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L’Esprit Baroque performs rarely-heard Baroque cantatas and chamber music for voices and period instruments in California and beyond. Our mission is to bring the amazing music of the Baroque era, and historical performance practice, to audiences in Orange County.

What a great concert! Beautiful repertoire (so much of which rarely sees the light of day) and so elegantly performed. I loved the travelogue effect as you led us on our “Giro d’Italia.” It was a real treat. Grazie!

Bruce Bales, DMA

Our core members are Elysha Massatt, soprano, Sarah Vay Kerns, baroque flute, Sylvia Schwartz, baroque violin, John Ott, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Janice Massatt, harpsichord and organ. We started playing together in 2013, as part of the Massatt family’s home concerts. Since then we have performed over 20 concerts, featuring different programs centering around the music of the Baroque era.  We frequently invite other musicians to sing and play with us, so we can perform a wider variety of repertoire. We love bringing to life the sacred and secular cantatas that combine voices with instruments, not just as accompaniment but as additional soloists, and we also love exploring the multitude of solo and trio sonatas that have been composed during this era. All of us are passionate and excited about this repertoire, and we have enough music in the planning and rehearsal process to fill up many more concerts!

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L’Esprit Baroque would like to thank photographer Eli Zaturanski for his beautiful photos.


L’Esprit Baroque is regretfully on hiatus for the moment during this time of physical distancing for mutual health and safety. We miss you and each other profoundly, and are looking forward to when we can all experience the warmth of this music and the unique sound of our instruments in the same room together again.

In the meantime, we will be experimenting with some ways to bridge the geographic gaps separating our members to collaborate on video. And, you can always find us on YouTube as well as our debut album “Idol Mio” on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and all other major streaming platforms.

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L’Esprit Baroque is enjoying an ambitious concert season with a Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival in June 2019 and a return to the Berkeley Early Music Festival in 2020. We are continuing our performances in Placentia and Berkeley as well as house concerts that bring us back to our roots.

You can have a direct impact on our ability to continue making music with a financial contribution, helping us pay for the spaces in which we perform, advertising for our concerts, and rehearsal and performance time for our musicians.

Donate Now

We are very happy to announce that L’Esprit Baroque is now a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of L’Esprit Baroque must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


If you would like to discuss underwriting, please click here to email us.


If you would like to sponsor the group or purchase advertisement space in our Program, please click here to contact us.

Sponsors receive acknowledgement in our program and on the website, and potential acknowledgment at concerts. Please contact for further details.

Program advertisements may be purchased for $25 for a business-card-sized ad. (Other options available.) Graphics must be provided. Please click here for more information.

We are so grateful to the members of our community who helped flutist Sarah Vay Kerns purchase her original 1785 Potter flute. Our string players are now fundraising to purchase career-quality instruments. 

Our violinist, Sylvia, is very close to completing fundraising here:
Finding a Voice

Photo Credit: Scott McGregor

Our cellist, John Ott, invested in a new viola da gamba bow in June 2018 and is now fundraising for a Baroque cello.

If you would like to support these efforts by donating, hosting a house concert, or connecting us to other potential donors, please let us know.

L’Esprit Baroque would like to thank photographer Eli Zaturanski for his beautiful photos.