Courtly Noyse Performers of Medieval and Renaissance Music


Jay Sacks plays recorder, cornetto, krummhorn, shawm, gemshorn and percussion, and sings tenor. He has played with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, the UCLA Symphonic Band, the UCSD Wind Ensemble, Merrye Windes and the Westwynd Consort. He has sung with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, the San Diego Master Chorale, Musique Classique, Schola Pacifica and Full Measure Carolers.

Sandra Stram plays viola da gamba, vielle, recorder and krummhorn, and sings soprano. Sandra began playing early music in 1983 as a member of the Collegium Musicum at SDSU, playing violin and recorder. She later began viol studies with Peter Farrell and John Dornenburg. She completed a Master of Music Degree in Viol Performance at SDSU in 1996. Sandra has taught strings/orchestra for Sweetwater Union H.S. district, Poway Unified, Arrowbear music camp and Civic Youth Orchestra. She currently teaches string and recorder classes in San Diego City Schools. She performs on violin and viol throughout the San Diego area, and fiddle with the Swamp Critters, Fiddle Cats and Judy Taylorís Wild Oats.

John Cassaboom plays recorder, krummhorn, gemshorn and mandolin, and sings bass. He was a member of Jazzapella, an a cappella jazz octet, studied harpsichord under Ken Fox of San Diego and early music performance with Dr. Robert Forman at San Diego State University. He is currently restoring a tabletop harpsichord of 31 notes from an unknown craftsman, and enjoys exploring the subtle charms of a Melodica quartet when he can coax enough people to join him. John's degrees are in Electronic Engineering from San Diego State University.

Vickie Jenkins plays recorder, cornamuse, percussion and sings soprano. She teaches music at The Child's Primary School and Gateways Summer School, and maintains a private piano studio. During the holiday season, she sings with Full Measure Carolers. Vickie has performed with ensembles at San Diego Mesa College, Scripps College and SDSU, and has a music degree from Scripps College. Other former groups include Pacific Camerata, Madonna non Papa, Melismata, Las Voces, and Schola Cantorum.

Laury Flora started his musical career with piano lessons at age 5. He went on to study French horn and other brass, guitar and violin, and performed vocally with various choirs and madrigal groups, and founded several barbershop quartets. He plays recorder, krummhorn, rackett, psaltery, gemshorn, sacbut and cornetto, and sings. He also sings with Full Measure Carolers, an a-cappella ensemble which performs holiday music in San Diego and Orange Counties, the La Jolla Renaissance Singers, and Dolce Vita, an a-cappella quartet. Laury built the krummhorns, psalteries and rackett we use.

Lissette Ryan plays harpsichord, lute, Renaissance guitar, harp, recorders, percussion, and is a mezzo soprano. She developed a passion for early music while singing madrigals as a teen, and is thrilled to share that joy as a music teacher at Ocean Knoll elementary where she teaches keyboard, ukulele, recorder and guitar. She served as director of the FUMC bell choir and as resident pianist and organist, has accompanied dozens of soloists and choirs, and performs regularly with various musicians at Society of Creative Anachronism events.

Guest Performers

Steve Hendricks started out playing saxophone. Since then, he has tried out recorder, viola da gamba, vielle, Renaissance guitar, shawm, sackbut, gemshorn, krummhorn, racket, dulcian, lute and cittern, some of them successfully. Steve has been making settings for tunes and songs for almost as long as he has been playing. He was an early member of the Purdue Renaissance Ensemble and has played with Early Music groups from California, Texas, and the DC area.

Penny Hawkins plays recorder and gemshorn, sings, and occasionally hits things with sticks, as well as almost playing the harp. She began the recorder in Miss Jones' class at the age of seven, and is having fun revisiting it as an adult. Her Master of Music degree is in vocal performance, and her long-standing involvement with early music includes vocal studies with Mary Nichols at the London Early Music Centre. Having taught at various local colleges, she is currently enjoying working with the children of Diegueno Country School while maintaining a private vocal studio. She was honored by the Point Loma Association in conjunction with the 2009 San Diego County Fair for "significant accomplishments in music".