Board of Directors
Dr. Sophie Benn is a cellist, baroque cellist, and assistant professor of musicology at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She brings to Trobár over a decade of experience in nonprofit and arts communities, having worked with other Cleveland-area organizations as an administrator, archivist, volunteer, and performer. For five years, Sophie was a director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, an organization dedicated to new and experimental music. She earned her PhD in musicology from Case Western Reserve University in August 2021 and holds degrees in music history, cello performance, and pedagogy from Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dr. John Romey, assistant professor of music at Purdue University at Fort Wayne, is a specialist of early modern French music, culture, politics, and spectacle; of South American colonial and indigenous musics; and of historical bowed bass instruments, instrumental technology, and historical performance practices. Trained in historically informed performance at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Romey is an expert on the history of the Viennese Violone and performs professionally on violones and viols of all sizes. He has published the entry on the “Double Bass” for Oxford Bibliographies in Music and is under contract to contribute new articles about the double bass and the violone for Grove Music Online. In collaboration with John Pringle, renowned luthier of historical instruments, he has created a performance-based research project that will reconstruct a consort of French Renaissance viols (https://thefrenchconsortproject.com). While grounded in scholarship, this project will culminate in the creation of experiential learning components for students in the music history classroom. The French Consort Project has received financial support from the Viola da Gamba Society of America.