Slobodan Vujisic, Artistic Director - lute, oud, saz

After graduating classical guitar with honors from the prestigious “Orazio Vecchi” Conservatory in Modena, Italy, Mr. Vujisic was a full time professor of classical guitar at the State Conservatory “Slavenski” in Belgrade, Serbia. A Veteran of European early music scene, he has recorded five CD’s and gave over 1,000 concerts with his “Ensemble Rennaissance” , including the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, St. Marten Theatre in Paris, and the Dubrovnik Festival. In January of 2009 he formed Austin Troubadours, where he is still the Artistic Director and business manager. They performed 18 concerts in Texas in 2010 and 2011, appeared twice on NPR radio programs, and performed live on TV on FOX news and Channel 8 in Austin.

Jenifer Thyssen - Soprano

Described by one critic as “glorious Austin soprano Jenifer Thyssen,” Jenifer has thrilled, delighted, and moved critics and audiences alike, earning her opportunities to perform in various venues throughout Texas, California, and New England.

Honored as Best Female Classical Singer by the Austin American-Statesman’s Austin Critics Table Awards in 2003, and nominated again for the award in 2007 and 2008, “Thyssen’s beautiful vocal storytelling” enraptures audiences whether the music is by Hildegard von Bingen, William Byrd, or J.S. Bach.

Jenifer and her husband Andrew reside in Austin and are blessed by the adventure of being mother and father to five fabulous sons and a lovely daughter.

Victor Eijkhout - recorders, saz, percussion

Gifted with a musical ADD that makes him record a clay-pot drum solo one day and an electronic meditation on the symmetries of the C60 molecule the next, Victor has an enduring love for all things flute. Having played recorder and Boehm flute since an early age, he has in recent years been exploring the Native American flutes, which resulted in his CD "Flutecore". He is currently trying to master the Kaval, and occasionally picks up a Rauschpfeif, Xiao, Shakuhachi, or Hulusi.

When he is not fluting, Victor can be heard around Austin playing recorder with the Texas Early Music project, oud with Bereket, bass in the 1001 Nights Orchestra, or practicing percussion on his front porch.

Neli Vujisic - harpsichord, saz, psaltery

An accomplished, enthusiastic and versatile pianist, piano teacher and highly sought-after accompanist, Neli Vujisic began studying piano when she was five years old in her native country of Yugoslavia. At the age of eleven, she won the prize at the National Competition of Piano Students in Belgrade. After graduating with honors from University ob Belgrade School of Music she was tenured Professor of Piano at the State Music School “Binicki” for ten years. She is an East- European piano repertoire specialist.

Oliver Rajamani - rebab, percussion

World music sensation, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Gypsy music master instrumentalist and vocalist, Rajamani is an international touring act having toured the USA, India, Canada, Burmuda, Germany and Israel. Music critics have distinguished Rajamani as an “artist who has redefined Gypsy Music by taking it back to India to its original roots” and “literally destroying borders”.

John Walters - viol, rebec, vielle

John Walters received a degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied cello under Michael Matesky and Paul Olefsky. After receiving his degree he went on to become an orchestra director in the Austin school district. His orchestras consistently received outstanding awards both locally and throughout the United States and Canada. His interest in chamber music and early music started while in college and has continued to this day. He was one of the founding members of the Clearlight Waits. He plays most string instruments including cello, bass and treble viola da gamba, rebec, vielle, violin, mandolin, oud, and guitar.

Christabel Lin - violin

Christabel Lin was born in New Zealand and made her first major solo appearance with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (New Zealand) at the age of 10 for an audience of 250,000. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ), Taichung Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), the Austin Civic Orchestra (Austin, TX) and the Vienna Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in venues such as the Sydney Opera House and the Wiener Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic.

In 2012 she was a full time violin player in the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria before moving to Austin, Texas in 2013 to further her education at the University of Texas at Austin in the Artist's Diploma program with Professor Brian Lewis. Christabel has been the winner of numerous chamber music competitions and has been involved in extensive chamber music performances and tours, which have taken her throughout New Zealand, to Asia and the UK (including St. Martins in the Fields in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Christabel is adjunct professor of violin at Austin Community College. She is on faculty at Suzuki Strings of Austin, and at Austin Chamber Music Center as a chamber music coach. Christabel is a member of the Austin Opera orchestra, and has performed as a collaborative artist for Austin Chamber Music Center.

Meredith Ruduski - soprano

Hailed for her “delicate, mellifluous sound,” and “exquisite,” “radiant” tone, Meredith Ruduski is a soprano of unusual versatility and artistry. From Hildegarde to Sondheim, Meredith excels both as an onstage performer and recording artist. Meredith appears regularly with groups such as Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire and Ars Lyrica, and Austin’s very own Texas Early Music Project.

Meredith is the Operations Coordinator at Texas Early Music Project, where she co-produced and co-wrote their most recent opera pastiche, That’s Amore: An Early Valentine, and she looks forward to co-producing the next show in February 2016. Meredith also writes, produces, and hosts TEMP’s “Music History Shorts,” an educational Youtube series for music history fans everywhere. Meredith received her Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Houston and her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. More about Meredith and her concert/recording schedule may be found on her website: