Ensemble Bio

Amelia Roosevelt, baroque violin
Stephanie Corwin, baroque bassoon
Katie Rietman, baroque cello
Gabe Shuford, harpsichord

Repast is a group of four musicians— a violinist, cellist, bassoonist, and harpsichordist— whose musical and personal affinities are so strong that they formed a chamber music ensemble despite the rather inconvenient fact that there is not much repertoire for that instrumentation. Focusing mostly on Baroque music, they often include guest instrumentalists and singers in order to perform pieces they find exciting. 

The group’s name, meaning a meal or a feast, plays on the idea that a great musical experience should feel like a fabulous meal.

Repast has been described as “a graceful, energetic ensemble” by the The New York Times, which also cited the ensemble’s "vital performances" and “robust” playing. A fan recently raved, “I think Repast plays with something of the spirit of a rock band. They play off each other with great alacrity, and their music swings, as I believe baroque music was intended to do.” (Claude Scales).

Founded in 2003 in New York City, Repast has performed as part of Miller Theatre’s Bach and the Baroque series and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles; Bargemusic; the Miami Bach Society; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Peak Performances, and many other venues. The group produced a concert series at Baruch Performing Arts Center during its first 12 years, and in 2015 added a concert venue in Brooklyn Heights. In 2016, Repast began performing at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Repast has been featured on WKCR and Vermont Public radio, and its CD is aired frequently on radio stations nationally.

Repast’s musicians are committed educators and have presented workshops and lecture-demonstrations at the College of William and Mary, Columbia University, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and Baruch College.

© Repast Ensemble Inc. 2017