Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra (IBO), under the non-profit umbrella of IndyBaroque Music, Inc., is a professional orchestra dedicated to performing music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on period instruments. Founded in 1997 by the members of Ensemble Voltaire, the IBO’s current artistic director is Barthold Kuijken, an internationally renowned Baroque flutist and distinguished Early Music pedagogue. Maestro Kuijken has led the IBO to new heights throughout the past several years, which recently culminated in their first-ever commercial recording of French Baroque music, produced during the 2012/2013 season.
The IBO has collaborated with a number of renowned artists, which include vocalists Ellen Hargis, Steven Rickards, and Sherezade Panthaki; and instrumentalists John Abberger, Stanley Ritchie, Michael McCraw, and John Holloway. Among the choirs with which the IBO regularly works are the Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (with Henry Leck), the Pro Art Singers of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and the Indianapolis Baroque Singers.
The IBO is committed to education through their season performances and education projects in Indiana, reaching out to young people and seniors alike in an effort to enrich and engage its diverse audiences. Among the more recent education projects are the annual concerto competition, hosted jointly with the Early Music Institute at the Jacobs School of Music, and a collaborative string program at H.L. Harshman Middle School (IPS) in Indianapolis.
The orchestra was named one of the top 25 ensembles in celebration of Early Music America’s 25th anniversary in 2011.