Violist Catherine Brubaker, a graduate of the Juilliard School, is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has served on the music faculty at Northwestern University. An avid performer of chamber music, she appears annually on the CSO Chamber Music Series. She was founding member of two string quartets, the Senora String Quartet based in Seattle, and the Tesoro String Quartet based in Dallas.
Marc Fink, oboe, is on the faculty of the UW-Madison School of Music and is principal oboist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with, among others, the Fairbanks Symphony, Chicago Contemporary Players, California Music Center Chamber Players, Indianapolis Chamber Music Society, and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured China. He recently appeared in Moscow, at the Gnesin Acadamy of Music and at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Dileep Gangolli, clarinet, appears regularly with many of the area's leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. Previously, he was a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent guest on WFMT's Live from Studio One broadcasts, performs with Present Music, and is Artistic Director of the Sheridan Chamber Players, which he founded in 2001.
Ross Gilliland, bass, is a graduate of UW-Madison, where he studied both bass performance and physics. He is a member of the Madison Symphony, and performs with the Madison Savoyards and 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 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, jazz pianist, and artistic co-director of the Token Creek Festival, is one of the nation's most distinguished artistic figures. He is recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer, MacArthur, and Heinz awards. His opera The Great Gatsby premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999. Recent premieres include Darkbloom and Songs America Loves to Sing. Next season the New York Philharmonic will premiere Milosz Songs with soprano Dawn Upshaw. 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 she is a founding member of Emmanuel Music Boston. Ms. Harbison taught at Brandeis and MIT, and was a Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute and winner of an Ingram-Merrill Award.
William Helmers, clarinet, performs as chamber musician, orchestra member, soloist, teacher, and recording artist. In addition to his work with the Milwaukee Symphony, he performs with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Present Music, and in summers with the Santa Fe Opera and the Washington Island Chamber Music Festival. He has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States, and in 1997 he gave the American premiere of Adams' Gnarly Buttons.
Violinist Edith Hines is a student of David Perry at UW-Madison, where she is a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow. She received the Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and the Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. An active chamber musician, Edith has participated in the Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Pablo Casals, and Ravinia (Stearns Institute) festivals, and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Eli Kalman is completing the doctoral degree in collaborative piano at UW-Madison, where he is a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow. As a young pianist he won several national competitions and performed as soloist with major Romanian Philharmonic orchestras and also appeared on stages in Israel, Germany, Hungary, the U.S., and Canada. He is a regular participant at the Banff Chamber Music Festival and the Rocky Ridge Music Center.
A native of Seoul, Korea, violinist Kangwon 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, and is completing the DMA at UW-Madison.
Adam Kuenzel, flute, is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has served as principal flutist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1990. He has also appeared as a guest artist with other groups including the Bakken Trio, Ensemble Capriccio, and The Rose Ensemble. When he isn't busy performing or traveling, Adam enjoys cycling (both motorcycles and bicycles).
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 UW-Madison and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He teaches at Edgewood College.
Cellist Rhonda Rider is a member of the acclaimed piano trio Triple Helix and is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory. For twenty-two years she was a member of the award-winning Lydian Quartet. As a soloist, she won New York's Concert Artists Guild Award and most recently was awarded an Aaron Copland Fund Grant. Ms. Rider has premiered and recorded numerous works devoted to contemporary cello techniques and repertoire.
Krista River, soprano, is a regular Bach cantata soloist with Boston’s Emmanuel Music. Recent engagements included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the International Opera Festival in Rome. She was the 2004 winner of the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, which sponsored her New York debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall last season.
Vocalist Annette Sanders has had a long and distinguished career in New York night clubs and as a much sought-after studio singer. In 1966 Benny Goodman chose her as featured vocalist for his prestigious Rainbow Grill engagement, and since then has been heard on literally thousands of jingles, movie soundtracks and CDs. During the late '80s Annette co-founded the jazz-tinged vocal quintet, Group Five. She also has four solo CDs to her credit.
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 Jim Erickson Trio, the Michael B.B. Quartet, and the Bill Evans Repertory Trio. He also makes frequent guest appearances with artists such as Jan Wheaton, Michelle DuVall, Doug Brown, Dave Stoler, Brad Pregeant, and Michael Hanson.
Bernhard Scully, horn, joined the world-renowned Canadian Brass Quintet this past spring, after completing the Master of Music at UW-Madison. While a student. Mr. Scully also performed as second horn with the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. The recipient of numerous prizes, he recently competed in the Geneva Competition in Switzerland as the only American invited to play at that prestigious event.
Todd Steward, drums, performs regularly in the Madison area with the Michael B.B. Quartet, 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 cruise ships orchestras.
John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord and organ, is Professor and Interim Director of Graduate studies at the UW-Madison School of Music. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Eastman School, 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.
Marc Vallon, bassoon, recently joined the UW-Madison School of Music faculty. A native of France, he taught modern and baroque bassoon at the Paris Conservatory and the Lyon Conservatory. He also was a founding member of the Nielsen Quintet, collaborated with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, served as first bassoonist with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and performed with La Chapelle Royale, Les Arts Florissants, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Tafelmusik.
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