Shulamit Kleinerman was the recipient of Early Music America's Laurette Goldberg Award in June 2015, given to honor ongoing achievement in educational outreach. In 2005, Shula began the series of children's history day camps that evolved into Seattle Historical Arts for Kids. She received the national Outreach Award from Early Music America following the 2010 release of SHAK's innovative studio CD, Merry It Is!. A former preschool teacher, she maintains a private violin teaching studio in North Seattle. 

Specializing in the early "off-shoulder" playing position, Shula performs on the medieval vielle and renaissance and baroque violin. She was a founding member of the Elizabethan quartet Plaine & Easie, which won the 2009 North American EMA competition in medieval and renaissance music. Her solo CD was recorded during an artist residency at Jack Straw Productions. She has also performed with Utopia Early Music, Istanpitta, and The Christmas Revels in Houston, Portland OR, and Tacoma.

Shula has contributed program notes for presenters including the Berkeley Festival of Early Music and the Early Music Guild of Seattle. She has presented on music history at the University of Utah, Seattle University, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Cornish College of the Arts. 

Photo top: Lee Talner

The Theater Team

Carmen Mettler has been involved in theatre staging and management for more than two decades.  Working in regional, touring and educational outreach contexts.  Carmen has been responsible for large scale musical theatre productions, small community outreach performances and touring productions across the U.S. and Western Canada. Most recently she has been the Production Stage Manager for Puget Sound Revels. She enjoys working with performing children and their families, helping to navigate to endless variables of a life onstage. Carmen has been a cast parent since 2011 and has managed or directed every show since 2013.

Jane Reamer has been working with costumes her whole life. Since training at Highline Community College, she has done wardrobe and costume work with such local groups as Burien Little Theatre, Evergreen Theatre Company, The Bathhouse Theater, Spokane Symphony, and the Seattle Children's Museum. Her ongoing project is costuming her own children as their imagination dictates. Jane has been coordinating costumes for each staged show since 2013. 


After a successful singing career both nationally and internationally, soprano Nancy Zylstra has devoted herself to teaching vocal technique and historical performance practice styles. Since 1979 she has been on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute and has taught masterclasses for many schools and organizations. She has taught at the UW, PLU, and is currently Coordinator of the Artist Diploma in Early Music program at Cornish College of the Arts. A Master Teacher for Seattle Opera’s Education programs, she especially enjoys working with young singers.

Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis

Baroque dance expert Jamia Hansen-Murray loves teaching all ages and is in demand as a lecturer/teacher at schools and universities. She has taught and staged Baroque operas at Aestas Musica International Summer School (Croatia). Her choreography has been seen in Europe, Seattle, and in several Early Music Discovery concerts. A frequent soloist with Seattle Early Dance, Jamia has studied with professionals in the US, England, and France. She loves sharing her passion for early music and dance — and designing costumes! 
Jamia has co-taught with Shula both in SHAK and the popular Early Music Guild school outreach program Colonial Music and Dance. She has taught participatory period dance at the Early Music Youth Academy's Songs and Dances Parties and has made some of the most amazing costumes that have been seen in our Merry It Is!A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tales of the Middle Ages, and Alcina.

Photo: Chris Hansen-Murray

Cecil Longino pursued studies in Taekwondo in his youth, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in history and Elizabethan stagecraft. Eager to explore the transmission of the early Western martial arts tradition, he founded the Academia della Spada in 1998 and teaches both youth and adults at its permanent school, the Salle Saint-George in Seattle. Cecil is certified as an instructor in many forms of classical fencing through the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York.  
Cecil was a regular guest fencing teacher in many historical arts classes over the years, and he choreographed the duel scenes in our production of Handel's Alcina
Photo: Lee Talner

Jacob Breedlove plays and builds medieval and renaissance musical instruments, sings, teaches art, music and history, and makes puppets and masks. He also is a professional hand-weaver.

