Tom Artin, trombone, has played throughout the U.S. and Europe with a number of world renowned jazz groups, including the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble and the Louis Armstrong Alumni All-Stars. He played lead trombone in Mel Tormé's big band and was also the house trombonist at Eddie Condon's jazz club in New York for nearly a decade. He currently leads his own sixteen-piece swing band, a traditional jazz band, and Standard Brass, an adventurous seven-piece jazz ensemble.
Violinist Judith Eissenberg is a founding member of the Lydian String Quartet, with whom she has won numerous international prizes, commissioned and recorded new works, and toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a member and soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society and has appeared with other performing organizations in Boston, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, Emmanuel Music, Boston Pops, and Boston Baroque.
Dileep Gangolli, clarinet, appears regularly with many of the midwest'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.
Madison native Ross Gilliland, bass, is a member of the Madison Symphony and the UW symphony and chamber orchestras, and also performs with the Madison Savoyards, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, the chamber ensemble Con Vivo, and Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. Mr. Gilliland holds degrees in both music and physics and has toured extensively as the electric bassist of his modestly successful 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 string quartets. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Ms. Gordon was named Boston Globe Musician of the Year. She is Assistant Professor at Smith College.
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 works include Milosz Songs (for the New York Philharmonic with soprano Dawn Upshaw), But Mary Stood (for the Cantata Singers, Boston), and Concerto for Bass Viol (for a consortium of orchestras, with premieres by the Toronto and Houston symphonies last spring). 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.
Violinist Edith Hines is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is a student of David Perry and 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.
Acclaimed as a horn player of "remarkable virtuosity," David Jolley, a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has performed throughout the world and is a frequent guest artist with the musicians from Marlboro, Guarneri Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, and the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. He is also much sought after as a concerto soloist, and has issued more than two dozen CDs. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Jolley serves on the faculties of Mannes College of Music, Queens College-CUNY, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, the U.S. and Canada. He was a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow at UW-Madison, where he recently completed doctoral studies. Mr. Kalman has performed on Emmanuel Music's chamber series (Boston) and the Myra Hess Memorial concerts (Chicago), and is a regular participant at the Banff Chamber Music Festival and the Rocky Ridge Music Center. He joins the faculty at UW-Oshkosh in the fall.
Parry Karp, 'cello, is Professor of Music, Artist-in-Residence, and director of the string chamber music program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He became a member of the Pro Arte Quartet in 1976, and with them has recorded prolifically, most recently works of Sessions, Rhodes, Mays, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. As a solo artist he has recorded works of Bridge, Clarke, Chausson, Rachmaninoff, Magnard, Strauss, Ireland, and Collins. Six new albums will be released this year.
Karl Lavine is principal cellist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Present Music. He is also a member of the recently formed Kepler Quartet, which has just released the first volume of the complete 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.
Music from Salem is a quartet of musicians who, with numerous guest artists, also host a festival in Washington County in upstate New York. Founded in 1985, the Festival offers concerts, workshops, and master classes. Core members include violinist Judith Eissenberg, violist Lila Brown, cellist Rhonda Rider, and pianist Judith Gordon.
Mary Perkinson, violin, earned the Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Graduate Performance Diploma from Boston Conservatory, and her undegraduate degree from Boston University. She has participated in the Aspen, Brandeis, Brevard, Killington, and Musicorda music festivals, and co-authored Your Guide to Fun Violin Playing, for novice violinists. Ms. Perkinson plays with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and will begin doctoral studies in violin performance this fall.
Violist Brek Renzelman earned the Artist Diploma from Indiana University, and has played with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, as Assistant Principal Viola, and with the Atlanta Symphony. He joined Present Music, Milwaukee’s premiere new music ensemble, in 1992, and is a founding member of the Kepler Quartet, which has just released the first volume of the complete string quartets of Ben Johnston.
Cellist Rhonda Rider is a member of the 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.
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 she 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 albums 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.
Thomas Stephenson, bassoon, has been a member of the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music since 1975 and with them has performed most of the extant cantatas of J.S. Bach, the major Mozart operas, and many Handel operas and oratorios. He has also performed with many of Boston's prominent musical organizations, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, the Opera Company of Boston, the Cantata Singers, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra.
Todd Steward, drums, performs regularly in the Madison area with such groups as 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.
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