North Carolina

Baroque Orchestra

Upcoming Events

Vespers at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
02/11/2024 - 04:00 PM

JS Bach, Cantata 230 "Lobet Den Herrn". Trinity Cathedral Choirs and NCBO Chamber Players. Directed by William Douglas.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC

NCBO with the choirs of Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
03/13/2024 - 07:30 PM

Lenten Music of the Baroque - Directed By Nicholas Quardokus

Grace Church Cathedral

98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC

NCBO with SC Bach
03/23/2024 - 04:00 PM

JS Bach, Passion According to St. John - 300th anniversary of the St. John Passion

Episcopal Church of the Advent

141 Advent Street, Spartanburg , SC

NCBO with SC Bach
03/24/2024 - 04:00 PM

JS Bach, Passion According to St. John - 300th anniversary of the St. John Passion

Westminister Presbyterian Church

2310 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC

NCBO Chamber Players
03/26/2024 - 07:30 PM

Chamber music for flute, violin, and basso continuo.

Trilogy Lake Norman

310 Exploration Blvd. Denver, NC

NCBO Chamber Players
03/27/2024 - 07:30 PM

Chamber music for flute, violin, and basso continuo.

Carol Woods Retirement Community

750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC

NCBO Chamber Players
03/28/2024 - 07:00 PM

Chamber music for flute, violin, and basso continuo.

Trilogy Lake Frederick

180 Bald Eagle Drive Lake Frederick, VA

NCBO Chamber Players
04/14/2024 - 05:00 PM

Chamber music of Corelli, Bach and Purcell. Freewill offering.

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension

726 1st Ave. N, Hickory, NC

Handel's Messiah
04/19/2024 - 06:00 PM

Handel's oratorio "Messiah," directed by Fred Teardo.

Cathedral Church of the Advent

2017 6th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Charpentier Mass
05/18/2024 - 07:30 PM

Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe De Minuit, directed by Justin Smith.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

3115 Providence Road Charlotte, NC


The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO), a period instrument ensemble, was co-founded in 2011 by sisters and musical collaborators Frances Blaker and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck for the purpose of providing orchestral and chamber music opportunities for musicians specializing in baroque performance practice.

It was clear from their first concerts in 2011 that there was a need for NCBO. The musicians were hungry for an opportunity to play baroque orchestral music on period instruments at a professional level, and the audiences were excited by their exuberant, refreshing and inspiring performances.

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra maintains a goal of presenting refined, stylistic, artistic and fun performances, engaging both the players and the listeners in the stories and historical context behind the music.

Frances Blaker - Conductor & Artistic Director

Frances Blaker is a virtuoso recorder player and world-renowned expert in baroque performance practice, teaching workshops throughout The United States and Europe. She is a unique and exciting conductor, inspiring the NCBO players to bring new life to old music! Ms Blaker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she maintains an active teaching studio and works on her compositions.

Barbara Krumdieck - Executive Director & Cellist

Barbara manages all of the details involved in putting performances together. The NCBO players travel in from near and far. Some are in the Carolinas, but a large number of the players travel in from all over the country including California, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee , Georgia, Washington, D.C., Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Ms. Krumdieck contracts the musicians, arranges for their transportation and housing, provides them with music and makes them feel welcome and valued within NCBO. She is also liaison between the orchestra and choir directors who contract NCBO for their special projects.

Board Members

Barbara Blaker Krumdieck

Executive Director

George Bohmfalk


Thomas Miller

Chair Elect

Chuck Latham


Jane Cain


Mary Lathem


Support NCBO

Your donations to the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra are critical in supporting the performances of these master musicians.


Friends of Telemann

Up to $99

Friends of Couperin


Friends of Vivaldi


Friends of Handel


The Bach Family


Contributions to NCBO

Fund projects

Your donations help fund our instrumental projects with artistic director Frances Blaker.

Enrich musicians

Your donations help fund our annual orchestra building retreat, a week of working together with Frances Blaker in rehearsals, sectionals and seminars which is followed by several concerts.

Support communities

Your donations help support our efforts to bring period-instrument orchestral and chamber music concerts to underserved communities through-out the southeastern United States.

Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) organization, Fed. Tax ID: 84-2690097. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.


The superb North Carolina Baroque Orchestra accompanied. There were just nine performers for this evening’s concert, but their full tone belied that number. The balance with the choir of about thirty was very fine. Phrasing and rhythm were tight and they created the tone and moods needed in this wide-ranging dramatic work.


This way-ahead-of-its-time harmonic adventure was a challenge for the orchestra for its difficult intonation, which they passed with sparkling confidence and brilliance.


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Mailing Address:

PO Box 2305, Davidson, NC 28036

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