William & Mary

Wren Masters receive Virginia Commission for the Arts grant

The W&M Wren Masters. Photo by Stephen Salpukas.The Wren Masters, the faculty Baroque ensemble of the College of William and Mary, have received a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for inclusion in their Performing Artist Touring Directory for the 2014-2015 concert season. The VCA grant is awarded to performing artists and ensembles in Virginia residency to provide high quality performances throughout the state. Members of the ensemble are Sarah Glosson, baroque cello and viola da gamba; Ruth van Baak Griffioen, recorder; Thomas Marshall, harpsichord and organ; and Susan Via, baroque violin. The Washington Post praised the group saying, "the Wren Masters play period instruments, and do so with admirable stylistic awareness. crisp ensemble, scrupulous phrasing, and a satisfying blend of mellowness and astringency in their collective tone." The Wren Master are named after their favorite performance space, the 1693 Wren Chapel on the campus of the College of William and Mary.