james a. BROWN / viola da gamba
ames A. Brown received his degrees in organ performance and choral conducting from the University of Houston, before moving to New York City to pursue studies in viola da gamba and historical musicology. While in New York, Mr. Brown served as musical director for Polyhymnia, a group dedicated to the performance of Medieval and Renaissance sacred repertory. As a vocalist, he performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Sir Jonathan Miller's staged version of the Bach St. Matthew Passion. As gambist, Mr. Brown has performed with the New York Continuo Collective, Texas Early Music Project, and Polyhymnia. Mr. Brown has served as faculty for the Texas Toot, as well as faculty and director for Amherst Early Music. As a conductor, his primary efforts have been in the choral/orchestral repertoire of the French Baroque, and in the music of Claudio Monteverdi.