“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
Ron Epstein, President of the Pegasus Board of Directors, 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.
Andrew Nagel has been on the board of Pegasus since 2009. He has been a passionate music love 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 has sung 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.
Barbara Consler, Treasurer – 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. Email: Treasurer@PegasusEarlyMusic.org
Blaire Koerner started out interning for Pegasus through the Arts Leadership Program at Eastman School of Music. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Eastman on bassoon while working for the Eastman Community Music School and teaching an online theory course. An avid animal lover, Blaire loves visiting Artistic Director Deb Fox as she can listen to Early Music and chat about Pegasus with a cat on her lap!
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.
Clarissa J. Markiewicz is a novelist who hails from Western New York. After earning her degree in English Lit and working in print media, she became a freelance literary editor of more than 200 titles. Her shorter fiction, nonfiction, and award-winning poetry has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, The Buffalo News, and Art Times, and has been commended by Scholastic and Rolling Stone. Clarissa is a proud member of the National Writers Union and Writers & Books, and she volunteers as chair of the marketing committee for Rochester Women’s Network. www.clarissajeanne.com
Kristy Liddell 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.
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 major early music ensembles and festivals from Newfoundland to Australia, including the Carmel Bach Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Spoleto Festival, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Pinchgut Opera (Sydney), Concert Royal, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), and others. She performs as a regular member of the ensemble Fioritura, and often in recital with soprano Laura Heimes and countertenor José Lemos. She is the founder and director of Pegasus Early Music, and the director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca and Syracuse, NY.
Meet the Administrative Manager
Lydia Becker is an innovative musician who is passionate about building a vibrant audience relationship, by means of historical performance and arts administration. Having graduated in May 2018 with a BM in Violin Performance and an Arts Leadership Certificate, Lydia is continuing her studies in Early Music and Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music. Lydia currently holds the position of first violinist of the Eastman Collegium Musicum where she works closely with ESM faculty members Christel Thielmann and Paul O’Dette. A Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program fellow, Lydia interned with the Boston Early Music Festival and Pegasus Early Music in 2017. She recently performed at the American Bach Soloists Academy and Oregon Bach Festival. In her free time, she enjoys swing-dancing, eating chocolate, and fiddling.
Meet our Eastman Arts Leadership Program Interns
Rachel Kobernick is a light, lyric soprano based in Rochester, NY. Most recently, her role engagements include La Princesse in Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of L’enfant et les sortilèges as well as First Grazie in Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo, with the Eastman Collegium Musicum Ensemble. This coming Fall, Rachel will be performing the roles of Bubikopf in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel by Kurt Weill. Rachel has performed in masterclasses for the Metropolitan Opera’s Chris Merrit and Harolyn Blackwell. This past year, she performed as the soprano soloist within Eastman’s Bach Cantata series as well as Handel’s Messiah. Rachel currently studies with Robert Swensen and is honored to have worked with renowned coaches such as Enza Ferrari and Berri Garver. Aside from performing, Rachel has a deep love for languages and has been studying Italian for over three years. She is currently in pursuit of an Italian minor. Rachel has also gained experience in stage management and opera direction, working professionally with the Ohio Light Opera Company during the summer of 2018 and with the Eastman Opera Theatre for over six productions. Rachel is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania where she grew up playing piano and writing bad pop songs.
Hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada, soprano McKenzie Warriner is committed to bringing text to life through music whether it’s in the recital hall, on the opera stage, or in a new composition. After completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Manitoba, McKenzie is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Cowdrick where she is also a Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program fellow. This season in Rochester, McKenzie is excited to diverse repertoire including Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (Eastman Opera Theatre), Rameau’s Le Berger fidèle (Rochester Early Music Festival), Bach’s Cantata 21 (Eastman Cantata Series), and a premiere by student composer Bram Fisher. Passionate about all forms of communication, McKenzie works as a consultant for the Eastman Writing Center, and she has held administrative internships at the Canadian Music Center and the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party Music Camp. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys yoga, knitting, and drinking good coffee.
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Pegasus Early Music is a 501c3 non-profit organization