Eliot Bailen, cello, artistic director, co-founder
Susan Rotholz, flute, co-founder
The 2013 SCE Bluegrass All-Stars
Dana Lyn (violin), Eliot Bailen (guitar), Susan Rotholz (flute and vocals), Julia Bailen (vocals), Peter Weitzner (bass), Bob O'Connor (guitar and vocals), Jim Vogt (mandolin), Rob Brereton (dulcimer), Moose Given (banjo), Gary DiGiovanni (banjo) and Julia Bailen (vocals).
The 2013 Coffeehouse Band
Bob O'Connor (guitar and vocals), Eliot Bailen (guitar and vocals), Paul McCormack (guitar), Chris Parker (drums), Don Lowe (singer/songwriter), Julia Bailen (vocals), Susan Rotholz (flute and vocals), The Bailen Brothers Band and Steve Trinchillo, Adam Carley and Janet Taylor (formerly of Potter's Field).
Sarah Adams, viola|
Toby Appel, violin, viola, narration
Donald Batchelder, trumpet
Kenneth Cooper, harpsichord
Dima Dimitrova, violin
Stacy Dumont, summer camp instructor
Melanie Feld, oboe
Mary Hammann, viola
Ben Hochman, piano
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Thomson Kneeland, bass
Jill Levy, violin
Lois Martin, viola
Jessica McJunkins, violin
Chris Parker, drums, composer
Gerard Reuter, oboe
Ted Rosenthal, piano, composer
Michael Roth, violin
Andrea Schultz, violin
Stacey Shames, harp
Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet
Peter Weitzner, double bass
Carmit Zori, violin
Eliot Bailen, cello, artistic director, co-founder. Strings Magazine writes, "At Merkin Hall (NYC) 'cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music." Eliot Bailen is principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England, New York Bach Artists, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society. Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, whose performances the New York Times has described as "the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert." Mr. Bailen also performs regularly with the Saratoga Chamber Players, 'Modern Works,' the Cape May Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival and is founder of the series Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom in New York. He is assistant-principal cello of the Stamford Symphony and appears frequently with leading New York area orchestras such as the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Opera and Ballet, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Koch International, Deutsche Grammophon, Delos, New World, Beanstalk, BMG and Flying Dutchman Records and has been heard as solo cello in numerous Broadway shows. Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Graduating in 1977 with High Honors in Music and French Literature from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Mr. Bailen also holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University where he was awarded the coveted Slater Prize for Entrepreneurship. In 2002, he was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale Arts Award for Positive Thinking. Mr. Bailen has also gained national attention as a writer and producer of children's music. Winner of the 1990 Parent's Choice Gold Medal and winner of numerous ASCAP Popular Awards, Mr. Bailen was a featured guest artist on Nickelodeon's "Eureeka's Castle" airing from 1993 through 1997. Mr. Bailen has received over twenty-five commissions for his "Song to Symphony" project, an extended school residency program that presents children's original musicals in an orchestral setting; the project was the subject of a NY Times feature article. The Song to Symphony project was recently awarded a special Alumni Grant from the Yale School of Music. Mr. Bailen received a commission from the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra for a Double Concerto for flute and cello, which premiered in October 2012 with himself and his wife, flutist Susan Rotholz, as soloists. They live in New York City with their twin sons David and Daniel and their daughter Julia.
Susan Rotholz, flute, co-founder, made her New York debut to critical acclaim in 1981 as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award. Since then she has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral flutist and teacher. Ms. Rotholz is principal flutist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, the New York Chamber Ensemble. She is a member of Orchestra of St. Luke's, The New York Pops, The Little Orchestral Society, and has served as principal with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony, American Ballet Theater and the Stamford Symphony. Susan was principal flutist for 25 years with the New England Bach Festival under Blanche Moyse and now continues to be a principal flutist for "the hottest tickets in town" revival series, Encores! at New York City Center. Ms. Rotholz has appeared as soloist with the Brandenberg Ensemble, New York String Seminar, New York Chamber Ensemble, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, The New England Bach Festival and the Westmoreland Symphony. She has commissioned and premiered Robert Beaser's Variations for flute and piano, Anthem for flute and orchestra by Elizabeth Brown, Invocation, a flute concerto by Edie Hill and Themes and Moods, a chamber work crossing classical and jazz idioms by Ted Rosenthal. In 2003, Bridge Records released her recordings of the complete Bach Sonatas for Flute and Fortepiano and the Partita for Solo Flute with Kenneth Cooper. The recordings are said to be "irresistible in both music and performance" (The NY Times). In 1988, Ms. Rotholz won the Young Concerts Artists International Competition as a founding member of Hexagon, an ensemble for piano and winds. The group was featured on the nationally aired PBS documentary "Debut" in 1990.
