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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. She has enjoyed an active performance career as a concert soloist with many outstanding Early Music chamber ensembles throughout the U.S.
Ms. Browne has appeared multiple times in Early Music festivals around the country as well. She is a frequent soloist with Harmonia Nova, a medieval ensemble based in our nation’s capital. While living in Colorado, she has served as section leader for Ars Nova Singers, as chorister and soloist with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and as soprano soloist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Boulder Bach Festival. As soloist with Musikanten she has toured Argentina, the Baltic States, Venice, Sarajevo, Turkey, Vienna, Madrid and, next year, Berlin.

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 that work in Colorado. The overwhelmingly positive response to this unique and exciting composition inspired the formation of Seicento in 2011.

This past May, she coached two classes of Lamont School of Music (University of Denver) students playing modern instruments in baroque performance practice, and performed as one of the Seicento soloists in a program of Monteverdi, Strozzi and Cozzolani for their convocation. She frequently coaches local ensembles on musical styles, vocal production and pronunciation appropriate for baroque or renaissance music. Ms. Browne is recognized as a skilled workshop leader and guest lecturer in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond, including for 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 and recently for giving a presentation on baroque singing for The International Conducting Institute.

Ms. Browne is the honored recipient of an individual Neodata Grant, awarded in June by the Boulder County Arts Alliance to support artistic excellence in Boulder County. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree 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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