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
www.alachuaconsort.com
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
engineer.  
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
(
www.iwclib.org), and member of the Alachua Consort (www.alachuaconsort.com). 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
www.culicidaepress.com. 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 (
www.
culicidaepress.com).
For Concerts, Special Occasions
and further information
Contact the Consort at www.alachuaconsort.com