Empire Viols
"Excellent" — The Wall Street Journal

Martha McGaughey
Carlene Stober
violas da gamba

Arthur Haas
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Listen to the Empire Viols
Empire Viols
February 3, 8 pm
Second Presbyterian Church
96th St & CPW, NYC
$10 suggested donation
to benefit
the organ restoration fund

The players
Martha McGaughey was a founding member of Musical Assembly and guest with Phantasm, and appears on the Erato and EMI labels. She taught at Ecole Nationale de Musique (France), Eastman School of Music, Stanford University, and teaches at Mannes College of Music.

Carlene Stober is a cellist/gambist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity and was an artist with the Manitou Chamber Music Festival. In addition to many ensembles, she was a guest with Prairie Home Companion and the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and was featured musician in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Pericles. She was principal cellist of the Tucson Symphony and a member of the Delphi String Quartet.

Arthur Haas, winner of the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition, is a member of the Aulos Ensemble and is artistic director of the Baroque Academy of the Amherst Early Music Festival. His solo CDs include a recent disc of de La Guerre and Couperin.  He  is professor of harpsichord and early music at SUNY Stony Brook.

Empire Viols formed in 1994. The core group of two viols and harpsichord frequently expands to include more viols or other instruments, while maintaining a focus on the rich duo viol repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The 2008-2009 season featured a tour of the southwestern United States.
Empire Viols
Second Presbyterian Church
Second Presbyterian Church's sanctuary provides an intimate and warm, acoustically excellent setting. The historic building retains its austere nineteenth-century Scottish heritage.