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, Ann Marie Morgan, Stephen Stubbs, Frank Nowell, and Cynthia Miller Freivogel, among others. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wesleyan University, where she studied both western and non-western musical traditions, and a Masters in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Judith Glyde and the Takács String Quartet. Her career in early music began over a decade ago at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. She continued her viol studies in Santiago, Chile where she spent two years before returning to the United States to focus primarily on the study and performance of music from the baroque era. She currently has a private cello studio and coaches chamber music with the West Denver Suzuki Strings program. She lives with her husband and two daughters and their family cat, Sirus, who enjoys sleeping in empty cello cases.