About

Now in its third season, Natur is a professional historical music ensemble specializing in music written prior to the 1800s. This diverse group of singers and instrumentalists, which the OC Register called “confident, proficient, and enjoyable,” performs on a variety of instruments characteristic to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.


This Southern California-based ensemble has been featured in the semi-annual Berkeley Early Music Festival, and their performances have included works by J.S. Bach, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Giulio Caccini, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Thomas Morley, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and many others. Natur recently commissioned composer Paul Gibson to write a signature piece as part of its 2012-13 concert season. In addition to having a busy schedule performing throughout the southland, Natur was recently invited to join the professional artists roster of Roland, the international manufacturer of electronic instruments and musical equipment.


Tara Bailey (soprano, recorder, co-director)
Bianca Hall (soprano, recorder, harpsichord, co-director)
Claire Fedoruk (soprano, viola da gamba)
Stacey Helley (mezzo-soprano, language specialist)
Stephan Haas (harpsichord, organ, recorder, gemshorn)



The Performers


Tara Bailey (soprano, recorder) has sung professionally as a soloist and choral singer in the Los Angeles and Orange County area since 2000. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Classic Ensemble and a featured soloist at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. Ms. Bailey has sung under the direction of conductors such as Helmut Rilling, Christopher Pardini, Martin Neary, and David Tinoco. Ms. Bailey completed her B.M in Vocal Performance at University of Southern California and is currently working on the D.M.A. in Early Music Vocal Performance at USC, under the direction of Adam and Rotem Gilbert. She has performed the roles of Amor in both Prologues of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea and The Return of Ulysses. She also was a performer in the Los Angeles Microfest Festival production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She is also a founding member of the professional group, Natur Early Music Ensemble. Most recently, she has been given a position at Azusa Pacific University as Adjunct Professor of Musicology. Ms. Bailey has had the privilege to study with wonderful instructors and colleagues: Rachelle Fox, Janice McVeigh, Mary Rawcliffe, Susan Judy, and Karen Clark.www.instantencore.com/tarabailey


Grammy award-winning soprano
Claire Fedoruk (soprano, viola da gamba) holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Early Music Performance from the University of Southern California, having earned her M.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her B.M. from Pacific Lutheran University. Praised by the Los Angeles Times for her "unfettered tone and easy clarity" she is a frequent soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, and Musica Angelica as well as The Concord Ensemble, and The Natur Early Music Ensemble, of which she is a member. Dr. Fedoruk’s recording credits are numerous, including the recent release of Gorecki: Miserere as well as the 2007 Grammy Award winning Padilla: Son of Justice on the RCM label. She is also an active studio artist in the film industry, and can be heard on numerous soundtracks, the most recent being Cowboys and Aliens (2011), Dorothy of Oz (2012) and Wreck-It Ralph (2013). Dr. Fedoruk has appeared as a soprano soloist with the early music ensemble Gravitacíon in Chicago, and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in New York City for Steve Reich’s 70th birthday concert series, where she sang the notoriously challenging top soprano voice of Reich’s brilliant Tehillim. In Los Angeles, Dr. Fedoruk combines her performing and teaching careers; she is Associate Professor of Musicology at Azusa Pacific University. Current and future projects include appearances as soprano soloist at Disney Hall in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, several appearances with Natur as soprano soloist and viola da gambist, and a sabbatical leave to write about and premiere the first staged performance of John Adam's new work The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. clairefedoruk.instantencore.com


Bianca Hall (soprano, recorder, harpsichord)
began playing piano at the age of four, but only began studying voice after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at UCLA. She has since received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree
Early Music Vocal Performance from USC and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance both from CSU Fullerton. She has performed the roles of Drusilla (Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea), Cherubino (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) and Dido and the Sorceress (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas). Dr. Hall's recordings include “Ancient Christmas Melodies” (Virlouise Records, 2006), “J.S. Bach: The Six Motets BWV 225-230” (Bach Collegium San Diego, 2010), and “D’ye Hear the News,” music to accompany 1688: The First Modern Revolution (Yale University Press, 2011). Dr . Hall has performed with various ensembles, including Tesserae, Ciaramella, Pacific Bach Project, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and Bach Collegium San Diego, and is a soloist at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Newport Beach. In addition to being an active performer, Dr. Hall is also an educator, currently maintaining a private voice, recorder, and piano studio, giving workshops for voice and recorder, and having previously served as Adjunct Faculty at CSU Fullerton, where she directed the Collegium Musicum ensemble. www.biancahall.com

Stephan Haas (harpsichord,recorder, organ) a USC professor in physics and a long-time member of the USC Thornton Early MusicEnsemble, Dr. Haas plays recorder and harpsichord and specializes in early baroque Italian masters, as well as modern composers. He has performed with several early music groups in Europe, Japan and the US and received first prize in the All Japan Recorder Competition. Dr. Haas has studied recorder with Brunhilde Holderbach in Germany, Minoru Yoshizawa in Japan, and Aldo Abreu in the United States. Locally, he is a regular guest conductor for the Los Angeles Recorder Society and the Orange County Recorder Society. Dr. Haas holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and a Vordiplom in Physics from Technische Universität in Berlin Germany.

Stacey Helley (mezzo-soprano)
is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she has sung many rewarding roles with Lamplighter’s Music Theatre since 1991.  She got her first BA in French, ran off to New York City to study opera for six years and then returned to California, and more roles with Lamplighter’s like Phoebe, Duchesse of Plaza Toro and the Old Lady in Candide. She returned to Cal State East Bay for a second BA in music. She completed her MA (with honors) at USC in Early Music Vocal performance and is continuing in the DMA program. She recently won the Presser Graduate Award for a project in early Baroque monody. She can be heard on iTunes with the USC  Thornton Baroque Sinfonia  singing political broadside ballads on D’ye Hear the News? Selections from the 1689 London Popery Collections. She currently sings with the Natur Early Music Ensemble in Los Angeles.   www.staceyhelley.com

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