Ms. Rotholz is co-founder with Eliot Bailen of the highly acclaimed Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Sherman, CT, now in its 28th season. They have also co-founded the Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music series in New York City. Ms. Rotholz is a regular performer with the Saratoga Chamber Players, the Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival, The New York Wind Soloists, Greenwich Chamber Players, Cape May and Caramoor festivals, and has performed with the Salt Bay, Mostly Mozart, and Marlboro festivals. Ms. Rotholz holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queens College and a Masters of Music from Yale School of Music and is on the faculties of Columbia University, Queens College: Aaron Copland School of Music and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College division.
In 2002, Ms. Rotholz was awarded the Norman Vincent Peale Arts Award for Positive Thinking. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children.
Sarah Adams, viola, performs locally with the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Claring Chamber Players, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Friends of Mozart, and the Saratoga Chamber Players. She is principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Riverside Symphony. She is the violist of the Roerich Quartet, performing and recording in NYC, upstate New York and Vermont. Formerly violist with the Cassatt Quartet and assistant principal violist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Adams is a member of the American Ballet Theatre, and performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others. She has performed as soloist with the Jupiter and Riverside Symphonies in Alice Tully Hall as well as in recital with the New York Viola Society. Ms. Adams' festival appearances include the Bard Music Festival, the Cape May Music Festival, the Windham Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Music Festival, and the Catskill Mountain Foundation concerts. Ms. Adams has been teaching viola and chamber music at Columbia University since 1993.
Toby Appel, violinist, violist, narrator has appeared in recital and concerto performances
throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East.
He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and
the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a guest
artist with the Vermeer, Manhattan, and Composers Quartets as
well as a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music
Society and with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton.
Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart, Santa
Fe, Angel Fire, Bravo! Colorado, and Marlboro, as well as
festivals in England, France, Italy, Finland, and Greece. In
1975, Mr. Appel was featured in a CBS television special
performing works commissioned by him for three violas, all
played by Toby Appel. In 1980, Mr. Appel was the winner of
Young Concert Artists International.
A most versatile artist, Mr. Appel has narrated performances
including: A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin
Britten, Ferdinand, by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf, Ode to
Napoleon, by Arnold Schoenberg, Histoire du Soldat, by Igor
Stravinsky, Masque of the Red Death, by Andre Caplet and Edgar
Allan Poe, and Facade, by William Walton and Edith Sitwell. Mr.
Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's
Toby Appel entered the Curtis Institute at age 13 under the
guidance of Max Aronoff. Mr. Appel is currently teaching on the
viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New
York City and is Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh. He has also held professorships at the State
University of New York, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the
University of New Mexico. He has toured for the United States
State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the
White House. His chamber music and recital recordings can be
heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1,
and Musical Heritage Society labels.
Toby Appel lives in New York City with his wife, Carolyn and
their 7 year old son, Jordan.
Donald Batchelder, trumpet, is Brass Coordinator and Trumpet Faculty at Montclair State University's John J. Cali School of Music. Recognized as an outstanding soloist and orchestral trumpeter in the New York area for many years, he performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, and was Principal Trumpet with the New York City Opera until that company's recent collapse. Mr. Batchelder also holds the principal trumpet chairs in the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the Stamford (CT) Symphony.
Mr. Batchelder earned both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles. Other influential teachers include Vince Penzarella, Arnold Jacobs and Philip Smith. Mr. Batchelder is a founding member of the Quiet City Chamber Ensemble, and is featured on that group's acclaimed world premiere recording of the chamber version of Aaron Copland's Quiet City, adapted by saxophone soloist Christopher Brellochs, on the Sono Luminus label. Among other recent solo appearances: a featured solo role at the 2008 New York Brass Conference; Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Stamford Symphony; When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone by David Gillingham, with both the Montclair State University Wind Ensemble and the Ridgewood Concert Band; the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet with both the Stamford Symphony and the New York Virtuosi; the world premiere of Trent Johnson's Concerto for Trumpet and Organ; and David Sampson's Triptych with the Westfield Symphony. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Trumpet at Rutgers University, where he is possibly the most enthusiastic (and clearly the eldest) trumpet student of David Krauss.
