A serene sound if ever there was, Canzona Diversa strings and woodwinds quartet blends the strings of the Viola De Gamba, Violin and Acoustic Guitar with the classic tone of a Recorder to create masterful music. Come out and enjoy talents of timeless music.
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Biographies of the Artists
Canzona Diversa is an early music ensemble in the Salisbury, Maryland area. They play medieval, renaissance, and baroque music period instruments. Their music is well suited for gallery openings, weddings, and small gatherings in intimate spaces.
Karen Zera – Music has always been an important aspect of Karen’s life. Piano lessons starting at age 4, then on to band and chorus in high school and college. She was introduced to early music by a crumhorn quartet at a performance by the Cullowhee Consort and soon after joined a recorder consort. She fell in love with the Viola da Gamba one summer at Mountain Collegium and has been playing gamba and recorder ever since. She is also skilled in early percussion and double reed instruments.
Jim Cockey – after a 30 year hiatus, Jim resumed playing recorders seriously over the last few years. He plays with Canzona Diversa and also sings in the St. Alban’s Episcopal Church choir.
Bill Alexander – has performed for much of his life, both as keyboardist and guitarist. For 38 years he has been the director of music and organist at St. Francis de Sales Church in addition to his performances with jazz and dance bands on the Eastern Shore.
Currently retired, he is enjoying playing with Canzona Diversa and jazz ensembles.
Susan Parker – began studying violin in elementary school, but drifted away while in high school. After picking her violin back up in the late 1980s and taking lessons from a variety of private teachers who were available in the Salisbury area, she joined the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s second violin section, playing in the second violin section for about 20 years. She has played during liturgies and in the handbell choir at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church since 1996. She also plays duets with her son, Chad Parker, on cello.