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About

Since 2009, the early music ensemble Wayward Sisters has dazzled audiences across the United States, bringing “distinctive freshness” (Early Music Review) and intimacy to music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  “Wayward Sisters immediately impress with their evident rapport” (Gramophone).  The ensemble’s “polished and spirited playing,” and “alert, stylish performances” (Chicago Classical Review) have earned it appearances on concert series coast to coast.

In 2011, Wayward Sisters won the Early Music America/Naxos competition, a nationwide search for new early music talent.  In 2010, the Newberry Consort showcased Wayward Sisters on their series as Emerging Artists to watch.  The group’s debut CD was released on the Naxos label in March 2014.

Wayward Sisters is Beth Wenstrom (baroque violin), Anne Timberlake (recorders), Anna Steinhoff (baroque cello and viola da gamba), and John Lenti (theorbo and guitar).  Members of Wayward Sisters have studied historical performance at Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, and The Juilliard School.

The name “Wayward Sisters” refers not only to Henry Purcell’s vivid conjuring of Shakespeare’s witches, but to the group members’ far-flung lives and continuing commitment to making music together.

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Beth Wenstrom

Beth Wenstrom's performances have been described by The New Yorker as "elegant and sensual, stylishly wild." Ms. Wenstrom is a founding member of Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Competition. As a guest soloist and concertmaster, Ms. Wenstrom has performed with the Sebastian Chamber Players, Quodlibet Ensemble, Baroque Orchestra of Maine, New York Baroque Incorporated, as well as William Christie's Les Rencontres musicales en Vendée in Thiré, France. Ms. Wenstrom also frequently enjoys playing in Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble and Apollo's Fire.

In addition to performing, Ms. Wenstrom is a committed and dynamic pedagogue. She was a sabbatical replacement at Oberlin Conservatory for both modern and baroque violin in Spring 2014.  She has also taught undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook University and has coached baroque ensembles at Rutgers University and SUNY Stony Brook.

Born, raised and musically trained in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ms. Wenstrom continued her education with a BM from Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from NEC and a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. Most recently, she received a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School in the inaugural class of the historical performance division. Her principal teachers have included Marilyn McDonald, Lucy Chapman, Pamela Frank, Soovin Kim, Cynthia Roberts and Monica Huggett.

Photo by Alexandra Catiere

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    Anne Timberlake

    Anne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres to Celtic tunes. She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alison Melville, and Indiana University, where she studied with Eva Legene and won the 2007 Early Music Institute Concerto Competition. Critics have praised her "fine technique and stylishness," "unexpectedly rich lyricism" (Letter V), and "dazzling playing" (Chicago Classical Review).

    Anne has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study recorder performance in Belgium. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label.

    Anne is a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. In 2011, Wayward Sisters won Early Music America's Naxos Recording Competition. In addition, The Newberry Consort presented Wayward Sisters as Emerging Artists during the 2010-2011 concert season.

    Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Anne has coached through Indiana University's Pre-College Recorder Program, the Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, Catacoustic Consort's community recorder program, and for numerous ARS chapters.

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      Anna Steinhoff

      Anna Steinhoff, cellist, has been described by critics as "soulful," and "the rhythmic heart of the ensemble." Based out of Chicago, Anna is an active performer with ensembles across the midwest. In addition to the modern cello, Anna specializes in early instruments such as the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She is the principal cellist of Chicago's period instrument orchestra, Baroque Band, and performs with ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, Second City Musick, Callipygian Players and Madison Bach Musicians.

      Anna completed degrees in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University where her principal teachers were Peter Rejto and Hans Jensen. She recently returned from The Netherlands, where she studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden.

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        John Lenti

        John Lenti's playing on theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar has been described as “a joy to behold” (Seattle Times) and praised for its “nuanced beauty and character” (Gramophone), and he regularly deploys his “uncommonly big sound” (Third Coast Digest) in concert, over the air, and on record to considerable acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician with groups like Seattle Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego, Magnificat, Mercury Baroque, the New World Symphony, and Seraphic Fire, among many others. His recording credits include albums with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Seattle Baroque, Division with Ostraka, and forthcoming releases with Musica Pacifica and his baroque quartet, Wayward Sisters, winners of the Early Music America/Naxos recording competition. He studied lute with Nigel North, Jacob Heringman, and Elizabeth Kenny, and he is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University. Additional musical help and inspiration have come from Ricardo Cobo, Ronn McFarlane, and Walter Gray.

        Photo by Eric Rynearson