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bap logoSince 1999, Baroque Arts Project has enchanted audiences with innovative programs of music and dance of the 17th & 18th centuries. Based in North Carolina, the group was founded by Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Baroque trumpeter Barry Bauguess to bring the rich dance and musical arts of the Baroque period to life. Through research and reconstruction of historical performance practices, Baroque Arts Project artists create fresh and enlightening performances that delight young and old, enrich the arts landscape in communities, broaden the understanding of our heritage, and spark curiosity. Core members based in North Carolina are frequently joined by impressive historical dance and early music artists from around the world to perform Baroque masterpieces of court and theatre. In addition to public performances, Baroque Arts Project offers a wide range of engaging educational programs.

Baroque Arts Project has performed concerts and educational programs throughout North Carolina and has partnered with a variety of organizations including the ECU Early Music Ensemble, the Concert Singers of Cary, Chatham Baroque, and the New Bern Dancing Assembly. Baroque Arts Project musicians also collaborated with Paige Whitley-Bauguess in the production of two educational Baroque dance DVDs.


PAIGE WHITLEY-BAUGUESS, Dance Director and Baroque Dance, interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world as a soloist and with dance partner Thomas Baird. In addition to performing, she has stage directed baroque operas for the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Magnolia Baroque Festival, Peabody Conservatory, and East Carolina University, and has produced two Baroque Dance DVDs featuring collaborative work with Thomas Baird: Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre. Paige gives lectures and workshops at universities and museums and has served on the faculties of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Modern Early Music Institute, East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University, and Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop.

BARRY BAUGUESS, Music Director and Baroque Trumpet, is one of North America’s most sought-after Baroque trumpet sololists. He frequently appears with many of North America’s finest period instrument orchestras including the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Magnolia Baroque Festival, The Washington Bach Consort, The American Bach Soloists, The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Concert Royal, New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, Capriole, and City Musick, and was a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra from 1987 to 1999. He is currently on the faculty of the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory.

Tom photoTHOMAS BAIRD, Baroque Dance, is co-director of Apollo’s Banquet, a New York City-based Baroque dance and music ensemble, and a regular guest lecturer on Baroque Dance at The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. As a faculty member of the Opera Division at SUNY Purchase he teaches Movement Styles for Singers and choreographs the annual opera productions. For students of dance he presents historical dance in its appropriate context in workshops and lecture demonstrations at Kaatsbaan, American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Ballet Intensive, and teaches Period Dance at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Baird was the Period Movement Coach for the Broadway productions of O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and, at Lincoln Center Theater, Sheridan’s The Rivals. He also choreographed period dances for Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera and, for the past five seasons, has choreographed and performed period dances for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall. Thomas is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Julie photoJULIE ANDRIJESKI, Baroque Violin, was recently lauded for her "invigorating verve and imagination" by the Washington Post and is among the leading baroque violinists in the U.S. She is Full-time Lecturer and Director of the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Andrijeski regularly appears with baroque groups including, among others, Cleveland's Apollo's Fire, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Cecilia's Circle, Spiritus Collective, and the King's Noyse. For many years she was a member of the early-music trio, Chatham Baroque, an award-winning ensemble that performs throughout the Americas. Ms. Andrijeski's unique performance style is greatly influenced by her knowledge and skilled performance of baroque dance, and she often teaches both violin and dance at workshops. She has been on the faculty of the Baroque Performance Institute at the Oberlin Conservatory for over a decade and will teach at the Madison Early Music Workshop again this year. Ms. Andrijeski received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University in May 2006. Previous degrees include a B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Denver (1985) and an M.M. in Violin Performance from Northwestern University (1986). She has recorded extensively, and awaits the release of Chatham Baroque's most recent recording project, sonatas from Prothimia suavissima, on Dorian Recordings.

JOHN B. O'BRIEN, harpsichord and organ, has performed throughout the southeast as a soloist and chamber musician. He performs regularly with Baroque and modern trumpet soloist Barry Bauguess and has appeared with Chatham Baroque, the Clarino Consort, and Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess. He has studied harpsichord with Malcolm Hamilton, Elaine Funaro and Arthur Haas and organ with Cherry Rhodes and Janette Fishell. Mr. O’Brien is Co-Director of the Early Music Ensemble at the East Carolina University School of Music where he is also Professor of Accompanying. Mr. O’Brien plays an Italian continuo instrument by Peter Tkach (1999), a French double harpsichord by Richard Kingston (1991), and a continuo organ by Klop Orgelbau, Netherlands (2002).

STEPHANIE VIAL, Baroque Cello, holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a Master’s Degree from Indiana University and a DMA in Eighteenth-Century Performance Practice from Cornell University. She is currently writing a book on the eighteenth-century analogy between punctuation in language and the concept of musical phrasing, for publication with the University of Rochester Press’ Eastman Studies in Music. She has appeared with a number of period instrument ensembles, including the Apollo Ensemble, Arco Voce, Publick Musick, and Les Violons du Roy. She has recorded for Dorian, Centaur Records and CBC radio. She makes her home base in Durham, North Carolina, where she is director of the instrumental Collegium Musicum at Duke University and a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


baroque arts project artists
Forrest Croce
Paige Whitley-Bauguess, Barry Bauguess,
John B. O'Brien

Barry Playing
Photo by Paige Whitley-Bauguess
Barry Bauguess, John B. O'Brien, and Stephanie Vial
rehearsing in Greenville, NC.

school performance
Photo by Roxann Spears
Thomas Baird looks on as Paige Whitley-Bauguess
and a 5th grader demonstrate pocket hoops
at Oaks Road Elementary School.



Baroque Dance and Music - 2-hour concert featuring an entertaining variety of dance and music
•2 dancers with 3-4 musicians
•1 dancer with 2 musicians

View Previous Concert Programs

Baroque Dance and Music - a variety of subjects for all age groups addressing dance and music in historical context (NC and America); introduction to baroque instruments and music; theatre, court, and social dance of the 18th century; Baroque dance as the precursor of Classical ballet
•2 dancers with 3-4 musicians
•1 dancer with 2 musicians

Baroque Dance and Music - 2-day residency including concert and 1 day of workshops
•2 dancers with 3-4 musicians
•1 dancer with 2 musicians

Baroque Arts Project Representative:
Hudson Brown Agency -


School Photo
Photo by Kit Jordan
Baroque Arts Project artists and members of the
New Bern Dancing Assembly perform the menuet
at Carver Elementary School in Mt. Olive,
explaining that George Washington danced
this dance in New Bern in 1791.



Updated 2/4/11