Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Oxford. In 1996 the Marco Fodella Foundation awarded him a scholarship for studies at the Scuola Civica di Musica of Milan, and in 2006 the Lute Society of America conferred upon him the first Patrick O'Brien LSA Seminar Lectureship. An expert on Elizabethan and Jacobean music, Christopher is currently preparing an edition of Daniel Bacheler's complete works for solo lute. His musical portrait of the Elizabethan muse and songstress Penelope Devereux, created for soprano Emily Van Evera (My Lady Rich, Avie 0045), has been greeted with much critical acclaim. Christopher directs the Bacheler Consort and teaches lute and related plucked-fretted instruments in Long Island, New York.