Kenneth Cooper, harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist and conductor is one of the world's leading specialists in the music of the 18th century. Renowned for his improvisations and his expertise in ornamentation, long-lost 18th century arts, he has revived countless musical works, lending them extraordinary authenticity as well as great vitality. The possessor of a PhD in musicology from Columbia University, Kenneth Cooper is on the faculty there as well as at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is Chair of the Harpsichord Department and Director of the Baroque Aria Ensemble.
As Music Director of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, Kenneth Cooper has made a tradition of Bach at New Year's and is currently celebrating Berkshire Bach's 20th Season with a series of concerts centering on the different facets of Bach's work. Mr. Cooper has been heard at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Washington Square Music Festival, Yale-Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival and the Little Orchestra Society's Vivaldi Festivals at Alice Tully Hall. He has appeared most recently at Music@Menlo, at the Aspen and Marlboro Music Festivals, at Chamber Music Northwest and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed rrequently over the eyars with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.
Kenneth Cooper has made dozens of recordings and soundtracks, among them Bach's Gamba-Harpsichord Sonatas (CBS-Sony, with Yo Yo Ma), Scarlatti Sonatas for Harpsichord (Vanguard) and Bach Brandenburg Concerti and Goldberg Variations (Berkshire Bach Society, S. Egremont, MA); his spectacular versions of ragtime and other American delights may be heard on Silks and Rags (EMI) and Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot (Musical Heritage Society). Most recently, Kenneth Cooper has recorded (on fortepiano) the complete Bach Flute and Keyboard Sonatas with Susan Rotholz (Bridge), and the Six Bach Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano with violinist Ani Kavafian (Helicon: Kleos Classics). His latest CD, Peculiar Plants, featuring the ingenious set of harpsichord pieces composed for him by Victoria Bond, is now available on Albany Records. His 2004-5 editions of Bach's Two-Part and Three-Part Inventions (International Music Company) have won first prize Paul Revere Awards.
Dima Dimitrova, violin. A native of Bulgaria, Dima Dimitrova is a unique violinist and an active educator. She has performed with such distinguished artists as the Miro Quartet, pianist Lang Lang, pianist Herbie Hancock, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, amongst others. Ms. Dimitrova has been featured on the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, and NDR. She has also appeared in major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London and the O2 World Arena in Berlin. Ms. Dimitrova, along with eleven other students at The Juilliard School, founded a two-week exchange program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where they primarily worked with NEOJIBÀ - a program based on the highly successful Venezuelan program 'El Sistema, providing a comprehensive, two-week orchestral training seminar for the students of NEOJIBÀ, including private lessons, master-classes, sectionals, and a side-by-side performance. They also donated instruments to the students and supported charity organizations (IBCM and Pracatum School) in the Salvador community through benefit performances and educational outreach. Currently Ms. Dimitrova is a faculty member at the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, whose mission is to provide quality music instruction and teacher development in an environment that nurtures excellence and creativity.
Stacy Dumont, summer camp instructor, is a Special Ed. and Theater teacher at Pawling High School. She is NYS certified in Theater and holds a BA in Drama from Fordham University. Mrs. Dumont is co-founder of the Brewster (NY) Theater Company for which she has offered theater workshops and directed main stage children's shows. Her acting classes have been offered at Town of Southeast's Culture Camps and other venues. Ms. Dumont currently offers acting coaching and drama programs for students and young adults, including those with a variety of disabilities.
Melanie Feld, oboe is principal oboist of the Westchester Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York and the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and American Composers Orchestra. She is the English hornist of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Her recording credits include albums on the C.B.S., Angel, Moss Music Group, Music Masters, Telarc, Nonesuch, and New World labels. Since 1992, she has been a member of the orchestra with the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera.
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Ms. Feld moved to New York City to attend the Mannes College of Music, and completed her graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music. Her teachers have included Leland Lincoln, Marc Lifschey, Stephen Adelstein, and Ronald Roseman.