Jacob helped create the SHAK community while teaching with Shula in the majority of our early day camps, sharing with dozens of children his captivating storytelling and his skill in countless instruments and handicrafts. He plays hurdy-gurdy and sings on Merry It Is! (and plays viola da gamba on New New Nothing), and accompanied four of our Town Hall theatrical performances. Jacob is also a regular school outreach performer. He co-wrote the script for our Galileo show and will be playing in the band in 2016.

Bill McJohn studied early harps with Cheryl Ann Fulton and medieval music with Margriet Tindemans. He is co-director of the chant ensemble Peregrine, the medieval ensemble Contrafacta, and the Seattle Continuo Ensemble, and performs with the Angelorum Harp Choir and the Medieval Women’s Choir.
 Bill has played and sung for many school outreach projects and accompanied some of the SHAK singers at Camlann Medieval Village, and is a regular guest coach/performer with Early Music Youth Academy.

Now a high school senior, Emma Chrisman has been playing violin for more than twelve years. She studies with Emma McGrath, Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and performs in the Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra and with the Northwest Girlchoir. 
Emma began attending SHAK workshops at age eight. She has been playing vielle and early violin with SHAK since she was twelve, when we believe she became the world's youngest medieval fiddle player with a CD credit to her name. Today, in addition to being a core member of the teen group, she has served as one of our teen singers in all of our staged shows and played early violin in the professional band for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Photo: Don Roberts

Christopher Briden, viola da gamba, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Indiana University under Wendy Gillespie and has recently completed an Artist’s Diploma program at Cornish College of the Arts under Margriet Tindemans. In addition to the viola da gamba, he studies renaissance music theory, rhetoric and history. 
Chris has accompanied SHAK kids in performance at Jack Straw Productions and has been a guest performer/coach in the Early Music Youth Academy
Photo: Lee Talner

Rebekah Gilmore is a freelance soprano, choral conductor, and church musician. She has performed with Baroque Northwest, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Allegro Baroque Orchestra (Spokane), the Tudor Choir, Choral Arts Northwest, the Byrd Ensemble, and Cappella Romana (Portland). Rebekah serves both St. Marks Cathedral and St. James Cathedral as a vocalist and choral conductor and she is the founding director of Ave Renaissance Women’s Choir. She is the managing director of the Tallis Scholars Summer School USA and she maintains a private voice studio in Seattle. 
For our Medieval Christmas program and our 2014 Alcina, Rebekah shared her talents in teaching singing to children as our guest vocal coach.

Photo: Don Roberts

Lee Inman — composer/arranger, lecturer, teacher, and ensemble coach — has played Baroque cello and viola da gamba for over forty years. He is president of Pacific Northwest Viols, and has frequently been on the faculty of summer workshops in Arizona, Washington and Oregon. Lee has also performed with Baroque orchestras in both Seattle and Portland, and in 2009 helped found the Portland Viol Consort, the only professional viol quartet in the Pacific Northwest. 
Lee has accompanied two of SHAK's Early Music Discovery shows and is a core player on both Merry It Is! and New New Nothing. He is a frequent school outreach performer as well. 

  Photo: Dan Bronson

Charles Coldwell plays renaissance and baroque recorders along with crumhorns, flutes, bagpipes, and vielle. He has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Northwest, and Philharmonia Northwest, and has performed with the Nonesuch English Country Dancers at Seattle's Folklife Festival. Charles served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music and co-founded Longy's undergraduate early-music degree program. He recently retired from the Seattle Public Library, where he was a manager in the Fine & Performing Arts and IT departments. 
Charles has brought some of his many instruments to enliven two of our Early Music Discovery concerts, several school programs, and both CDs. He's also the quickest draw in town when it comes to producing a legible edition of some obscure old piece of music.

Seattle native Tekla Cunningham is concertmaster of Pacific MusicWorks. She has performed with many of the leading baroque orchestras in North America and is active as a chamber musician specializing in repertoire from the 17th through the early 19th centuries. Tekla teaches Suzuki violin and is on the early music faculty at Cornish College of the Arts.
Tekla led our professional mini-orchestra for Alcina in 2014, bringing Handel's music to life on baroque violins, cello, harpsichord, and lute.


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