Michael Bardossi (violin and viola) joined Byrdsong in December of 2012 as a guest violinist for the group's Christmas concert. He had so much fun (as did the others in Byrdsong) he decided to stay on, has been enjoying the opportunity to play string band music with the group ever since. Michael became acquainted with Renaissance fiddle, and with Julia, while performing in the "Green Show" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he also appeared in five theatrical productions. He and Julia co-directed the Green Show in 1989, then married and moved to Eugene. They performed together in the folk quartet, Skye, for the next 15 years.
Alice Barkan (bass viol, recorders) has been on the faculty in Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon since 1991. Alice studied bassoon in high school and college, and played bassoon in the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra and the MIT Symphony. She first became involved with early music as a college student, where she performed with the MIT Early Music Society on recorders and shawm. Between 1979 and 1983, Alice was a member of the Madison Consort of Early Music and Encore Early Music Ensemble in Madison, Wisconsin, playing recorders and viola da gamba. After moving to Eugene in 1991, Alice performed with Viol Rackett and the Oregon Baroque Ensemble. Alice has been a member of Byrdsong Early Music Ensemble since its inception in 2002.
Julia J. Heydon (violin, treble viol, recorder, voice) has been playing and singing early music since 1973, when she joined the UC Riverside Collegium Musicum. During the late 70s and 1980s, she was a member of two faculty early music ensembles at the University of Oregon, the Faculty Consort and the Earley Musick Players. She has also played with The Morley Consort, A Viol Rackett, and the Oregon Baroque Ensemble. Julia spent five seasons as a Green Show musician at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the 1980s, and directed the Green Show in 1989. She joined Byrdsong in the fall of 2002. Julia was also a member of the Eugene celtic band Skye for more than fifteen years. She received her undergraduate degree in Music from UC Riverside in 1974, and her doctorate in music history from the University of Oregon in 1990.
Elnora Sears (flutes, recorders, tenor viol) majored in flute performance at the University of Oregon, and played in the university orchestra and wind ensembles. During this time, she took Collegium Musicum under Dr. Owen and became interested in early music. In 1971 she moved to the Boston area with husband, Tom, and learned recorder. She taught recorder and flute at the Waring School, and played for nine years in the resident recorder ensemble of White Horse Productions, a theatre company. Since returning to Eugene, she has performed flute and recorder sonatas at the UU Church in Eugene and played recorder with local early music groups. She has been a member of Byrdsong since 2002.Tom Sears (harpsichord, recorder, bass viol) has been interested in early music as a performer and instrument builder since the 1970s. Tom earned an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Oregon. His interest in choral and early music led to further graduate studies. In 1971 he and his wife, Elnora, moved to the Boston area where he accepted a job with Powell Flutes making flutes and piccolos. During this time he learned recorder voicing with Tom Prescott and made several copies of a Stanesby alto recorder from drawings provided by Friederich von Huene. As a member of the stage magic company, Le Grand David, Tom wrote for and directed the resident recorder consort, the men's chorus, and a female vocalist. His music for recorder has been published by Loux Music; Emerson Music publishes Tom's choral pieces. Tom is currently Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene.
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