Antonia studied under L. Wayne Batty at Virginia Commonwealth University, and was a student leader of the Madrigalists. Her interest in ethnomusicology led her to study Pre-Colombian music and instrument craft in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico.
In addition to working as staff singer for St. James’s Episcopal church for over ten years, Antonia is a soloist for weddings, funerals, private parties, and corporate events. She currently maintains a private voice studio, and contributes to the local Richmond music community as an integral member of The Listening Room show series, and as a collaborator with a variety of bands and artists.
As an accordion player, Antonia Begonia ‘The Bird’ FD Vassar is sponsored by Hohner Musikinstuemnte.
Jonathan Vassar is Richmond-based singer-songwriter and small business owner. His bands: Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird, Ophelia, and Homemade Knives have garnered national acclaim. His label, Triple Stamp Records, has released ten albums by six local artists. Jonathan is also a founding member of the lauded Listening Room. He has been singing, and playing guitar, accordion, and piano since he was a child.