Music History, Harpsichord
Dr. Jack Ashworth is active as a performer on harpsichord, violin, viola da gamba, and various other instruments of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. In addition to frequent demonstrations and concerts in the area, he has appeared with such groups as The Folger Consort, The King's Noyse, The Boston Shawm and Sackbutt Society and The Newberry Consort. He also serves regularly on workshop faculties for Amherst Early Music, the Seattle Recorder Society, and the Viola da Gamba Society of America, among others. In 1999 he received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America, given for "outstanding achievement in both performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college collegium musicum."
He has written articles on a variety of keyboard topics, including the keyboard section of _A Practical Guide to Historical Performance: The Renaissance - (Schirmer, 1994) and collaborated with lutenist Paul O'Dette for the chapter on basso continuo in - A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music - in the same series (1997). He has also published continuo realizations for music by Henry Butler and Christopher Simpson, as well as other articles and reviews.
Dr. Ashworth is past president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and serves on the Higher Education Subcommittee of Early Music America. He was named Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville in May, 1995.