About Us


“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 has a BS from Allegheny College, an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon Business School and is retired from full-time finance work. She joined the Pegasus Board in 2009 and was elected Treasurer in 2010.   Not content to just play with numbers, Barb is a pianist and mezzo-soprano.   She is the Alto Section Leader at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, a position she has held for over 20 years. She also serves them part-time as Assistant Financial Secretary.   Barb sings with Scivias Medieval Ensemble and First Inversion:  she longs to sing with Voices.  She resides in the Cobbs Hill area with her two feline, furry children: Black and Decker. 

Active throughout New York State and beyond, trombonist and educator Ben David Aronson, Treasurer,  is based in Rochester, New York. A founding member of Incantare, his engagements as a historical trombonist include collaborations with Dark Horse Consort, Piffaro, New York Baroque Incorporated, Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street, Mercury! The Orchestra Redefined, the Washington National Cathedral Choir & Baroque Orchestra, and the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church in Rochester, NY. As a modern trombonist, Ben David has performed extensively with Symphoria, and has worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic and Erie Philharmonic orchestras, the Plymouth Brass Quintet, Symphoria Brass Quintet and as a founding member of the Hohenfels Trombone Quartet. Ben David holds the DMA from the Eastman School of Music, and serves on the faculties of the Eastman Community Music School, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and SUNY Geneseo.

Stephen Lewandowski, Secretary, 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.


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.

Caroline (Carrie) Hunt Riby is an award-winning strategic advertising professional experienced in all forms of account leadership and media planning. She specializes in communication integration, strategic planning, media strategy, audience/market research, social media, negotiation and agency education.

Riby has been in the communications business for over 40 years and is now teaching full-time at Syracuse University as a Visiting Professor.  

Having been an adjunct professor for Syracuse University for the last 18 years, she was also the marketing director for one of the fastest growing distilleries in America, Black Button Distilling. Previous agency experience includes strategic account director for Butler/Till Media, media director for Roberts Communications, vice president, business-to-business worldwide communication director for Saatchi and Saatchi and media planner for Mullen Advertising.

Deb Koen, Senior Consultant and Professional Development Coach, joined the Board in 2023. As a recognized leader in the field of career management and leadership development, she has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com and the business section of Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle.  Her previous Board commitments include The Nature Conservancy and Rochester Global Connections.  After facilitating a strategic planning retreat for Pegasus, Deb eagerly accepted the opportunity to contribute to this talented and dynamic organization, whose musical performances she has enjoyed and admired for years.


A long-time friend of Pegasus, Alida Merrill was delighted to have the opportunity to join the Board. With a background in strategic planning and program development in the not-for-profit sector, she is gratified by using these skills towards audience development and expanding the reach of Pegasus. As a former “cello mom” of an RPYO principal cellist, Alida takes great pleasure in once again being immersed in the world of music and supporting the work of Pegasus. Alida’s previous Board and volunteer work includes being President of the Children’s Institute and volunteering with Isaiah House, Camp Good Days and Special Times, and as a Rootz mountain biking “roll model” for kids.


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.

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

Meg Brilleslyper

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. 

211 Cobbs Hill Drive Rochester, NY 14610
585-703-3990   info@PegasusEarlyMusic.org
Pegasus Early Music is a 501c3 non-profit organization

Pegasus Early Music group

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