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Evanne Browne, Artistic Director

Seicento’s founder and Artistic Director Evanne Browne has performed, directed and championed period performances of early music since the 1980s. As a concert soloist with many outstanding early music chamber ensembles Ms. Browne has enjoyed an active performance career with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Folger Consort, The Orchestra of the 17th Century, The Washi
ngton Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and the Washington Bach Consort. She has also participated in productions with period instruments of medieval, baroque and renaissance works including staged versions of the 13th century Play of Daniel, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Kennedy Center, and a celebrated performance of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum performed at the Washington National Cathedral and featured on the cover of Early Music America Magazine. Ms. Browne has appeared multiple times in the Montana Early Music Festival and the Washington, D.C., Early Music Festival, and is a regular soloist with Harmonia Nova, a medieval ensemble based in our nation’s Capital.  Since moving to Colorado, Ms. Browne served as section leader for Ars Nova Singers, as chorister and soloists with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and as soprano soloist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Boulder Bach Festival. As soloists with Musikanten she has toured Argentina, the Baltic States, Venice, Sarajevo, Turkey, Vienna, and, this year, Madrid. Her passion for baroque music led her to produce the highly successful 2010 performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, the first documented performance of work in Colorado, and a piece Seicento will perform October 23-25,  2015. Ms. Browne’s inspiration to form Seicento was born of the success and enthusiasm for that project. 

This year finds Ms. Browne active in a variety of early-music-related endeavors including travels with Musikanten to Spain and Montana where she was soprano soloist for the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, a contrast to Cavalli's V
enetian Vespers of 1643 she also recently performed for the Annual Montana Early Music Festival. Ms. Browne is gaining recognition as a workshop leader and guest lecturer, including for the Denver’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, Early Music Colorado, the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society, the Denver chapter of the American Recorder Society. In May 2015, she will present Seicento soloists in concert and coach students at the Lamont School of Music (University of Denver) Convocation. Ms. Browne holds a Bachelor of Music from Trinity University and a Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She studied baroque vocal performance practices with Dutch baritone Max von Egmond at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ms. Browne is Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Boulder, where Seicento is honored to be Ensemble in Residence.

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