Paige Grant (soprano, alto) is co-convenor of Melismata. She received training in classical music and choral singing in middle and high school, and she learned to sing harmony by ear from her mom, who grew up singing around her mom's piano. Paige fell in love with the English folk tradition during a year in England where she became a regular at the folk club that met at The Crown pub in Glossop, Derbyshire. On her return to Santa Fe, she tried for most of a decade to set up a folk club like the one at The Crown. Failing that, the next best thing was to share the songs she loved with a group that wanted to learn hers, share theirs, and take their music on the road. Melismata is the happy outcome. Paige also sings with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus.
Dale Kennedy (Irish bouzouki, mandolin, baritone) is the other co-convenor of Melismata. A folkie for over 40 years, he is deeply and broadly familiar with European and North American traditional music as well as courtly music of the Renaissance, and coaches us on the historical context of the songs we sing. He served on the Board of the Zoukfest music festival in Santa Fe for a decade.
Lynn Osborne (alto, mezzo, recorder, flute, percussion) teaches music to elementary grades in a Santa Fe public school. She has sung with a variety of choral groups in Santa Fe over the years, plays recorder with a small elderly group, and sings with Lifesongs, an intergenerational arts project that promotes social inclusion and dignity for elders and people in hospice care. Here Lynn, on the left, is in company with Rachel Johnson, Melismata's drop-in soprano.