The Concord Ensemble
The Concord Ensemble came together in 1997 and was quickly catapulted into the international music scene by winning the Grand Prize in the First Early Music America Recording Competition. Subsequently their debut recording, The Victory of Santiago: Voices of Renaissance Spain, earned them the “5-Star” distinction in Goldberg Magazine. The award-winning ensemble has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, headlining prestigious early-music festivals such as those of Berkeley, Washington, D.C., Madison, Milwaukee, Bloomington (Indiana), San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, New York’s Cloisters, Indianapolis, Regensburg (Germany) and Feldkirchen (Austria). Their work has been broadcast on National Public Radio.
Equally at home in the contemporary medium, Concord has performed music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Stephen Hartke, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, and Libby Larsen, as well as newly commissioned programs of Spanish and Latin American Christmas and paschal music. The group has an outstanding tradition of collaborating with several instrumental ensembles of renown, including Musica Angelica, the Folger Consort, Piffaro, the Renaissance Wind Band, and the contemporary Pennington Dance Group. The ensemble’s versatility has even reached the rock world, when the men of the ensemble performed with Sting and Bosnian lutenist Edin Karamazov to sold-out audiences at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a program entitled “Songs of the Labyrinth,” Sting’s foray into the music of 17th-century English composer John Dowland.
Recent performances include a series of concerts in Washington, D.C. with the Folger Consort, a guest performance in Portland for the Cappella Romana series, and other collaborations with Musica Angelica, including Purcell’s The Faerie Queene and selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Claire Fedoruk, soprano
Rachelle Fox, soprano
Dylan Hostetter, countertenor
Pablo Corá, tenor
Scott Graff, bass
Kristen Toedtman Mezzo Soprano
Kristen Toedtman sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Concord Ensemble. She is also a regular on the singer-songwriter circuit in Hollywood, leading her band and choir from the piano in original songs from the Americana gospel-style tradition at the Hotel Cafe, Bootleg Theater and Room 5. Before moving to Los Angeles she was a frequent recitalist and oratorio soloist in the Baltimore-Washington area, and toured with Baltimore Consort member Mark Cudek as the Duo Encina. She holds a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Martina Arroyo and sang with the Pro Arte Singers. She recorded with that group and Theatre of Voices under Paul Hillier on the Harmonia Mundi label while in Indiana.
More recently she has recorded with the Master Chorale for Decca Records (Muhly: A Good Understanding, 2010; Górecki: Miserere, 2012) and with long-time friend and collaborator Brendan Hines (Good for You Know Who, 2010; Small Mistakes, 2012).