One of the most prominent and influential modern masters of harpsichord and fortepiano, Jacques Ogg performs worldwide as a soloist and continuo player. He was a member of one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, directed by the late Frans Brüggen, and also worked with Baroque orchestras in Salamanca and Sevilla, Spain. Highly sought after as a pedagogue, he is a harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, one of the world’s foremost institutes for early music. Mr. Ogg co-directs the International Baroque Instrumental Program, an intensive summer music course in the Twin Cities, and has been the artistic director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra since 2000. His discography includes more than 60 recordings with labels such as Philips, Sony, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Glossa.
Johanna Lorbach joined the Lyra Baroque Orchestra staff in 2012 as Communications Manager. A Duluth native, she studied music and Scandinavian languages at the University of Minnesota. More recently, she spent time in the Pacific Northwest, earning her Master’s in Arts Management from the University of Oregon in Eugene. She has worked with the Oregon Bach Festival, Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. As Lyra enters its fourth decade of music-making, Johanna works closely with the Lyra board, laying groundwork to ensure that Lyra remains a vibrant, thriving part of the Twin Cities early music scene. She is a lifelong musician and currently performs throughout the Twin Cities with Finn Hall Band.
Maura Dunst hails from southeastern Wisconsin, where she grew up playing violin in regional orchestras. After a year of studying violin performance at UW-Milwaukee and playing in the UWM Symphony Orchestra, she changed course and headed to the University of Missouri where she completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She then earned a master’s degree in English at UW-Eau Claire before moving to the U.K. to work on a PhD in Victorian literature, which she successfully defended at Cardiff University in 2013. Her doctoral research and subsequent publications focused on music in 19th-century women’s writing. After three years of teaching college composition at UW-Stout, Maura took another leap and left teaching for non-profit communications in the Twin Cities. She is thrilled to be working in the classical music field once again, yet another variation on her constant theme of bringing historical pieces back to life in a 21st-century context.
Tami Morse in demand nationally as a performing musician and an administrator. She is Artistic Director of The Baroque Room and is also the administrator for the International Baroque Instrumental Program, an intensive summer music course formerly held in Vancouver and moved to the Twin Cities in 2015. As a harpsichordist, she has performed with ensembles such as Foundling, the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, North Shore Pro Musica, Stony Brook Opera, Ensemble 212 and the Big Apple Baroque Band. In addition to her studies in the United States with the acclaimed Arthur Haas, Tami was awarded a prestigious DAAD grant, which she used to study in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Ketil Haugsand. She is dedicated to making early music accessible to today’s audiences and laying a foundation for its study and performance in the United States.
Grant Johnson joined the Lyra Baroque Orchestra as orchestra librarian in 2016. Grant is also orchestra librarian with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble and Chamber Music Librarian with the Aspen Music Festival. He also works part time in the libraries of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As an instrumentalist, Grant serves as a concertmaster for two orchestras at the University of Minnesota. He has also been a featured performer for the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists. Grant is Vice President of Young Musicians of Minnesota. With YMM, he has been interviewed and published by Classical MPR. Grant it thrilled to be with Lyra because of his love for early music.