LaNoue Davenport began working exclusively with Early Music during the late-1940s when he first studied with musicologist Erich Katz at the New York College of
Music. As founder and director of the Manhattan Recorder Consort, in the 1950s (whose members included Shelly Gruskin, Martha Bixler, and Bernard Arnold), LaNoue made numerous recordings of recorder music for Classic Editions. He took part in one of the
earliest recordings by the internationally renowned New York Pro Musica and later toured and recorded extensively for the ensemble between 1960 and 1970. In 1970, he formed Music
For A While with singer Sheila Schonbrun and gambist Judith Davidoff. Mr. Davenport had been interested in instrumental arrangements and orchestration for many years. He edited the
Recorder Library Series for Magnamusic Editions in the 1960s and during the 1970s was General Editor for the Recorder Consort Editions published by Anfor Music Publishing in New
York City. LaNoue was actively involved with the American Recorder Society. He edited their newsletter in the 1950s and became the Society's first national president in 1960. He received
the Society's "Distinguished Achievement Award" in 1995. He is also an honorary Vice President for the Society for Recorder
Player's in England. From 1971 until his death in 1999, Davenport served on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, N.Y., where he taught a masters program in Early Music performance.
Mark Davenport is a recorder soloist, teacher, and musicologist. At age seventeen he made his recording debut on an album of eighteenth-century recorder music
joining LaNoue Davenport, Judith Davidoff, gamba, and Edward Smith on harpsichord. In the late-1970s, he toured with the New York Pro Musica's production of The Play of Daniel. More recently, he has become active in the Early Music world through solo recitals, and as a director of Early Music workshops.
Davenport directed the Collegium Musicum at the State University of New York, College at New Paltz, during the early 1990s, and now directs the Collegium Musicum at Regis
University in Denver, where he is an Associate Professor and director of the Recorder Music Center
. His articles on Early Music topics have appeared in Early Music America, American Recorder, The Journal of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Southern California Early Music News, and Early
Music Colorado Quarterly. Davenport edited Early Music Colorado Quarterly between 1994 and 1997, and is the former Book Review Editor of American Recorder (1993-1997). He is
currently on the Board of Directors of the American Recorder Society
where he chairs the Education Committee. Mark did his undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence College and the State University of New York, College at New Paltz, where he received his B.A. in Music History and Literature,
summa cum laude. He holds M.M. and Ph.D., degrees in Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a dissertation on the dance repertoire of seventeenth-century English court composer William Lawes.