Symphony Orchestra debut with the Beethoven Triple Concerto during the 2013-2014 season. At a recent concert in Carnegie Hall for the Children of Syria, he shared the stage with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Solo and chamber recitals will take him Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and mainland China to orchestral leadership of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, and Rapides Symphony. In April, 2014 appeared as the soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and gave series of solo and chamber concerts and master classes in San Jose, Costa Rica.More
Violinist Brittany MacWilliams has an active career both as performer and educator. She made her professional violin debut at age ten with the Louisville Orchestra and went on to win numerous competitions including the Music Teachers National Association competition. Since then, Ms. MacWilliams has performed extensively as soloist and concertmaster in such diverse locales as Istanbul, Beijing, Salzburg, Munich, Lisbon, and New York. She has had solo engagements with such orchestras as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Munich Hochshule Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. Ms. MacWilliams can be heard as soloist on two critically acclaimed compact discs of Giornovichi Violin Concerti for the Arte Nova Classics / BMG label.More
Alabama native Jonathan Magness was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin in September 2008, after performing as a regular substitute with the Orchestra’s first violin section for one full season. He has performed chamber works at several Orchestra concerts, including Schumann’s Piano Quartet at the 2009 Sommerfest. He was featured as soloist at Inside the Classics and Young People’s Concerts in 2010, performing music by Vivaldi and Piazzolla.
Magness has been acquainted with the Twin Cities since his teenage years, when he studied at the University of Minnesota, working with Sally O’Reilly. He has also earned a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and a master’s, with high distinction, from the University of Graz in Austria.More
Violist Katherine Lewis enjoys a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, solo performer, and orchestral musician. She is Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University and Master Teacher for the ISU String Project, and currently performs as principal viola in the Peoria Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, and Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra. Her previous orchestral experience includes appointments in the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, TX and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as frequent work with the Houston and New World Symphonies.More
Violist Daphne Gerling currently enjoys an active career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist and solo performer. Since the fall of 2011 she has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music, where she is Artist Teacher of viola and chamber music. Her performances have taken her to leading venues in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Italy, Austria, England, the Netherlands, and Germany, and to music festivals including Aspen, Bowdoin, Encore, NYU, Sarasota, Bad Leonfelden, Norfolk (UK), Staunton (VA), Dusseldorf-Benrath, Internationale Handel Festspiele Karlsruhe, and Neuburg, Bavaria. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School and New England Conservatory, and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Rice University, where she studied primarily with Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Karen Ritscher and James Dunham.More
Anthony Kitai joined the Houston Symphony in 2001, serving as Acting Associate Principal Cellist from 2003-2005. Previously, he was a member of the Memphis Symphony and the Iris Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist, Anthony Kitai has appeared with many orchestras including the Galveston Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, Symphony North of Houston, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Jonesboro Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Pine Bluff Symphony. Music festival appearances include Grand Teton, Schleswig-Holstein, AIMS, AFA, Texas, and Aspen.More
An accomplished soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Paul York has appeared in recital and with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. York serves on the string faculty at the University of Louisville, where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule. Recent solo appearances include a performance of Karel Husa’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Colored Field for Cello and Orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis with the Louisville Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor with internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Of his performance at Carnegie Hall, New York Concert Reviews said “The fiendishly difficult solo part was brilliantly played by cellist Paul York; one had to be in awe of his playing.”More
Sidney A. King
Sidney A. King is the instructor of double bass at the University of Louisville School of Music. He has retired the position of assistant principal bassist of the Louisville Orchestra, having held it from 1984-2006. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. King performs frequently throughout the Midwest in various recital settings, including service for fourteen years as a core member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players. He has also held a position on the board of directors of the International Society of Bassists (2003-2006).More
Marian Shaffer is Principal Harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephens College, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in both harp and piano. She studied both instruments for one year at the Vienna Academy for Music and the Performing Arts and then received a Fulbright scholarship to Cologne, Germany for further study. Her principal teachers include Mimi Allen, Marjorie Tyre, Lucile Lawrence, and Hans Joachim Zingel. In 1974 she graduated from Memphis State University with an M.A. in music and German.More
Internationally known performer and teacher, flutist Patricia George travels the world performing and teaching. She has presented her Famous Flute Spa masterclasses for more than 300 universities, conservatories, public schools, and flute associations. In January 2011, George became Editor of Flute Talk Magazine and continues to write the monthly column ‘The Teacher’s Studio.” She has also written for the Idaho Music Educator’s Notes, the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Keynotes Magazine, and Chamber Music America.More
Robert Stephenson joined the Utah Symphony Orchestra in 1980. He has served as Principal Oboe under Music Directors Varujan Kojian, Joseph Silverstein, Keith Lockhart and Thierry Fischer. He has twice been a member of the Utah Symphony Music Director Search Committee and the orchestra’s Artistic Committee. Prior to coming to Salt Lake City, Mr. Stephenson played Principal Oboe for three years with the Savannah Symphony and Georgia Chamber Orchestra under Christian Badea. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music.More
Rebecca Van de Ven
Rebecca Van de Ven plays principal oboe with the Adrian Symphony in Michigan and the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the positions of second oboe in the Battle Creek Symphony and assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony. She currently teaches at Sewanee: The University of the South. She has had a private studio for many years and formerly taught oboe at Albion College and Spring Arbor University.More
Since 1996, Hunter Thomas has served as the Principal Bassoonist of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama, an orchestra with which he has performed since high school. Following a recent performance, The Huntsville Times refers to his “hauntingly lovely first solo” in Tchaikovskyís Symphony No. 6. Hunter has made numerous solo appearances with the HSO, including his acclaimed performance in 2005 of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. As an orchestral player, Hunter performs regularly with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, with which he has recorded for the Dorian CD label. From 1980-1985, Hunter was the Principal Bassoon of the National Orchestra of Colombia, South America.More
Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. In 2009, Chad was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he teaches clarinet, chamber music and serves as the director for the Michigan Chamber Players. Additionally, he serves as co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, which offers regular performances throughout the year and an early summer music festival in Oklahoma City. Chad is the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.More
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, Acting Associate Principal Horn with the Minnesota Orchestra, contributes to Minnesota’s Twin Cities musical life as a chamber music series creator, guest soloist, chamber music performer and private instructor. In demand as a clinician and soloist throughout the United States, Smith was a featured artist in April at the MidSouth International Horn Society Workshop in Austin, Texas.
