in honor of John Dryden, the English poet laureate whose words inspired Baroque
composers including Purcell and Handel, the Dryden Ensemble specializes in performing
music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. A line from Dryden's Song to St. Cecilia captures the essence
of baroque music and our ensemble's philosophy: "What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!"
John Dryden (1631-1700)
Dryden Ensemble was incorporated as a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation
in 1994 and received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS in
February, 1995. The organization is a registered charity.
THE BOARD OF THE DRYDEN ENSEMBLE Carter van Dyke, President Jack Tomlinson, Treasurer Denise Varga, Secretary Jane McKinley, Artistic Director Peggy de Wolf Charles Magee Judith McCartin Scheide Barbara Taylor