Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Dream Spirit Baroque Band

Posted on November 12, 2016
Filed Under Featured Artists

A local favorite, the Dream Spirit Baroque Band performs classical, baroque, Celtic, Renaissance, pop songs, ethnic and folk chamber music.

The Dream Spirit Baroque Band has been together for over a decade and is comprised of four local musicians including Jack Shipley on hammer dulcimer and recorder, Jon Smart on guitar, Suzanne Stone on cello, and Diana Woodbury on violin. 

Shipley taught Celtic music at Lake Tahoe Community College, arranges traditional American, Celtic and baroque music, and performs with several ensembles. He creates many of the musical arrangements played by the Dream Spirit Baroque Band.

Smart plays classical to folk styles and creates the guitar arrangements for the band. He has a Master of Arts degree in music from the Conservatory of Music in Indiana and teaches guitar at Lake Tahoe Community College and the Tahoe Conservatory of Music.

Stone’s musical career began with piano at age four. She is a founding member of Sierra Strings of Tahoe, performing at Tahoe for 20 years. She was a nominee for an Eddie Award given by the El Dorado County Arts Council, recognizing her musical contributions to the community.

Woodbury started playing violin at age eight. She studied with Zaven Melikian, concert master of the San Francisco Symphony, and was concert mistress of the Mills College Chamber Orchestra. She put the violin aside for many years while she danced professionally all over the world. Influenced by Suzanne Stone, she picked up the violin again to play with Sierra Strings of Tahoe.

Dream Spirit’s latest CD, “Swallowtail Butterfly: Folk Chamber Music,” was recorded and produced by John Shipley and is available at


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