Zorzal Music Ensemble,

Lynn Gumert, Artistic Director


Zorzal (Spanish for wood thrush) is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of Spanish and Latin American music from the 12th century to the present. We focus on works that reflect how musical elements from Spain are influenced by and influence other musical cultures, including those from African, Native American, Sephardic, Arabic and other European sources. We ourselves are a crossroads, bringing together a variety of musical backgrounds, education, and experience. Some of us are educators; several of us have extensive experience performing folk music, both American and Latin American. Our interpretations are based on ethnomusicological and musicological research, as well as on knowledge of classical and jazz composition. Our performance practice is at a crossroads between folk vernaculars and classical training, and our mission is at the crossroads of education and pure performance. As Artistic Director of Zorzal Music Ensemble, I research and arrange the music we perform, and also compose new works for the ensemble.

Zorzal features a vocal quintet, recorders, guitar, harpsichord, viola da gamba, and Latin American, Arab, and African percussion.


We perform in a variety of Spanish dialects as well as in Ladino (Sephardic Jewish) and Native American Quechua (Inca) and Náhuatl (Aztec).


Photo (L-R): Carlos Fernández, Janet Walker, Lynn Gumert, Megan Helvering, Momo Kusaka, Kate Chen, Doug Helvering

What We Do

Zorzal Music Ensemble performs at a variety of venues, including formal concerts, outdoor cultural and arts festivals, educational programs, and at academic conferences. During recent years, Zorzal has collaborated with the Garden State Sinfonia in Highland Park, NJ, and with the Dance Department at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.


Contact Information:



208 Morrison Avenue

Hightstown, NJ 08520



Bilingual Programming available for:

   Heritage Festivals

   Historical Roots of Multiculturalism/Globalization

   Spanish or History Department course tie-ins


   Educational Workshops

   Sacred and Secular Celebrations

   Christmas programs

   Collaborations with dance programs

   Latin American Baroque

   Latin American nueva canción

   Sephardic music

208 Morrison Ave.

Hightstown, NJ 08520

(609) 490-0196



Copyright 2014 by Lynn Gumert.

All Rights Reserved.