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Wendy Gillespie

Professor of Music (Viola da gamba)

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Merrill Hall, MU210


Early Music

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Wellesley College, 1972

Professor Wendy Gillespie teaches viola da gamba, historical performance, and early music notation, in addition to coaching and directing chamber music and larger ensembles at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

A performer of medieval, renaissance, baroque, and contemporary music, she has performed with ensembles worldwide ranging from the English Concert to Ensemble Sequentia. Gillespie has participated in about 100 commercial recordings for Linn, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Virgin Classics, and other companies. As a member of the viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm, she has shared three Gramophone awards, many Gramophone and Grammy nominations and "Recordings of the Month," and two Grands Prix du Disque with her colleagues.

Professor Gillespie has served on the jury for the Bach-Abel International Viola da Gamba Competition in Kôthen, Germany since its inception in 2000. In 2011, Gillespie received Early Music America's Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble. She was honored by her alma mater, Wellesley College, with an Alumnae Achievement Award in 2012.

Professor Gillespie is much in demand at workshops and seminars in early music performance in the United States and Europe. She has served as president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and on the Executive Board of IU's Medieval Studies Institute, and for many years, she has been a member of the Higher Education Committee of Early Music America.