Early Music Department

Gamma Ut Officers

Eric Fisher Eric Fisher: President

Eric Fisher is currently a doctoral student in the Historical Performance Institute of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie. A native of Houston, Texas, Eric has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts throughout the country on the double bass, violone, viola da gamba, vielle, and lirone.  Eric holds a Master’s degree in double bass performance and pedagogy from the University of Houston and a Bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from the University of North Texas. Eric is an adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, where he teaches online courses.

Kathryn Summersett Kathryn Summersett: Vice President

Soprano and certified McClosky voice technician, is currently working on her doctorate of voice performance at the Historical Performance Institute in Bloomington, IN. She has performed with EMA ypf  in BEMF 2009 & 2011 and Berkeley EMF in 2014, as well as the young artists in training in the opera Almira for BEMF 2013. She has also soloed in other festivals such as Florence Voice Seminar, Academia D’Amore, Lute Society of America and a recital Cordoba, Argentina. Miss Summersett has also started producing/stage directing shows, with recent successes including Purcell Project in 2013 and Passioni Dolci in 2014.

Alice Baldwin Alice Baldwin: Treasurer

Alice Baldwin, a native of Laramie, Wyoming, is a doctoral student in harpsichord at Indiana University. Alice holds a Master’s degree in harpsichord from IU, but started her musical life as a pianist and holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of Wyoming. She works as a continuo player both in Bloomington and across the nation, performing at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in 2014 as a member of Arethusa Musica, and serving as a continuo artist at the Oregon Bach Festival for their latest Monteverdi Vespers performances and on chamber concerts with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.

Christina Lynch Christina Lynch: Secretary

Soprano Christina Lynch is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. In Bloomington, she has appeared in period performances as part of the Bach Cantata Project and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. She has also participated in the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop, portraying Poppea in scenes from L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and the title role in scenes from Rossi’s Orfeo. Christina has also appeared with Indianapolis Opera, Nickel City Opera, Opera Sacra, Buffalo Chamber Players, and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from SUNY Fredonia.

Vanessa Rose Castillo Vanessa Rose Castillo: Media Director

Vanessa Rose was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up listening to many of her family members perform in the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from Arizona State University under the guidance of Professor Danwen Jiang and Dr. Jonathan Swartz. Currently, she is completing a Master’s Degree and a Performer’s Diploma under the tutelage of Professor Stanley Ritchie.  She has an active career as a Modern and Baroque Violinist and Violist and performs throughout Europe and North America. Ms. Castillo aspires to start her own Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Series in Phoenix, AZ within the next few years.