Mary Jane Austin – Piano
Mary Jane Austin is very excited to be playing concerts again! In normal times, she conducts the Mad River Chorale, a post she enjoys after a long tenure as a collaborative pianist for the organization. She has worked as vocal coach at the Italian opera program EPCASO from 1995-2016. Currently principal keyboardist of the Vermont Symphony, in 2016 she was awarded the title of “Honorary Conductor” by the VSO. She is the pianist and chorus master for the Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM), and enjoys regularly collaborating with TURNmusic, Eleva Chamber Players, and Vermont Virtuosi. She co-founded the Vermont Italian Opera Intensive with bass Erik Kroncke, and together they direct opera and operettas at the Unadilla Theatre in Calais every summer. Currently on the faculties of Middlebury College and Northern Vermont University, she directs musical theater productions at both institutions in addition to teaching piano, music theory, and coaching singers at NVU. She is also the vocal coach for the Youth Opera Workshop, organist at the Waterbury Congregational Church, and rehearsal pianist for the South Burlington Community Chorus.
Marcantonio Barone – Piano
Marcantonio Barone has given solo recitals in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, and has performed with major orchestras on four continents. He is a member of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, 1807 and Friends, and the Craftsbury Chamber Players. As a member of Orchestra 2001, he has performed in Russia, Denmark, England, Austria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and China, introducing recent American works to international audiences.
Marcantonio teaches at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, and he is an Associate in Performance at Swarthmore College. He studied with Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute of Music and with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. Among his other teachers were Susan Starr and Leonard Shure. His recent recording of George Crumb’s Metamorphoses, Books I and II, on the Bridge label, received a “Diapason d’or” in the May 2022 issue of Diapason, France’s leading classical-music magazine.
Adria Benjamin – Viola
Adria Benjamin performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and in NYC as a recording studio and Broadway musician. She is a nationally recognized music educator through her work at Mannes College’s Preparatory Division where she conducts three orchestras, teaches viola, chamber music, performance workshops and chairs the String Department. Adria also conducts the New School Community Orchestra and Stamford Symphony’s Music Education programs. Her teachers include Mary Jane Metcalfe, Francis Tursi, Karen Tuttle, and Joey Corpus. While pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Peabody Conservatory, Adria served as Karen Tuttle’s teaching assistant and was awarded the Peabody Prize for Outstanding Viola performance. While at Eastman, Adria served as assistant to her conducting mentors, Gustav Meier and Robert DeCormier. With the New York Chamber Music Co-Op, Adria and her colleagues present an annual series of Concerts for Social Justice. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the New School University’s Faculty Senate.
Mary Bonhag – Soprano
The “extraordinary” (Classical Voice N. America) soprano Mary Bonhag is captivating audiences around the country with her “marvelous versatility” and “supple, expressive” voice (San Antonio News). Mary made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 and orchestral debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in the same year. She is co-artistic director of Scrag Mountain Music, organizing chamber music residencies and innovative and affordable concerts around VT. A consummate collaborator, Mary has performed with the Aizuri Quartet, Decoda, Spektral Quartet, as well as chamber music festivals including Cactus Pear (TX), San Francisco Contemporary Players, 21st Century Consort, and Yellow Barn. She has performed recitals at Dartmouth, Smith, Goucher, and University of Vermont, and has had fellowships at SongFest and spent two summers at Tanglewood. Mary has premiered and commissioned works by Lembit Beecher, C. Curtis-Smith, Premo, Shawn Jaeger, and Evan Chambers. She has been featured on the NPR show Performance Today and appears on Albany Records. Locally, Mary performs regularly with TURNmusic, Scrag Mountain Music, Burlington Choral Society, Onion River Chorus, and VSO’s Jukebox Series
In between travels, she and her husband Evan make music and homestead in Marshfield where they run Scrag Mountain Music and tend to their two young boys, animals, and gardens.
Kenji Bunch – Viola
Kenji Bunch enjoys an active career as both a composer and performer. As a violist, he is widely recognized for his own groundbreaking works for viola, many of which are included on his 2011 debut CD Unleashed! Mr. Bunch also frequently performs both traditional and contemporary chamber music as a guest of ensembles and festivals throughout the country, and with his Oregon-based group The Thunder Egg Consort. Bunch actively seeks out musical connections with artists of different genres, and has a deep interest in American folk traditions and improvisation. As a composer, his music has been performed by over fifty orchestras worldwide, has been recorded on multiple labels, is featured in documentary films, television, and in numerous collaborations with dance and theater. After more than twenty years in New York City, Mr. Bunch returned to his native Portland, Oregon in 2013 with his wife, pianist Monica Ohuchi, and their family.
