Tina Chancey

Tina is a founding member and director of HESPERUS. She plays medieval fiddles, violas da gamba, and renaissance, Old Time and Irish violin on roots music from Sephardic and blues to early music and jazz standards. Her particular specialty is the five-stringed pardessus de viole, the subject of her dissertation; she was awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985 and 1992 to present debut concerts on the pardessus at Carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center, and has recorded on the pardessus for Dorian and Golden Apple.

A member of Snapfinger, Toss the Feathers and Trio Sefardi, and a frequent duo performer with storyteller Jon Spelman, she is a former member of the Folger Consort, the Ensemble for Early Music, Blackmore’s Night and QUOG. She teaches, performs, records, improvises, produces recordings, writes articles and directs the SoundCatcher workshops teaching musicians how to play by ear and improvise. The Versatile Viol is her series of three CDs featuring the viol in Scots-Irish music, in French baroque music, and in American traditional music. Dr. Chancey has been given an Educational Achievement Award by Early Music America, and two WAMMIEs (Washington Area Music Awards) for Best Classical Instrumentalist. For more information, please visit www.tinachancey.net.

  • Viola da gamba
  • Violin
  • Music Director