Peggo Horstmann Hodes holds master’s degrees in elementary education from Lesley College and in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory. She has been a soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony, the Granite State Symphony, the Concord Chorale, and the Musicians of Wall Street. She has premiered works written for her by William Fletcher and Thomas Oboe Lee. Horstmann Hodes is a founding member of femme m’amie, an a cappella ensemble, which made two highly acclaimed CDs. She is also half of Peggo & Paul, the New Hampshire recording duo with an international reputation for their original family recordings who received two Parents’ Choice Awards. Horstmann Hodes created Vibrant Voice workshops to help singers and non-singers alike explore, release and reclaim their voice. She has led workshops in Hawaii, California, New York, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
Jennifer Yeaton-Parris received a B.A. in music history and a B.M. in flute from the University of New Hampshire, summa cum laude. She received her master's in music in performance from Boston University. Yeaton-Parris has performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Granite State Orchestra, the Concord and Manchester choral societies, the Cornell Festival Orchestra, the Bach Festival, and the Tamworth Arts Council. In addition to orchestral playing, Yeaton-Parris has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals, including those at the Musicians of Wall Street Series at the Concord Community Music School, on the Vaughn Recital Series at Dartmouth College, the Cornell University Summer Series, Walker Lecture Series, and Saint Gaudens Summer Concert Series, as well as other venues throughout New England. She is also an active freelance flutist in the area.
Calvin Herst performs frequently as a collaborative pianist. In addition to his favorite pastime of accompanying students and faculty on stage at the Concord Community Music School, where he is director of education and community partnerships, he has appeared in concert at the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and throughout the Peoples’ Republic of China. Over the past several years, he has been the pianist for Emily Jaworski as she has been a finalist or winner of a number of regional, national and international vocal competitions. He is a former faculty member of the Ithaca College School of Music, the Community Music Center of Boston, and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. Mr. Herst regularly serves as a guest panelist, speaker, adjudicator and clinician for state and national arts organizations. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees magna cum laude in piano performance from Ithaca College.
all photos: Ariana Hodes
The musicians of the Larksong Trio, Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano, Jennifer Yeaton-Parris, flute, and Calvin Herst, piano, began playing together more than a decade ago on a lark. From that happy accident, they discovered their signature sound - elegant, playful and stunningly beautiful. From Celtic to Copland, from Beatles to brand new, the Larksong Trio dazzles with surprising arrangements and breath-taking musicianship. Each member of the trio is a classically trained, expressive, world-class musician. Together, they enjoy an engaging irreverence and spiritual connection that tugs at your heart and brings you home.