Mary Hammann, viola, has been hailed as an "especially strong ensemble player... with a passion so convincing," by New York Newsday. One of a family of five musical sisters, Mary graduated from the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College of Music, studying with Michael Tree, Karen Tuttle, and Walter Trampler. She has collaborated with such old world chamber music masters as Felix Galimir, Eugene Lehner, Misha Schneider and Alexander Schneider, as well as members of the Guarneri Quartet.
Ms. Hammann played principal viola under Alexander Schneider for the New York String Orchestra, as well for Solisti New York. She has appeared in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro Music, Grand Canyon, and Sarasota. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with the Jupiter Symphony at Lincoln Center and with Solisti for Mostly Mozart in collaboration with the Lar Lubovitch dancers.
Her tours have taken her throughout the United States, Asia and Europe with such ensembles as Orpheus, Philomusica, Solisti, the Brandenburg Ensemble, the New Amsterdam Ensemble, and the Metropolitan Opera.
A member of the Met Opera Orchestra, since 1992, Mary has recorded on Sony Classic and Deutsche Grammaphon. For 20 years she has concertized with her award-winning trio, Auréole recording numerous CDs on Koch/Entertainment One - one of which was short-listed for a Grammy Award.
In addition to her recordings, she has performed live on many radio programs, including the weekly Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, as well as Performance Today, New Sounds, and St. Paul Sunday Morning. Mary also enjoys performing and recording with many pop stars, including David Bowie, Queen Latifah, Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and Elton John. She has also appeared on the television shows of Conan O'Brian, Michael Moore and David Letterman.
Ben Hochman, piano Winner of 2011's prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has been described by the New York Times as a "gifted, fast-rising artist". His eloquent and virtuosic performances have earned him critical acclaim and his rare combination of bravura and poetry has excited audiences and critics alike. His engagements have brought him to major cities as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator with celebrated conductors and colleagues. A passionate interpreter of diverse composers from Bach and Mozart to Berg and Kurtag with a penchant for juxtaposing familiar works with the unfamiliar, Mr. Hochman has proven to be adept in expressing the essential heart of each composer.
A strong musical presence in New York City, Mr. Hochman has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Israel Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall, the American Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra as well as numerous guest engagements at 92nd Street Y. His Bach series at the Miller Theater was a resounding critical and audience success. He has appeared with the orchestras of San Francisco, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, Vancouver and National Arts Centre and engaged in multiple projects with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies. He has worked with eminent conductors including Akiyama, Kabaretti, Laredo, Markl, Pinnock, Robertson, Tovey, Weilerstein, and Zukerman. An avid chamber musician, he has been a regular guest at international music festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Gilmore, Lucerne, Prussia Cover, and Klavierfestival Ruhr. He has participated in three prestigious residencies: Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, Isaac Stern's International chamber Music Encounters in Israel, and Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshops.
Highlights of Mr. Hochman's 2012-2013 season include solo recitals in Boston and Tel Aviv and a tour of Mexico. He returns for his third subscription series engagement with the Pittsburgh Symphony, performs Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals in his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and appears with the Vancouver and Phoenix Symphonies. He takes part in two chamber performances of Stravinsky, Beethoven and Fauré at New York's 92nd Street Y with Jaime Laredo, Steven Tenenbom and Sharon Robinson and collaborates with the Escher String Quartet in Buffalo and Bethlehem, Efe Baltacigil at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Brooklyn and Manhattan and at the Schubert Club's "Accordo" series with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His third disc, Homage to Schubert, will be released by Avie records in 2013.
Born in Jerusalem, Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, where his principal teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode. His studies were supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He is currently on the piano faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Benjamin Hochman is a Steinway Artist. His website is www.benjaminhochman.com.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano, enjoys a varied career as soloist, collaborative artist and educator. Since receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, she has performed in hundreds of concerts, premiered numerous works and recorded extensively. A founding member of the Naumburg award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, Ms. Kampmeier performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Colorado and Cassatt Quartets, Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Saratoga Chamber Players, Richardson Chamber Players, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Peter Schickele and many new music ensembles including Sequitur, New York New Music Ensemble, Speculum Musicae and Locrian Chamber Players.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Kampmeier teaches piano at Princeton University and recently joined the faculty of Manhattan School of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program. She attended the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, and is most grateful to her teachers and mentors, Barry Snyder, Gilbert Kalish, Julius Levine and Jan DeGaetani. Ms. Kampmeier is an avid reader, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. A native of Rochester, NY, Ms. Kampmeier resides currently in New York City.
