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Since making her solo debut at age 17 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Laura Barron has been hailed as “one of the finest flutists of her generation” by Flute Network. Her diverse career includes a solo appearance with Alexander Schneider’s Brandenburg Ensemble in Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center, and a season as the principal flutist of the American Sinfonietta. She has been a Fulbright scholar, was on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently flute professor at Northern Arizona University.

Ya-Fei Chuang, prizewinner at the Cologne International Piano Competition at age 18, has performed in numerous halls and festivals throughout Germany and the U.S. As a chamber musician she appears regularly with members of the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in duo recitals with Robert Levin and Kim Kashkashian. Ms. Chuang received degrees from the Musikhochschule Freiburg and Musikhochschule Köln, as well as the Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory.

Clarinetist Bruce Creditor has enjoyed a distinguished career in solo, chamber music and orchestra settings, and has received numerous honors, including the Naumburg Award in Chamber Music with the Emmanuel Wind Quintet. A graduate of the New England Conservatory he has performed with, among others, the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. Mr. Creditor is the Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras.

Allyson Fleck, viola (violin), received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in May 2004. The recipient of numerous awards, she has an extensive chamber music career that includes being a founding member of the Galena String Quartet, who were semi-finalists in the 2002 Fischoff Competition. Last season she appeared as soloist with the Novgorod String Orchestra in Russia. She is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She is Assistant Professor at Beloit College.

Physicist and violin maker William Frederick (Jack) Fry is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the UW - Madison where he established the Experimental High Energy Physics Program. He has been advisor to many leading physics laboratories and has published and lectured throughout the world. His work applying the principles of acoustics and physics to the complex problems of string instrument construction began in 1965, and has been featured on PBS Nova (The Great Violin Mystery).

Ross Gilliland, bass, is currently a student at the UW-Madison, studying both bass performance and physics. He has performed with the Madison Symphony, the Madison Savoyards, and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra. For most of the summer Ross can be found impressing crowds of young people across the nation playing electric bass in his Ska band.

Judith Gordon, piano, has been soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Symphony of Boston, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Among her chamber music colleagues are Rose Mary Harbison, violin; cellists Andrés Díaz, Yo-Yo Ma, and Rhonda Rider; and the Borromeo and Lydian quartets. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Ms. Gordon was named Boston Globe Musician of the Year.

Composer John Harbison, violist and artistic co-director of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, is recipient of numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, the Kennedy Center Friedheim First Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Heinz Award. His opera, The Great Gatsby premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999. His Requiem, for the Boston Symphony Orchestra premiered in Boston and New York in 2003, and his Fourth Symphony in Seattle in June. Mr. Harbison is Institute Professor at MIT and President of the Copland Fund.

Rose Mary Harbison, violin, is artistic co-director of the Token Creek Festival. She has recorded for DDG, CRI, Koch, Northeastern, and New World. She has worked directly with many composers, including Copland and Sessions, and has been guest artist with the Santa Fe, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Berlin Festivals. With Rudolph Kolisch she founded the Kolisch Ensemble, and is a founding member of Emmanuel Music Boston. She has taught at Brandeis University and MIT, was a Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute, and won an Ingram-Merrill Award.

Stephanie Jutt, flute, has been heard in recital around the world and is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the International Concert Artists' Guild Award and the Pro Musici International Soloist Award. Ms. Jutt is associate professor of flute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, artistic director and co-founder of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and principal flutist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Her recent recording of Brahms sonatas with pianist Jeffrey Sykes will be released on Centaur Records in 2004.

A native of Seoul, Korea, violinist Kangwon Lee Kim was featured in the Rising Young Artist Series at the Seoul Arts Center in 1996. Since then she has given numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Norway, and has recorded for Harmonia Mundi and CRI. Ms. Kim holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University. She performs on both modern and baroque violins.

Karl Lavine is principal cellist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Present Music. He is also a member of the newly formed Kepler Quartet, currently recording all ten string quartets of American composer Ben Johnston. Mr. Lavine holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He currently teaches at Edgewood College.

Pianist Robert Levin, renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and in Asia on both modern and period pianos. He has recorded the Mozart concerto cycle with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Beethoven concerto cycle for DG Archiv, the complete Bach harpsichord concertos with Helmuth Rilling, and the six English Suites and the Well-Tempered Clavier as part of Hänsslers 172-CD Edition Bachakademie. Also a noted theorist and Mozart scholar, Mr. Levin is professor of the humanities at Harvard University.

Cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer maintains an active and diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral section leader. He is principal cellist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the New England String Ensemble, and recently served at Tanglewood as Yo-Yo Ma’s understudy for Richard Strauss' Don Quixote. This year Mr. Popper-Keizer formed the Ariadne Piano Trio with longtime collaborators violinist Heidi Braun-Hill and pianist Shuann Chai.

John Schaffer, jazz bass, is Director of the School of Music at UW-Madison. For the last ten years he has been freelancing actively in the Madison area, and can be heard regularly with the Bill Evans Repertory Trio and the Jim Erickson Trio. He also makes frequent guest appearances with artists such as Gerri DiMaggio, Jan Wheaton, Michelle DuVall, Dave Stoler, Brad Pregeant, Ray Rideout, Claude Cailliet, and Michael Hanson.

Todd Steward, drums, performs regularly in the Madison area with such groups as the Madison Jazz Orchestra, CTM Theater Orchestra, Doc DeHaven’s Jazz Band, Kelly DeHaven’s Misbehavin’ Band, Brad Pregeant’s New Orleans Low-Down, the Ed Anders Quartet, Five-by-Design, The Dry Martinis, and folk singer Ken Lonnquist. He has also toured the world performing in ten ships’ orchestras.

John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord and organ, is Professor of Organ at the UW-Madison School of Music. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Eastman School of Music, and was a first-place winner in the American Guild of Organists national competition. In addition to organ repertoire and performance, Dr. Stowe also teaches harpsichord, early music, improvisation, and organ design.


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