Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Princeton Festival Performers to Reveal Secrets of Baroque Music and Instruments at Artists’ Round Table


WHEN: June 9 at 7 pm
Live streamed 
so that audience members can ask questions
More information is available at

This year’s Princeton Festival Artists’ Round Table features four specialists in Baroque performance discussing how to play the vibrant music of the period on the instruments for which it was written. 

Three musicians from the Festival’s popular Baroque Chamber Ensemble will participate:

  • Chiara Fasani Stauffer, violinist/violist and concertmaster
  • Joshua Stauffer, guitarist/theorboist
  • Caitlyn Koester, harpsichord player

They will be joined on the panel by Gregory Geehern, the Festival’s Acting Artistic Director. Kyle Masson, a specialist in 17th-century music, will moderate. The Artists’ Round Table is sponsored by the Princeton Festival Guild.

“I’m sure the audience will enjoy hearing the secrets of great Baroque music from people who actually play it,” said Geehern. “We’ll explain why Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel, to name just a few, sound brighter and better on so-called period instruments. We’ll also reveal the special techniques for playing these instruments, and how we shape the notes according to Baroque practices.”

The panelists will play in two “Sacred and Profane” live-streamed Chamber Ensemble concerts at the Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton on June 8 and June 10. Tickets for either the virtual transmission or a limited number of in-person seats are available at or by calling (609) 759-1979.

In addition to his role with the Princeton Festival, Gregory Geehern is a conductor, singer, and scholar, with broad experience in Baroque choral music. Kyle Masson has been a co-instructor and Arthur Mendel Fellow at Princeton University since 2014 and a teaching artist with The Princeton Festival since 2018.