Thomson Kneeland, bass/composer, acoustic bassist and composer, performs as a leader and a sideman throughout the US and internationally. Though most often found performing in an improvisational jazz context, Kneeland has a variety of musical interests from traditional swing, classical counterpoint, and 20th century chamber music, to Indian Karnatic music, Indonesian gamelan, Balkan folk music, electronica, heavy metal, and more. He leads Kakalla, an ensemble devoted to the fusion of improvisation with composition, utilizing influences such as Balkan folk music, rock, chamber music, and free jazz.
Kneeland's latest project Mazurka for a Modern Man was released in early 2010. Besides composing for various jazz and improvisational idioms, Kneeland also composes chamber music, including a string quartet, a string trio and works for Ensemble Aletheia, a four horn wind ensemble with acoustic bass that melds chamber music and improvisation; he was also commissioned to write three pieces for the Longy School of Music Jazz Ensemble. As a leader, sideman, and composer, Kneeland has appeared on over 40 recordings to date and performed with such luminaries as Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Chris Potter, Gene Bertoncini, Lynne Arriale, Rick Margitza, Joe Maneri, Gunther Schuller, Peter Leitch, and many others. He has performed internationally at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Medellin University in Colombia, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Perth Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and more.
Jill Levy, violin, is concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She has made numerous solo appearances with them including the premiere performance of the Concerto for Irish Fiddle and Violin by Evan Chambers, which she has recorded on the Albany Records label. Ms. Levy is also the music director of the Saratoga Chamber Players, bringing together musicians from the United States, Canada and Europe to perform in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In addition to being heard regularly with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble she has been a participant in the Blossom Music Festival and the Sebago-Long Lake Region Festival. Ms. Levy is a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony under the direction of Andre Previn; the Pittsburgh Chamber Players; the Orchestre del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, directed by Zubin Mehta; and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, directed by Lukas Foss. Ms. Levy is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt and Jascha Brodsky and chamber music with Felix Galimir and the Guarneri Quartet. She also worked with Franco Gulli at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. As a winner of student competitions she was soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the ages of 11 and 16. Currently Ms. Levy lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with her husband and daughter where she is an active and sought-after teacher.
Lois Martin, viola, a native of York, PA., began her viola studies with Arthur Lewis at the Peabody Preparatory School. She completed her undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music where she was a scholarship student of Francis Tursi. During this time, she was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She continued her graduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Lillian Fuchs.
Ms. Martin is a founding member of the Atlantic String Quartet, which is dedicated to the performance of newly written compositions. Her continuing commitment to contemporary music includes performances with the Group for Contemporary Music, ISCM Chamber Players, Ensemble Sospeso, Ensemble 21, New York New Music Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Composers' Guild, Da Capo Chamber Players, Composers Forum and Steve Reich and Musicians.
On the Jazz and Popular circuit, she has performed with artists including Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Ornette Coleman, Esperanza Spalding, String Fever, Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Paul Simon, Tyne Daley, Gil Goldstein, Don Alias, Richard Bona, Mike Mainieri, Judy Collins and Roberta Flack.
Currently, Ms. Martin is Principal Violist for the Stamford Symphony, OK Mozart Festival and The Little Orchestra Society. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Chamber Ensemble, and frequently appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestra. Ms. Martin is also on the faculty of the Composers' Conference at Wellesley College and has taught at Princeton University.
Including her recording of the "Viola Variations" - her commission by Charles Wuorinen - Ms. Martin has recorded the works of over 50 contemporary composers She premiered the "Viola Variations" at Merkin Hall in New York in the fall of 2008 and also had the opportunity to play it at the Library of Congress in 2009 for Wuorinen's 70th birthday celebration.
Recent highlights include a world tour with Grammy Award recipient Esperanza Spalding.
Jessica McJunkins, violin, is a native of Charlotte, NC. She is a recent graduate of the University of NC School of the Arts, where she completed her undergraduate studies in violin performance as a student of Kevin Lawrence. As a classical musician, she plays as an extra violinist with the Charlotte Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony and Oleander Chamber Orchestra (Wilmington, NC), and she was a fellowship member of the 2011 Spoleto Festival USA Festival Orchestra in Charleston, SC. As a marketing contractor, she is currently working at Imagine Software, Inc., the developer of the Imagine Trading System, a portfolio and risk-management system offering cloud-based software for hedge fund owners.
