Early bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin performs on double bass, violone, and viola da gamba with period instrument ensembles in Philadelphia and elsewhere. She appears regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Tempesta di Mare, Brandywine Baroque, and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium. This summer Heather will play both early and modern basses at the Staunton Music Festival. Previously she served as artistic director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY and was a member of the Virginia Symphony. Ms. Lardin directs the Early Music Ensemble at Temple University and the Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend Workshop, where she also serves as summer workshop faculty. Lardin has been a visiting lecturer in double bass and viola da gamba at Cornell University. She is a committed teacher of young bassists in her private studio and as a clinician at workshops including the Oberlin Bass Workshop (2015) and the Rochester Bass Retreat (2016). Heather holds a DMA in performance practice from Cornell University and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She recently returned to the Philadelphia area with her husband, Cliff, and two children, Joshua and Anna.