Temmo Korisheli

Temmo Korisheli fell in love with the Amherst Festival with his first visit in 1986, and is very excited to add teaching to his longstanding service as a festival staffer and artist-in-residence. Away from Amherst he enjoys a multifaceted musical career of early music and beyond. This past May he served as vocal coach and orchestra director for the UC Santa Barbara Music Department’s production of Monteverdi’sL’incoronazione di Poppea. He has toured and recorded with the Renaissance wind band Ciaramella (Los Angeles), and performed as a guest of such ensembles as the Texas Early Music Project, the New York Collegium under Andrew Parrott, Ensemble La Monica (Berkeley), the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, and Liber unUsualis (Boston), and as well as of the collegiums at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and the University of Texas. He has been a featured soloist with choral organizations in his native California, and has sung comprimario roles and in the chorus of several Opera Santa Barbara productions. He is the artistic director of the 16-voice Adelfos Ensemble and is a longtime program annotator and member of the Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces, another a cappella chamber choir. For the past 20 years, he has held various leadership roles in the music program of All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (Montecito), presently serving as its associate music director. He has long experience in Middle Eastern music and on the clawhammer banjo (most recently with the Contrabillies). He holds degrees in chemistry and historical musicology from UC Santa Barbara (studies with Alejandro Planchart and William Prizer), where he is a supervisor and cataloguer in the Music Library.