Our Artists

Mary Jane Austin

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.

 
Molly Goldman

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.

 
Darryl Kubian

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, Pangolin Pictures, NHK, CBS, The Learning Channel, and others. Darryl performs and records as a thereminist, including chamber and solo works by Herb Deutsch, Martinu, and others, and has also been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia of New York, and the NJ Symphony on theremin. He was the featured theremin soloist for the Lincoln Center Festival production of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton. Darryl Kubian 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.

 

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

 
Frances Rowell

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

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.

 
Liuh-Wen Ting

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.