Recent Musica Antiqua concert included the Serenade pour Guitarre, Flute, et Cor, Op. 3 by Christian Dickhut (fl. 1812).

2019 Musica Antiqua

Dickhut Serenade was played by Tamara Caulkins (guitar, second from left), Hal Ott (flute, third from left), Jeff Snedeker (horn, furthest right).

Neil Caulkins (guitarist) on far left played Fantaisie by Carulli with Hal Ott (flute), and Trois Nocturnes for cello and guitar by Bürgmuller with John Michel (cello).

Neil and Tamara also played the Allegro Moderato, Op. 21 by Benigne Henry for two guitars.

Photo taken at Central Washington University, Music building.

MUSICA ANTIQUA CONCERT January 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the CWU Music Department Recital Hall in Ellensburg, WA, and January 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Fire On Main gallery in Soap Lake, WA.


An evening of early 19th-century chamber music including the guitar.  Neil and Tamara Caulkins will be joined by Hal Ott (flute), Jeff Snedeker (horn), and John Michel (cello) for performances of works by Henry, Dickhut, Burgmuller, and Carulli. Admission to the Ellensburg performance is free, and to the performance in Soap Lake is by donation.

Caulkins Guitar Duo to Perform Nineteenth-Century Guitar Duets as part of NW Guitar Festival, April 6th.


Tamara and Neil will perform the following program on period instruments on April 6th, in Spokane WA as part of the NW Guitar Festival.  For more information, go to

Tamara & Neil Caulkins

19th Century Classical Guitar Duets


Allegro Moderato, Op. 21                               (Benigne) Henry (fl. 1818)




Duet # Three, Op. 34                                         Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852)

            Allegreto Moderato

            Andante Sostenuto

            Rondo Allegro


Caprice                                                                A.H. Varlet (fl. 1821)


Mr. and Mrs. Caulkins’ playing has been described as “altogether exciting!” (by Fanfare, New Jersey), “a striking debut album” (by Guitar Review, New York), and as A well-matched team(by Guitar International, Wiltshire, England). Their scholarly publications have been published in the US, England, Japan, and Germany. They studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain and hold Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The duo has commissioned several new works for two guitars including Three Cherokee Legends by Sarah Pierce, Kootenai East, Op. 56 by Michael E. Young, Pentamerisms by Michael Daugherty, and Water Leaves by Bruce Reiprich.

They are currently bringing the nineteenth-century repertoire to life through research in archival sources and a study of historically informed performance practices. Neil plays a replica, built by Scot Tremblay, of a seven string guitar made in Mirecourt, France in 1840, and Tamara plays an original anonymous French instrument from about 1825.