Scott Metcalfe is the director of Blue Heron, acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and the winner of the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music and the 2015 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society.
Metcalfe is widely recognized as one of North America’s leading specialists in music from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries and beyond. He has been guest director of TENET (New York), the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Emmanuel Music (Boston), the Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC), Quire Cleveland, the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), and Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival Ensemble, in music ranging from Machaut to Bach, and from 2010-19 he was music director of New York City’s Green Mountain Project (Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director), presenting annual performances of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers.
Metcalfe also enjoys a career as a baroque violinist, playing with Les Délices (dir. Debra Nagy), L’Harmonie des Saisons (dir. Eric Milnes), and other ensembles. His scholarly activities include research on the performance practice of English vocal music in the 16th and 17th centuries, some of which appears as two chapters in Music, politics, and religion in early seventeenth-century Cambridge: the Peterhouse partbooks in context (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming). He has edited a motet by Francisco de Peñalosa for Antico Edition and the twelve unique songs in the newly-discovered Leuven chansonnier for the Alamire Foundation (Belgium), and he is preparing a new edition of the songs of Gilles Binchois (c. 1400-1460).
Metcalfe received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University (1985), where he majored in biology, and a master’s degree in historical performance practice from Harvard (2005). He has taught at Boston University and Harvard University and served as director of the baroque orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory.