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About Baroque
Music Montana

Baroque Music Montana specializes in chamber music inspired by history. Made possible through a grant from The Juilliard School’s Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, the umbrella of Baroque Music Montana was founded in 2015 by Carrie Krause to provide a meaningful cultural institution of intimate, communicative, progressive performance for our vibrant community. Based in Bozeman, it provides a performance platform for both local artists and visiting professionals who have deeply invested in fruitful historical performance. We partner with many organizations around the state to serve Montana through outreach, house, and public concerts, and an annual Period Performance Workshop sponsored by the Bozeman Symphony.

Baroque Music Montana performs works by celebrated composers of the Baroque, as well as many pieces rarely or not heard since the eighteenth century. Some manuscripts are readily available in digital archives, and some require a great deal of sleuthing to unearth. BaMM’s musician roster rotates based on desired instrumentation for repertoire performed in intimate spaces similar to which the music was originally intended, and often on period instruments. Using historical instruments and referencing original manuscripts, iconography, and historical writing fuels commitment to the music and inspires fresh interpretation. Rather than recreating something old, the aim is to make each performance of this day, of this space, existing because of these musicians and this audience.

Latest News

Carrie Krause, Sue Makeever, Megan Ali, Matthew O’Sullivan, Anna Jesaitis, and Julia Slovarp will perform Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, on Nov 2 at noon at the Bozeman Library. This is in advance of BaMM’s performance of all of them on Nov 16 (plus a lecture preview on Nov 8).

Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward, a Scottish Baroque Duo from Chicago, will perform during Noon Notes on Monday, October 7, Noon in the Community Room of the Bozeman Public Library and one Tuesday, October 8, Noon in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. Driving dance tunes, plaintive laments, unusual harmonies, surprising forms, […]

Thank you so much to our generous donors who gave big during Give Big on May 2 and 3. More than $1,000 was raised, and we are so grateful for your support.

Our June program, “Fair Ayres from the British Isles” program was made possible by a Professional Development grant from the Bozeman Symphony, and supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the State Government.


Welcome . . .

to our inaugural official first season of Baroque Music Montana. Thrillingly, this past July our Cosmopolitan team shone at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ontario Canada, performing three concerts in two days for packed audiences! This season features four projects of period instrument performances. BaMM has been graciously invited by the Montana Chamber Music Society to perform on their series an intimate program featuring seventeenth century sonatas for violin and lute. November, this project including school outreach performances in both Bozeman and Columbus, and our Virginia City debut at the inspiring Elling House. In February we partner with local musicians Julia Slovarp, cello, and Erin Hanke from Sheridan in a program featuring our new harpsichord! In June we welcome the Dark Horse Consort, the continent’s ‘go-to’ period brass band, in demand from coast to coast. These performances follow concerts we’ll have just played at the Bach Virtuosi Festival in Portland Maine, called the “Can’t Miss Classical Event of the Summer” by the Boston Globe. We will close out the season with the stalwart I-90 Collective, delving deep into the intricacies of polished chamber playing. Thank you for your support. 

— Carrie Krause

Baroque Music

The Baroque Period in music was from 1600-1750, beginning with the dawn of opera in northern Italy and concluding with the death of Bach. The purpose of the music was to move the passions, an idea known as Affeckt. Stylistic conventions of musical forms, ornamentation, and pitch, to name a few, varied greatly from region to region and decade to decade throughout Europe.