About Us

Mission Statement

Renaissance & Baroque presents performances of the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Early Classical periods and fosters a broader understanding and appreciation of the music, arts and culture of the times.


Renaissance & Baroque has been presenting early music to Pittsburgh for over forty years and is the second oldest organization of its kind in the country. Where did it all begin?

Colin Sterne photoIt began with the passion of Colin Sterne (Nov. 14, 1921 – July 23, 2008), who taught music at the University of Pittsburgh for 38 years until his retirement in 1986. He was composer, founder and conductor of the Ars Antiqua Players, (an early-music group), and a founder of the Renaissance & Baroque Society, now called Renaissance & Baroque. In 1969, Sterne and a group of amateur and professional musicians had a vision to bring early music to Pittsburgh, because at the time, the opportunities to hear it performed live by professionals did not exist in the city.

Forty plus years later Pittsburgh has become a legendary stop of the early music performance tour. Synod Hall itself (cherished venue of R&B performers) has been a prescription for success. Among the best acoustics in the world, the hall brings the performers to life – lighting their fires, and in turn, the fires of early music devotees.

It’s time to say thank you to Colin Sterne. May the fire live on!


Board of Directors

  • Jeffrey Morrow, President
  • Lindsley Cook, Vice President
  • Margaret Barth, Treasurer
  • Paul F. Heilman, Secretary
  • David Bennett
  • J. Alan Cope
  • Susan Gluckman
  • Laura Haibeck
  • Adam M. Janssen
  • Rhett Jenkins
  • Robert Johnson
  • Kathryn Logan
  • Carolyn Steglich
  • Richard Stern
  • Andrew Swensen
  • Mary Tabasko