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Carolina Pro Musica Members

Karen Jacob
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 with a 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 Society 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 compact disks. 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.

Holly Maurer
Holly Maurer, 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, June 1997. 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
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.

Eddie Ferrell
Edward Ferrell 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.

John Pruett
John Pruett 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.

Bob Sweeten

Bob Sweeten 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

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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