North Carolina

Baroque Orchestra

Upcoming Events

NCBO Summer Retreat July 22-28
07/22/2024 - 12:00 PM

North Carolina Baroque Orchestra's "Orchestra Building Retreat"

The Mountain Retreat Center

Highlands, NC

NCBO Summer Festival of Concerts!
07/25/2024 - 05:00 PM

Free and open to the public Donations gratefully accepted

Highlands First Presbyterian Church

417 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741

NCBO Summer Festival of Concerts!
07/26/2024 - 07:00 PM

Free and open to the public Donations gratefully accepted

Myers Park Baptist Church

1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

NCBO Summer Festival of Concerts!
07/27/2024 - 03:00 PM

Free and open to the public Donations gratefully accepted

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC

NCBO Summer Festival of Concerts!
07/28/2024 - 03:00 PM

Free and open to the public Donations gratefully accepted

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church

2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh, 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



Friends of Telemann

Letitia Berlin

Frances Blaker

Franklin Canning

Hyon Suk Cartee

Renee Garner

Josiah Marineau

Kelly Nivison

Benjamin Sackmary

Friends of Couperin

Jacqueline Dienemann

Charles and Mary Emerich

Doug Flack and Judy Harris

Elizabeth Hindal

Marta Howard

Cara Jokell

Rosemary and Ben Klein

Helene Neergaard

William Rahn

Suzanne Rousso

William Stewart

Friends of Vivaldi

Jan Blodgett

Jane and Larry Cain

Richard and Jody Carver

Richard Crandall

Katherine Goodson

Suzanne Johnson

Deborah McRae

Mike and Susan Melton

Martha Perry-Heartland Baroque

Robert and Frances Thomas

David Wilson

Friends of Handel

Susan and Guy Beaumont

Catherine Mowry

Lance Pedigo

Matt and Cristina Shaul

Alice and Al Sudduth

The Bach Family

George Bohmfalk

Mary and Kent Carpenter

Paul and Kay Keller

Chuck and Judy Latham

Thomas and Kim Miller

Edmund Plake

Price and Margaret Zimmermann

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


Corporate Sponsorship

Information Sheet

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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Contact us via email or the address below, or sign-up to be on our mailing list to hear about upcoming performances.

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2305, Davidson, NC 28036

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