Temmo Korisheli

Temmo Korisheli fell in love with the Amherst Festival with his first visit in 1986, and has continued his love affair ever since. In 2012, he added teaching to his long-standing service as a festival staffer and artist-in-residence, and now directs the Vocal Collegium and provides ensemble coaching to the Ensemble Singing Intensive (ESI) program. Away from Amherst he enjoys a multifaceted musical career in early music and beyond. He has toured and recorded with the Renaissance wind band Ciaramella (Los Angeles), and performed as a guest or member of many ensembles, including 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 has been a guest artist 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 chorus with Opera Santa Barbara. He is artistic director and conductor of the 28-voice choir, The Adelfos Ensemble, and is longtime program annotator (and former singer) with the Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces, the a cappella chamber choir in residence at Santa Barbara City College. For the past 30 years, he has held leadership roles in the music program atf All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (Montecito). Temmo also has considerable experience in Middle Eastern (chiefly Arab) music and on the clawhammer banjo. He holds degrees in chemistry and historical musicology from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Alejandro Planchart and William Prizer, and conducted the Music Department’s 2012 production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea from the harpsichord. He works full-time as a supervisor and cataloguer in the UCSB Music Library.