Baroque Music Montana specializes in chamber music inspired by history. Baroque Music Montana (BaMM) performs works by celebrated composers of the Baroque, as well as many pieces rarely or not heard since the eighteenth century. Some manuscripts are readily available in digital archives, and some require a great deal of sleuthing to unearth. BaMM’s musician roster rotates based on desired instrumentation for repertoire performed in intimate spaces similar to which the music was originally intended, and often on period instruments. Using historical instruments and referencing original manuscripts, iconography, and historical writing fuels commitment to the music and inspires fresh interpretation. Rather than recreating something old, the aim is to make each performance of this day, of this space, existing because of these musicians and this audience.
Based in Bozeman, BaMM provides a performance platform for local artists who love baroque music, visiting professionals who have deeply invested in historical performance, and students interested in the style. BaMM’s musician roster rotates based on desired instrumentation for repertoire and has included violinist Rachel Podger, cellist Phoebe Carrai, countertenor Reggie Mobley, and manyother excellent national and international artists. Performances are often in intimate spaces similar to which the music was originally intended, with an emphasis on rural locations and artistically or hsitorically meaningful venues from Nashua to Shepher to Big Sandy.
The group has also appeared on series in Seattle, Spokane, Syracuse, Ottawa, and Quebec and in colaboration with such organizations as Intermountain Opera Bozeman, the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings Symphony, Phillipsburg Theatre, Coulter Museum of Art, Bozeman Art Museum, UM and MSU, and Bitterroot Baroque in creative programming serving Montna through outreach, house, and public concerts, outdoor performances, lectures, masterclasses, and an annual Period Performance Workshop. BaMM recently released an album to acclaimed review, was featured in articles in early music’s national publication EMAg, and is looking forward to performances at Tippet Rise in fall 2024.
Made possible through a grant from The Juilliard School’s Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, the umbrella of Baroque Music Montana was founded in 2015 by Carrie Krause to provide a meaningful cultural institution of intimate, communicative, progressive performance for our vibrant community.
Enjoy this short video profile of Carrie Krause, made by the Bozeman Symphony in March 2021!
MAC highlights 2023’s Youthful Splendor
The Montana Arts Council highlighted 2023’s Youthful Splendor concert on pages 9 and 10 of their summer newspaper:
Youthful Splendor is BaMM’s biennial concert by young musicians, directed by Carrie Krause.
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The Baroque Period in music was from 1600-1750, beginning with the dawn of opera in northern Italy and concluding with the death of Bach. The purpose of the music was to move the passions, an idea known as Affeckt.
Stylistic conventions of musical forms, ornamentation, and pitch, to name a few, varied greatly from region to region and decade to decade throughout Europe.
Founder Carrie Krause
Artistic Director and violinist Carrie Krause founded Baroque Music Montana in 2015, featuring the world’s top Baroque specialists, playing on period instruments. This music was composed between 1600 and 1750 and still resonates with audiences today. BaMM has helped put Bozeman on the national map as a hub of chamber music activity and outreach, and in 2018 it transitioned to a 501c3 organization whose mission is “to bring live historical performance and education to Bozeman and surrounding communities.” BaMM’s tagline is Music inspired by history, and it has expanded its offerings to include music from other periods in a series called Beyond Baroque. BaMM has also expanded its reach to audiences further afield, including rural areas that rarely get to see live classical music. Carrie’s reputation and personal network attracts musicians far and wide who love returning to appreciative audiences, outstanding musical colleagues, and local hospitality—all amid the grandeur of Montana.
On both Baroque and modern violin, Carrie is a recognized musical leader in Montana and beyond. Her innovative and deeply researched programming includes not only treasured pieces of the repertoire but also unusual and rarely heard pieces, the majority played in Montana for the first time, whether performed in houses, churches, backyards, or parks.
Carrie has been enthralled with the violin as far back as age three, and she fell in love with the music of Bach. After growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, her family returned to Montana, where her great-grandparents had homesteaded near Lavina. She received her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and master’s from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She took a two-year leave from her position as concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony to earn her second master’s in Historical Performance at Juilliard. She also has a studio where she teaches some 30 violin students.
Carrie lives in the foothills of the Gallatin mountain range and treasures the natural surroundings of Bozeman. She is an accomplished endurance athlete, a trail runner, backcountry skier, mountain biker, and backpacker.