Robert Burkhart – Cello
Hailed as “the adventurous young cellist” by the New Yorker Magazine, Robert Burkhart has performed in every major concert hall in New York City, toured Japan as soloist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and been featured in recital on WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase.” Recent collaborations include Uri Caine, Georg Friedrich Haas, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steve Mackey, Joan Tower, Chen Yi, and the late Charles Wourinen. He performed the New York premiere of John Harbison’s Abu Ghraib for cello and piano, and was the soloist in Augusta Read Thomas’s Passion Prayers for cello and chamber ensemble at the New York Times Center. Robert is on the faculty of Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, and has been artist-in-residence at Yale University and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. He performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and in the orchestra pits of Wicked, Aladdin, and Hamilton on Broadway.
Victor Costanzi – Violin
Victor Costanzi, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Vetta Chamber Series, is one of North America’s most versatile violinists. His professional engagements span many genres including Soloist, Concertmaster (symphony and chamber orchestra, opera, ballet, film-scores, musical theatre and for many leading popular performers), New Music, Early Music and Chamber Music. He has been a frequent guest of various chamber music series, and collaborated with numerous international artists including Heinz Holliger, Anner Bylsma, Monica Huggett, John Eliot Gardener, Andrew Parrott and Steve Reich. His debut as soloist was with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the age of sixteen, and he has toured Latin America, the United States and Canada with broadcasts on both radio and television.
Rachel Elliott – Bassoon
Hailed as “one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene” (WQXR) and an “intrepid bassoonist” (Time Out New York), Rachael Elliott explores compelling new directions as a bassoon soloist and chamber artist. Elliott is a versatile performer who is active in classical, new music, improvised and rock/pop settings. She is a founding member of the genre-bending new music group, Clogs, with whom she has recorded five acclaimed albums. She is also a founding member of Dark in the Song, Rushes Ensemble, Tuple bassoon duo, and Heliand Consort, a Vermont based classical group. She is principal bassoonist of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and a substitute bassoonist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Her musical mentors have included Nancy Hartswick, John Padden, and bassoonists Janet Polk and Frank Morelli. She received bassoon performance degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music.
Molly Goldman – Violin
Molly Goldman started playing violin at age 4, studying with her mother. She holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music and Music Education with certification from the Eastman School of Music, in addition to receiving the prestigious Performance Certificate in recognition of “students who demonstrate outstanding performing ability.” Her primary teachers include Roger Tapping, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland, and Stephen Sims. She obtained her Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings. An avid chamber musician, Molly has collaborated with violinists Juliana Athayde and David Coucheron, pianist-composer Magnus Lindberg, cellists Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott and soprano-conductor Barbara Hannigan. As a soloist, Molly has been heard with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra. Molly’s musical talents go beyond classical music as she has performed with AXIOM, Ensemble Signal, New Juilliard Ensemble, Styx, Idina Menzel, Wild Cherry, and many others. She is also the co-director and co-founder of the Montserrat Music Festival.
Jennifer Gersten – Violin
Violinist Jennifer Gersten is pursuing a doctorate in performance at Stony Brook University as a student of Arnaud Sussmann. With pianist Laura Davey, she is half of the duo Double Standard, which made its sold-out debut in 2019. Her festival fellowships include Tanglewood Music Center, where she served as a concertmaster; Lucerne; and Kneisel Hall. Jennifer was an honorable mention in the 2022 Stony Brook Concerto Competition for her performance of the Britten Violin Concerto. Also a writer, she received the $10,000 2018 Rubin Institute Prize in Music Criticism from the nation’s leading critics for “exceptional promise” in the field. Her reporting and essays appear in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and PBS NewsHour. She received her MM from Stony Brook and her BA in English and writing from Yale. She is a 2022-23 Fulbright finalist for research in Norway.