Smith is Artistic Director of the Colonial Chamber Series, which she developed and launched in 2006, and spearheaded the Musicians for Tsunami Relief benefit concert as well as a benefit for Emergency Family Service, with concerts held at Colonial Church in Edina. She has performed with the Lakes Chamber Music Society in Alexandria, Minnesota, and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, among others. Smith has been privileged to collaborate with the world- renowned Dale Warland Singers, exploring repertoire for chorus and solo horn and appears on the Chorus’ Bernstein & Britten CD as featured soloist in Aharon Harlap’s Bat Yiftach (Jephthah’s Daughter).More
Peter Bond has played trumpet in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1992. He studied with John Head of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet and Yale School of Music, as well as Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, and Adolph Herseth, all renowned teachers and members of the Chicago Symphony. While living in Atlanta in the 1980′s, he was a busy freelance musician, working frequently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, and lead trumpet for most visiting musicals and entertainers including Evita, 42nd Street, Sugar Babies, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Ann Margaret, Mitzi Gaynor, Ben Vereen, Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett.More
In constant demand as soloist, orchestral musician and teacher, Mark Babbitt enjoys a high degree of success in all areas of trombone performance.
Mark has performed extensively with the Seattle Symphony and Opera. In 2009 he performed Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Seattle Opera. With the Seattle Symphony he has recorded the music of Bodine, Borodin, Brahms/Sheng, Dvorak, McKinley, Mahler, and Schuman. He has performed as guest principal trombone with the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Additionally, he has worked with numerous orchestras throughout the country, including: Rochester Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and Erie Philharmonic.More
Eric Bubacz has an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. He studied for three years at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY before transferring to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he completed his Bachelor of Music. While in school, Eric was a member two different brass quintets, both of which competed and placed second at the New York Brass Conference Quintet Competition. During the summers, he attended several noted festivals including: The National Repertory Orchestra, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Sully Music Festival, Centre d’Arts Orford, Harmony Ridge Brass Seminar, Festival of Art and Musical Excellence and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he was the first tubaist to win the Chamber Music Prize. Shortly after graduating from Curtis, he attended the Colonial Euphonium and Tuba Institute where he won second prize at the International Tuba Solo Competition. He also placed first on tuba in the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition.More
John Kilkenny is currently Director of Percussion Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He enjoys a multi faceted career that includes orchestral performances with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera and Ballet, Washington Concert Opera, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society, the Master Choral of Washington, and virtually every other Washington DC area performing arts organization. Chamber music appearances include collaborations with flautist Karen Johnson, pianist Carlos Rodriguez, the Folger Consort, Verge Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, Chris Deviney, John Tafoya, Robert Van Sice, Gregory Zuber, and She e Wu. Michael Daughertyís UFO Percussion Concerto, and the Washington DC area premiere of the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for two Timpanists and Wind Symphony are included in his highlights of his recent concerto appearances.More
Amy I-Lin Cheng
Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has been described by the New York Concert Review as a pianist whose “control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch.” Pianist Claude Frank describes her as “a brilliant, sensitive, imaginative and most beguiling pianist.” Amy enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Amy has appeared in recitals at venues such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and National Concert Hall in Taipei and has been invited to perform in concerts across the United States, in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil and Israel. Amy’s live performances have been heard on WGBH, KCSC, WHYY, La Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2, and NPR in Houston. Amy has won many awards including the Heida Hermanns International Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Rising Young Artist Series in Taipei. As a concerto soloist, she made her Boston concerto debut at the age of 17 at Jordan Hall playing Liszt Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Benjamin Zhander, and has appeared with the ‘Musica Viva’ Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Recent concerto performances include concertos with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma Community Orchestral, Taichung Philharmonic in Taiwan, Orchestra of the Pines in Texas, and Classic Orchestra in Taiwan.More
Shannon Hesse, Assistant Professor and keyboard area coordinator at Houston Baptist University, has performed extensively both nationally and internationally as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Her concert schedule consists of recurring guest appearances in recitals sponsored by organizations such as the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Society of Composers, Inc., Tuesday Musical Club, Galveston Island Arts Academy Concert Series, Imperial Performing Arts series, Greenbriar Consortium, and the Houston Composers Alliance. She regularly performs with musicians from the Houston Symphony, including her husband, cellist Anthony Kitai. A devoted teacher, Dr. Hesse is a long-standing member of Music Teachers National Association, where she is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. She is frequently in demand as an adjudicator and her students have been prizewinners in competitions at the local and state levels.More
The Polish-born pianist Radek Materka has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras in Europe, North and Central America and Asia performing in concert venues such as the Carnegie Recital Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.More