Court and Country Active Members
In 1998, a few years after finishing her Master’s degree in Archaeology, Sharon moved to Chicago to follow a career in Software Engineering. There, Sharon became a member and Assistant Director of The Pippins, an Early Music vocal ensemble. She also continued teaching historic dance for community and student groups. Sharon continued researching Medieval and Renaissance music and became particularly interested in the Ars Nova style. Another Early Music choir, Tres Trepei, formed in the Chicago area, and Sharon performed with the group for a few years.
In March of 2009, Sharon joined Court and Country, a new a cappella early music choir that was forming in the northern suburbs of Chicago. A few years later, she became the main director for Court and Country. Sharon currently takes voice instruction at Harper College, participates as a student in Early Music and Choral Festivals, and performs with Court and Country for community organizations, historical reenactment events, and charitable benefits.
Kerri-Ellen has been involved with music since childhood, playing french horn from fourth grade through high school and singing in school, church and community groups in junior high and high school. As an adult, she spent many years away from musical pursuits as a single mother. But her passion for music never flagged; just her availability to pursue it.
Once her son was older, Kerri-Ellen returned to music: performing as a cast member at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, resuming french horn and learning multiple other instruments (most recently, violin), performing in the Madison Early Music Festival, singing with The Pippins (another a capella early music choir) and singing early a capella music as a solo artist. Kerri-Ellen was one of the earliest members of Court & Country, joining right after the first group performance in April, 2009.
Currently, Kerri-Ellen assists with music research and transcription tasks for Court & Country as well as coordinates the majority of the administrative and management needs of the group. She also performed with Opus Choral Ensemble and Oak Park Concert Chorale in 2015 and is performing with The Choral-Aires barbershop chorus in late 2016 and 2017. Outside of musical pursuits, she works for lawyers, sews historical costumes to deplete her ever-growing fabric hoard and hopes some day to be a stage hypnotist.
Keith joined Court and Country in 2010, just in time to sing with them at Pennsic XXXIX, and has been with the group ever since. In addition to singing, Keith helps Court & Country with music transcription, set list design, and horrible puns. Outside the group, he enjoys Tai Chi and referees Flat Track Roller Derby.
After taking a break from music when she relocated to the Chicago area, she joined the Naperville Chorus in 2004. She currently sings with Naperville, both the main chorus and the Outreach Chorus, where she conducts. Betsey also sings with the West Suburban Symphony Singers, a branch of the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and has recently joined the Oak Park Concert Chorale.
She is active in filk (science fiction folk) music, where she performs as a solo vocalist and occasionally with Lady Mondegreen, an a capella ensemble. She joined Court and Country in 2011, first performing with the group at the Janesville Renaissance Faire in May of that year, and has been singing with them ever since.
For many years, Ananda was inactive in vocal groups. In 2012, a Chicago-area convention called "MuseCon" had a class on vocal singing. Ananda missed singing with groups, so she went to the class, and met two members of Court & Country. She joined the group later that year.
With Court & Country, Ananda is a contralto who enjoys the vocal flexibility the group embraces, frequently singing tenor, and sometimes soprano, and occasionally a high baritone part.
When she's not singing or working on projects for Court & Country, Ananda enjoys creating historically based costumes, reading, and investigating medieval handcrafts.