HARLES WEAVER is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches historical performance practice and Baroque music theory. He has performed widely as an accompanist on lute and theorbo, with a particular interest in seventeenth-century opera. Of his conducting for New York’s Dell’Arte Opera, The Observer remarked, “It was amazing to hear what warm and varied sounds he coaxed from the ensemble.” He has also served as assistant conductor for Juilliard Opera and has accompanied operas with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, Princeton University, the University of Maryland, and the Boston Early Music Festival.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. His chamber-music engagements have included Quicksilver, Piffaro, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Folger Consort, Apollo’s Fire, Blue Heron, and Musica Pacifica. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective, an ensemble that mounts workshop productions of seventeenth-century vocal music. He has taught at the Lute Society of America Summer Workshop, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Madison Early Music Festival.
He currently serves as organist and director of music at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. He joined the St. Mary’s Schola in 2012, under the direction of David Hughes, and later served as both a faculty member for the student schola program and as associate director of music. Before coming to St. Mary’s, he was director of the Holy Innocents’ Schola in New York City and previously sang at St. Agnes, where he had the life-altering experience, in 2006, of encountering plainchant as a living tradition.
He holds a PhD in music theory from the City University of New York. His research interests include the history of music theory and the theory of plainchant rhythm. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.