August Denhard has directed performances for Ardo Opera and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Works to his credit include John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Claudio Monteverdi’s Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi and L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Tomás Torrejón de Velasco’s La Purpura de la Rosa. As Executive Director of the Early Music Guild of Seattle he has overseen and performed in all of the Guild’s opera productions: Two Monteverdi Chamber Operas, Venus and Adonis, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea. As a performer on lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar, he has appeared with Chicago Music of the Baroque, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque, and the Concord Ensemble, among others. In Seattle he is the co-director of the Continuo Ensemble, a community ensemble devoted to 17th-century vocal music. He received his Doctor of Music degree from the Early Music Institute of Indiana University in May of 2006, and his dissertation, Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs (1630-1670): A Guide for Performers, has been published online by the Lute Society of America.