Faculty A-Z

  • Profile:

    Martha McGaughey studied viola da gamba in Basel, Switzerland, with Jordi Savall and in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken.  For many years she was a member of the Paris-based Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances of both early and contemporary music.  A founding member of the California-based group Musical Assembly, whose recording of the chamber music of François Couperin received critical acclaim, Ms. McGaughey has also performed with many New York Baroque groups, and collaborated with the British viol consort, Phantasm, in several concerts and a CD of the consort music of William Byrd.  She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI.  Ms. McGaughey taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), and at Stanford University. Ms. McGaughey is a founding member of the New York-based groups Empire Viols (in residence for almost 20 years at Second Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side), Aula Harmoniae, which toured Korea in the fall of 2013, and Gold and Glitter, one of New York’s most exciting new Baroque ensembles. Ms. McGaughey has twice been a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, and teaches regularly at Amherst Early Music and other summer workshops including the Virginia Baroque Performance Workshop and the annual Viola da Gamba Society Conclave. At Mannes she has taught viola da gamba, chamber music, Baroque Performance Practice, and English Composition. In addition to her musical activities, Ms. McGaughey holds a degree in TESOL and teaches English as a Second Language at NYU and at the New School.Studies with Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken. Former member of The Five Centuries Ensemble, Parthenia, and Alhambra (Sephardic music group). Current member of Musical Assembly and Empire Viols. Recordings for Fonit Cetra, Erato, Music and Art, Simax, Gothic. Former faculty member: Ecole Nationale de Musique (Angouleme, France: 1979-82), Stanford University (1985-89). Early Music Faculty, The Mannes College of Music since 1985.

    Current Courses:

    ESL: Performance Workshop

    Baroque Performance Practice