Marka Gustavsson – Viola
A dedicated chamber musician, violist Marka Gustavsson has performed internationally in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Philippines, China, and Japan. Marka has premiered and recorded solo and chamber music of composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun. From 1999 through 2014, Marka served as violist of the Colorado Quartet, an award-winning string quartet, with whom she performed and recorded traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Beethoven’s Complete Quartets for Parnassus, to Laura Kaminsky’s Transformations. As a teacher, Gustavsson has given master classes at Yale, Eastman, Hartt, and Oberlin, and adjudicated competitions at Juilliard, Hartt, Yale, Astral Artists, and Banff. A graduate of Indiana University, Mannes College, and CUNY, her formative teachers include Joseph Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Felix Galimir, and Daniel Phillips. Gustavsson holds a position on the music faculty at Bard College and the Bard Conservatory of Music.
Isabel Hagen – Viola
Violist Isabel Hagen enjoys an active performance career as a chamber musician and orchestral player. A violist in high demand, she performs with ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Ensemble Signal, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. She has worked with various composers including Max Richter, Steve Reich, and Charles Wuorinen. A violist who enjoys crossing genres, Isabel has performed alongside Björk, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, and Medeski Martin and Wood. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Masao Kawasaki. While at Juilliard, Isabel served as co-principal of the school’s orchestra. She has taken part in festivals such as the Big Ears Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival Academy (under the direction of Pierre Boulez), the Next Wave Festival at BAM, the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Tully Scope Festival.
Joyce Hammann – Violin
At ease across a gamut of genres and stages, violinist Joyce Hammann’s virtuosity always shines through. Her performances have been hailed as “splendid soloing” and having a “sweet, rich tone” by The New York Times.
Joyce has performed and recorded with popular artists such as Paul McCartney, Sting, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett, as well as numerous film/theatrical releases and multiple appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live.
Her discography includes many cutting edge contemporary music projects. Joyce regularly performs as a member of The Harlem Chamber Players, The Craftsbury Chamber Players (Vermont) and The Meeting House Players (Cape Cod). She will be touring Europe with Uri Caine as solo violinist with his jazz ensemble and as concertmaster for Fred Hersch’s Coma Dreams, jazz theater project.
Currently Joyce is concertmaster for The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest running show.
Bryan Hernandez-Luch – Violin
Peruvian-American violinist Bryan Hernandez-Luch has been described by The Deseret News as “strikingly imaginative … he is an artist to be reckoned with.” He began his violin studies at age 6, and at 15 he made his solo debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Hernandez-Luch has performed with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, New Jersey, Nashville, New World, Colorado, Grand Rapids, and Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, he has toured extensively. Afounding member of the Catalyst Quartet, Hernandez-Luch had the distinct privilege of performing with the Guarneri Quartet in Mendelssohn’s String Octet and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
Hernandez-Luch earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a B.M. from the University of Utah. He lives in New York City with his wife, concert pianist Desirae Brown of The 5 Browns, and their two children, Poppy and Rowan.
Riko Higuma – Piano
Versatile pianist, Riko Higuma made her US debut as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony. A sought after collaborative pianist, she has shared the concert stages with artists such as Aaron Rosand, Neil Rosenshein, Cho-Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Ray Chen, Timothy Eddy and has collaborated (engaged by the New York Philharmonic) with Leonidas Kavakos, Gil Shaham and Michael Tilson Thomas. Performance highlights as the member of the Zodiac Trio include Festival Radio France/Montpellier, Ottawa Chamberfest, Edinburgh Festival, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. She has been featured in music festivals around the world including Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in France, La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, New DOCTA in Argentina, Lidal North in Norway. Her performances were featured by France 3 Television, Radio France, CBC, WQXR, WFMT, WGBH and NPR. She is a staff pianist and vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Phillip Kawin.
Zenas Hsu – Violin
With a sound palette ranging from a ‘commanding tone’ to ‘delicate sentiment’ (Calgary Herald), Taiwanese-American violinist Zenas Hsu leads a vibrant career filled with chamber music, orchestral leadership, and education. He is a founding member of Chamber Music by the Bay, a California-based interactive music series that reaches over 2,000 people annually. He is also a member of A Far Cry, a Grammy nominated ensemble in Boston, and is the concertmaster of Phoenix, an orchestra based in Boston focused on approachable concert experiences.
A native of California, Zenas received his early training in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music for his Bachelor of Music degree, and received his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Wei He, Ida Kavafian, Nicholas Kitchen, and Donald Weilerstein.