Chris Parker, drums/composer, was born in Chicago, was playing drums at age three and began performing his first professional gigs at eleven. At nineteen, Parker began recording and touring with blues great, Paul Butterfield and then broke into the New York studio scene in 1970, doing records, movie scores and filling the drum chair at Saturday Night Live.
Toph, as friends know him, recorded platinum, gold and Grammy winning albums and CDs with many artists, including the original Brecker Brothers, Bob Dylan, Cher, Donald Fagen, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Salt n' Pepa, Stuff, Miles Davis, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, and Suzy Boggus. He has toured with many artists, among them Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Joe Cool, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Akiko Yano and Ralph MacDonald.
Chris is currently leading his own band, Toph-e & the Pussycats, among other musical and artistic endeavors, including Dennis Collins, Damon Banks & Gwen Laster, Funkasaurus Rex, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Stuff Brothers & Sisters, Johnny Rosch & the Lost Session Boys, and Kelly Mittleman.
Chris recently performed at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, Jennifer Holiday and Aretha Franklin. He is currently recording new projects with Funkasaurus Rex, Barry Manilow, John Zorn, Akiko Yano and his own trio featuring original compositions by Parker and Kyoko Oyobe on piano.
Gerard Reuter, oboe. A recipient of the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award, oboist Gerard Reuter has enjoyed a distinguished solo career, touring the United States, Europe, Asia, India and Africa. He has participated as a featured guest artist at many prestigious summer festivals, including Caramoor, Marlboro, the Chamber Music Festival of the Library of Congress, La Jolla, Round Top, Tucson Winter Chamber Music, Market Square Concert's Summerfest and the Bar Harbor Summer Music Festival in the United States, and the Flanders Festival, the Dartington Festival and the International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove in Europe. As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Jupiter Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Riverside Symphony and Orchestra of the Bronx in New York, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Soviet Emigre' Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member.
Also a dedicated chamber music performer, he is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and was a founding member of the ensemble, An die Musik. As a guest, he has performed with many ensembles, including New York Philomusica, Fry Street String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, Weilerstein Piano Trio, Composers String Quartet, DaVinci String Quartet, Aspen Wind Quintet, American Chamber Players, Divertimento String Trio, Armstrong Chamber Concerts, and I Fiamminghi in Belgium.
Active as a conductor in recent seasons, Mr. Reuter has appeared as guest conductor with the Jupiter Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Claremont Strings, New York Mandolin Orchestra and the Schenectady Symphony. Albany's "Times-Union" wrote: "The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra under Reuter were in fine form...[he] led a fine, rollicking, crisp performance."
Gerard Reuter has been heard on major radio stations throughout this country and in Europe and has been recorded in concert for worldwide broadcast on The Voice of America. He has recorded for Sony, New World, Telarc, Columbia, BMG-Catalyst, Dorian, Summit and Musical Heritage Society.
Mr. Reuter studied oboe at the Juilliard School with Lois Wann and at the Royal College of Music in London with Terence MacDonagh. Conducting studies were with David Gilbert, Jens Nygaard, John Nelson, Roger Nierenberg, Pascal Verrot and Ki Sun Sung
Ted Rosenthal, piano/composer, has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader and sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released thirteen CDs as a leader. On his latest CD, Out Of This World, (2011), Rosenthal uses the Great American Songbook as a vehicle for his jazz interpretations. "Rosenthal is always finding original ways to approach songs that have been played many times by a variety of musicians. He plays with tempi, harmonies and styles in a way that makes these melodies seem fresh, even new. Great jazz is always a result of the unique creativity of the artists performing it. The music on this album is great jazz." - Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz
His recent CD, Impromptu, (2010) features his reimaginings of classical themes for jazz trio. It has also garnered much critical acclaim: "A serious listen Ted Rosenthal's Impromptu will be a mind-changing experience...sit back and enjoy these wonderfully creative takes on ten compositions from the classical canon that have never sounded so cool...a session that once again shows Rosenthal to be among the most creative musicians in the mainstream." - Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz - New York
Rosenthal is Artistic Director of Jazz at Dicapo in New York City. He has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and with Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Rosenthal is the pianist of choice for many top jazz vocalists including Helen Merrill and Ann Hampton Callaway.
A recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rosenthal regularly performs and records his compositions, which include jazz tunes and large-scale works. Rosenthal premiered and performed his 2nd jazz piano concerto, "Jazz Fantasy," in May, 2011 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. "The Survivor," his first piano concerto, has been performed by the Manhattan Jazz Philharmonic and the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, with Rosenthal at the piano. He has also composed music for dance, including "Uptown," by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, premiered in New York in 2009 and currently touring around the world.
Rosenthal's orchestral performances include solo and featured appearances with The Boston Pops, The Baltimore Symphony, The Kansas City Symphony, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony, The Grand Rapids Symphony, and The Fort Worth Symphony.
Rosenthal received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music since 1999 and The Juilliard School since 2005. In addition, Rosenthal presents jazz clinics throughout the world, often in conjunction with his touring. Rosenthal was a contributing editor for Piano and Keyboard magazine and has published piano arrangements and feature articles for Piano Today and The Piano Stylist.
Michael Roth, violin, is a native of Scarsdale, NY and received his early musical training with Frances Magnes at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, continuing his studies with Marilyn McDonald. At Oberlin, he won the Kaufman Prize for violin and First Prize in the Ohio String Teacher's Association Competition. He completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts where he worked with the distinguished American violinist and pedagogue Charles Treger and was a recipient of the Julian Olevsky Award.
Mr. Roth is currently associate concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and has appeared in chamber music and as a soloist with the company, most recently in the debut of "Slice Too Sharp", a ballet of Biber and Vivaldi violin concerti, and "After the Rain", violin music of Arvo Pärt. In addition he is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal 2nd violin of the Westchester Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and the New York Pops. He was concertmaster of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra for many years and often appeared as soloist there, as well as at the Caramoor and Bard Music Festivals. He has played and toured internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Roth has collaborated with artists such as Eugene Drucker, Menahem Pressler, James Buswell, Steven Doane, Hamao Fujiwara and members of the Brentano, Manhattan and Ying Quartets, and recently presented a recital of contemporary Cuban solo violin and chamber music in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the American Composers Orchestra.
With Orpheus, the Eos Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, The New York Pops and the American Composers Orchestra and others, Mr. Roth has recorded for the Sony, Angel, Telarc, Decca, BMG, Point Music, ESSA.Y. and Arbors Music labels.
Andrea Schultz, violin - enjoys an active and versatile musical life as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She currently performs and tours with a wide array of groups, including the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. A devotee of 'new' music, Andrea is a member of the contemporary chamber ensemble Sequitur and has been involved in the premieres of more than one hundred works with groups that include Either/Or, Cygnus, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Sospeso, the NY Composer's Circle, the League of Composers, and others. She has recorded contemporary chamber music for the Naxos, Albany, New World, and Phoenix labels. She was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble for many years, touring the US, Britain, Japan, and Australia; and has performed as guest with the Cassatt String Quartet, Perspectives Ensemble, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart.
Andrea spends summers performing and teaching at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont, the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy in Virginia, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. She and her husband, cellist Michael Finckel, co-direct the Park-McCullough Carriage Barn Concert Series in North Bennington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Ms. Schultz studied violin with Betty-Jean Hagen, Sydney Harth, Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein, and Joyce Robbins.
Stacey Shames, harp, is widely recognized as one of today's outstanding harpists. With performances as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal, she has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. She is celebrated for her luxurious tone and a repertoire, which encompasses Scarlatti to Elliott Carter.
At age fourteen, Ms. Shames made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, receiving critical acclaim. She took the First Prize in the American Harp Society Competition (1987), received honors at the International Concours de Geneve, and went on to earn a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel (1992). In recent concerto performances, Ms. Shames appeared with the Riverside Symphony at Alice Tully Hall, The Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the National Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard in recital at Jordan Hall, in Boston, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in New York, at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Bargemusic.
