Dr. Jann Cosart
Associate Professor of Musicology
Director, Baylor Early Music Ensembles
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-2360
Fax: (254) 710-1191
• DM, Early Music Institute, Indiana University
• Certificate in Medieval Studies, Indiana University
• MM, New England Conservatory of Music
• BM summa cum laude, Arizona State University
Dr. JANN COSART is Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of the Early Music Ensembles program at Baylor University. She is the author of The Monophonic Tropes and Conductus of W1 (A-R Editions); and has published articles in Early Music, Proceedings of the Conference on Early Music in Higher Education, and Early Music America Bulletin. In addition, she authored the scholarly liner notes for Altramar's 7 compact discs (to date) on the Dorian label. Her research interests include the investigation, employment and pedagogy of historical performance practice in all periods; archival, paleographic and musicological study of historical manuscripts; the preparation of editions and new music for medieval music performance; and, as an overarching scholarly ethos, the synthesis of research and performance across historical epochs. Her current research explores medieval Celtic repertoires, sacred chant, and a variety of historical performance practices.
An expert in historical performance, she concertizes on vielle, rebec, crwth, period violins, and early violas with leading early music groups across the country: these include the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Altramar. In addition, she has played a key role as soloist, section-leader, or concertino member in multiple recordings of medieval and Baroque repertoire on the Dorian, Titanic, and L'Oiseau-Lyre labels.
Since 1991, a principal area for Dr. Cosart's synthesis of research, composition, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and performance expertise has been Altramar medieval music ensemble, of which she is a founding member. In this specialized genre of historical performance, Altramar is widely recognized as one of the top medieval ensembles in the world. Dr. Cosart's contributions to Altramar since its inception have been indispensable, as researcher, period expert, and soloist. She has also served as Altramar's principal creator of new works in historical style, with over twenty compositions which have appeared in concert programs and on compact disc.
Dr. Cosart's recital appearances include the Monterey World Music Festival, Musica Sacra and Organisatie Oude Muziek (The Netherlands), Tage Alter Musik (Germany), the American Musicological Society National Meetings and Kalamazoo International Congress on Medieval Studies, Early Music Vancouver, and the Galway Early Music Festival (Ireland).
Her broadcast appearances include Saint Paul Sunday (Minnesota Public Radio; 4 appearances), Performance Today (Public Radio International), KRO (Radio Netherlands), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Morning Pro Musica (NPR), Harmonia (the most significant nationally-syndicated early music program), and NOVA (PBS Television).
In addition to her specialization in historical performance, Dr. Cosart is also active in contemporary music, and has worked with Native American communities as violist of the Dakota String Quartet. As both performer and pedagogue, she has shared diverse musics and their human contexts with audiences across North America and Europe and in the Orient. Dr. Cosart has appeared as violist with, among others, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (principal), the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, the Mesa Symphony Orchestra (principal), the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra of Japan (associate principal), and the Arizona Lyric Opera Theater (principal). She is currently a member of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to coming to Baylor, she taught at the University of Oregon, as a graduate assistant at Indiana's Early Music Institute, and studied at the Suzuki Teachers' Training Institute, in addition to maintaining a private strings studio since 1977. At Baylor she also maintains extensive duties with large-enrollment music appreciation courses.
Her principal teachers have been Thomas Binkley and Wendy Gillespie (medieval performance practice), Stanley Ritchie and Daniel Stepner (Baroque repertoire and performance practice), and Walter Trampler and William Magers (modern viola).