Mimi Hwang – Cello
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Cellist Mimi Hwang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program. Ms. Hwang was the cellist and a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the 1986 Banff International String Quartet Competition. She received the Master’s Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction at the New England Conservatory of Music and studied with Laurence Lesser, Bonnie Hampton, and Eleanor Schoenfeld. In 2017 she was honored with the Philanthropy Award from the Rochester Area Community Foundation and serves as Chair of the Board of Chamber Music America.
James Kerr – Guitar
James “Pony” Kerr is a Dobro player, fingerpicking guitarist, vocalist, and educator based in the NYC/Connecticut area. His solo concerts feature A broad array of influences and he enjoys the musical challenge of attempting to expand genre boundaries. James attended the University of Michigan where he studied jazz, and received a master’s in music education from Columbia University. He completed a doctorate in classical guitar performance in 2016 at Stony Brook University (SUNY). His primary teachers on classical guitar were Kevin Gallagher and Jerry Willard. James has also studied Renaissance lute technique and repertory in lessons and masterclasses with the world’s leading players including Nigel North and Jakob Lindberg.
As a dedicated educator and private instructor James possesses the ability to be equally at home in the worlds of slide guitar, bluegrass Dobro, classical guitar, and vocal jazz. Dr. Kerr directs the Bluegrass Ensemble at Columbia University and also teaches guitar at Naugatuck Valley Community College, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).
Darryl Kubian – Violin
Darryl Kubian is a composer, thereminist, violinist, and audio/video engineer. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by North American orchestras, such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Omaha Symphony, and he has written soundtrack scores for the Wildlife Conservation Society, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and others. Darryl performs and records as a thereminist. He has been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia of New York, and the NJ Symphony on theremin. Darryl is a member of the first violin section of the NJ Symphony, and was the principle second violinist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Indigo Fox Media, Kubian’s New Jersey-based audio/video production company, has recorded artists such as the Emerson String Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, members of the NY Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera, among many others.
Diane Lesser – Oboe
Diane Lesser is the principal oboist of the New York Pops, Amici New York, Greenwich Symphony, Oratorio Society, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension and the National Chorale. She performed in the Roundabout Theatre production of She Loves Me at Studio 54 and on the BroadwayHD live stream. Diane played in the orchestra for the Grammy Awards, with the Dance Theatre of Harlem on Sesame Street, at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, the White House for President Clinton, and at the Mass for Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden.
Active in the world of commercial music, oboist and English hornist Diane Lesser can be heard on recordings accompanying Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Harry Connick, Jr., George Michael, Celine Dion and Paul Simon. She has played on numerous film soundtracks including Maggie’s Plan, Fargo, The Untouchables, The Spanish Prisoner, You’ve Got Mail, Twilight and The Stepford Wives, and on hundreds of television and radio commercials such as Budweiser, Lucky Charms, Nasonex and Reynold’s Wrap.
Eileen Mack – Clarinet
Clarinetist Eileen Mack grew up in Australia and is now based in New York. She is a member of post-minimalist band Victoire and amplified ensemble Newspeak (which she also co-directs), and has performed with many other New York new music groups including Wet Ink, Alarm Will Sound, Signal Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All Stars and the Wordless Music Orchestra. She has performed in venues around the world including Zankel Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Royal Albert Hall; with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Brad Lubman and Alan Pierson; and has appeared as soloist at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival and the Bang on a Can Marathon. Her discography ranges from work on the Crocodile Hunter TV and movie soundtracks to releases on New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik, Innova, and Warp Records. Eileen holds degrees from Stony Brook University, the Manhattan School of Music and the Queensland Conservatorium.
Monica Ohuchi – Piano
Pianist Monica Ohuchi maintains an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras across the country and abroad including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Marin Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. She is the Executive Director and Pianist for the Portland, Oregon-based new music ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, a founding member of the piano quartet, Thunder Egg Consort, and a member of the faculty at Reed College. Her debut CD, Monica’s Notebook, was released on the Helicon Records label in 2011. Monica holds advanced degrees from the Juilliard School. After nearly two decades in New York City, she and her husband Kenji Bunch relocated to Portland with their two young Bunchkins and Pitbull-mix rescue. www.monicaohuchi.com
Evan Premo – Double Bass
Double bassist and composer Evan Premo pursues a unique life path. As a member of Ensemble ACJW he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, “Simple Mysteries” inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver. As a soloist, Evan also premiered “Concerto for Bass and Orchestra” by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. His chamber opera, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (text by Mark Twain) was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet.
