The Alachua Consort
The Alachua Consort
The Alachua Consort is a group of musicians from North Central Florida that specializes in chamber music of the Baroque
era.  The ensemble was founded in 1992.  Since then the consort has performed regularly in the Gainesville area, often
joined by local guest artists. For more information regarding performances and services, visit
John Netardus, oboist, has been a resident and part of the musical
community of Gainesville since 1979, when he accepted a Friends of Music
scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he studied oboe with
Mark S. Ostoich. Prior mentors include Joyce Sidorfsky and Patricia
Stenberg. He also studied voice with Mark Madsen. Mr. Netardus has
performed with the Pensacola Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the
Central Florida Symphony, and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, as well
as various other ensembles through the years. He is a founding member of
the Baroque trio Alachua Consort and the pop combo Amusica. He may
also frequently be found locally in the role of classical location recording
    Miriam Zach, Ph.D. is a musicologist, organist, harpsichordist, pianist, author,
    professor, Founder/ Creative Director of the International Festival of Women
    Composers Founder/Creative Director
    (, and member of the Alachua Consort ( In
    2016 she was greatly honored to be named inaugural “Charles and Mary Sukup
    Endowed Artist in Organ” in the Department of Music and Theatre at Iowa State
    University beginning in August 2016, and Director of Music-Organist for St. John’s By
    the Campus Episcopal Church in Ames, Iowa. Since 1996 at the University of Florida
    she has been teaching interdisciplinary Honors Music and Health, undergraduate and
    graduate Music History courses, organ, harpsichord, and in Spring 2012 co-taught a
    new French Music and Texts course with Dr. Sylvie Blum-Reid. Miriam Zach recorded
    the CD Hidden Treasures: 300 Years of Organ Music by Women Composers (1998) in
    Princeton University Chapel, can be heard on Pipedreams National Public Radio
    (2007, 2010, 2013), and published the book For the Birds (2015, 2nd edition)
    available from After completing degrees at Northwestern
    University and the University of Chicago, she taught piano in Germany at the
    Universität Bielefeld, studied organ with Jobst-Hermann Koch, sang in the Kantorei St.
    Nicolai in Lemgo, and performed as organist for the British Army of the Rhine-Church
    of England. She has served as Music Director-Organist for First Lutheran Church, and
    St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, in Gainesville, Florida. She has toured Europe with
    her husband Dr. Mikesch Muecke with whom she edited the book Resonance: Essays
    on the Intersection of Music and Architecture (2007), taught in Rome, Italy (Spring
    2011), Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice (Fall 2013) at UF, and teaches
    graduate and Honors Architecture and Music courses at Iowa State University. She
    was named University of Florida Professor of the Year 2000-2001.
Annemieke Pronker-Coron, violinist, studied at the Amsterdam Sweelinck
Conservatory in her native country, the Netherlands, where her teachers included Jaap
Schröder and Jan Henrichs. She also studied music therapy in London. A former
member of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Ms Pronker-Coron teaches violin and
fiddle. She is an active promoter of music in the community, having helped inaugurate
the Sawgrass Fiddle Contest and the Annasemble, an orchestra under her musical
direction. She taught a string program at the Einstein School for students with learning
disabilities, and plays electric violin with the Greek band EMBROS. Her research in
different musical styles led her to a course in New York City with Mark O’Connor, and
she now teaches his New American Violin Method. Annemieke’s book The Bridge;
connecting violin and fiddle worlds (2015) is published by Culicidae Press (
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