History

The Wren Masters met through their involvement in early music performance at William & Mary.  Tom Marshall taught keyboards there from 1981 to his retirement in 2017; Ruth Griffioen joined the faculty in 1994 to teach music history and also founded the W&M Early Music Ensemble, retiring in 2015.  Sarah Glosson first took up the viola da gamba and baroque cello as a student in that ensemble in its first year, going on to play professionally. Susan Via added baroque violin to her repertoire after joining the W&M performance faculty in 1997.  The group has been playing and performing together since 2004.


The Wren Masters are named for their favorite performance space, the 1693 Wren Chapel on the campus of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, a place of incomparable aesthetic and acoustic loveliness.


 "The Wren Masters play period instruments, and do so with admirable stylistic awareness...crisp ensemble, scrupulous phrasing and a satisfying blend of mellowness and astringency in the collective tone...unfailingly idiomatic and engaging...phrased with the naturalness of breathing..."

                          ---The Washington Post, 2008

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