23/24 Season Artist

Martha McGaughey

Martha McGaughey, viol, has been a frequent guest with Chatham Baroque. She lived in Europe for over ten years, and studied in Switzerland, with Jordi Savall and with Wieland Kuijken in Belgium before becoming a member of the Five Centuries Ensemble, a group specializing in both early and new music. She is a founding member of the New York-based Empire Viols, which was in residence at Second Presbyterian Church for 20 years, as well as the Baroque ensemble Gold and Glitter, with violinist Daniel Lee and harpsichordist Arthur Haas. With the Five Centuries Ensemble, she recorded six CDs of seventeenth-century Italian vocal music, including Frescobaldi and Monteverdi, for the Fonit Cetra in Rome. With EMI she collaborated on a CD of consort music of William Byrd, with the viol ensemble Phantasm. Recent recording projects include the Schütz Christmas Story with the Yale Schola Cantorum, and a CD of new musc by composer Debra Kaye. Martha McGaughey has twice been a Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California. She was a featured soloist with the China National Symphony in Beijing, and has toured Korea and Peru. Her past and present teaching positions include the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), Stanford University, and since 1986 the Mannes College of Music, where she currently teaches, in addition to viol, chamber music, a Baroque Performance Practice class, and a Performance Workshop for ESL students. She also teaches ESL at Building One Community, The Center for Immigrant Opportunity, in Stamford, Connecticut. Martha McGaughey teaches frequently at many summer workshops throughout the United States, especially, since 2009, at the Virginia Baroque Academy in Harrisonburg Virginia. Other workshops include numerous appearances at the Viola da Gamba Society of America annual Conclave, Amherst Early Music, Viols West, and, in 2022, the Mideast Recorder Workshop in Pittsburgh. She lives in New York.

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