MEET THE FACULTY

Early Music Princeton Director Wendy Young has performed at many of America’s major concert halls, at numerous festivals, and with many early music ensembles, as well as dance and theatre groups.

Her specialty is 17th and 18th century keyboard performance practices, and in addition to teaching harpsichord, she enjoys teaching the art of teaching Baroque music to pianists.

In addition to her classical training, Wendy has been studying the healing effects of sound, music, and vibration for almost 30 years, and co-directed the Sound and Music Institute, a 9-month training program in therapeutic sound and music, at the New York Open Center, is the director of the Princeton Sound School, and is the Director of Education for the International Sound Therapy Association.

Dr. Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano, is a singer, conductor, educator, and composer. She was a member of the world-renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4 from 2000-2015. She recorded twelve award-winning CD’s with the group, including American Angelswhich twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010. Anonymous 4′s performance of the Irish lament “Caoineadh” on Christopher Tin’s album Calling All Dawns, with Jacqueline as featured soloist, led to a Grammy for Best Classical Music Crossover Album. She is currently Artistic Director of ModernMedieval Voices, a women’s ensemble dedicated to creating programs that combine early music with new commissions. The ensemble has performed and given residencies all over the U.S.

As a composer, Dr. Horner-Kwiatek  has written pieces for MMV and the Folger Consort, amongst others, and her music has been described by The Washington Post as “beguiling and succinct.” As a soloist she has been a guest soloist with many renowned ensembles and opera companies, including English National Opera, Washington Bach Consort, Royal Opera Covent Garden, The Folger Consort, Armonia Nova, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt and Ensemble InterContemporain Paris, performing at many of the world’s leading venues, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Concert Hall. 

 Dr. Horner-Kwiatek has a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School and is on the Performance Faculty at Princeton, where she teaches voice and is the conductor of the Early Music Princeton Singers. She also teaches voice at New York University. She is in demand as a clinician and gives masterclasses, ensemble technique workshops, and vocal pedagogy for composers seminars all over the USA. http://modernmedieval.org

Sarah Cunningham is recognized as one of the foremost performers on the viola da gamba worldwide. As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed and recorded throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. After many years living abroad in London and then Ireland she has returned to the US and is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s new Historical Performance department.

She is a founding member of baroque ensemble Sonnerie, with violinist Monica Huggett and has given solo recitals at many festivals including Helsinki, London’s Wigmore Hall, Utrecht (Holland), Vancouver, Sligo (Ireland), New York, Boston. US and European tours with flutist James Galway.

With a repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st century, Nancy Wilson‘s solo playing has been called “clear and sweet in tone, refined in articulation” by Gramophone, “exceptionally stylish” by The Edinburgh Scotsman and “expert” by the New York Times. With over 50 recordings to her credit, Ms. Wilson is known as a founding member of many of American’s pioneering period instrument ensembles, performing as concertmaster and soloist with leading conductors in early music, including Nicholas McGegan and Christopher Hogwood.

A devoted pedagogue, she has judged competitions, taught masterclasses internationally and guided many who’ve gone on to careers in music. She is also on the faculty at the Mannes School of Music (The New School University) where she is the director of the Mannes Baroque Chamber Players.