Ensemble Leonarda was formed at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where its founding members were participating in the early music program. Named after the composer Isabella Leonarda (1620–1704), this group of gifted individuals came together to form an ensemble dedicated to performing works of the Baroque masters with vim, vigor, and enthusiasm. Past performances have included recitals at the Church of the Epiphany as part of the “Washington Musicians for Nuclear Disarmament” series; Squires Recital Salon at Virginia Tech; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Chapel–Columbia University, the Donnell Library Center, Music in Chelsea, Church of the Transfiguration, Artek’s Midtown Concert Series, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series.
Pictured above, from left to right: Kelly Dwyer, Nancy Kito, Karel Smékal (Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic in NY), Sarah Stone, Claire Smith Bermingham, & Susan Graham.
Claire Smith Bermingham, Violin
Sarah Stone, Viola da Gamba/Cello
Nancy Kito, Harpsichord/Organ
Kelly "Killy Mockstar" Dwyer, Performance Artist/Vocalist