Dr. Oglesby is one of the original founders of the Miami Bach Society. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern College, a Masters degree in musicology from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University, where he concentrated in conducting.
Professor of Choral Music at the University of Miami for 30 years; Dr. Oglesby is also Director of Choral Music at Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove. He has been president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and also the Miami chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Kappa Phi honor societies. In December 1989, his performance of Handel’ s Messiah was broadcast nationally on Christmas Day. Under Dr. Oglesby’s direction the University of Miami Collegium Musicum and the Plymouth Church Choir have toured the eastern United States, Great Britain and Europe. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal and has served three terms as Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors' Association
Dr. Oglesby has worked at the Center for Baroque Music in Versailles, France; he is the author of the Bach Cantata Data Base, Score Preparation: A Study Guide for Conducting Students, A Guide to the Bach Cantatas, and articles in the Choral Journal. He translated editorial notes for an edition of grand motets by Rameau, published by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in 2006, and is currently working on an anthology of Martin Luther’s music.
Miles Morgan is well-known in international early music circles, and has been active in every aspect of early music for more than four decades. A graduate of Harvard University, he trained as a conductor in both the United States and Italy. For many years, he was the music director of the Associazione Musicale Romana (Italy), followed by stints with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (Maine) and many years directing the Bamboo Organ Festival (Manila). He currently lives in New York and collaborates with the Boston Early Music Festival and the Venice Music Festival. Before accepting the position as Co-Music Director of the International Baroque Music Festival, he served as its Artistic Advisor during its planning and initial five seasons.
Jay Bernfeld is increasingly admired as a performer of great expressivity on the viola da gamba; the lyrical beauty of his playing the result of his deep love of the singing voice. Hundreds of live performances of the great singers of the twentieth century, in particular those of Renata Tebaldi, have helped him to forge a new perspective on the performance of earlier repertoires as witness the performances of Fuoco e Cenere, the ensemble which he directs.
Passionately interested in the rediscovery and development of 17th century theater and operahe has directed the 1589 Florentine Intermedii La Pellegrina, Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Athens Concert Hall, and Marco da Gagliano’s La Dafne at the Palladian Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, as well as Lorenzani's long forgotten pastoral opera Nicandro e Fileno on the stage of Versaille's Royal Opera. Jay Bernfeld has founded Opera Fuoco with Maestro David Stern. The tandem Bernfeld/Stern have presented Handel’s Hercules at prestigious sites in Greece.
As director, soloist and chamber musician, Jay Bernfeld has delighted audiences on such prestigious stages as the Concertgebouw-Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Rome's Villa Medici. He has taught the viola da gamba in Italy, France, Norway, Switzerland and the United states, as well as instrumental and vocal repertoire spanning five centuries. He has held master classes on baroque style and technique at the Festival d'Art Lyrique Aix-en-Provence 's vocal academy, and at the Leipziger Bachtage on the theme of "Bach and French Music".
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