As principal harpist of the Saint Louis Symphony, Miss Shames performed, recorded and toured under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also been principal of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and the American Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys a busy schedule of performances, recordings and tours as the harpist with the Orpheus Chamber
As a chamber musician, Ms. Shames has concertized extensively with Aureole, her trio of flute, viola and harp. The group has several recordings on the Koch International label, including three releases with Metropolitan Opera singer, Heidi Grant Murphy. Also current is an all Takemitsu disc, works by Richard Rodney Bennett and Nicholas Maw and newly recorded pieces by John Tavener, Harrison Birtwistle, Jan Bach, and Elliott Carter. Recently, Ms. Shames has been accompanist for Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Gil Shaham, and Joshua Bell in numerous recording and television appearances.
Miss Shames is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She has served as a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, The Masters School, and the Hartt School of Music. She resides in New Jersey, with her husband, Tim Ries, a jazz saxophonist with whom she performs and records.
Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet, leads a diverse musical life in New York as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and interpreter of new music. A member of Sequitur, The Knights, Wind Soloists of New York, the Richardson Chamber Players and the Riverside Symphony, she also regularly performs and tours with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro. After receiving a B.A. in English from Tufts University and a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory as a student of Peter Hadcock, Ms. Sternberg continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at The Juilliard School with Charles Neidich, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard in 1991. Ms. Sternberg teaches at Princeton University and serves as a chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony.
During the summer months, Ms. Sternberg's activities revolve primarily around Central Maine and Greater New England. This past June marked the second season of the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, an intensive college program of which Ms. Sternberg is founder and Artistic Director. She also regularly serves on the faculty at the Chamber Music Conference & Composers' Forum of the East at Bennington College, in addition to frequent summer residencies with chamber music festivals in Portland and Northeast Harbor, Maine.
From September through May, Ms. Sternberg can usually be spotted on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she resides with her husband and two children.
Peter Weitzner, double bass, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed with Solisti New York, the Jupiter Symphony, EOS Ensemble, SONYC, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Stamford Symphony, Musicians Accord, and the New Jersey Symphony. As soloist, he has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and performed the New York premiere of Sheila Silver's Chant for bass and piano. Mr. Weitzner has been a frequent participant at international music festivals including Mostly Mozart, OK Mozart, Cape May, Festival of the Hamptons, Bratislava Music Festival, and the Bruckner Festival in Linz, Austria.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weitzner is currently the curator and host of the BPL Chamber Players in residence at the Central branch (Grand Army Plaza) of the Brooklyn Public Library. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orion Quartet, Enso Quartet, Trio Solisti, New York Chamber Ensemble, Yale at Norfolk, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, New York Philomusica, Garden City Chamber Music Society, Sherman Chamber Ensemble and the Berkshire Bach Society.
He has also performed with the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch and David Parsons as well as Merce Cunningham's 80th birthday celebration at the Lincoln Center Festival in the New York premiere of Biped. He also participated in a performance at NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center) with the re-emerging Alice Coltrane shortly before her passing. For ten years Mr. Weitzner toured the world as a member of the Giora Feidman Trio. In the spring of 2009, he was invited to become a member of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, an arts education advocacy group comprised of arts related non-profits, musicians and educators.
His work can be heard on the Nonesuch, Albany, Pro Gloria Musicae, New World Records, Musical Heritage Society, Delos, Grenadilla, and Berkshire Bach Society record labels. He has also produced recordings of the Brandenburg Concerti with the Berkshire Bach Society and the critically acclaimed complete flute music of J.S. Bach with flutist Susan Rotholz and Kenneth Cooper, fortepiano, released by Bridge Records.
Carmit Zori, violin At the recommendation of Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider, violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Ms. Zori is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. Carmit Zori has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Her solo recitals includes concerts at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Tel Aviv Museum and Jerusalem center to the performing arts. Her engagements abroad have included performances throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, where she premiered the Violin Concerto by Marc Neikrug. In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the "Y" series in New York City, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico Bridgehampton Chamber Music festival, Bard Music festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, BDDS chamber music festival Madison WI., Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Ms. Zori, who for ten years was an artistic director at Bargemusic, founded the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society in 2002. She has recorded on the Arabesque, Koch International, and Elektra-Nonesuch labels. Ms. Zori is professor of violin at Rutgers University and at SUNY Purchase, where she also serves on the chamber music faculty.
BEST OF BAROQUE
Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Christ Church on Quaker Hill, Pawling, NY
BEST OF BAROQUE
Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM
St. Andrew's Church, Kent, CT