Evan lives in rural Vermont with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag. Together they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music. When he’s not performing and composing, Evan enjoys woodworking, hiking, skiing, and simply being with Nature.
Gregory Purnhagen – Baritone
Gregory Purnhagen enjoys an eclectic career that encompasses many eras and genres. His long association with composer Philip Glass includes La Belle et la Bete, Monsters of Grace, Galileo Galilei, Einstein on the Beach (’92 & ’12) and concerts of song repertoire at Weill Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and Town Hall. Gregory has sung as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and other venues for Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space; created critically acclaimed cabaret shows in New York, most notably Babalu-cy! The Art of Desi Arnaz (2008 Backstage Bistro Award winner); recorded Early Music, New Music, various cast albums, guest vocals on Bjork’s CD Medulla; created roles in contemporary opera for Nick Brooke, Yoav Gal, Fred Ho, Michael Kowalski, and most recently in Lisa Bielawa’s groundbreaking video opera Vireo. As bandleader of The New Xavier Cugat Orchestra, he has toured Florida and headlined at the Montreal Jazz Festival, bringing vibrant, vintage Latin American music to new audiences while celebrating the legacies of Cugat and Arnaz.
Wendy Richman – Viola
Wendy Richman is a distinguished educator and interpreter of both contemporary and traditional repertoire. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, regularly performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has been a frequent guest with the viola sections of the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and St. Louis Symphony. Wendy is on the string faculty of NYU Steinhardt, teaching viola, chamber music, and a class on contemporary string techniques. Through her vox/viola project, she commissions pieces in which she sings and plays simultaneously. Wendy’s debut solo album, vox/viola, is available on New Focus Recordings.
photo: Tatiana Daubek Photography
Carol Rodland – Viola
Carol Rodland enjoys a multi-faceted international career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. She performs regularly with her sister Catherine as the Rodland Duo, as a recitalist with pianists Marcantonio Barone and Tatevik Mokatsian, and throughout the world as a guest artist at various music festivals. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, she has premiered and recorded works by Kenji Bunch, Adolphus Hailstork, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas. Her recordings are available on the Crystal Records Label, Apple Music, and ITunes. Ms. Rodland is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Juilliard School and is also an Artist-Faculty member at the Perlman Music Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. In 2009 she founded “If Music Be the Food…” Benefit Concerts, a fully volunteer collaborative service project which raises awareness and support for the hungry in the local community through the sharing of great music. (carolrodland.com and ifmusicbethefood.com)
Frances Rowell – Cello
Cellist Frances Rowell was born and raised in Craftsbury Vermont. She got some of her earliest musical inspiration and instruction from the artists of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School before moving to Allentown, PA where she enjoyed a rich musical life as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and recitalist. Since 1995 she has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her performances as a member of the orchestra, she performs chamber music concerts, conducts master classes, and performs school educational programs through the New Jersey Symphony’s REACH program. Fran teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University and performs on the roster of Young Audiences of NJ. Summers spent making music with colleagues of the Craftsbury Chamber Players continues to be a highlight of her concert season.
Mary Rowell – Violin
Critically acclaimed as one of today’s most important and exciting performers, innovative violinist Mary Rowell defies classification. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in contemporary classical music by co-founding the post-classical quartet ETHEL. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in “Avante-Pop” and, with composer/performer Eve Beglarian, is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is on the faculty of Middlebury College and concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.
Benjamin Russell – Violin
Ben Russell is a violinist, vocalist and composer who has played all over the world with all sorts of people. He was a founding member of Bryant Park Quartet and is a member of multiple groups including American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Founders, and Wordless Music Orchestra. Ben has recorded a solo album of Appalachian-influenced original songs, performed on albums by Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and Max Richter, and has shared the stage with Björk, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Jonny Greenwood, and Paul McCartney. Studying violin performance at Amsterdam Conservatory and receiving his Masters from New England Conservatory, he now lives in Peekskill, NY with his wife Anna and can often be found in his garden.
Wendy Sharp – Violin
Violinist Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. A sought-after teacher and chamber music coach, she serves as Director of Chamber Music and member of the violin faculty at the Yale School of Music. For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist of the highly acclaimed Franciscan String Quartet. The Franciscans toured widely, and won awards including first prize in the Banff International Competition and the Press and City of Evian prizes at the Evian International Competition. Ms. Sharp attended Yale University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and for 21 years at California Summer Music. She has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, Britten-Pears, and Music Academy of the West festivals.
