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Concert for the Cause: Vermont Bach Ensemble

This ensemble is the creation of Lisa Willems and Lubbert Gnodde, two local organists, who have a vision of a small and creative Early Music Ensemble performed on historical instruments. Donations to benefit MoonRIse Therapeutics, Inc.

Elizabethen and other love songs featuring music of Anonymous, Byrd, Campion, Dowland, Corkine, Farnaby, Van Eyck, Sweelinck, and Pärt.

Daniela Tosic, Voice
Sarah Cantor, Recorders
Lisa Willems, Harpsichord & Organ


Mezzo-soprano Daniela Tosic, a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, toured with the Belgrade-based ensemble Renaissance throughout the former Yugoslavia. In the Boston area she has worked with Ensemble P.A.N., Revels, Balmus, Foundling, and La Donna Musicale, and has premiered several new works. She is a founding member of Tapestry, the acclaimed vocal ensemble that records with Telarc International and MDG and tours widely throughout the US and abroad. She is also a founding member of the medieval-world fusion ensemble HourGlass.

Sarah Cantor holds degrees in recorder, early music and Spanish from The Indiana University Early Music Institute and the Royal Conservatory in Holland, where she studied with Marion Verbruggen.
Her many appearances as recorder soloist include concerto concerts and recordings for The Berkshire Bach Society; with violinists Eugeine Drucker and Ani Kavafian; Boston Cecilia, The Gloria Dei Contores choir; and Sarasa . She has played under the direction of Ton Koopman, Stanley Ritchie, and Kenneth Cooper.
She has given solo recitals for The Boston Early Music Festival, The Boston Recorder Society, The Massachusetts Council of the Arts, The King’s Chapel Recital Series, Marlboro college, Sing-Sing prison, The Almity School in Arrezo, Italy, and The National Theater of Limon, Costa Rica. She is also an active chamber musician in Boston and frequently perform live on New England public radio stations.
In addition to her performing career, she is an active teacher and dancer. Ms. Cantor has worked as a dancer and musician for the Utah Shakespearean Festival and in numerous Christmas Revels productions.
She has given early music workshops for the New England Conservatory baroque orchestra, San Francisco Society of Early Music, Ars Longa ensemble in Cuba, and various chapters of The American Recorder Society. Ms. Cantor taught dance and served as head of the early music programs at the Brookline Music School and the Putney Summer Arts program. She was a finalist in the 2007 Early Music America Medieval Renaissance competition.

Lisa Willems, harpsichord and organ , started her professional studies with a Masters in Harpsichord performance from the Longy School of Music in Boston under the tutelage of Peter Sykes. Subsequent study includes degrees in Harpsichord from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and Organ from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, studying with Hans van Nieuwkoop, Peter van Dijk, and Jacques van Oortmersson. Lisa was organist at the Maranathakerk of Amsterdam for 10 years, playing on a 3 manual Flentrop organ, before returning to the US in 2009. She is currently Music Director and Organist at Saint Denis Parish in Hanover, New Hampshire. Performing experience consists of solo organ concerts in the Netherlands and continuo/ chamber music in both the Netherlands and the US.  

All ticket donations will benefit MoonRise Therapeutics, Inc. that works out of MoonRise Farm in Taftsville, VT. MoonRise Therapeutics, Inc. offers Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy along with other therapeutic and educational equine activities to individuals, groups, schools, families and community mental health organizations . Their mission is to create a nurturing environment of clinical expertise and equine experiences where individuals and families can receive personalized support and counseling to deepen self-understanding, work through obstacles, and grow resilience. Horses are powerful and effective teachers as they help us be aware of challenges inherent in forming and sustaining relationships. They help us learn about compassionate leadership that we can bring to ourselves, others and our earth! For more information and details about MoonRise Farm, check out our website (, or email DJ Jesser at