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Thomas Gerber

Thomas Gerber is a founding member of two early music period instruments ensembles: Ensemble Voltaire (formerly Ensemble Ouabache), a chamber music group formed in 1987 which is currently ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis; and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, formed in 1996, which is presently ensemble-in-residence at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center of the University of Indianapolis. 2006-07 finds him serving a term as chief executive officer of IndyBaroque, Inc.

Gerber is assistant professor of music and humanities at Marian College, Indianapolis, and serves as well on the faculties of Butler University, where he teaches harpsichord and music history, and the University of Indianapolis, where he teaches music history and coaches the student Baroque Ensemble. He is harpsichordist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as well as of the liturgical early music ensemble Musik Ekklesia.

Recent appearances have included the Early Music Festival of St. Louis and the Bloomington Early Music Festival, as well as concerts with the period instruments ensembles Catacoustic Consort, Callipygian Players, Pills to Purge Melancholy, and Haydn by the Lake. He can be heard on the Dorian, Concordia, and Catalpa Classics labels.

Recent projects have included performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, by J. S. Bach; lecture recitals of early Classical repertoire which trace the sources of Mozart's style; recordings of Bach chorales and related works with Musik Ekklesia for Concordia; a recording of the chamber and orchestral music of Reinhard Keiser with Ensemble Voltaire; an Ensemble Voltaire music-drama performance piece called "Madame," which explores the letters and diaries of Madame, the Duchess of Orleans, and the music of the French court of her day; and annual concerts on the theme "Mod Squad Baroque," which juxtaposes solo and chamber music from the Baroque Period with music from the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Gerber holds masters degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University, and a bachelors from Hillsdale College (Michigan). His teachers included Fernando Valenti, Anthony Newman, and Elisabeth Wright.

Summers have found him studying and performing at places such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Accademia Internacional del Verano on the island of Mallorca (Spain), and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.


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