2020 Guest Artists and Judges

Arthur Haas

Arthur Haas, harpsichordist, is one of the

most sought-after performers and teachers

of Baroque music in the U.S. today. He holds

a master’s degree in historical musicology

from UCLA, where he studied harpsichord

with Bess Karp. He also studied with Albert

Fuller at The Juilliard School and with Alan

Curtis in Berkeley and in Amsterdam.

Mr. Haas was awarded the top prize in the

Paris International Harpsichord Competition

in 1975, and then lived for a number of years

in France, performing in many of the major

European early music festivals and teaching

at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in

Angoulême. While in Paris, he joined the

famed Five Centuries Ensemble, known for

its performances and recordings of both early and contemporary music. In 1985, his formal American debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was highly praised by the New York Times.

He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s premier early music ensembles whose recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Rameau have received critical acclaim in the press. He is also a member of Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniæ. Mr. Haas participated in the first recording of the Bach Goldberg Variation Canons with Alan Curtis, and has also recorded suites for two harpsichords by Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie. His solo CD’s of Pièces de clavecin by Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Suites de clavecin of Forqueray, music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, and suites of Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin have been widely praised in the press.

Known for his expertise as a continuo player, Mr. Haas has toured with such distinguished early musicians as Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Julianne Baird, Laurence Dreyfus, Bruce Haynes, and Wieland Kuijken. In 2001, he recorded Bach’s Cantata #199 and songs of Henry Purcell with the soprano Dawn Upshaw.


Annual summer workshop and festival appearances take him to the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he has served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy since 2002. Mr. Haas is professor of harpsichord and early music at Stony Brook University, where he directs the award winning Stony Brook Baroque Players, and is also on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and Juilliard’s recently created historical performance program. In Fall 2012, he began teaching harpsichord and early music courses at the Yale School of Music.


Martha McGaughey


Martha McGaughey studied with Jordi Savall and with Wieland Kuijken. She is a
founding member of the New York-based Empire Viols, which was in residence

at Second Presbyterian Church for almost 20 years, and now performs at the

Church of the Transfiguration. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato

labels, as well as for EMI. She has twice been a Regents' Lecturer at the

University of California. Last year, she was a featured soloist with the China

National Symphony in Beijing, gave several master classes in France, and

appeared with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh. She has taught at the Ecole

Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), at Stanford University, and since

1986 at The Mannes College of Music, where she currently teaches Baroque

Performance Practice as well as a Performance Workshop for ESL students.

She also teaches ESL at Building One Community, the Center for Immigrant

Opportunity, in Stamford.


Daniel S. Lee

Praised for his “ravishing vehemence” (The New York Times), period

violinist Daniel S. Lee has appeared as a soloist and leader with Early

Music New York, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the New York

Baroque Incorporated, and the Quodlibet Ensemble, among others.

As the core violinist of the Sebastians, he won the Audience Prize at

the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and

was a finalist at the 2011 York Early Music International Competition.


A piccolo violin specialist, he has performed as a soloist in Bach’s

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Cantata 140 (Wachet auf, ruft uns

die Stimme) and has given the modern-day premiere of his own

transcription of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. He has studied at the

Juilliard School (B.M.), the Yale School of Music (M.M. and A.D.), and

the University of Connecticut (D.M.A) and has given lectures and

master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Connecticut College,

Purchase College (SUNY), the University of Kansas, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches early music and chamber music at the Yale School of Music.


Michelle Zingale

Michelle Zingale holds a BA and MA in

European History  from the University of

Maine where she graduated with highest honors.


She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa & Phi Kappa


Phi honor societies.


Her piano studies were with Harold Annas and


Leena Crothers. Ms. Zingale joined the

Neighborhood Music School’s Suzuki piano faculty


in 1985; she has completed all units of Suzuki piano


training and her trainers included Carol Bigler and

Valery Lloyd-Watts among others. She has served as


Chair of Suzuki studies and Suzuki piano studies at


the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven since


2004. Her students are winners of multiple


competitions including the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is also the manager of


the Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious and longest running competitions in the state,


now in its 44th year.  


Alexis Zingale began her piano studies at the age of four and

presented her first solo recital program at age nine. Ms. Zingale

has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as soloist and

collaborator in a variety of venues, winning numerous awards in

both roles. Ms. Zingale has recorded for Peer Music Classical and

the Charles Ives Society, and her performances have been

broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio. Her students have been

prizewinners in local, state, and regional competitions and


In addition to her role as piano faculty and a staff accompanist at

Neighborhood Music School, Ms. Zingale is an adjunct professor

of piano and chamber music at the University of Bridgeport, a

staff accompanist at Southern Connecticut State University, a

choral accompanist at Sacred Heart University, a piano faculty

member at the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and the

accompanist of the New Haven Oratorio Choir.

Alexis Zingale


Stephen Gamboa-Diaz

A specialist in early keyboards, Stephen Gamboa-Diaz is a recipient of the 

Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.  He is Organist and Choir

Director at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT and is Instructor of

Music Theory at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Increasingly in

demand as a soloist and chamber musician, he has recently performed

with the Elm City Consort, the American Baroque Orchestra, Yale’s Schola

Cantorum, Heartbeat Opera and Cantata Profana, for the Phoenix Early

Music Society, and as a featured artist in Concora’s Clavierfest benefit in

Hartford.  He was a laureate of the 2012 Westfield International Harpsicord

Competition, and his harpsicord duo Zweikampf were finalists in Early

Music America’s inaugural Baroque Performance Competition.  Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley under Davitt Moroney and Charlene Brendler, and his graduate work under Arthur Haas at SUNY Stony Brook.