Jeremy Rhizor  Artistic Director

Noted for playing “virtuosically but with fluid grace” by the New York Times, violinist Jeremy Rhizor is the founder and director of the Academy of Sacred Drama. He has recently led Baroque oratorios by Stradella, Pasquini, and Scarlatti through the Academy and for the Festival of Sacred Arts in Sweden. In recent solo performances in New York City and Sweden, he has showcased seventeenth-century Italian composers such as Corelli, Stradella, and Caldara. Past seasons included a performance for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Music Before 1800 and a recital tour in Nova Scotia. With the Academy Players, the Academy instrumental ensemble, he has performed French and Italian trio sonatas. Jeremy performs with many period-instrument ensembles such as Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the American Classical Orchestra. In recent summers, he has played orchestral music at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota. Jeremy’s interests include seventeenth-century Italian oratorio and the relationship between the social and personal aspects of marriage and friendship.   website

Kate Bresee  Academy Journal Editor

Kate Bresee was born and raised outside of Richmond, Virginia. She attended Eastern University, a small Christian liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia, where she studied the great books as a member of the University’s Templeton Honors College and received a degree in Philosophy. While at Eastern, Kate was a founding co-editor of the Eastern-based undergraduate academic journal, Adorans, which explores topics relating to philosophy, theology, science, and culture. After graduating in 2014, Kate began a doctoral program in philosophy at Fordham University in New York City. While at Fordham, Kate has continued to explore her passion for editing through an assistantship with the ancient and medieval studies journal Traditio, which is housed at Fordham and printed by Cambridge University Press.   website