“Highly unique…always original” (Democrat & Chronicle)
Pegasus presents an annual series of concerts by world-class performing artists. Our concerts encompass over 400 years of music – from medieval to romantic – played on period instruments. Pegasus Early Music delivers music of the past with expressive relevance today.
To the musicians who perform in this series, early music is a living art form, with its dynamic tradition of improvisation and innovation; its spirit of intense collaboration; its incredible ability to communicate sophisticated human instincts and emotions; and its chamber-style direct intimacy. We are passionately convinced that early music can be meaningful within the context of contemporary society, and we want to share that with our audience.
Pegasus Early Music emphasizes the human side of music-making, the “reach out and touch it” approach to make music accessible, meaningful, and engaging to audiences. Each Pegasus event includes opportunities for interaction between performers and audiences through pre-concert talks, exhibits and demonstrations, social receptions, and master classes with area students. Our student interns from the Eastman Arts Leadership Program learn as they help us grow. Our Developing Artist opportunities help to foster young professionals playing alongside experienced colleagues. Pegasus Rising is our series for emerging young early music performers; we mentor them through the process of putting together a concert which we offer to the public in unusual venues, and for free.
Since its creation in 2005, Pegasus has collaborated with Downtown Arts Link, the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, MECA, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester City Ballet, the University of Rochester’s Humanities Project, and NYS Baroque. More collaborations next year!
There are many opportunities to participate in events with us, as volunteers, Board or Committee Members, artist sponsors, and as enthusiastic audience members. We welcome your ideas and involvement. Please join us for next season!
Meet the Board of Directors
Barbara Consler, President: Barb is a native Rochesterian, long active with various arts and cultural organization as President, Secretary or Treasurer of their Boards. She holds an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon Business School and is currently Director of Finance at Flower City Habitat for Humanity. She joined the Pegasus Board in 2009 and was elected Treasurer in 2010. Also a pianist and singer, Barb is Alto Section Leader at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, a position she has held for over 20 years. She sings with First Inversion and also serves as their Treasurer. She resides in the Cobbs Hill area with her two feline, furry children: Black and Decker.
Kristy Liddell, Secretary, joined the board of Pegasus in 2020. Since moving to Rochester for graduate school in 2008, she has grown to love Rochester’s many musical communities and to sing in the choir at Christ Church in downtown Rochester. She works as an adjunct professor and writing tutor at St. John Fisher College and Roberts Wesleyan College, and she also serves on the Board of the Friends of Washington Grove. She loves gardening, birdwatching, knitting, and baking.
Ron Epstein is a family physician, writer and researcher at the University of Rochester, and author of Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity. His love of early music dates to the 1970s when he studied harpsichord in the USA and the Netherlands before he went to medical school, and he continues to study and play music. He has been a supporter of Pegasus since its inception.
In Memoriam: Andrew Nagel was on the board of Pegasus since 2009, until his death in 2021. He was a passionate music lover since age 4 and active in the Rochester music scene as a performer, impresario, board member, supporter, and audience member since his arrival here in the early 70s. He sang in many groups, both amateur and professional, and served as a church choir section leader for thirty years. In his hours not devoted to music, Andy enjoyed a career teaching high school science in the Rochester City School District.
An original Pegasus Groupie, Caroline Riby was one of the first board members. Currently Carrie works at Black Button Distilling, one of the fastest growing Distilleries in the U.S., as their Marketing Director. In her spare time she enjoys cooking (you’ve probably had some of her cookies at the reception!), swimming, biking and of course Early Music.
Stephen Lewandowski has published fourteen books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in regional and national environmental and literary journals. He worked as a technician, an environmental educator and consultant in the western Finger Lakes for forty years and is now retired. His work in watershed analysis and preservation is being carried on by others. He has had a long time association with the Friends of Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY and other organizations to protect Native American human rights. His book of poetry “Hard Work in Low Places” will be published by Tiger Bark Press of Rochester, NY in 2021.
Meet the Artistic Director
Deborah Fox is a lutenist with a span of repertoire ranging from medieval to baroque music, as a soloist, chamber music player, and baroque opera continuo. She has performed with the major early music ensembles and festivals from Newfoundland to Australia, including the Carmel Bach Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Les Violons du Roy (Montreal), Spoleto Festival, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Pinchgut Opera (Sydney), Concert Royal (NY), Haymarket Opera and Third Coast Baroque (Chicago), and others. She graduated cum laude from Smith College, and received the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Early Music at London’s Guildhall School, specializing in the improvised accompaniment practices of the baroque. Her teachers have included Paul O’Dette, Pat O’Brien, and Nigel North. She has been a Teaching Artist for the Aesthetic Education Institute. She is the founder and director of Pegasus Early Music in Rochester, NY, and the director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca and Syracuse, NY.
Meet the Administrative Manager
Peggy Murray, a dancer, scholar, instructor, and administrator, holds a Ph.D. in performance studies from Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts. A former ballet and jazz dancer, Murray is now dedicated to historical dance. She works extensively with Renaissance and Baroque dance, and studies the role and development of dancing in Europe and the Americas during the colonial period. She has performed and taught in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. She regularly teaches at the Amherst and Madison Early Music festivals and guest lectures in several university music and dance departments.
Peggy also takes an active administrative role organizing international early dance conferences and has past experience in municipal communications and auditing.
Meet our Eastman Arts Leadership Program Intern
A Colorado Springs native, Meg Brilleslyper is a mezzo-soprano in her final year of undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. Meg is an Arts Leadership Certificate Candidate, the Students’ Association President, and Secretary for the Sigma Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at Eastman. Recent roles include Granny/Witch Cover in Eastman Opera Theater’s “Into the Woods,” Pane in Eastman Opera Theater’s “La Calisto,” and Nancy in the Miami Beach Music Festival’s “Albert Herring.” Meg recently studied at the Aspen Music Festival as a Studio Artist and in November, Meg will present Rossini’s “La regata veneziana” with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra as the most recent Concerto Competition winner. When Meg is not performing she enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Pegasus Early Music is a 501c3 non-profit organization