Carolina Pro Musica Members
Karen Hite Jacob
, artistic director, harpsichord,
established Carolina Pro Musica in 1977 as a not-for-profit organization. She is
a graduate of University of NC, Greensboro
masters degree from UNC-Chapel Hill
. Organist for
Belmont Abbey Basilica
, she is instructor in
music and director of Arts at the Abbey for
Belmont Abbey College
, Belmont, NC.
Karen is founding member and past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard
and is active in Charlotte Sister Cities. Her
musical research, presentations and performances include the United States,
Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom (Grosvernors' Chapel & Handel House, London) and Peru ( concert
.) She has guided
Carolina Pro Musica trips to Poland, England, and taken students to Russia to teach music
and English. She is the producer of Carolina Pro Musica's
She was guest harpsichordist with the Charlotte Symphony in October 2010. Her organ recordings, a part of the complete works of Antonio Cabezon in honor of his birth
(1610), are available here
, viola da gamba, continuo,
flauto traverso / recorder has a BA from
St. Lawrence University
in music and religion
and MM from The New England Conservatory
in performance practice
of early music.
She studied viola da gamba with Grace Feldman. She was in school at New England
Conservatory with CPM's recorder and flute player Edward Ferrell. Holly has
performed with New England Baroque ensemble and various chamber groups Boston &
New York. She lived and performed in New York City for 15 years before moving to
Charlotte. Holly performed with Karen Jacob at the Boston Early Music Festival,
For many years, she performed with Carolina Baroque and has taught summers at Mountain Collegium
Holly also teaches music at Central Piedmont Community College
, Charlotte, NC.
Rebecca Miller Saunders
soprano, first appeared with Carolina Pro Musica in 1992 and became a permanent
member of the ensemble in 1994. She is a graduate of Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
and also studied early music at the Institute for Early Music at Indiana University
under the direction of Paul Elliott and Thomas Binkley.
Rebecca has been involved in early music recordings including a commercially
available CD of the music of Hildegarde von Bingen (1098-1179) with the
Institute for Early Music. Rebecca enjoys being a song leader of contemporary worship at
Uptown Church in Charlotte.
holds degrees from
The New England Conservatory of Music
(1978, BM) and UNC- Chapel Hill
(1986, M.A. in
Musicology with specialty in 17th century Italian opera and vocal music).
Edward plays recorder (undergraduate degree is in performance), and flauto traverso.
He serves as research assistant for Carolina Pro Musica and translator of much
of the vocal music. He has performed as recorder soloist in Handel operas, Bach
cantatas and Britten's Noye's Fludde in the Carolinas, GA and the Boston area
with the New England Dance ensemble. Having been with Carolina Pro Musica since
1978, he performed with Karen Jacob several years earlier. He has served as
adjudicator for flute competitions and has taught recorder and clarinet.
Ferrell was part of the contingent performing in Poland.
is a musician who plays both modern and baroque violin. He
is regularly heard in Carolina Baroque and El Ensamble Barroco de
Arequipa in Peru. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music
. John has played principal viola for 25 years with the Chamber
Orchestra of the Triangle. He is also first violin of the Triangle
Quartet. For several years he has been organizing orchestras and
ensembles of period instruments for Old Salem, the Moramus Choir and
Piedmont Chamber Singers. He also is concertmaster for the newly
formed Collegium Musicum Salem a group devoted to authentic instrument
performances. John appears as a guest artist on CPM's latest CD
"Following the Lamb".
Other interests have led him to restore the Yadkin Valley Mill in
Yadkin County. This mill is a 19th century water powered gristmill.
has appeared as narrator for Carolina Pro Musica’s Christmas at St, Mary’s concerts since 2009. He has been Max on the syndicated Bob &
Sheri morning radio
Show that originates from WLNK in Charlotte for over 14 years. He grew up in
Pennsylvania and Washington, DC and got his start in radio at a religious station in Virginia at the age of 18. In addition to his duties directing
Bob & Sheri, he is active in local theater. In spring 2009, he appeared as Emperor Joseph in Amadeus, the final production of The Abbey Players
125th anniversary season, Belmont, NC.. In his 21st season as a member of the Abbey Players, he appeared as the Colonel in Journey’s End (Fall
2011). He has won two coveted Addy awards for his work in television and radio commercials.
Tom LaJoie, a native Charlottean, is the director of the Symphony at UNC Charlotte. Tom is also in his 19th year as an educator with the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, having served as orchestra director at Myers Park and Butler High Schools. Tom graduated from Winthrop
College in Rock Hill in 1992 Magna Cum Laude with a BM in violin performance. He received his teaching certification with a
post-baccalaureate degree from UNC Charlotte. Tom has performed on period instruments with Carolina Pro Musica and the newly formed
North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Tom lives in Matthews with his wife, Heather and his two daughters Kathryn and Elizabeth
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