Extension Division Faculty
Lute; Early Music and Historical PerformanceProfile:
Grant Herreid is a versatile musician/director/teacher on the early music scene. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer he performs frequently on winds, strings and voice with Hesperus and Piffaro, and he plays theorbo and lute with the baroque ensemble ARTEK. He resides in the woods north of New York City, teaches at Mannes College of Music in New York and directs the New York Continuo Collective. Grant has created and directed several theatrical early music shows, including Il Caffe d'Amore, a pastiche of early 17th century Italian songs and arias, and the 15th century English Holly and Ivy: A Mid-Winter Feast of Fools. For the Amherst Early Music Festival he created and directed A Day At The Faire, an Elizabethan rustic music-drama; a production of Guarini's Il Pastor Fido; The Ballet of the Twelve Nations: Prelude to the Thirty Years War, an early 17th century German production featuring alchemy and intrigue, and The Masque of the Gypsies, based on works by Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton. For Piffaro's 15th anniversary weekend he wrote and directed Of Dancing and Sweet Music's Power, based on English masques and Italian intermedi. But mostly he devotes his time to exploring the esoteric unwritten traditions of early Renaissance music with the group Ex Umbris. He has recorded for Archiv, Dorian, Lyrichord, Musical Heritage Society, Newport Classics and others.