Updated on January 7, 2011:
We have met our goal of $5,500.
Many thanks to all of you who have
contributed to this project.
Support Our CD Project.
Please consider making a donation so that we can complete our Handel CD.

$25 ($10 is tax-deductible.)
A copy of the CD, either a digital download or a hard copy.

$50 ($35 is tax-deductible.)
A signed copy of the CD

$100 ($70 is tax-deductible.)
Two signed copies of the CD

$250 ($220 is tax-deductible.)
You will received two signed copies of the CD and be listed as a sponsor in the CD booklet.

$1,000 ($820 is tax-deductible.)
You will be listed as a benefactor in the CD booklet and receive two signed CDs,
and a pair of subscriptons for the 2012-2013 Dryden Ensemble concert series.

Please click below to make a donation online.

The Dryden Ensemble
If you prefer to send a check by mail, please make it payable to:

The Dryden Ensemble
P. O. Box 1288, Princeton, New Jersey 08542

The Dryden Ensemble is a Not-for-Profit organization
under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
 and a registered charity in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Contributions are fully deductible
to the extent permitted by law.
Your generosity will be acknowledged in our programs.

Thanks to the generosity
of many of our supporters,
we have finished our
 Handel CD Project!


The Dryden Ensemble, founded in 1994, is a not-for-profit professional chamber music group specializing in concerts of Baroque music from the 17th and 18th centuries. We need your support to complete our first CD project—an all-Handel recording featuring soprano Julianne Baird. The first stage—recording—is finished, but we need additional funds to complete the second stage: the final editing, mastering, and production of the CDs by Oasis Disc Manufacturing.


The program features arias from three early Handel operas—Rodrigo (1707), Agrippina (1709), and Rinaldo (1711)—as well as instrumental works—dances from Rodrigo and Il pastor fido, and the Concerto Grosso in F Major (Op.3, no.3).

Why Handel? This repertoire suits our ensemble of oboes, bassoon, and strings perfectly. We collaborate often with soprano Julianne Baird and we are continually inspired by her artistry. She has been hailed a “national artistic treasure” (New York Times) and as a “well-nigh peerless performer in the repertory of the Baroque." When you listen to the way she improvises her ornamentation, you will be awed by her "virtuosic vocal style which is firmly rooted in scholarship."

The instrumentalists - all well-known Baroque specialists throughout the Northeast - include Jane McKinley and Stephen Bard, oboes; Marilyn Boenau, bassoon; Rachel Evans, Vita Wallace, and Mark Zaki, violins; Jessica Troy, viola; Lisa Terry, violoncello; Motomi Igarashi, double bass; Charles Weaver, lute and theorbo; and Webb Wiggins, harpsichord. The recording engineer was Dongsok Shin.

Before the 1st stage, we raised funds to cover most of the costs—artists' fees, space rental, and recording engineer. At that time we promised that anyone who donated $250 or more would be listed as a sponsor in the CD booklet. 


Please help us finish this wonderful project. If you'd prefer to send a donation by check, please send it to: The Dryden Ensemble, P. O. Box 1288, Princeton, NJ  08542, and write "CD Project" on the memo line.


Meet the Dryden Ensemble! You’re invited to view a short documentary about the group made and donated by videographer Art Varga in January, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/drydenensemble#p/a/u/0/n8qEUfj8oOM