Music's Quill


Instruments Played
Lute, Theorbo, Tenor

Current Performance Ensembles
Music's Quill

Personal Summary / Bio

Music’s Quill  was formed in 2000 by Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor, and Timothy Burris, lute.  The ensemble specializes in the 16th- and 17th-century vocal traditions of England, France, and Italy. These rich repertoires combine the subtlety of lute accompaniment with each nation’s characteristic vocal and poetic traditions.

In both formal concerts and educational events such as master classes, Music’s Quill shares with the audience the beauty of the lute song and its companion art, the rich tradition of 17th-century poetry. Using the lute’s intimacy, Timothy Burris weaves an artful harmonic foundation, which enhances the beauty of the vocal line. Timothy Neill Johnson’s exceptional voice beautifully reveals poetic subtleties, which allow us to imagine the cast of characters in these miniature dramas.

They are the first duo to record the complete songbook of Philip Rosseter. “The Maine-based duo of Timothy Neill Johnson and Timothy Burris brings a natural rapport and gentle delivery to these songs. Johnson's lines are silky and warm; Burris's accompaniment is placed simply and gracefully.” (Early Music America Magazine, Spring 2009)



Professional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer, Ensemble

My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
There is a lady, sweet and kind (live concert recording)Thomas FordMusic's QuillAug 11 20083:14
Rosette (live concert recording)Anon, to a poem by Philippe DesportesMusic's QuillAug 11 20081:54

Contact Information


27 Archer Lane
Cumberland, ME, 04021
United States
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