A performer, teacher, and advocate for the arts, Marylin serves as Artistic Director of L.A. Camerata, a performing arts initiative devoted to works for and by women and “others.” In addition to ongoing L.A. Camerata events, Marylin has performed historical works with the Desert Baroque Festival, Boston Camerata, and Musica Angelica. Last September, she was featured as a continuo player in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, a fully-staged performance by Tick-Tock Productions in Cambridge, UK. Other period theatrical performances include: Fairy Queen (Purcell), Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), L’Ormindo (Cavalli), Il Primo Omicidio (Scarlatti), Haydn’s Creation, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). As director, Marylin most recently staged a world-premiere reading of Isabella Andreini’s La Mirtilla; she previously directed USC’s Collegium Workshop production of a service for St. Ursula by Hildegard von Bingen and Chamber Opera USC’s production of Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero. She holds a DMA in Early Music from USC Thornton School of Music, where she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with Bill Skeen; her academic fields included a major emphasis in Musicology with minor emphases in Opera Directing and Teaching & Learning. In 2018, Dr. Winkle received the Early Music America Summer Workshop Scholarship to study vielle with Shira Kammen, Mary Springfels, and Benjamin Bagby at the Amherst Early Music Festival Roman de Fauvel Project. She has also spent several summers coaching and performing for the SFEMS Summer Baroque Workshop, and she attended the 2012 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Her modern cello studies include a Master’s of Arts Degree from San Jose State University, where she studied with David Golblatt, and a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from Stetson University, where she studied with David Bjella.


Marylin believes fiercely in the power of the arts to affect lives and create change. She has over a decade of teaching experiences with students of all ages and disciplines. At the collegiate level, Dr. Winkle currently serves on the faculty at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music where she directs the Early Music Ensemble. She has delivered music history lectures for music majors and non-majors at various undergraduate and graduate levels. As TA for the USC Early Music Department, Marylin facilitated the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia and the Collegium Workshop Ensemble, where she staged a performance of Hildegard von Bingen’s service for St. Ursula. Beyond the Early Music and Musicology, Marylin directed Chamber Opera USC in a performance of Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero, a production that inspired her continued devotion to educating audiences about women’s artistic history.

Her youth teaching experiences currently consist of strings and humanities instruction at Renaissance Arts Academy and cello teaching through Rhodes School of Music. Past community engagement efforts have included founding SJSU’s Young Musicians’ Project (YMP), working with the USC Thornton Outreach Program, and teaching strings and general music for Harmony Project (sites in Long Beach and Pasadena), all programs which provide at-risk youth with affordable music instruction.


My devotion to diversity extends beyond the classroom and onto the pages and stages in my career. Because the “Great Composers” historical narrative largely excludes musical individuals who lacked the privilege of nonconformity, my scholarship explores the ways early-modern women utilized stylistic conventions to subvert social conventions. My current research toward articles-in-progress examine, separately, Maddalena Casulana’s first book of madrigals and Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero for gendered rhetorical strategies.

Conference Presentations

September 2018 - Intersections: Between Music and Theatre in Seicento Italy

  • “The Sound of Struggle: Francesca Caccini and the Gendered Politics of Power”

  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

July 2017 - International Society for the History of Rhetoric

  • “The Sound of Struggle: Francesca Caccini and the Gendered Politics of Power”

  • Queen Mary University, London, UK

 March 2016 - Musicking Conference

  • “Back that Bass Up: Orchestrating Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero”

  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR