Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Jane Furth

As a Bryn Mawr College Chorus alto, Jane Furth was thrilled to sing Bach's Magnificat with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Her musical life before she fell in love with the viola da gamba included seven years with the Sine Nomine Singers as well as playing recorder, psaltery, harp, krummhorn, and cornamuse in several NYC ensembles. As a viol player, Jane has performed in the Hopewell Consort, Musick’s Monument, and collegiums at Columbia and Montclair State universities. Last December she played in the Dessoff Choirs’ Christmas concert, and in August performed in Night Watch, a consort of viols (named after a dance by Anthony Holborne) at the Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg. Jane studies with Rosamund Morley. She supported her early music habit first as a NYC public high school English teacher, then as a reporter and editor at Life and Fortune magazines. She is president of the Viola da Gamba Society of Greater New York (, an active sponsor of playing and learning opportunities for its one hundred members.

Musica Bella concerts: December 17, 2005; December 18, 2005

This bio last updated November 19, 2005