about joëlle


About Joëlle

Joëlle Morton is a widely sought performer and teacher, specializing in a variety of period instruments, including renaissance and baroque violas da gamba, violoni and double basses. Active primarily as a soloist and chamber musician, Joëlle directs the Scaramella chamber music series in Toronto, but is also a regular guest for workshop teaching, chamber music projects and symposium lecturing engagements, the world over. She has appeared as guest soloist or continuo player with many period ensembles in North America, including Tafelmusik, the New York Collegium, les Voix Humaines, Early Music Alberta, Rosa Barocca, Early Music Voices, Pegasus Early Music, New York State Baroque, I Furiosi, La Monica, Parthenia Consort of Viols, the Catacoustic Consort, Artek, Philomel, Concert Royal, Brandywine Baroque, Ensemble Soleil, Los Angeles Baroque, Musica Angelica and the Toronto Masque Theatre. She teachs viol and historical double basses at the University of Toronto, serves as curator for the spectacular Hart House collection of antique viols and in 2005, she designed and oversaw the implementation of the Consort Coop, a highly successful program for young professionals that is now a regular part of the annual summer Conclave for the Viola da Gamba Society of America. But in addition to performing and teaching, Joëlle is much in demand as a musicologist and clinician. Her most recent scholarly work lays out and in fact, redefines, the full history and repertoire for the viola bastarda. She has published a great number of scholarly musical editions, including pieces for the lyra viol, the complete works of Orazio Bassani, the complete solo and duo pieces by Bartolomeo de Selma e Salaverde, and Viennese cassations by J.B. Vanhal and Josef Mannl. For many years, she was the Editor for the International Society of Bassists, and during her tenure as such, she established and oversaw their Online Journal of Bass Research. Joëlle studied viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie, Mary Springfels and James Tyler and earned her doctorate in Early Music Performance at the University of Southern California. She may be heard on recordings with Tafelmusik, Concert Royal, Musica Viva, Thomas Georgi, Alison Melville, Ensemble de'Medici, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and Celtic harpist Lynette Johnson.