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Marylin Winkle (she/her/hers) is honored to return to this season’s Desert Baroque Festival with a performance dedicated to French baroque repertoire. A performer, teacher, and advocate for the arts, Marylin is Artistic Director of L.A. Camerata, a performing arts initiative devoted to works for and by women and “others,” and selected by Early Music America for its 2020 Emerging Artists Showcase. Dr. Winkle is also Early Music Ensemble Director at the University of California at Los Angeles and is an arts advisor at Renaissance Arts Academy. She holds a DMA in Early Music from USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with Bill Skeen and played in historical ensembles under the direction of Dr. Adam Knight Gilbert and Dr. Rotem Gilbert that were consistently featured in Young Performers Festivals in Berkeley and Boston. In addition to ongoing L.A. Camerata events, Marylin has performed with such ensembles as Boston Camerata, Musica Angelica, and Opera NEO. A versatile performer of historical stringed instruments, Marylin was a recipient of the EMA Summer Workshop Scholarship to study vielle with Shira Kammen, Mary Springfels, and Benjamin Bagby for the Amherst Early Music Festival’s Roman de Fauvel Project. She made her international performance debut in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Tick-Tock Productions in Cambridge, UK. As theatrical director, Dr. Winkle staged a world-premiere reading of Isabella Andreini’s La Mirtilla and a full production of  Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero. Other period theatrical performances include: L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Fairy Queen (Purcell), Don Giovanni (Mozart), L’Ormindo (Cavalli), Il Primo Omicidio (Scarlatti), Haydn’s Creation, and Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart). She has dedicated several summers to coaching and performing for the San Francisco Early Music Society Summer Baroque Workshop, and she attended the 2012 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.  For more, visit: www.marylinwinkle.com and www.losangelescamerata.org