new baroque orchestra

This community, amateur Baroque orchestra is the perfect playing opportunity for musicians of all levels. All types of period instruments can participate, although modern violins, violas, and cello are also welcome! Learn about Baroque instrumental style from a master performer and director John Lenti. No audition is required. For more information, contact John Lenti at

John Lenti, Music Director

“The New Baroque Orchestra is a refulgent star in the firmament of Seattle’s glittering community orchestra scene. We explore the inexhaustibly rich baroque orchestra repertoire in a supportive atmosphere that allows our membership the opportunity to experiment with baroque techniques and styles, and to bring the music to life! All playing levels are welcome, and for that matter, so are all instruments, provided you’re willing to experiment a little. Led by John Lenti, the group typically rehearses once weekly for a couple of months, leading up to a cathartic show…and then it all starts again a couple of months later! Come play! Learn some new party tricks! Swing some eighth notes (quavers)! Propitiate both Apollo and Dionysus! Get to know some fun folks, and go deep into the metaphysics of what it means to play music authentically!”

Our current project’s working title is Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Cha-cone-ah? and features opulent dances and suites from Jean-Baptiste Lully, Johann Bernhard Bach (a favorite cousin of J.S.!), and Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer, played by an extravagantly rich ensemble of recorders, flutes, bassoon, violins, violas, cellos, violas da gamba, guitars, theorbo, harpsichord, and kitchen sink. Be there! 

New Baroque Orchestra at practice

New Baroque Orchestra at practice