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Gus Denhard

Gus Denhard

August hosts Early Music Northwest. As a performer on lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar, August Denhard has appeared with Baroque Northwest, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Concord Ensemble, Chicago Music of the Baroque, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Portland (OR) Symphony Orchestra, Camarata Pacifica Baroque, and many other ensembles specializing in early music. He has appeared at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and at the Ars Vocalis Mexico Music Festival in Michoacán, Mexico.  Denhard has given numerous solo recitals and is in demand as an accompanist of 17th century vocal music. He performs regularly in a lute song duo with tenor Eric Mentzel.

Starting in 1995 he had a leadership role in the Bloomington Early Music Festival, working first as education director, then as opera producer and assistant director of the festival. He was appointed executive director of the Early Music Guild of Seattle, Washington, in 2000, and was instrumental in the founding of the Guild’s baroque opera program, producing and/or performing in The Monteverdi Chamber Operas (2002), John Blow’s Venus and Adonis (2005), Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (2007), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (2009) and a double bill of Vecchi and Monteverdi titled A Day on the Town, A Night in Hell (2011).

Mr. Denhard has taught early music at St. Xavier University in Chicago, the Interlochen Summer Music Camp, the Indiana University Summer Recorder Academy, at Ars Vocalis Mexico, and has lectured at the Lute Society of America Seminar. He is the founder of the Early Music Guild’s Continuo Ensemble, a community ensemble devoted to the study and performance of 17th-century vocal music. He holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University, and completed his Doctor of Music degree in May of 2006. His dissertation, Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs (1630-1670): A Guide for Performers, has been published on line by the Lute Society of America. His first solo lute recording, Cusp of the Baroque, can be seen and heard at