Liuh-Wen Ting – Viola
An active performer of diverse musical genres, Liuh-Wen Ting was a recipient of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society award, a member of the Meridian String Quartet, and has collaborated with, among others, the Manhattan String quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Cassatt String Quartet, Ensemble l’art pour l’art, singer/song writer Fredo Viola, and most recently the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri, with sold-out performances in major concert halls throughout North America. She has recorded solo and chamber works for Capstone, Albany, Pogus, Tsadik and Mode records, and has been featured internationally at Ostrava New Music Days, Etnafest, Prague Spring, Warsaw Autumn, and Primavera en la Habana music festivals.
Jennifer Undercofler – Piano
Dr. Jenny Undercofler is Director of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where she also serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music. Prior to that position, Jenny served as the Music Director of the Special Music School (PS 859), spearheading the development and opening of its high school division. During the same period. Jenny also founded and conducted Face the Music, a groundbreaking teen new music ensemble that has collaborated with professional groups including the JACK Quartet, Gutbucket, and the Kronos Quartet, and performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the Bang On A Can Marathon. Jenny has served on the faculty of Juilliard Pre-College, the Mannes Preparatory Division, Queens College, and the Third Street Music School Settlement. She holds two degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music.
Roger Wagner – Double Bass
Bassist Roger Wagner enjoys a diverse career which now spans over 30 years. As soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral bassist, Mr. Wagner has appeared on many of the world’s great concert stages. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he played the violin before switching to the double bass at the age of 13. He later went on to study at the Juilliard School with famed teachers Homer Mensch and David Walter. In 1985, Mr. Wagner was appointed Solo Bassist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble with whom he toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia., He has appeared with numerous ensembles including The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, American Modern Ensemble, and Stamford Symphony. He has played on several Major Motion picture soundtracks as well as many classical recordings on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr. Wagner’s double bass was built by Henry Lockey Hill of London in the year 1787.
Katherine Winterstein – Violin
Praised by critics for playing that is “as exciting as it is beautiful,” and for “livewire intensity” that is both “memorably demonic” and “delightfully effective,” violinist Katherine Winterstein enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors, as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. Ms. Winterstein is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, the associate concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and she is co-concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. In recent seasons she has performed as concertmaster of the Palm Beach Opera, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and also performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and A Far Cry. She is a member of the Hartt String Quartet, the Providence-based Aurea Ensemble, and the summer of 2018 will be her 17th with the Craftsbury Chamber Players. She has also performed with Boston-based Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, and Dinosaur Annex. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the the Vermont Symphony, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the Charlottesville Symphony, the Champlain Philharmonic, and the Boston Virtuosi. She served on the performance faculty of Middlebury College in Vermont from 2002-2015, joined the faculty of the Hartt School of Music in September of 2011, and began teaching at Brown University in September of 2015.
Joy Worland – Horn
Joy Worland, horn, has performed with the Vermont Symphony, Opera North, the Burlington Jazz Festival, Capitol City Concerts, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and the Portland Symphony. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2009 she was Associate Principal Horn of the Nashville Symphony, where she earned multiple Grammys for recordings with the symphony. She also taught at Vanderbilt University and was active in Nashville’s commercial music scene. She was Principal Horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic, and has performed with the symphonies of Gothenburg (Sweden), Atlanta, and St. Louis. In addition to a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance, Joy has a Master of Library Science. She is a Consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries and past-president of the Vermont Library Association.
Inessa Zaretsky – Piano
Russian-born Inessa Zaretsky is an award winning pianist and composer whose performances have taken her around the world while her music has been performed in England, Norway, Canada, Australia, Italy, Russia and throughout the United States. She studied piano with Richard Goode and composition with Robert Cuckson at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has collaborated with many notable musicians, such as the Miro, Enso, Jasper, and Cassat String Quartets, Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Series of the St. Lukes Orchestra, musicians of the Boston, Chicago, and Orpheus Orchestras, members of the Metropolitan Opera and many others. Ms. Zaretsky is on the Piano faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music in New York. She has been a pianist and composer-in-residence and was recently appointed Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in Asheville, North Carolina. She is the Artistic co-director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Series in New York City.