Mathonwy first discovered her passion for music singing in church choirs with her Latvian mother and Welsh father, participating in the folk music of their cultures. Her first orchestral instrument was clarinet, but she soon took interest in double bass and violoncello. She studied music history and literature at Westfield State College and music theory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she co-founded a medieval music ensemble. Mathonwy now specializes in early music, Welsh folk music, Latvian/Livonian folk music, and Catholic-Orthodox chant. She sings in a deep contralto range and continues to play Livonian kāndla, bass, cello, and a variety of medieval and folk instruments such as recorders, psaltery, medieval harp, portative organ, viola da gamba, and vielle. Mathonwy is greatly pleased to join the teachers and students at Falcetti School of Music in bringing music education, appreciation, and participation back to our local communities. She also teaches double bass, classical music history, music theory, and world music at several local colleges and universities, and she has served as the music director and staff musician/chanter for both Roman
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“It is important to think of music as a cultural process, and to engage in it as such. This is why I enjoy teaching the history, theory, and practice of music in addition to the technical aspects of musicianship. I strive to bring music to life when I play, and I teach my students to endeavor in the same. This is how we relate to music, how it moves us, and so, too, enriches our lives and the lives of others.”
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